Toby Willis’ Conviction Is the Latest in a String of Scandals to Hit the Christian Homeschool Community

This week, Toby Willis plead guilty to four counts of child rape. He was sentenced to forty years in prison. Willis’ arrest last September made a serious splash, and for good reason. Willis, a conservative evangelical, is the father of twelve homeschooled children. The family toured the country performing and even landed their own show on TLC before the bottom fell out of their picture-perfect image. Click through to read more! Read more

Answers in Genesis: Islam Leaves Muslims “Hopeless”

The article is titled “Islam’s View of Sin and Salvation” and the promotional reads “Christians should love, not fear, Muslims. If you look under the surface, you’ll see just how hopeless their religion leaves them.” The juxtaposition of encouraging Christians to love Muslims with a blanket declaration of Muslim hopelessness is jarring, particularly to those not familiar with the evangelical approach to evangelism outlined above. Click through to read more! Read more

Shades of Sexual Deviance: Doug Wilson and the Tale of Two Boxes

Wilson seems almost confused as to why his critics object to his ministering to sex offenders when they excuse same sex attractions and other categories of sexual deviance. “I know, it is a strange, strange world,” he writes, as though he has laid bare some sort of hypocrisy. Click through to read more! Read more

Reader to Michael Pearl: My Husband Bought a Pipe

If someone reads your words and comes away believing that you want them to beat their child with a pipe, it may be time for you to rethink the advice you’re giving out. Part of me wants to end this post here, because this is damned important—if someone reads your advice about child training and comes away with the impression that you have suggested spanking children with a pipe, I honestly don’t care what implement you actually suggested. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 128: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Opioids, Reversed Gaze, and Social Insurance

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click though to read more! Read more

Voice in the Wind: Fifty Shades of Antisemitism

The message is clear: Christians good; Jews bad. There is no nuance here at all, no understanding that all sorts of people hold all sorts of beliefs, that there are people in every religion that are open-hearted, or dogmatic. Even this book’s Roman characters receive more positive treatment than its Jewish characters. It’s almost like we’re in the New Testament. Click through to read more! Read more

A Breadwinning Wife Loses Her Vulnerable, Submissive, Servant Spirit

I’m really not sure what else to say here. Michael flat-out states that wives should be “vulnerable,” and that women working outside of the home is a problem because they are no longer content being submissive servants to their husbands. Those are his words. Keeping women from earning their own money outside of the home renders them vulnerable. Click through to read more! Read more

Creationist World Religion Conference Features No Experts in World Religion

Of course, the underlying issue—for both the conference and these volumes—is that evangelicals value faith over expertise. Whether an individual has academic training in a subject is less important than whether they view the subject through the lens of evangelical theology. That is what those evangelicals who attend Answers in Genesis’ World Religions Conference are paying for—not accurate, scholarly information about world religions. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelicals and the “Problem” of Transgender Names

Using a transgender person’s chosen name is basic human decency. When individuals refuse to do so—especially family members, friends, and coworkers—it closes doors and signals a profound lack of compassion or interest in being there for them. And yet, Abney thinks doing so will somehow play a role in convincing a transgender individual to become (their brand of) Christian. Click through to read more! Read more

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