As the NPR commentators explained, the argument turned on speech issues—requiring crisis pregnancy centers to display the information, the Court ruled, constituted forced speech. There is a certain logic to this, and it’s not hard to see why many might find the Court’s decision reasonable—but this logic extends only so far, and is only surface-level. The illusion of consistency vanished the moment an NPR commentator read a section from Justice Breyer’s dissent.  Click through to read more! Read more

This is not a story of conservative congregations moving from an acceptance of refugees in the late 1970s and early 1980s to opposition to refugees today. Instead, it is a story of a political Right that has grounded its approach to refugees not in human rights but in the refugees’ foreign policy implications—and, increasingly, in refugees’ implications to a white, Christian state—for the past half century and beyond. Read more

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. Every week, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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 through to read more! Read more

There was a lot in this chapter. Cooper was inducted into the old boys’ club in Loudoun County—“We Loudoun boys have got to stick together a little”—we met Randolph and with his mahogany desk, of the significantly wealthier and more gilded old boys club in D.C., and we got to peak in on additional interactions between Cooper and Laura and meet Deanna’s overbearing mother and shushing father.  Click through to read more! Read more

First Care may be able to erase its connection to Cobb Pregnancy Center and keep its mission off of its public website, but it can’t delete the google reviews left by a growing number of angry visitors.   Click through to read more! Read more

In seeking to understand why the U.S. was so religious when religion wielded no power in government or politics, de Tocqueville concluded that it was this separation from the power of government that allowed religion to thrive. Religion, he argued, was the natural condition of man—he called it “simply another form of hope”—but when religion was united with government or temporal power, as it was in many other countries, this naturally caused men to hate it.  Click through to read more! Read more

In other words, anti-abortion pregnancy clinics are no longer simply masquerading as abortion clinics. They’re masquerading as medical clinics where a woman might come for prenatal care—even though many of these clinics neither provide prenatal care nor have medically trained professionals on the premises.  Click through to read more! Read more

Most of the immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border over the past few months are from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Half of those countries’ population is Catholic. Fundamentalists and evangelicals—especially Baptists—do not typically consider Catholics Christians.  Click through to read more! Read more

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. Every week, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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