Just Who Is Teaching Respect?

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I grew up in a (very) large Christian homeschooling family where children were expected to be "respectful." Or so I thought. Mainly this meant saying "yes sir" and "yes ma'am" and obeying your parents, and now I'm shaking my head at how shallow this is and everything it misses.A few weeks ago my two youngest brothers, still in elementary school, shamed my mid-twenties next-in-age sister for getting a tattoo. They verbally berated her and heckled here and generally sought to humiliate her. My … [Read more...]

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

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Have you seen this? Obama is preparing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity. Rick Warren and other evangelical pastors have signed a letter asking Obama to offer a wide religious exemption in his executive order. We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need. Exactly how would … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 7: An Open Thread

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This space is for conversation between commenters.* 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. And so on. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. For those who are interested, I also try to have regular open posts specifically on children and parenting is … [Read more...]

Listen Up, Guys!

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I'm tired of hearing guys say they wouldn't mind being catcalled, so what's the big deal? I mean, who doesn't want to be complemented on their looks, right? Who doesn't want to be reminded that they still "have it"?Wrong.Flat out wrong wrong wrong.For one thing, it's not actually about complementing women. It's really not. Last year, I wrote about an incident of street harassment I experienced where the compliments quickly changed to insults when I didn't give the appropriate r … [Read more...]

The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Summary & Explanation

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A guest post by Carmen, recent graduate of Georgetown LawOriginally posted on facebookThere is a lot of ruckus about Hobby Lobby today, and I’ve already seen multiple sources providing inaccurate summaries about what happened.  So in an effort to summarize in one place what the decision did and did not do, I decided to do the rare act (for me) of posting a Facebook note.  I’ll try to provide a lot of background info so those who haven’t been following the case are brought up to speed. If … [Read more...]

“Everybody Has a Past”

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I recently came upon an article by Boz Tchividijian about a church that hired a known sex offender as pastor three years ago. Surprise surprise, the man was just arrested for sexually abusing a fourteen-year-old boy. But as Boz went over the church's defense of their decision to hire the man, I was struck by one bit in particular: “Everybody has a past”: All too often scripture is distorted in order to justify the blind embracing of those who have sexually victimized children. Though the int … [Read more...]

So. Hobby Lobby.

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The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision was today. I don't have the time to write about it right now, but I thought I'd open a thread for discussion, and also for posting links to helpful blog posts and such on the topic. I may update this post with links at the bottom over time.Here's a link to the decision itself. … [Read more...]


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