How (Not) to Respond to Apostasy

There is among some Christian parents with apostate children a fear that if they accept, and love, and make their children comfortable, those children will be comfortable in their sin, and will have less reason to leave it. Better to make their lives of sin uncomfortable, they believe. Better to cut their child off and hand them over to Jesus, letting him deal with both them and the consequences of their sin. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelicals Have Tied their Wagons to Trump

Evangelicals have tied their wagons to a vulgar, vengeful, egotistical leader who basks in the adulation of the crowds even as he whips up hatred against immigrants and openly calls for an escalation in police brutality. Some days I feel like current political alliances are so outlandish that they must be a horrible dream, a nightmare I will wake up from if I just pinch myself hard enough. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 131: 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: Victims, Gender, and Trauma

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

Voice in the Wind: Does Julia Even Have Free Will?

Calabah isn’t just arranging Julia’s next marriage. Calabah is arranging for Julia to marry a man she has to know is abusive. Calabah has know Caius for a long time. She and Caius have been lovers. Remember her comment to Caius that “what excites you doesn’t excite me”? She knows. Click through to read more! Read more

What the GOP’s “Listening to America” Poll Reveals about the Republican Party

You can learn a lot about an organization from the questions it asks in polls—in this case, we’re talking about the Republican Party. The GOP is conducting an online poll they’re calling “Listening to America”—a poll that also gives us a snapshot of the Republican Party’s current goals, viewpoints, and priorities. Click through to read more! Read more

The New Face of Racism in “Colorblind” America

I grew up hearing two things about race—first, that my (white) community was “colorblind” and did not see race, and second, that black people who succeeded and achieve likely did so only because of affirmative action. Even my parents told me that color did not matter, that we did not “see” race, my father simultaneously disparaged a black colleague, insisting that she was incompetent and had surely only got the job because of affirmative action. Click through to read more! Read more

Texas’ SB 3 and the Death of Small Government Conservatism

The entire point of section (b) of Texas’ Senate Bill 3 is to limit the autonomy and self-governance of local governments and school districts. Senate Bill 3 is not about local control or small government; it is about curbing local control and expanding the reach and invasiveness of the state legislature. Click through to read more! Read more

Is the Ark Encounter For-Profit or Non-Profit? It Depends on the Taxes.

As a teen, I listened to Ken Ham speak, read Answers magazine, and visited the Creation Museum. I was a huge fan of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization that shaped my understanding of both science and the Bible. At some point I came to the conclusion that young earth creationism was pseudoscience. That realization was painful, but it’s only one part of my disillusion. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 130: 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. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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