The story of Esther is not the story of a political group that put a member of their own party who gushed all over them and said he loved them in office, and then sought to influence his political agenda to ensure that their action items were implemented. It is the story of a king who threatened genocide and a woman who happened to be in his court for totally unrelated reasons who threw herself before him and begged him not to kill her people, risking her own life in the process.   Click through to read more! Read more

Here’s where it gets interesting: As we shall see, the sticking point for the Family Foundation of Kentucky was that the bill would allow 17-year-olds to marry, but would remove the parental consent requirement for these individuals, instead requiring 17-year-olds who wish to marry to petition the court in a process that would, if successful, emancipate them. Removing parental consent from the process, the Family Foundation argued, would be a violation of parental rights. 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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. In any case, my comment policy lays out the house rules. 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. Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D., on NPR—“One of my first lectures, I raised my hand and asked what the Holocaust was because I had never heard of it.” A frightened child in Chicago and an immigration policy unbecoming… Read more

Rivers, through Calabah’s language about “a man’s issue,” is almost certainly trying to connect Julia’s decision to expose the child with abortion. I do have a question, though. Does Calabah literally not have a soul? I mean come on. Unless she is actually a vampire, this is just sloppy writing. Actually. Hmm. Waiting in the shadows of the room, soulless eyes—has Rivers also described Calabah as especially pale? Because honestly, Calabah as a conniving vampire would make this a tremendously better book.  Click through to read more! Read more

This focus on reconciliation completely misunderstands the dynamic of abuse. And remember—the policy states that abuse is only justified if one’s partner is “dangerously” abusive—dangerously. And still, even when one has a partner who is dangerously abusive, still reconciliation is urged. This is not how abuse works. A victim of domestic violence should never be pressured to reconcile. And yet, here we are. Reconciliation, reconciliation, reconciliation. Click through to read more! Read more

It is encouraging that only 4% of pastors surveyed said that domestic violence was never a reason for divorce. However, that 55% of evangelical pastors who believe divorce may be the best response to domestic violence compares badly with the 72% of mainline pastors who believe the same thing. Click through to read more! Read more

Growing up in an evangelical home, I learned early sharing the gospel was one of the most important we could do—a mandate for every believer. I was homeschooled and raised in a church community, and didn’t have much chance to interact with the unsaved until, at 18, I left home to attend a state college. Once there, I ran into some problems. For one thing, having been homeschooled in a fairly insular community, I didn’t know the culture or language of those I was supposed to proselytize. But there was another problem as well, a more fundamental problem.  Click through to read more! Read more

In other words, Answers in Genesis’ message to the LGBT community is “the rainbow is actually a symbol that you will burn with fire for your wickedness.” That’s not exactly a message designed to win converts. It’s also a perverse reimagining of the symbology. It’s not merely a statement that the rainbow is ours, not yours, but a statement that the rainbow is a literal symbol of your destruction. You will die in fire for your sinful lifestyle!  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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. In any case, my comment policy lays out the house rules. Click through to read more! Read more

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