Last January, frustrated at seeing her abuser blame sexual assault brought to light by the #metoo movement on lack of biblical sexual standards, Jules Woodson went public. Megachurch pastor Andy Savage, she said, had sexually assaulted her while she was a 17-year-old student and he was her youth pastor twenty years before. Savage responded by announcing to his congregation that he had committed a sexual indiscretion twenty years in the past, and that it had been properly addressed at the time. Savage has now offered and update. Click through to read more! Read more

Yesterday, the Idaho Statesman reported that evangelical star Saeed Abedini was arrested on Sunday for violating a no-contact order obtained by his ex-wife, Nagmeh Panahi. Saeed, a naturalized American citizen living in Idaho, spent several years in prison in Iran after being detained on a visit to family there. Upon his release in January 2016, his wife, Nagmeh, filed for legal separation. The evangelical response to Nagmeh’s allegations of abuse threw into stark relief the dangerous way evangelicals approach domestic violence…. Read more

The Catholic Church is again opposing bills that would lengthen the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing victims to take their perpetrators to court—and sue institutions that covered for their perpetrators—years after the abuse occurred. Among the bills they oppose is one introduced in Michigan in the wake of the Larry Nassar gymnastics sex abuse scandal.  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. Click through to read more! Read more

Vitellius, you see, is an anti-semite. And that sash? It really does identify her as a Jew. It’s how Atretes knew she was Jewish at a glance, apparently. Some quick googling suggests that, in the Middle Ages, in some Muslim-controlled areas Christians and Jews were required to wear distinctive clothing, and in some Christian-controlled areas Jews and Muslims were required to wear distinctive clothing. I can find nothing about a special Jew-signaling sash worn during the Roman Empire. Click through to read more! Read more

Note that Debi acknowledges that a woman’s husband will still have growth to do. “As he grows,” she writes, “you’re children will grown and your cup will be so full it will overflow into the lives of others.” So let me ask this—if you are catering to his every whim, what is to make him grow? I like to say that my husband and I knocked a lot of rough edges off of each other—we have grown over the course of our marriage, but that wouldn’t have happened if one of us had been the other’s yes-man.  Click through to read more! Read more

Do we want to be a country of closed doors? Or a country that offer some beacon of hope for those in bad situations around the world? There is so much about this country that we have done wrong—imperialist wars and international arms dealings, for starters—against all of that, could we at least do this one thing right? Is that really so hard?  Click here to read more! Read more

The real problem with Wilson’s post—and I didn’t even get into his claims that Boz Tchividjian is biased toward seeing sexual abuse where there is none, and shouldn’t be trusted with an investigation—is his post’s effects on those reading it. What message does the pastor or evangelical layman glean from Wilson’s post? They learn that the civil authorities should not be trusted to adequately handle sexual abuse cases. Click through to read more! Read more

If Driscoll’s sermon series revealed anything, it’s that evangelicals are more than capable of smearing every Old Testament heroine with labels like whore. While I didn’t (thank the universe) learn the story of Esther this way, I certainly learned the story of Bathsheba this way. I would have thought that Esther was one story that was above any such smearing, but it seems I was wrong.   Click through to read more! Read more

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