Red Town, Blue Town

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The last time I visited my hometown to see my parents and siblings, I found myself in the gym at my parents' church, juggling kids and donuts. One of the church elders saw me and struck up conversation. He asked where I was living now, and when I told him, he shook his head. "It must be hard to raise a family in such a godless place," he said. I found that comment so bizarre---and yet somehow so insightful---that I haven't been able to shake it.I live in a medium-sized college town that has … [Read more...]

Picking Things Up from the Culture, Homeschool Edition

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If you're a regular reader, you may have noticed that, when speaking of my conservative evangelical homeschool upbringing, I frequently say "I was told X" rather than "my parents told me X." There is a reason for that---sometimes I can't remember whether my parents actually taught me some specific aspect of purity culture or political conservatism or whether I just picked it up from the Christian homeschool culture around me. After all, I read the homeschool magazines we subscribed to, listened t … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 15: An Open Thread

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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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Evangelical Rhetoric and the “Church of Gay Dominance”

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Evangelicals aren't going down without a fight, are they?Marvin Olasky of World Magazine is upset that Jennifer Schoenrock, a deputy clerk in Missouri, was fired for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples---and that the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) did not defend her.You might think that AUSCS, which in previous decades wanted to restrict government power out of concern that officials could then impose a state-sponsored belief s … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Gets Rescued

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Last week, we left Gwen running into the parking lot crying after skeezy lawyer Bill Walinski attempted to coerce her into a "cozy" relationship with him. One reader rewrote the exchange in a way that gave Gwen a backbone, and the difference between book Gwen and backbone Gwen was startling. Backbone Gwen would file a complaint against Bill and then look into legal assistance or start thinking about ways to raise money to hire a new lawyer. … [Read more...]

A Matter of Patriarchy

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Yesterday I saw a trailer for the new Christian movie, A Matter of Faith.The film's website offers this summary:  A Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When Rachel’s father, Stephen Whitaker (Jay Pickett) senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and wh … [Read more...]

What Kind of Atheist Parent Are You?

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Some months ago I mentioned Temperance Brennan in a blog post on atheist parenting, and my readers had a lot to say. To be specific, many of my readers argued that it was unfair that Brennan, an atheist, felt the need to defer to her Catholic partner, Booth, and let their daughter, Christine, be baptized. I did not write a followup post at the time, but my thoughts have been percolating and I think I'm ready to put them on paper. Or rather, in pixels, I suppose.Let's turn to an analogy for a … [Read more...]


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