You Cannot Be a Patriotic American and a Confederate

Christian colleges are all over the map on the Confederacy, the Antebellum South, and the ‘Lost Cause’ mythology that grew up in the South after the Civil War. Some, like the Virginia college my childhood acquaintance applied to, take a hard line against support for the Confederacy and the ‘Lost Cause.’ Pensacola may be one of those. Others, like Doug Wilson’s New Saint Andrews College, do not. Read more

Hello the Eclipse!

The eclipse has momentarily taken my mind off of politics, which has been a nice break. Of course, figuring out where to best view the eclipse and how to make sure we find parking/viewing space has itself become somewhat stressful. And don’t even mention trying to find eclipse glasses. I gave up. Now I have to figure out a pinhole viewer. Or something. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 133: 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

Saturday Link Love: Erasing History, Aryan Outfitters, and White Tears

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: Intro to Domestic Violence

Last week, Marcus returned home from a months-long business trip to find his sister married to Caius. Marcus visited Julia and found her blissfully happy and passionately in love with her new husband. Marcus was inexplicably unhappy about this, discontent to find that Julia was drinking wine and going to parties and (gasp!) having passionate sex. This week, things have changed. Julia’s happy dream has been shattered. Click through to read more! Read more

If America is a TV show, this season feels increasingly dark

Here is one thing I appreciated about Obama: When he didn’t understand an issue, he worked to change that. He sought out people with expertise, people with knowledge of the issue, and he asked questioned and listened. And then he thought. So even when he took a position you disagreed with, you knew your side had been heard. You knew he wasn’t just shooting off at the hip. Click through to read more! Read more

On the Vandalism at the Boston Holocaust Memorial

This incident hit home for me because of my many memories of visiting this memorial. To see something I’ve visited, something I’ve stood in quiet silence under, something that meant something to me shattered—it’s startling. This is not normal. This is not simply public light being shown on right-wing fringe groups doing what the’ve always done. It’s something new, something different. Click through to read more! Read more

I Already Answered Trump’s Question about Statues of Slave Owners

Asking these questions rhetorically, in a press conference, is the height of irresponsibility. If you don’t understand something, you find someone who does and ask them to explain it. You may disagree with their argument, or you may need to ask follow-up questions before you understand, but in posing such questions as though they have no answers—all the while making it clear that he’d never tried to find the answers—Trump offered legitimacy to literal Nazis and open white supremacists. Click through to read more! Read more

Protestant Masculinity and Catholic Female Space

Because the Catholic Church only allows male priests, and because its leadership is dominated by men, some atheists I have encountered have wondered how I could go from a patriarchal evangelicalism to an equally patriarchal Catholicism. It didn’t feel that way at all. In the Catholic Church, I saw myself represented. The veneration of Mary was especially important to me, in a world where God was and always had been male. The female saints, the existence of a religious vocation—I felt valued. I felt seen. Click through to read more! Read more

White Supremacists and Parents in Denial

Trump has fundamentally broken our nation’s de facto system for preventing overtly white supremacist organizations from growing beyond the fringe. Mothers like Bloom, who convince themselves that their sons’ white supremacist activities are “something to do with Trump” and thus neither white supremacist nor anything to worry about, are evidence of this reality. Click through to read more! Read more

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