Voice in the Wind: This Is Not a Good Look on Marcus

As I’ve already let on, one thing that eats at Julia as this book goes on is her growing feeling that her family has replaced her with Hadassah. While the course of action she chooses based on these feelings is wrong, her feelings themselves aren’t. Her husband is dead and her brother’s first thought is that this means she might want her slave back when he wants her slave close to him, because he’s obsessed with her slave and is trying to seduce her. Click through to read more! Read more

Who Was Rioting? This Christian School Curriculum Covers School Busing without Saying

I have spoken with homeschooled high school students who didn’t know what the civil rights movement was, or about Jim Crow laws. The history we don’t know shapes us just as much as the history we do know. Consider how the Black Lives Matter movement might appear to someone who literally did not know that our country had ever had a problem with racism. Click through to read more! Read more

The Marriage of Violence and Masculinity: Todd Starnes and the Values Voter Summit

I would say that this is a communication problem—that Starnes is not listening—but it’s not, wholly. Starnes clearly understands that liberals view the link the draws between violence and masculinity as toxic, but he promotes this link nonetheless, going so far as to suggest that men are supposed to solve interpersonal issues with violence and that anything else is being a sissy. That is what we are up against. Click through to read more! Read more

How Did Saying “Merry Christmas” Become a Judeo-Christian Value?

However it started, a rhetorical embrace of “Judeo-Christian values” has become a staple of American evangelical Christianity. How did saying “Merry Christmas” become a Judeo-Christian value? The problem, I suspect, is that people sometimes forget that Judeo-Christian is not a synonym for evangelical Christian. Click through to read more! Read more

Potato Broke

It wasn’t Michael who had to figure out how to stretch what little they had left to create a meal for their five hungry children—it was Debi. Perhaps Michael had fun engaging in voluntary poverty so that he could try out new projects and in general do whatever he wants to do, but what about Debi? What about his kids? This is selfishness in the extreme, but Michael can’t see it. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 141: 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: Air Pollution, Christopher Columbus, and Chicken Plants

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: Marcus Makes His Move

This is a tactic and a rhetoric that abusers use. It’s the “you know you want it” line. It’s used to excuse rapes, but it is also used within abusive relationships. The woman says no, the man sets out to change her mind whether she wants him too or not—because if he can make her want it, it’s okay. Marcus is right out of the abuser’s playbook, down to Rivers’ apparent belief that he can do all of this and still be somehow good and upstanding, unlike his selfish, horrible sister. Click through to read more! Read more

TTUAC: The Bully Sets Out to Prevent Bullying

Michael is on to something when he suggests that a child will not listen to you if he perceives you to be a hypocrite. Kids detect double standards, and they detect them quickly. Your children are unlikely to listen to you if they do not respect you, and they are unlikely to respect you if you treat them badly. And yet, Michael’s entire approach is fraught with hypocrisy. He sets out in this chapter to teach children not to bully their siblings, and yet throughout this book he advises parents to bully their children. Click through to read more! Read more

Just Who Was Jesus? An Exploration of Early Christianity

I know this is starting to sound like an infomercial for Ehrman, but I promise I’m not getting any kickbacks. I suppose it’s just that I’m excited to see the New Testament make sense. Everything that I ever found odd or confusing, or that I had to work to harmonize, is explained when the New Testament is approached not as an inerrant, divinely inspired collection of books but rather a collection of books written by various individuals who often disagreed, during thehard-fought early years of a new and developing religion whose theology was still in flux. Click through to read more! Read more

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