Homeschool Debate and Growing Up in a Conservative Bubble

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As I prepared my debate briefs, scouring the internet for evidence, there were two places I always looked first—the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation. A good quote or two that could be applied in argument against a given plan was generally sufficient for my purposes. I filed my briefs carefully in my box and prepared for competition. I honestly think my participation in NCFCA, known colloquially as “homeschool debate,” was the best thing about my high school years. I … [Read more...]

Life Is a Journey; Or, How Beliefs Change

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I was struck recently by a post by Latebloomer of Past Tense Present Progressive. In that post she detailed her journey from fundamentalist Christian to agnostic, describing it as follows: For as long as I've had an identity, it has been wrapped up in the word "Christian", specifically the fundamentalist variety.  I wanted my relationship with Jesus to completely consume me and leave me with no other identity and no errant belief.  My entire life would be spent in gratitude to God for saving … [Read more...]

A Mannequin Like Me

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I recently had a need for some new professional clothing, and I went from shop to shop in the local mall looking at my options. In every store window were mannequins, white and plastic and slender. Not like me. I'm big boned and curvy. Every time I would see a cute outfit, I would find that when I tried it on it looked nothing like it had on the mannequin. But then, I was so used to seeing mannequins like these---tall and skinny---that I directed my annoyance at my body, not at the … [Read more...]

Dear Abby Responds to an Isolated Homeschooler

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Here is an installment in Dear Abby column from last week: DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl. I am home-schooled with one friend. I'm lonely, sad, mad and depressed. I have always wanted to go to a real school, but it's not an option for me. My parents are against it. I am always lonely. I don't know where to turn. I want to meet new people, but I don't know how, or if my parents will let me do new things. I have been cutting myself for more than a year and have lost all motivation to do my … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Is Personhood?

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It's that time of the month once again! Or rather, its a week late, but there are five Mondays in July, so that's okay! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on the ethics of challenging people's belief systems two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt. With all of the talk of abortion regulations and personhood bills in the news lately, I want to turn this month's Forward … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on the Closing of Exodus International

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Yesterday I posted Sarah Jones' thoughts on the closing of Exodus International and Alan Chambers' apology to the LGBTQ community. Today I want to add a few more thoughts of my own. As a kid, I grew up in the shadow of Exodus International. I did not then identify as anything but stick straight, but Exodus shaped my perceptions of and understanding of the LGBTQ community. It was from Exodus, and the evangelical organizations that shed its message, that I learned that guys became gay as a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Exodus International and a Millenial Marketing Blitz

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A guest post by Sarah Jones. (Libby Anne's commentary: I was in the middle of a project when Alan Chambers issued his apology to the LGBTQ community and announced that Exodus International would be closing down, so I didn't end up blogging about it, though I wanted to. When I read Sarah Jones' discussion of the issue, I found that she verbalized some of, and did so better than I could have had I tried. With her permission, I am reposting her thoughts, which originally appeared on her … [Read more...]


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