The Limits of Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is absolutely necessary, but it is neither pretty nor a cure-all. It is hard. It can be dangerous. We need to be realistic, and smart. We need to be both willing to engage as the moment requires, and at work toward more wholistic solutions (including electoral ones). There is one thing for certain, after Portland—our innocence is gone. Click through to read more! Read more

How an Article from an Obscure Theological Debate Resurfaced in Last Week’s Senate Hearings

Why did Vought’s religious views come up at all? It had to do with an early 2016 conflict at Wheaton, Vought’s alma mater. Larycia Hawkins, a Wheaton professor, wore a hijab and stated in a Facebook post that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.” Hawkins was suspended, but quit before the school could fire her. The evangelical world ignited with controversy—did Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 124: 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: Wonder Woman, Gun Control, Portland, and Kathy Griffin

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: The Very Angry Gladiator

Nothing about this introduction to the games strikes me as realistic. Click through to read more! Read more

Kevin Swanson and Commander Fred

When it comes down to it, Swanson appeals to the handmaids to call the show a caricature because he is on record supporting essentially everything else depicted. If Swanson doesn’t like how fundamentalist Christianity is portrayed in the Handmaid’s Tale, he might do well to stop sounding exactly like Commander Fred. Click through to read more! Read more

Right-Wing Media Disagrees on Procedure, Not Just Facts

The issue goes deeper than “fake news.” It’s not just about the facts. It’s also about disagreement over procedure. On right-wing media sources like The Blaze, a president tweeting unconfirmed information about breaking news as though it is fact is a-okay, and news sources that point out that the information is unconfirmed are carrying out a vendetta rather than engaging in set journalistic procedure. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelicals Who Link Evolution and Racism Forget Christianity Was Used to Defend Slavery and Segregation

Here is the central problem for evangelicals: If racism stemmed from evolution, as they claim, we should not see Christians base racist ideas on the Bible, either in recent generations or in the decades before the birth of evolutionary science. And yet, we see just that. If, instead, evangelicals accept that racism is part of the human condition, and understand that a variety of ideas—from evolution to Christianity—have been used to justify this racism, they grow closer to reality. Of course, they also lose a favorite anti-evolution talking point. Click through to read more! Read more

In Wake of London Bridge Attack, Trump Wants to Talk about Guns

No one believes gun control would end violence completely. The issue is simply this: other means are less deadly. It’s hard to kill as many people with a knife as you could kill with a gun. We’ve been talking about the MAX killer, an anti-Muslim extremist who used knives to kill two in Portland a week ago—how many would he have killed if he had had a gun and had gone on a shooting spree, picking off the people around him one by one? Click through to read more! Read more

Feminism Is a Discussion, Not a Monolith

In addition to equating of equality and socialism (I suspect how they define “equality” is at issue), the LAF editors make the mistake of assuming that feminism is a monolith. It’s not. I have from time to time met feminists who believe that women should not be stay-at-home mothers, because when women leave the workforce it impedes efforts to achieve economic equality. But I know many, many more feminists who are stay-at-home mothers, and most feminists I know center their feminism around choice. Click through to read more! Read more

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