Whatever the cause, evangelicals ended their political isolation. But what is less studied is the impact of the various think tanks and lobbying groups evangelicals founded during the 1970s and beyond. Historians have recently paid more attention to the role of conservative think tanks like the Cato Institute or the Heritage Foundation, but evangelical lobbying groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA), founded in 1979, tend to be less studied. Click through to read more! Read more

Hey guys! Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black came out last Friday! This open thread is for all things related to season 4, as well as any previous season. You do not have to have finished the season to join in the discussion, but be aware that the discussion may include spoilers—that’s the nature of the game when Netflix drops full seasons at once like this. Not that I’m complaining, mind you! Click through to join the discussion! Read more

After this past Sunday’s episode, I feel like we need another thread for discussing this season of Game of Thrones! I have started to feel like this season surely cannot be written by the same people as last season—it almost feels like an entirely different show. The treatment of women this season has been amazing. When I watched the meeting between Danaerys and Yara, I felt I must surely be watching someone’s carefully drawn up feminist fan fiction, and not the actual show. Read more

Within twenty-four hours of last week’s Orlando attack, I saw an evangelical Facebook friends post that this is the difference between Christians and Muslims on LGBT issues—that Christians love gay people while Muslims try to kill them. In a sick, twisted way, last week’s brutal attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando is a boon to evangelicals. Now every time someone calls them out for their opposition to gay rights or their homophobia, evangelicals can now point to Orlando and say “no no, that is what hating gays looks like, we don’t hate gays” or “we’re not the ones who are killing you, go deal with Muslims, we’re not like them, we love gay people.” Read more

Apparently “selfish, disrespectful brats who have no respect for people, property or authority” commit less murder, robbery, and vandalism, smoke less, drink less, have sex less, get pregnant less, and do drugs less frequently than previous generations of young people. Yeah that makes sense. Except that it doesn’t. At all. Read more

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. Enjoy! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new 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

So, my new (used) copy of Anonymous Tip came. And you know what? This next section is the most boring section ever. Basically, it’s the next Monday now (a week later) and it’s the hearing about Gail’s motion to dismiss the case. I’m going to be doing some major summarizing while zeroing in on the interesting tidbits—namely, some developments in the benighted Peter-Gwen-Gordon love triangle. Or whatever it is. Click through to read more! Read more

The FBI is investigating this incident as both a hate crime and an act of terror. I don’t have a problem with that. I do have a problem watching my gay friends’ relatives tell them that this was just a mass shooting, or just a terrorist attack, and that who the victims were is incidental and irrelevant. Not so. Click through to read more! Read more

These posts, and others like them, offer an important reminder. All is not always as it seems, and your assumptions are sometimes flat-wrong. This is actually something I try to think about when someone I don’t know cuts me off or engages in behavior that exasperates or confuses me in a public place. I don’t know what is going on in their lives, they don’t know what’s going on in my life, and that’s okay. Click through to read more! Read more

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