The Biased . . . and the Confused

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I was poking around pro-life responses to the declining abortion rate when I found this Catholic Online article. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were less than 17 abortions for every 1,000 women in 2011. The figure is down approximately 13% from 2008, and nearly half of what it was in 1980 when the greatest number of abortions were recorded at almost 30 per 1,000 women. . . .Unfortunately, the Guttmacher Institute has a glaring anti-life agenda. The Institute is infamously … [Read more...]

How (Not) to Challenge a Creationist

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I've seen Buzzfeed's 22 messages from creationists to people who believe in evolution floating around facebook and the blogosphere for a couple of days now. It features pictures of individuals who attended the Ken Ham / Bill Nye debate holding messages written on notebooks. I've seen lots of people talking about how ridiculous the messages are, and I've seen some people talking about how stupid and profoundly ignorant those people must be. And in all of this, I almost missed that Buzzfeed also … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: David’s Sin Was All Bathsheba’s Fault

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Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 207I have written so often about the tendency of what I call "the purity culture" to blame women for men's sexual actions. Even rape is too often blamed on the woman doing something to deserve it, inciting his lust with her clothing or her actions. Modesty is preached as the solution, and women are told to cover up. Women become responsible for men's sexual actions. In this, the last section of Debi's chapter on being "chaste," we see this idea taken to a … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard, Sexual Predator

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Bill Gothard has been a big name in the Christian homeschooling movement since its very inception. Gothard runs the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), puts on family life seminars, and produces curriculum and "wisdom booklets" used by Christian homeschooling families across the country, including the Duggars (Bill Gothard himself spoke at Josh Duggar's sister-in-law's wedding, which was featured on the Duggars' television show). Gothard's … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Your Wife Will Be What You Make Her

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated to Need a Help Meet, pp. 122---123We're starting to finish up the Command Man chapter. Your Guiding VersesEphesians 5:25-29 25-Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26-That he might sanctify and cleanse it wish the washing of the water by the word. 27-That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it … [Read more...]

The Abortion Rate Is Falling. Why?

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The abortion rate has come down to an all-time low---the lowest rate since 1973, the first year for which we have accurate numbers. In fact, the abortion rate dropped 13% between 2008 and 2011. Pro-life groups are arguing that this drop is the result of new abortion restrictions, but in fact the vast majority of these new restrictions were enacted after the 2010 midterm election, and would have no effect on the 2008 to 2011 data. Further, the study itself found that new abortion restrictions and … [Read more...]

SMM: The One Where Hierarchy Is Equality

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A Guest Post by KateOriginally posted on Time To Live, FriendSo Much More, Chapter 6 Part 2 “The goal of Marx’s feminism was to Marxise the thinking of women, then men, then the entire culture. Notice how women were first on their list? Recall that Satan targeted a woman first, too. God’s enemies have recognized that women are not only the weaker vessels, and consequently more easily led, but they are incredibly influential over their husbands (think of Even again) and children, and they … [Read more...]


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