Michael Farris Calls for Closing Doors to Syrian Refugees

Today, I am sad. I am sad for France, and I am sad for the backwardness of responses like this. And I worry. Where will this lead? Where will it end? I don’t have the answer. I wish I did. Instead, all I have is a strong sense of foreboding. Read more

Please Don’t Deny Our Agency

Yes, children who grow up in Christian homeschooling families are often more sheltered than other children. We may study out of textbooks that are extremely limited in ideological scope. We may not have any friends whose beliefs differ from ours. But the entire premise of this blog and so many others is that Christian homeschooling does not work. Children are wildcards, not robots waiting for programming. Regardless of how controlling our parents may be during our childhoods, once we turn 18 we make our own decisions. Please do not deny us that. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 42: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Anonymous Tip: The Smoking Gun(s)?

Actually, this is fairly par for the course for the author, Michael Farris, and his organization, HSLDA. Farris routinely calls attention to cases where (he believes) CPS has overstepped, but he frames it in terms of parents’ rights, not children’s rights. Read more

Coming Full Circle

In a way, some things in my life have come full circle. Jared was the first openly gay person I knew—the person who forced me to completely rethink my views on homosexuality—and now I have seen him happily married. I campaigned against marriage equality in high school, and now I have celebrated both Obergefell but the also the marriage of a good friend. Today, I am content. Read more

A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Ex-Fundamentalists

Do we need to tell ex-fundamentalists that they have to spend more time with fundamentalists or they’re just “re-formed” fundamentalists? I’m sorry, but no. We don’t. We also don’t need to tell them that the pain or anger they may feel is illegitimate, or that if they don’t see fundamentalist positions as as valid or as just as theirs they’re still fundamentalists. And if not being a relativist makes me a fundamentalist, so be it. Read more

One Million Moms Declares War on Children of Gay Parents

This “war” rhetoric may appear bombastic, but the rights of children of gay parents are an emerging frontier in the battle over gay rights nonetheless. No longer content to take aim at gay and lesbian couples, conservatives have put their children in the crosshairs. Read more

Starbucks’ Red Cup and the Evangelicals Who Cried Wolf

Starbucks’ holiday marketing is about as Christmas-centric as you can get, and even that is not enough for evangelicals. Starbucks fails to put a Christmas tree or ornaments on their holiday cup this year, and conservatives call it a “war on Christmas” and “emblematic of the Christian culture cleansing of the West.” Read more

Bill Gothard Defenders Center Obedience

In addition to not understanding the role obedience can play in priming victims for abuse or the predatory behavior of abusers in careful selecting their victims while retaining an upstanding profile around others, the Discovering Grace team also has no understanding of what physical boundaries are considered appropriate for counseling and therapy situations. That they can defend Gothard while promoting a variety of narratives that create conditions that facilitate abuse is appalling. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 41: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

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