Yesterday I posted an email from a reader about a speaker at her Catholic high school. I spent some time dissecting a number of the things this reader reported that the speaker said, and spoke briefly about the differences and similarities in evangelical and Catholic teachings about sex, purity, and marriage. Today I want to get into these differences in a bit more depth and look a bit further at this particular speaker—Jason Evert—and his organization. Read more

I would be remiss if I didn’t address the most unfortunate side effect of this teaching, though—I have watched couples rush into marriage because they want to have sex and believe they have to wait until marriage. This is only compounded by further problems. For example, the claim that if you truly love each other you will wait until marriage to have sex can lead couples to mistake a desire to wait for love. Read more

We can walk into a grocery store confident that there is nothing for sale there that will cause us to sicken and die upon eating it because of the government. I don’t think we realize how significant this is—or how important. This is perhaps a case where government protections and regulation have been so successful that we as a population have largely forgotten why we needed them in the first place. Today, let’s take a moment to remember, and to appreciate having a government big enough to create and maintain such protections. Read more

Say what you want about the side of this bill that makes it harder for abortion clinics to operate, requiring women who miscarry at home to collect their miscarriage and either contract with a funeral home or take it to a health care facility, on pain of penalty, is one of the most inhumane things I have read in a very long time, and has nothing whatsoever to do with abortion. 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. Read more

I mean for goodness sake, what is this whole “I’ll set you free” bit? They’re not together. Or are they? Are they sorta kinda together? Is Peter aware how unethical this is, as her lawyer? Apparently the only matters Peter’s willing to think deeply about are spiritual matters, and they don’t include rules about things like, oh, sexually harassing your client, who by the way doesn’t have the money to get another lawyer. Read more

What does this mean for our society? Whether or not we have always been this isolated from drastically opposing views, there is no denying that politics today is more polarized than it has been at many times in the past, and that polarization does seem to extend into society in general. Where do we go from here? Are we headed toward a world so divided in beliefs and policies that our own neighbors will become strangers to us? Read more

It’s a bad idea in general to assume an oppressor is being fully honest. It is through listening to those being oppressed that we can get a better picture of what is going on—just how deep the problems go, and what are their effects. Those who oppose LGBTQ rights need to be brought face to face with the implications and results of their positions. Covering oppression in pretty language is not enough. Read more

Those who focus on predators taking advantage of trans bathroom access laws are forgetting why these laws have been proposed in the first place. Trans people need these laws. We can talk all we like about the hypotheticals of sexual predators using these laws as a cover, but any such conversation ignores the fact that trans people who need bathroom access are very much not hypotheticals. Read more

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