I Grew Up in the Benedict Option. Here’s Why It Didn’t Work.

In the wake of the Obergefell decision, Rob Dreher of the American Conservative and others are discussing what they call the “Benedict Option.” To be perfectly honest, I’m still trying to figure out what Dreher means by the term. He calls for Christians to withdraw from the world and it’s concerns and focus instead on forming intentional Christian communities, but then objects when someone suggests this position is isolationist and insists that it’s not. Read more

Admitting Privileges, Abortion, and the Trojan Horse of Protecting Women’s Health

Abortion is far safer than birth. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue calls 1000 hospitalizations due to abortion in Texas each year “completely unacceptable.” What does he think of the 116 women who died in childbirth in Texas in that same year? While researchers are still discussing the reasons for the U.S.’s unusually high maternal mortality rate, most agree that lack of access to healthcare is a significant part of the problem. And yet, Republicans have blocked both medicaid expansion and other proposals that would extend healthcare to pregnant individuals. If abortion opponents truly cared about women’s health, they would ought to policies that would make pregnancy and maternity care more affordable and more available. Read more

Let’s Talk about Common Core Math

For a lot of people traditional is inherently good and new is inherently frightening. We parents know the old way of teaching math, and as such it is somewhat familiar. For many parents, difference is scary. But difference and change aren’t necessarily bad. Sometimes they’re very very good. I for one am excited that my children may learn to understand math better I did. Read more

My Evangelical Homeschool Mother Taught Me the Five Pillars of Islam

It seems a group of parents in Tennessee are protesting the inclusion of Islam in the state’s seventh grade social studies standards. In fact, some activists urged students to intentionally get an F in the class. And, as you see above, some activists are arguing that parents should homeschool because of curriculum like this. And so, in our highly polarized world, I have something to say. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 35: An Open Thread

It’s time for another open thread! Read more

Pope Francis Presides over a Church Still Fighting to Keep Accused Sex Abusers from Going to Trial

In the Catholic Church, holding onto church money matters more than justice for victims of child sexual abuse. Remember that the next time you see someone post something lauding Pope Francis for eating with the homeless, or pushing back against capitalism, or believing the science on global climate change. Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Lingering Eyes Make Peter Forget All His Doctrine

I’ll be honest: I don’t get this section. At all. It just doesn’t fit. Read more

When “Pro-Life” Means “Anti-Birth Control”

Through a link on Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled Planned Parenthood Targeting Morning Center Patients! I suspected that Morning Center must be some sort of crisis pregnancy center, but I found myself morbidly curious about what the author of the article meant by “targeting,” so I clicked through. Read more

Jamie Wight, Maranatha, & Sexual Predation Unrecognized

In the comments on my recent post about Jamin Wight, who sexually molested a young girl from age 13 through age 16, several readers pointed to similarities between the story of his victim, Natalie Greenfield, and the story of Maranatha Chapman. And they were right—the similarities are almost uncanny. In this post I want to tease out both the similarities and the differences and hit on some themes and underlying problems. Read more

No Ableist Slurs, Please!

From time to time I find the need to step in and remind commenters about my comment policy. This time, it has come to my attention that a number of my commenters have slipped into using ableist slurs. I slip in this area myself sometimes, and not long ago I had to edit a post because I’d accidentally used one here on the blog. This post is not a condemnation but rather a call to do better—and a reminder that ableist slurs are banned by my blog’s comment policy. Read more

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