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Last October, ten women filed a negligence lawsuit against the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a fundamentalist Christian organization that put on conferences for families, produced Christian-based homeschool curriculum, and often employed the teenage children of its followers. In January this lawsuit was amended to also name Bill Gothard, IBLP’s founder and president until his resignation in March 2014 amid accusations that he had sexually harassed and molested dozens of teenage girls in his employ over the course of over three… Read more

If you are reading the posts in this serious but not the comments, you may want to dive in this week. Several commenters have been writing some excellent fan fiction, and I have a feeling it’s about to get only better. Read more

I can’t speak for Donna, whose testimony is quite above—her journey is her own. Still, I find Ken Ham’s request to hear from his readers about the way “the Lord has used AiG . . . in your life to bring you salvation” highly ironic given my own experience. Read more

What becomes manifestly clear is that Franklin Graham has no understanding of how abuse functions. Let’s be clear about what happened here. Naghmeh alleged that Saeed was abusive. Franklin Graham decided the best course of action was to put them alone together in a cabin. If we had any remaining doubt about how terribly evangelical leaders deal with abuse allegations—and how utterly they fail to protect abuse victims—that doubt is no longer. Read more

At its core, opposition to forming romantic relationships without the intent of marriage is rooted in the idea that you—your body, your companionship, your experiences—belong to you future spouse, even if you won’t meet them for a decade or more. Note who you do not belong to—yourself. This opposition is also rooted in a perception of relationships that focuses on giving and taking rather than on sharing experiences and life. Next time you hear conservatives talking about the importance of marriage, it’s worth remembering that their entire conception of relationships may differ fundamentally from yours. Read more

I don’t remember my first political activity, but my parents do. I’m told I was on the front page of the newspaper, campaigning against Hillarycare. Throughout my entire childhood I was thrust into the political spotlight, expected to campaign for my parents’ political candidates and parrot my parents’ views. At pro-life rallies, I made sure my smallest siblings held signs with slogans like “I’m a child, not a choice” or “Adoption, the loving option.” While still a child, my father left myself and my siblings behind at a rally to meet with a reporter while he got the car. I made sure my 9-year-old sister, the youngest there, had a chance to speak. Thrusting children in front of the microphone—and before the cameras—was just a part of life. Read more

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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. Religion Injustice: An Open Letter to the Gospel Coalition, on Sparking Conversation The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History, on Atlas Obscura Why the Feminist Movement Needs Christian Feminism, on Samantha P. Field Feminism… Read more

I’m going to skim over a few pages here first, because I really don’t want to bore you. Read more

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