CTNAHM: Is She Serving You With Joy or A Sense of Duty?

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By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 154---156I realized something just now. I skipped 2 pages of my review last post. The last couple paragraphs of that post actually take place after today's section. Apologies. Hopefully this post will get everything sorted out. Cleanse Your WifeThese three verses are the most important in the entire Bible regarding marriage. I will print them again and again. You should have them memorized by the time y … [Read more...]

Boycotts, Hobby Lobby, and Misplaced Evangelical Outrage

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Growing up, my family didn't shop at K-Mart. Along with numerous others, we were involved in a 1990s evangelical boycott of the store. Why? Because K-Mart owned a bookstore chain called Waldenbooks, which sold pornography. The outrage rallied in this boycott had a similar feel to the outrage of evangelicals over Obamacare's contraception mandate. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, is currently involved in a Supreme Court case challenging this mandate on the grounds that buying health … [Read more...]

The Politics of Middle School Leggings Activism

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Somehow I missed Amanda Hess's recent article, Middle-School Girls Picket for the Right to Wear Leggings. It may seem a little thing, but the little things are often also the most achievable. Today Amanda followed up on the issue with another article, Talking With 13-Year-Old Leggings Activist Sophie Hasty. Interviewee Sophie Hastings has only just hit her teens, but I found her amazingly perceptive.First, Sophie explains how she got involved in leggings activism---and why leggings became a … [Read more...]

Unhelpful Things (Some) Atheists Say

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Yesterday, Ed Brayton wrote a post titled Atheists, Please Stop Saying These Things. I thoroughly enjoyed it and agreed with what he had to say. Below are summaries of his points (in his post he offers lengthy explanation under each). 1. Please stop saying that “we’re all born atheists.”2. Please stop trotting out simplistic reasons why people believe. 3. Please stop explaining the creation of religion in equally simplistic ways.4. Please stop conflating fundamentalism or Biblical li … [Read more...]

Sorry, You Don’t Get a Pass

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I've noticed that there are an increasing number of evangelical Christians who argue that homosexuality is sin but that gay people should have equal rights. In other words, they make a distinction between their religious belief on the one hand and ensuring equal legal rights for all on the other hand. While standing up for LGBTQ rights is an excellent step, it is not enough.I've had readers question me on this. Why do I want them to change their belief that homosexuality is sin, they ask? … [Read more...]

That Disgusting, Evil, Pagan Movie, Noah

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By now you've probably heard of the new Hollywood movie, Noah, with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. I haven't seen it yet, but I now kind of want to, thanks to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.First the trailer, and then I'll explain.Last fall, after this trailer came out, Ken Ham wrote a blog post titled Don't Be Taken in by the Noah Movie's Promotion. In it he wrote the following: Is the movie trailer promoting the blockbuster film Noah—to be released in March—part … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Child Labor (or, Who Needs Academics?)

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 12We are now to Michael's chapter titled "Child Labor." I've decided to cover this chapter in one post even though there are two main topics covered here---first, the importance of hyper-gendering children's chores, and second, the relative importance of manual labor and academic instruction (By now, you can probably guess which one is highly valued and which one is devalued). Trust me, you don't want to miss either section!So let's get started! Gendering … [Read more...]


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