In Kevin Swanson’s book, being told you can’t discriminate against gay and lesbian couples is Christian persecution on the same level as that in countries like Iran, Pakistan, or China. Of course, in Kevin Swanson’s book media criticism is Christian persecution. Not only that, but it seems Swanson views criticism of their beliefs as the primary form of persecution he and other Christians receive today. This lays bare the bankruptcy of Swanson’s claims of Christian persecution, doesn’t it? Read more

First Wilson imagines a society in which women are physically protected by their male relatives from the threats posed by men outside of their family circles. I say “imagines” because the picture he draws is at odds with the world within which we live. Second, Wilson argues that courtship is to be preferred to the alternative, but his understanding of courtship is more than a little bit rosy while his understanding of its alternative is dire indeed—again at odds with reality. Third and finally, Wilson addresses whether women who refuse to be controlled by their fathers and other male relatives are asking to be raped. 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

Oh god, no, this is not going well. I must admit I am positively impressed by the amount of interest Gordon shows in Casey—though he shouldn’t have asked her any questions about Gwen to begin with—but I am not at all okay with the way he’s treating Gwen. He is completely out of line here, regardless of the fact that Gwen should not be involved with her lawyer. Read more

I’m sure it’s quite gratifying to poke fun at Ken Ham’s use of modern tools in constructing his ark, but it’s worth remembering that he and his followers are going to find your comments just as humorous and ignorant as you find his use of modern technology in replicating a mythical ancient construction project. Read more

Can you see how severely misleading that is? Any ordinary person reading that is going to assume they’re talking about safety in terms of medical complications, not overall socioeconomic and situational risk factors. I mean for god’s sake, all the study actually says is “you’ll be better off if you’re never in a situation where you need an abortion.” No duh. What I really want to hammer home is just how deceptive this amicus brief is being in its framing, and in its desperation to prove that abortion (somehow) presents more risk to women’s health than a procedure over ten times as deadly (i.e. childbirth). Their attempts might be humorous if they weren’t so devastating to women’s reproductive freedom. Read more

No fewer than three readers tracked down and sent me the Gary and Harrison article, the sole article that I was not able to access through my university’s library. Thanks guys, you’re awesome! Seriously. The best. So anyway, I’ve now read it, and guess what? It doesn’t even pretend to compare fatality rates between medical abortions and surgical abortions or childbirth! Read more

The truly ironic thing is that Walsh’s anger is not a result of anything on the Democratic side of this year’s primarily elections. His anger is motivated by Donald Trump’s runaway success in the Republican primary. Walsh has written deeply critical posts of anyone who would vote for Trump, and appears to genuinely believe Trump voters are destroying the country. This is why he wants to prevent “the lazy and the ignorant” from voting. I share Walsh’s distaste for Trump, but I don’t share his distaste for the democratic process. Read more

As you may remember, during arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is more dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and yesterday I wrote my first post examining this brief. Today I’ll look at some of the studies in the brief’s footnotes, and tomorrow I’ll be looking at some new directions anti-abortion activists have taken in their efforts to exaggerate the purported risks abortion poses to women. Read more

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