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

Doug Wilson: Jamin Wight Not a “Sexual Predator”

Oh boy. So I’ve written before about Doug Wilson’s excuse-making for serial child molester Steven Sitler, but I haven’t written much about the other child abuser in Doug Wilson’s closet—Jamin Wight. Long story short, while Jamin was a student at Doug Wilson’s seminary and boarding with a Christ Church family, he sexually (and psychologically) abused the family’s daughter, Natalie, for years, beginning when she was 13 years old. Jamin was ten years the girl’s senior. Read more

What Happened to Teaching Kids to Respect People’s Name Preferences?

When I was in middle school, I briefly tried out the youth group at my family’s evangelical megachurch. I was homeschooled, and wasn’t used to being around so many public schooled kids, and I had no idea how to fit in or even identify with any of the kids there. But the real problem I ran into had to do with the youth group leader. See, he wanted the kids in youth group to call him Andy*. My parents forbade… Read more

Young Earth Creationists: Neanderthals Were Human

What with the news about homo naledi, a new hominin species, it’s probably time to revisit young earth creationist interpretations of such skeletons. Given that young earth creationists start with the Bible and only then look at the scientific evidence, it shouldn’t be surprising that they tend to argue that species like Homo Naledi or Neanderthal are either human or ape. Over the weekend, Answers in Genesis declared homo naledi an ape. Several years ago, Answers in Genesis declared homo floresiensis human. Read more

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