George Zimmerman and Race in America

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I was raised in a family where we "didn't see race." This was the world of "colorblind" conservatism. I believed we lived in a post-racial world where everyone was equal and it was the quality of your character that mattered, not the color of your skin. And then I grew up, and I realized that the era of racial equality I thought I had been living in was a fairytale---a myth.We are at this moment in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin. A friend of mine … [Read more...]

A Survey for Those Raised in Religious Homes!

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I've written before about the serious methodological problems besetting essentially every study of homeschooling. Well, it's about to move way beyond that. Brian Ray, founder the agenda-ridden National Home Education Research Institute, is now expanding his repertoire with a study of all young adults who grew up in religious homes. Here's how he describes the survey (which you can take here): This is a survey of those between the ages of 18-38 years old that grew up in religious homes. Our goal … [Read more...]

Teenage Daughters and Their Fathers

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I recently wrote about a group called "Bright Lights" that focuses on urging girls to abstain not only from sex and dating but also from male friendships---until marriage, of course. One of the conference topics, according to their website, is "Giving Your Heart to Your Father." One of the commenters responded to that as follows: I think the "Your Father" in the title meant God, but I could be wrong since there is the creepy incestuous vibe in the purity movement. I replied and let her know … [Read more...]

Erick Erickson—Concerned for Women’s Health?

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In the wake of the passing of the Texas abortion bill, which requires that abortions only be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and proponents claim was designed in the name of protecting women's health, I came upon this tweet by RedState founder Erick Erickson:The text reads "Dear Liberals, go bookmark this site now" and the link leads to a store supply warehouse website selling coat hangers. (Erickson now claims he was not being serious, and was just trying to mock liberal … [Read more...]

God, Humanity, Depravity, and Self Esteem

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The conservative evangelicalism in which I grew up requires that in order for people to be saved, they must admit that they are in and of themselves utterly lost and sinful and deserving of eternal torture. Within this conception, it's not surprising that the idea of "self esteem" should be suspect. I recently came upon a blog post by a conservative evangelical blogger arguing just that.God has created each individual to be exactly what he or she is: a marvelously-crafted bearer of … [Read more...]

Bearing Babies for God

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I was struck by a recent article in the conservative evangelical magazine Boundless. It was called Why Have Babies? What struck me were the reasons the author gave, and must how much these reasons undergird so much of what I saw growing up in a Christian homeschool family.Good Reasons to Have Babies The world says babies are expensive, that they diminish your happiness, and that they limit your spontaneity. They are, they do, and they will — just like a whole host of other things (some wor … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Only Ever Think Good

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 128-132In this section Debi goes into more depth about just what "reverencing" one's husband actually looks like in practice. Her focus in this section is on thought patterns---basically, she argues that women should brainwash themselves into only ever thinking good of their husbands. Debi starts by outlining what she argues is a common problem for her intended audience: In our own strength, we women tend to have minds like old LP records that are scratched. … [Read more...]


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