If Christianity Today was so interested in running an interview with Saeed—it’s understandable that who followed his imprisonment for years would want to hear from him—they could have run this same interview limiting it to questions about Saeed’s experiences in Iran and his imprisonment. There’s no reason they had to ask about the abuse allegations, and even if they had, there’s no reason they had to print his responses when they turned out to be as horrifying as they in fact are. Click through to read more! Read more

Hey guys! I’ve had a tip jar for a while now (see the sidebar), but I’ve just created a Patreon page as well. Many of you are probably familiar with Patreon, which allows writers, gamers, artists, and others to advertise their work and find supporters and backers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that asks people to become “patrons” of creators whose work they enjoy, pledging to donate a specified amount per month. Click through to read more! Read more

They hid the guns. The article does not directly state why the children hid the guns but the import is fairly clear—the children were worried their mother would use the guns to cow them into staying and putting up with her abuse. This story brings up in stark contrast one of the least-talked-about aspects of the gun control debate—guns’ use in domestic violence. And no, I’m not talking about using guns to defend yourself against an domestic abuser, because that happens only rarely. I’m talking about the role guns play in the hands of the domestic abuser. 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! Click through to read more! Read more

Frankly, I’m worried. We cannot afford to treat this as politics as usual. Our rhetoric is shifting. It is now politically acceptable to call for a 30-ft border wall with Mexico, the expulsion of 11 million undocumented immigrants, and a ban on accepting Muslim immigrants or refugees. It didn’t used to be politically acceptable to say these things. So I became curious. What did people say after Hitler’s rise to power? Read more! Read more

Peter may not be the kind of lawyer who “tries his cases in the newspaper” but he is certainly the kind of lawyer who talks about his cases with the press without checking whether his client wants him to first. The extent to which Gwen is not included in Peter’s decisions is startling. Does this give us some sort of insight into how much Peter feels wives should be included in husbands’ decision-making, I wonder? Read more

This November, in Wichita, Kansas, fundamentalist and conservative evangelical parents will gather at a conference to create betrothals for their marriageable children—with emphasis on the word children. This conference is called Let Them Marry and will be held by fundamentalist writer Vaughn Ohlman. I’ve avoided writing about Ohlman here for a while now, but this conference is so the last straw. Click through to read more! Read more

I’ve sometimes seen spanking advocates respond by arguing that studies of spanking include corporal punishment that crosses the line into child abuse, and thus do not actually show the outcome of spanking specifically. There are a variety of problems with this response—different people put that line in different places, for instance—but this study went out of its way to answer that criticism by looking only at “what most Americans would recognize as spanking” and not abuse. Read more! Read more

To be perfectly honest, I’m somewhat ashamed. I’m ashamed that the grownups of this country have let things come to here, to a place where my child has to worry that her friends will be disappeared. How much harder must it be for Latino parents, or Muslim parents, having to explain Trump’s rise to their children? Perhaps an anti-Trump landslide will make it clear that we as a nation are not this hate, but that’s something I don’t feel I can count on, and that leaves me at a loss. Read more

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