Voice in the Wind: An Interlude with Decimus and Phoebe

One of the most puzzling things about this book is considering where we are expected to show sympathy—and how Rivers believes she is portraying her characters. I am fairly certain Decimus and Phoebe are supposed to be sympathetic while Julia is not. I read this book as a teen, and I remember feeling drawn to Hadassah and royally annoyed by Julia. On this read-through, though, I have little but sympathy for Julia.

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Young Earth Creationism Is Evolving

Jeanson does not object to Venema’s statement there are transitional fossils, and that the gaps in the fossil record are being (or have been) filled. Instead, he accepts these claims. He asserts simply that transitional fossils and the increased filling of gaps in the fossil record are not incompatible with young earth creationism. What’s strange is that this argument is very different from the one I grew up hearing.

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Michael Pearl to Domestic Abuse Victim: Suffer Silently

This sort of advice could get someone killed. While I’d be horrified enough that Mike is urging this woman to stay with her abusive husband and accept his abuse with a smile, he’s also telling her that her children will not be harmed (even though they have been harmed already) if she does so. This is the absolute height of irresponsibility.

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Evangelical Pastor Doug Wilson Rips Southern Baptist Convention for Condemning White Supremacy

Yes, you read that right—Wilson equated antebellum abolitionism with racial hatred and called it a “rebellion against God.” It is perhaps not at all surprising, then, that Wilson calls the Black Lives Matter movement racist. What’s surprising—and concerning—is that there are evangelicals who continue to treat him as an authority.

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The Grenfell Tower Fire and Political Libertarianism

It seems that in 2014, the U.K. minister of housing declined to require sprinklers because the Tory Government had committed to reduce regulations. “We believe that it is the responsibility of the fire industry, rather than the Government, to market fire sprinkler systems effectively and to encourage their wider installation,” he said. I grew up in the U.S., not the U.K., but this rhetoric is achingly familiar.

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Lesbian Duplex 125: An Open Thread

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. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post.

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Saturday Link Love: Food, Strawmen, Tweets, and Thank Yous

Saturday Link Love is a 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.

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Voice in the Wind: The Death of Good Claudius

I would like to see acknowledgement that Claudius played a role in the breakdown of his marriage, and in Julia’s growing misery. I don’t see it. At all. In a previous chapter Claudius admitted that he was a fool to have assumed that Julia would be a copy of his previous wife, and a fool to have married her. But what of after his marriage? What of how he acted then? No one forced him to dismiss all of Julia’s interests, or to ultimately give up on his wife and ignore her. He chose to care more about himself than he did about her.

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The Red Center: Not a Figment of the Imagination

Whether these programs attract sadists, or whether those running them honestly believe that the pain they are inflicting is necessary to bring these young people to salvation through Christ and right living, the trauma experienced by residents is no less real. It turns out that the Red Center is not so far fetched after all.

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Why Ken Ham’s Rhetoric on Race Is Counterproductive

Talking about racism is not the problem. Racism is the problem. Ham may think he’s helping—he may believe, for instance, that he is communicating to racists that they should look beyond racial differences—but in fact his statements end up promoting the preservation of a racist status quo by painting those fighting racism part of (or all of) the problem.

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