Julia has miscalculated so badly it is almost painful. I’m not sure I’ve ever read any other story where a woman overheard her brother being jilted by a woman he had hoped to wed, and immediately followed up by having that woman killed—all the while thinking he will thank her for doing it. There has to have been an awful lot of lotus eating and wine involved, because I do not see how this logic holds up at all.  Click through to read more! Read more

At some point along the line, however, the Christian homeschool movement as a movement began to be about more than raising godly children. It came to be about raising culture changers. Christian homeschool leaders like Michael Pearl argued that homeschooling parents were “the Moses generation,” removing their children from the evil influences in Egypt and raising them in the wilderness. We children were to be “the Joshua generation,” the generation that would retake the promised land—or, in other words, the United States—for Christ, both culturally and politically.  Click through to read more! Read more

We need heroes of every gender who embody a variety of characteristics—nurturing and caring, assertiveness and daring, problem-solving and civic mindedness. We need T’Challa, and we need Katherine Johnson. We need Mr. Rogers and we need Wonder Woman. We need to teach children that masculinity—and femininity—are not limiting. We need to teach them that they have the ability to define who they are—whether masculine, feminine, or nonbinary—and that they have a wide pallet to paint from. Click through to read more! Read more

Piper is no fringe character. He is smack dab in the mainstream of conservative evangelicalism. This really is is what that tradition has to offer. Surrender your autonomy to a single man and be safe, or assert your independence and face rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment at the hands of men. Be a possession—or prey.  Click through to read more! Read more

Within evangelical Christianity, certain beliefs have been combined in ways that support an approach to poverty that lacks compassion. Poverty becomes the fault of the poor. Wealth becomes a sign of hard work. Structural economic inequality is hand waived away. If the poor would just get a job, evangelicals argue, they’d be fine. The problem is that they are lazy. Or they lack character and follow-through. Click through to read more! 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. Every week, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Hadassah is being kept in a dank cell with a “mass” of other prisoners, most of them women and children. Atretes comes looking for her and finds her there. He’s disgusted with her situation, of course, and reminded of his own days as prisoner. He’s also really, really angry with Julia. This is destined to go well! Click through to read more! Read more

I’m baffled. Check out this graphic from Christianity Today: Why would evangelicals value an endorsement by Donald Trump over an endorsement from Mike Pence? Mike Pence is the one who is actually consistently evangelical and conservative. He has never waffled on things like abortion rights or LGBT rights. The inclusion of Barack Obama in the list is curious—though it’s worth noting that while 33% of evangelicals said an endorsement from Obama would make them more likely to trust a politician, 49% of… Read more

Last January, frustrated at seeing her abuser blame sexual assault brought to light by the #metoo movement on lack of biblical sexual standards, Jules Woodson went public. Megachurch pastor Andy Savage, she said, had sexually assaulted her while she was a 17-year-old student and he was her youth pastor twenty years before. Savage responded by announcing to his congregation that he had committed a sexual indiscretion twenty years in the past, and that it had been properly addressed at the time. Savage has now offered and update. Click through to read more! Read more

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