It’s Saturday, and that means Peter is going to have dinner with Gwen and her parents (plus Casey, of course). First, though, Peter spends the day in the law library writing up his federal civil rights complaint so that he can show it around the table at dinner. Read more

It has been nearly two years since Bill Gothard stepped down from leadership at his ministry, the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), amid a growing number of accusations that he sexually harassed and molested girls and young women in his employ. This past October, a group of individuals filed a negligence lawsuit against IBLP. This lawsuit has been amended, and Bill Gothard is now named as well. Read more

If evangelical Christians want to be seen as a group that values and protects children—as they claim they are—they have got to stop doing this. Look, I understand the concern about the government dictating what you can and can’t teach your children about religion. Believe me, I do. But that concern does not justify downplaying or ignoring child abuse allegations. And you know what? This isn’t just about spanking. The children’s uncle has reported that the children told child welfare workers that their father shook their baby sibling like a rag doll. He writes that the children’s father (his brother) denies this, and U.S. evangelical Christian media sources have accepted that denial as fact. Read more

When Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar signed on with TLC, they put their family before the public as a form of entertainment, and that is how many Americans seem to view the Duggars—as entertainment. I’m not surprised, then, to see people publicly speculating about the Duggar children’s sexuality, but I am concerned. To be clear, I’m not talking about noting that the odds are one of the Duggar kids is going to be gay. I’m talking about public speculation about the sexual orientation of individual Duggar children. I’ve seen fans and critics alike analyze individual Duggar children’s dress, bearing, and other details looking for indications that this one or that may be gay, and then gleefully trumpeting their findings. Read more

This afternoon I learned that an armed militia group has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. As I peruse twitter and read about the militants’ calls for all true patriots to bring their guns and join them, I am reminded of the summers I spent at a small camp in the midwest. We didn’t drill or shoot guns—the camp was held at state parks, and I suspect that wasn’t permitted—and the camp was ostensibly about teaching young people how “true” constitutional principles and Christian religion, not about creating a paramilitary force. Still, every time something like this happens I am taken back to those summers and that camp. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! 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. Parenting Kids in Public: And Thus I Have Provided You with a Definitive List of Rules, by Feministe When Kids Simply Won’t Cooperate, by Aha Parenting Reproductive Justice The Right’s Answer to Gutting Planned Parenthood? Elementary Schools, Homeless Shelters, Jails, by RH… Read more

I am clearly getting way too worked up about Farris’s Lila-hate. But seriously. Read more

As we round out the year, I wanted to share my ten most-read posts this year. I should also note that this has been an incredible year for blogging. I had over nine million page views this year. Yes, you read that right—nine million. A lot of that was due to the Duggar news that broke this year—namely, the scandals (if we must call them that) surrounding Josh. In fact, after the news broke about Josh molesting young girls as a teen, I had nearly a million page views in a single day. What with Doug Phillips’ downfall in 2013, Bill Gothard’s downfall in 2014, and the Duggars’ downfall in 2015, I can only wonder what will come next. Read more

I didn’t know until I was sitting in the theater that the main character was female. It wasn’t until several days after I’d seen the movie that I realized that during the entire film, no one said anything about the female lead’s appearance. Wow. Read more

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