Anonymous Tip: Details, Details, Details

Most of this section is rather boring and mundane. After having supper with Gwen at the hospital at 7:00, Peter returns to the Paulsen Building. He uses “his pass key” to get in and goes to the law library “located two floors below his office.” Notice all the details? We’re told that “lawyers aren’t expected to have the law completely memorized, but they are expected to know how to find it,” and we then follow Peter as he looks up various legal statutes and copies them. Read more

Are Evangelicals Rejecting Legal Marriage?

Don’t expect to see a surge in divorces among evangelicals after marriage equality is universal. Instead, expect to see evangelicals put an increased emphasis on detangling religious marriage from legal marriage. Read more

Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal’s Parents

And perhaps that’s what’s bothering me about this story. Rachel’s parents have been paraded and lauded across the media, their words taken at face value, despite the fact that they have been (successfully) accused of abuse and despite the fact that they are defending their adult son against accusations of child sexual abuse. And as someone familiar with the dynamics of abuse, this makes me really uncomfortable. Read more

You always sound so angry!

We’re at the point, those of us calling out spiritual abuse and toxic structures of power within the church, where being accused of being “angry” and “bitter” has become something of a right of passage. And you know what? So be it. Viva la revolución! Read more

Is Child Marriage Wrong if the Parents Consent?

Early marriages are unwise for a large number of reasons, but for individuals like Chapman or other commenters on these threads, early marriage solves a number of problems—it helps ensure that girls maintain their virginity before marriage, and that they do not have the time to become independent or get ideas. Instead, they are passed from father to husband, and expected to submit to male headship either way. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 20: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

Should Atheists Be Exempted from Airport Security Checks?

Atheism does not make one more moral than others. Atheism is not an ethical system. Indeed, atheists adhere to a wide variety of ethical systems that are sometimes at odds with each other. Stalin was an atheist, and yet he did things that I, as an atheist myself, find reprehensible. This is because he adhered to a different ethical system than I do, even though we share our lack of belief in a God or gods. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Full Conspiracy

And did you catch that Gerald (Blackburn) just gave Randall (McGuire) a bribe?! Frankly, this conspiracy theory is becoming only more difficult to believe as time goes by. This is the sort of thing everyone involved would lose their licenses and livelihoods over. Read more

What’s wrong with Minecraft’s new pocket edition skins?

I mentioned several months ago that Minecraft Pocket Edition only allowed players to play as Steve. This wasn’t a big deal if you played on your own (you wouldn’t generally actually see yourself, after all), but became more of an issue when playing with others on a shared wifi connection. Well, Minecraft has since updated its app, and users now have their pick of a variety of characters. Read more

Josh was “Just Curious about Girls” and the Rank Hypocrisy of the Duggar Excuse Machine

As someone who went through a controlling and manipulative courtship process and then lived in fear that my mother would find out I was having sex during my engagement, I am utterly and completely appalled at how the Duggars have approached this whole mess. Read more

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