Evangelicals like Brown decry the “demonization” of Christianity, but having the world view Christianity positively is literally against their theology. Growing up in an evangelical community, I was often reminded of Jesus words that Jesus told his disciples that “ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” To not be hated would mean one was not following Christ. In fact, give the centrality of these teachings to my evangelical upbringing, I’m rather surprised evangelicals like Brown aren’t rejoicing in this perceived “demonization” of Christianity. After all, shouldn’t that mean they’re truly following Christ? Read more

I’m actually really curious what the lies are, outside of the MMPI results. After all, Gwen does spank Casey in a way that would create fear of discipline and Dr. McGuire doesn’t know that there weren’t bruises. This means that when Gwen said her parents spanked her in the same way she spanks Casey, Dr. McGuire had every reason to conclude that Gwen was abused. Finally, Gwen is frustrated with Gordon and upset with him for failing to pay child support. The only lie I see in the picture Dr. McGuire lays out here is that there were no bruises, and Dr. McGuire does not know that. Read more

Perhaps it is our ability to capture these moments—or rather, black teens’ ability to capture these moments—that has the most potential to create change on this issue. Read more

We have our work cut out for us, and we don’t need Swanson’s faux persecution claims muddying the waters. Can you say counterproductive? Read more

My first grade daughter has a friend—we’ll call him Jake—who has Asperger’s, an autism spectrum disorder. I’ve talked with her about the condition in an effort to help her understand her friend, but it’s sometimes hard to find the line between providing helpful information and unnecessarily othering or stereotyping a child. In that vein, I was excited when I learned that Sesame Street is introducing an autistic character, Julia. I was glad that other children like my daughter will have access to information… Read more

Focusing on virginity and purity rather than consent, safety, and bodily autonomy does young people a grave disservice. Young people need to be equipped with tools and information. A simple “don’t” doesn’t give them any of that. Your child’s virginity is none of your business, but giving them the tools they will need for adulthood is. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Let’s talk about Halloween! Read more

Seriously, what is this?! It seems nobody likes Seattle. Read more

I grew up in a conservative home, and if there’s one thing I learned it was the importance of the free market. This is supposedly a core conservative principle in American politics today. This week Texas conservatives have acted in direct violation of their supposed conservative and free market principles. Read more

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