This week is full of procedural detail, and I initially thought it was mostly filler. But as I looked more closely, I realized that it is actually extremely important to what is going on here—perhaps even the heart of the message Farris is trying to offer his readers. Read more

Okay, okay, so the title of this post is slightly over the top. This past Christmas was a bit more heavy on consumerism than I’d planned and I’ve sworn off getting my children new toys until their birthdays, but I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed with the new direction Mattel is taking Barbie. The toy company has just announced  a move away from its classic look toward a greater embrace of diversity in body shape. The dolls in… Read more

But I’m not actually here to talk about Gothard’s new ministry, I’m here to talk about a specific article published on the Life Purpose Power Teams website. It’s unclear whether Gothard or one of his staffers wrote article, which explains “how the Civil War could have been avoided,” but even if it was written by a staffer it was presumably approved for publication by Gothard. And it’s bad. The article lists five things that could have avoided the Civil War. I will list them one by one and respond to each. Read more

Richard Dawkins has stepped in it on twitter again. This time he tweeted a photo of the wife of a prominent Middle Eastern dictator who does not wear hijab, with the text “This is how a good Muslim speaks. And how she dresses. And wears her beautiful hair.” Can you say patronizing? Dawkins then deleted his tweet, not because he realized he’d said anything wrong but rather out of concerns that it might put this woman’s life in danger, but not… Read more

Several months ago, my mother send me some books for the children. Most of them were standard fare and some I was really excited about, but one thing stuck out—an Answers magazine insert about volcanoes and designed for children. Answers, of course, is the publication of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization my parents support. At six, Sally is scientifically inclined and knows quite a bit about evolution from books, documentaries, and episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. She also knows that her grandparents don’t believe in evolution. She was completely aghast when she first found out. Read more

And now, let’s take a moment to remember Alaoui’s work in the wake of her death, to appreciate the passion and courage of her short life, and to mourn the terrible tole of terrorism in Africa. We need more Alaouis. Read more

I have a lot of respect for Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN who runs a popular blog about childbirth, abortion, and reproductive health. But something she wrote in a recent post struck me as off, and I feel the need to address it. Read more

It’s time for an open 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. Read more

I am beyond frustrated with this section. Just beyond frustrated. Read more

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