Lesbian Duplex 26: An Open Thread

Time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

Anonymous Tip: Questioning Officers and Selective Terror

At long last, it is now Thursday. As you will remember, the hearing at which Gwen lost custody of Casey took place on Tuesday morning. Gwen got a new lawyer, Peter, at midday, and Peter spent the rest of the day running around learning about the case. On Wednesday Peter called an ex parte hearing asking to have Casey examined by a second psychologist, one of his choice. This hearing was successful. And now it is Thursday. Read more

Ariel Bradley: Christian Homeschooler, ISIS Bride

Even the radicalization Ariel experienced doesn’t feel that unfamiliar. Ariel and her husband joined ISIS, which has gained followers by promising to create a truly Muslim caliphate. My involvement in conservative politics as a youth and young adult had similar motivations. I don’t want to overstate the similarities here—the radicalization that occurs within fundamentalist Christianity tends to be far less violent—but I do want to point out that the feelings are often similar. And it is perhaps because I remember those feelings that I feel like I understand Ariel, however much I may disagree with her. Read more

Dear Adam: Being Gay Is Not Just about Sex

There’s a comic going around titled “If you’re gay, I want you to know that I don’t hate you,” by comic artist Adam Ford. In it the author explains that everyone sins, and sexual sin of any sort keeps people from God, and actually he loves gay people and doesn’t hate them at all and that’s why he’s telling them this. I’m not going to go through the whole thing (it’s lengthy), but I do want to touch on a few points. Read more

Child Development, Jumping Frogs, and Evading Dinosaurs

We went camping earlier this year. You know, the lovely peaceful sort of camping at an out-of-the way campsite, with hikes, ‘smores, and afternoon naps in the tent. Well. Sort of. One afternoon as we all lay down in the tent for a nap, three-year-old Bobby decided he was a frog. He had walked quite a bit on our hike that morning and ought to have been tired out, but kids are nothing if not unpredictable. Six-year-old Sally decided she would… Read more

“Some Responsibility”: Evangelicals’ Shifting LGBT Rhetoric

In calling evangelicals to remember their homophobic past, Noble fails to grapple with evangelicals’ homophobic present. This problem is going to become only more common as an increasing number of evangelicals present themselves the way Noble does, insisting that they feel nothing but love and goodwill toward gay and lesbian individuals and acting shocked and incensed when they are accused of bigotry. Surely not, they say! Not us! We evangelicals love love love gay people and have not a single iota of ill will in our bones! First of all, no. And second of all, no. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 25: An Open Thread

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 so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion… Read more

On Intersectionality and Bibles in Hotel Rooms

Hemant Mehta recently crossposted an article published in American Atheist magazine. This article, written by Steve Lowe, was titled Dealing with Hotel Bibles. Here’s an excerpt: When I come across a Bible — or any religious book — in a hotel room, I personally take it to the front desk. I smile, shake the hand of the person behind the counter, and compliment them on something (the nice room, the helpful staff, etc.). If it’s the case, I mention that I’m… Read more

Anonymous Tip: The Seattle Stranger

This week we have the ex parte hearing with Judge Romer, in which Lawyer Peter Barron asks the judge to order Casey to be examined by a psychologist of his choosing in addition to the CPS-selected psychologist. During a conversation between Peter and Prosecutor Gail Willet in the last section, we learned that the defense is entitled to their own exam “under JCR 23.2” but only for “good cause shown.” This afternoon’s hearing will resolve the issue. Read more

When Love Is Abuse

I was raised in an evangelical home. Between five and ten years ag I went through a time of incredible pain at the hands of my parents. They believed I was bound by God to obey them even as an adult, they freaked out when my beliefs began diverging from theirs, and they cracked down, hard. Their efforts to control and manipulate me can be safely termed emotional abuse. Read more

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