That’s Disgusting! Drumming Up Old-Fashioned Homophobia

Conservatives are losing their stand against LGBTQ rights, and they know it. With the growing number of LGBTQ individuals who are "out" about their sexual and gender identities, it's an increasingly rare person who doesn't know one---and it's harder to oppose the rights of someone you know than to oppose the rights of someone you don't know. The focus on marriage equality has also led to a public relations campaign aimed at shaping public perceptions of LGBTQ individuals, presenting them as … [Read more...]


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The Bizarre Libertarian/Christian Reconstructionist Alliance

Ron Paul has just announced a new K-12 curriculum for homeschooled students---The Ron Paul Curriculum. It is comprehensive---history, economics, math, science, literature, Bible---and focuses on the "biblical principle" of self responsibility and the history of liberty. It advertises itself as incredibly academically rigorous---such that a student who makes it through will test out of the first two years of college.All of this honestly sounds like standard fare for these circles---not unlike … [Read more...]


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Doug Wilson’s Race Problem

Abortion is at least as great an evil for black culture as slavery was. And with that line, Doug Wilson strikes again.There are all sorts of parallels drawn between slavery and abortion in the so-called pro-life movement, some implicit and some explicit. I've heard pro-life speakers call for a second civil war, in fact, in order to "rid the country of the evil of abortion." The problem, though, is that Wilson isn't just saying that abortion is at least a great an evil for black people as s … [Read more...]


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Raised Evangelical: Isaac’s Story

A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went.My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]


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Selective Literalism

I think it's important to remember that even when fundamentalists or evangelicals say they are just reading the Bible straightforwardly while other Christians pick and choose, they're forgetting that they themselves pick and choose. "Selective literalism" is a good way to describe it. … [Read more...]


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Raised Evangelical: Joy’s Story

A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Joy; I am a 42-year-old wife and working mother of 2. I was raised in an evangelical home that was fairly well-integrated into mainstream culture. My mother is a conservative evangelical and my father is a progressive evangelical (think Jim Wallis).  I grew up to question so … [Read more...]


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Raised Evangelical: Julie’s Story

A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.Hi, my name is Julie. I’m twenty years old. I was brought up with a mixture of evangelical and fundamentalist beliefs. I am the middle child in a family of ten kids, though we were not Quiverfull, my dad just wanted a large family. I was a Christian until I was eighteen and then I drift … [Read more...]


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