So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part IV

I'm sure you've all heard it before. If we normalize and accepting being gay, next we'll have to accept pedophilia! If we allow gay marriage, we'll have to let people marry turtles, or dogs! I remember hearing these arguments growing up, and they made perfect sense to me. So I've asked myself why they made sense to me then and make no sense to me now, and I have come up with not only an explanation but also a handy way to visualize it.I call it the tale of two boxes.I mentioned yesterday … [Read more...]


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Interpreting the Constitution like the Bible

I was raised to be an originalist. When asking what the constitution meant, we were always to look at the "original intent" of the founding fathers. PZ has just offered a perfect example of this: That man [Scalia]  is a dangerous lunatic. He’s got a theological dedication to insisting that the US must be run exclusively by the 18th century principles of the Founding Fathers — even when he’s willing to consider limitations on the ownership of weapons, he gives it an unbelievable twist. The justi … [Read more...]


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Just which Bible are you reading?

I'm not the only one to point out that the Bible can be used to support very, very different things. Even Barack Obama has made this point:In case you're having trouble reading that, here you go: And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go … [Read more...]


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I Remember: AWANA

When I was in kindergarten, someone invited my family to attend an AWANA program at a local church. I participated in AWANA for the next twelve years, memorizing hundreds and hundreds of Bible verses. I could write about AWANA for pages and pages, but this is just one post, so I'll try to hit some of the highlights.AWANA stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed," which, you guessed it, comes from the Bible: II Timothy 2:15 - "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that … [Read more...]


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Raised Quiverfull: Anne’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I'm Anne (aka quicksilverqueen). I'm married to the most wonderful, loving guy anybody could ask for! I currently stay at home to take care … [Read more...]


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Command v. Suggestion: “Wives, submit!” and “Husbands, love!”

Any Christian Patriarchy advocate reading my post yesterday would surely have been shaking his or her head and saying "but it's all about servant leadership, not a dictatorship!" or "women may be commanded to submit to their husbands, but God also commands men to love their wives!" These are the two go-to excuses made by defenders of Christian Patriarchy, who argue that those men who are dictatorial and domineering simply aren't doing it right.I recently read a post on Sober Second Look cal … [Read more...]


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Raised Quiverfull: Skarlet’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions 1) Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I’m Skarlet, I’m 23 and I’m married, and do not currently have any children. I’m finishing up my last two classes in order to graduate with my Bachel … [Read more...]


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