WWJD Bracelets, Veggie Tales, and Evangelical Culture

One thing about being evangelical was that you didn't believe in any of those sacred objects or rituals that Catholics did. Evangelicalism was all about faith. Sort of. See, just because we didn't believe in actual sacred objects or rituals didn't mean we didn't actually have objects or rituals. Have you ever been in a Christian bookstore? Have you ever worn a WWJD bracelet? Have you ever listened to Christian contemporary music? Have you ever played the Bible edition of Apples to Apples? … [Read more...]


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Whose Politics Is It Anyway?

Yesterday I was watching Rachel Maddow with Sally. Rachel had Elizabeth Warren on, and I turned to Sally and said "That's Elizabeth Warren. We like her." And then I froze. I know that I like Elizabeth Warren, but that doesn't mean that Sally does or has to. What was I saying?When I was a kid, my parents always said it like that. It was never about "this is the candidate mommy and daddy support"; instead it was always "this is the candidate we support." As in, the whole family. In fact, the … [Read more...]


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How Can We Bridge the Culture Wars Divide?

A guest blogger at Feministe named Eve has written a wonderful post about the culture wars divide. She makes an argument for empathy, beginning by explaining how the bubble that is conservative evangelicalism can envelop a person's life and frame how they see the world around them. She finishes by raising big questions, questions about how we should go about bridging this divide and about whether it's even possible to do so. "I lived in that bubble my entire childhood. It glittered with the … [Read more...]


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The Mark of the Beast

Evangelicals in a school district in Louisiana are objecting to a palm scanner that kids could use to pay for their lunches, thus eliminating the need for lunch money. Why? Because it sounds too similar to "the mark of the beast." “As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” said Sonnier. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.” For those not familiar with evangelicalism, the mark of the beast is par … [Read more...]


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Our F*cked Up Politics of Healthcare

You want to hear something sad? Just the other day I read that starting August first, women will be guaranteed an annual wellness doctor visit without a copay. Last week at my post-baby doctor visit, my doctor wanted to schedule me for wellness visit in six months, just to make sure everything was fine, and I intentionally put her off, wary of the copay (especially with the upcoming prospect of having to pay for daycare for two children). So when I read about the new requirement, my immediate … [Read more...]


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Airplanes and me; Or, what a BIG family means

The other day I was talking to a friend about how much I would love to live on one of the coasts someday. I expressed some concern about the idea, though, because it would mean living so far away from all of our family, possibly even requiring numerous days of driving to come for a visit. "Why wouldn't you just fly?" my friend asked, confused. And I just looked at her. "Oh." See, growing up in a family with a dozen or more kids meant that flying was never an option, ever. But with only two kids, … [Read more...]


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It was like leaving my own children

Reader Rebecca recently posted a comment I really identify with: I always say that I was a homeschooler in the most steriotypical kind of way – the denim jumper-wearing, granola-eating, flour-grinding type. And then sometimes I clarify further by mentioning that my parents also didn’t believe in birth control. I dearly wish that, like Latebloomer, that I would come across as normal, but I’m pretty convinced by now, after years of striving to blend in, that I have have some kind of aura about me … [Read more...]


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