Making Bigotry Sound Beneficial: A Longstanding Tradition

Have you noticed how much the rhetoric has shifted vis a vis gay people over the past several decades? Yes, there are some conservative evangelicals (and others) who still use language reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s, but for many more, opposition to gay marriage or other gay rights initiatives has been rephrased in different ways. It's all, "we love gay people, we just think children need a mother and a father." Or, "we have gay friends, we just don't think it's right to force a baker to … [Read more...]


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Why We Need the EPA

In an era when the only question at a Republican debate is how far the candidates will go in their talk of gutting the Environmental Protection Agency---Trump has proposed eliminating it altogether---it may be worth taking some time to look back at the state of our environment before the creation of said agency. I'm going to look at specific products---namely, DDT and lead---and then turn to the quality of our air and water. I suspect that many of us today are less informed than we should be a … [Read more...]


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Puncturing Declension Narratives

Last week Homeschoolers Anonymous posted this photo, "an actual graph Reb Bradley created for his mental health curriculum." You can see it here: So you know what's strange? A lot of Protestants argue that before the Protestant Reformation, most people were duped by the Catholic Church into believing they could work their way to heaven. These individuals weren't really saved and weren't really following the Bible, the argument goes, and the priests and monks---the ones who did read the Bi … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Christianity and Syrian Refugees

Several months ago, while reading articles about the refugee crisis, I came upon a video from Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization working in Greece to help Syrian refugees off of their rafts as they land. I was especially struck by some lines near the end of the video. Start at the 5:10 marker.The text of this section is as follows: We are the first faces that they see when they land. Probably a lot of them have never even met a Christian. When they land on this beach, we're … [Read more...]


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Can We Talk about Those Faux Victorians?

By now you've probably heard about Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman, who've decided to live as though they are in the Victorian era. They've fitted their house out with original 1890s appliances and dress in clothing from the era---Sarah even wears a corset. I've been avoiding writing about them because they originally seemed to be outside my usual topic material, but with their recent comments on feminism and women's rights they've suddenly become very relevant. The quotes below, which I will comment … [Read more...]


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The Homosexual Deathstyle; or, A Fixation on Gay Sex

A couple years back, I watched a documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which looks at five Christian families with gay or lesbian children. Something one of the mothers said really struck me. She said that after her daughter first came out, and introduced her girlfriend, all she could think about was her daughter and her girlfriend having sex, and how disgusting that was. She said that over time, she was able to make a sort of peace with her daughter because she began to see more than … [Read more...]


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Weeds, Birth Control, Trees, and Temperance

Do you remember that image of the weed and flower I posted some time back? It compared a weed, "Sexual Chaos," with a rose, "Strong Family Life," and made birth control the root of the contrast (aka birth control leads to sexual chaos and not using birth control leads to a strong family life, which is just flat out weird, but okay). Here it is as a reminder:I bring this up because I recently came upon a pair of images that were strikingly similar. And yet, they're not from the present but … [Read more...]


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