Michelle Duggar Goes Full Anita Bryant

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Do you remember Anita Bryant? She became a household name in the late 1970s when she sought to repeal a recently-passed anti-discrimination ordinance in Miami. She founded an organization she called "Save Our Children," and capitalized on fear mongering about the fact that gay men and lesbian women would now be allowed to teach in public elementary schools. "As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children," she said. (For m … [Read more...]

“And How Many Daddies?”

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I recently ran into my friend Amy and her son Joey when I was downtown for an event with my daughter Sally. Amy had a similar evangelical upbringing to mine, and is today happily married to her partner of fifteen years, Kate. Their son Joey is two. I've gotten together with Amy for lunch on occasion, and when we ran into each other again last week we repeated, again, that we should get out families together sometime---when we weren't so busy. I introduced Sally to Amy and Joey and then we parted … [Read more...]

Oh Noes! Little Kids Might Learn Gay People Exist!

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So, I recently came upon a Family Research Council video from 2008. Yes, it's a bit dated, but I watched it anyway. The entire thing was Tony Perkins talking with parents of two young elementary school students (one in kindergarten, one in second grade) whose teachers used age-appropriate materials to teach children about gay and lesbian individuals as part of coursework on diversity.Perkins talked about how "confusing" it is for young children to be introduced to "homosexuality," and … [Read more...]

Whose Job Is It to Educate?

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Last week a commenter asked a question about being transgender. Some commenters answered her question, but others took her to task for asking the question in the first place. And indeed, in her comment she said that transition seemed unnecessary because gender is a construct and because individuals with eating disorders are encouraged to learn to accept their bodies rather than to change them. But later, she explained that she was 17 and outside of her parents' internet surveillance for the … [Read more...]

So This Is Love

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I recently came upon an article on the Gospel Coalition. In the article, evangelical writer Josh Bishop adjusting to life with a transgender brother. Begin with love. A Christian response must be rooted in love (Galatians 5:14), and the first step is to affirm that love directly and unconditionally. My immediate response—even before the shock had worn off—was to fire off a quick e-mail: “Heard the news and wanted to let you know I love you.” Later, I told Jessah that whether she identified as a … [Read more...]

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

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Have you seen this? Obama is preparing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity. Rick Warren and other evangelical pastors have signed a letter asking Obama to offer a wide religious exemption in his executive order. We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need. Exactly how would … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson Outdoes Himself Advertising for His Book

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In a trailer for his book, Apostate, evangelical pastor and Christian homeschool leader Kevin Swanson playacts a dystopian future in which he is in jail for being anti-gay. Seriously. Watch it. It's amazing.Yes, evangelicals like Swanson really do think they're going to wind up in jail for being anti-gay. Because we put people in jail for being racist, right? Oh wait. We don't. The most bizarre thing about this is the one who actually wants to clap people in jail is Swanson---in the book … [Read more...]


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