Melissa and Haley’s “Brave New Life”

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Melissa of Permission to Live is writing a new series. Once upon a time there were two girls. One was very sad most of the time, she kept her head down and did what she was told, because she could not imagine ever being strong enough to do anything different. She hardly knew what it meant to dream, to have goals and ambitions, because her life was already mapped out for her by others, she just had to follow the rules and be the person she was supposed to be.The other girl was very afraid, … [Read more...]

Farris: Patriarchy Makes Kids Gays and Atheists

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If you read my blog, you're probably aware of the Christian homeschooling subculture's patriarchy problem. A variety of prominent Christian homeschool leaders have been promoting patriarchal family structures at homeschool conventions and in homeschool publications for well over a decade, and two of those leaders---Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips---have recently fallen, engulfed in scandal. Michael Farris, another prominent Christian homeschool leader, has since come out criticizing these leaders … [Read more...]

In Which Doug Wilson Splits Hairs and Fails at Logic

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I didn't get into it when I touched on Wilson's "Gaylag Archipelago" comment last week, but Wilson's most recent post on what should be done about gay and lesbian individuals, in which he quotes from an earlier post of his own, sheds light on both the increasingly uncomfortable word dicing of those defending Leviticus and the utter lack of understanding these individuals have of their opponents.Here is the passage where Wilson directly discusses the Leviticus passage. I've highlighted the h … [Read more...]

Taken for a Lesbian Couple

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"You two are adorable, and your children are beautiful," the nice-looking older woman told my friend Beth and I as she paused at our table. She then gave us a knowing smile and moved on."Did she think we were together, or did I imagine that?" Beth asked, turning to me."You definitely didn't imagine that," I replied with a bemused smile.Beth and I were at an outdoor concert that day, our collective four children in tow. We'd left our husbands at home to get some work done in peace, … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson and the “Gaylag Archipelago”

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When a federal judge struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban last week, fellow blogger Kathryn Elizabeth tweeted the news at Christian pastor and author Douglas Wilson. Wilson is well known for his anti-gay views, and he and Kathryn Elizabeth have sparred over the issue before. Wilson's response won't be a surprise to anyone familiar with his work, but it illustrates a problem among religious opponents of LGBTQ rights.Yes, you read that right---Wilson is worried about being sent off to "Gaylag … [Read more...]

This Is How Change Happens

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Some weeks ago I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. The other bridesmaids and I went out on the town and spent some time hanging out, just chatting and enjoying our time together (and trying to keep the bride's stress level down!). Then, as we were chatting, one of the bridesmaids---we'll call her Amy---mentioned that her cousin had just come out as transgender. There was a momentary pause. Amy said she wasn't sure about the whole pronouns thing, and she just seemed really unsure about it … [Read more...]

I’m Sorry

These children remind me of me ten years ago.

I recently had occasion to visit my state's capital building. As I walked through those halls, with their pillars and arches, two thoughts burned themselves into my brain. First, the capital building seems smaller than it did the last time I was here, ten years ago. Second, I am sorry, so very sorry. Ten years ago I was a teenager, still in high school. Did I know what I was doing? We got up early that morning, that day ten years ago, and piled into our fifteen passenger van. My dad, five or … [Read more...]


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