Christian Homeschool Leader Announces Conference for Arranging Child Marriages

This November, in Wichita, Kansas, fundamentalist and conservative evangelical parents will gather at a conference to create betrothals for their marriageable children---with emphasis on the word children. This conference is called Let Them Marry and will be held by fundamentalist writer Vaughn Ohlman. I've avoided writing about Ohlman here for a while now, but this conference is so the last straw.Let me start with how a parent can know if their child is ready to be married off: 1) The … [Read more...]


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What Makes Someone a Feminist?

The Odyssey Online recently posted an article titled I Am Not A Feminist, and That's Okay. The article, written by college student Amanda Jayne Sankey, offers a moment to stop and ask what makes someone a feminist---or not a feminist.Sankey writes as follows: Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for equal pay. I think if a woman is doing the same job as a man (and just as good of a job), she should be paid the same. And if this were the early to mid-twentieth century, I would be a feminist. But this … [Read more...]


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No, Marriage Does Not “Make” People Healthier

My first grade daughter, Sally, recently asked me to explain the difference between Democrats and Republicans. One of the things I told her was that Republicans want to use public policy to encourage (or coerce) (heterosexual) marriage and believe that everyone would be better off in (first time) married (heterosexual) two-parent families while Democrats tend to embrace a greater variety in family form. I thought of this when I came upon a recent New York Times article, The Ambivalent Marriage Ta … [Read more...]


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Saeed Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Manipulative Abuse of Couples Counseling

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Naghmeh and Saeed Abedini. In that post, I outlined Franklin Graham's response to the abuse allegations Naghmeh Abedini levied against her husband, Saeed Abedini. If you remember, Saeed was an evangelical pastor imprisoned in Iran until from 2012 until last month. Naghmeh spoke of Saeed's abuse in emails to supporters last November, and an evangelical magazine made these allegations public. Despite of the fact that Saeed pled guilty to misdemeanor dome … [Read more...]


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What Do Dating and Grocery Stores Have in Common?

I recently encountered this photo on Facebook:Text reads: "Dating without the intent of getting married is like going to the grocery store with no money. You either leave unsatisfied or take something that isn't yours." -- AnonymousWhaaaaat. Let's deconstruct this, shall we?Why is it wrong to steal food from a grocery store? Because that food belongs to someone else---namely, the owner of the grocery store. What if the grocery store owner decides to give away produce for free, … [Read more...]


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Naghmeh Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Silencing of Evangelical Abuse Victims

Let me start with a word of background. Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000. In 2002 Saeed met Naghmeh, an American citizen who grew up in Boise, and together they became active in the Iranian house church movement. They married in 2004 and left for the U.S. when the Iranian government cracked down on this movement in 2005. When Saeed returned to Iran to visit family in 2009, he was detained by authorities and forced to sign a pledge to forgo any house church activities. A … [Read more...]


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Hi! Married Feminist Mother Here!

Last summer Ladies Against Feminism posted an article titled "Speak for Yourself: Why Single Feminists Should Not Speak for Married Mothers." I've been ruminating over this article ever since and it's still bothering me. For one thing, I'm finding it highly ironic that the author of this piece, Marian Shah, is herself not a mother, while I, the feminist in the room, am a mother. For another thing, the author doesn't seem aware of third wave feminism. And finally, the author's words do not … [Read more...]


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