The Many Shades of Coercion

This week OK Magazine called attention to a recent sermon in which Kenny Batson, a pastor friend of the Duggars, discussed marital intimacy. In his sermon, Batson referred to a marriage retreat Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar helped put on: “What they talked about was this matter right here. Intimacy in marriage. And Michelle said something that I’d never thought, I mean I knew of it but I never thought like she put it,” he explained.“She said ‘Ladies, your husband can get his laundry done by ot … [Read more...]


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Massive Resistance Then and Now

The Alabama legislature is considering doing away with marriage licenses. Alabama is considering a law that would abolish marriage licenses in the state.The proposed bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Greg Albritton, amends Alabama law to remove any requirement that couples obtain marriage licenses or have marriage ceremonies.Albritton said the law would protect the religious liberty of probate judges and clergy who have moral objections to signing same-sex marriage licenses while … [Read more...]


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Sacrificing Lives on the Altar of Marriage

It's time to talk about conservative evangelical pastor Doug Wilson again. Wilson became rather well known a while back for asking a judge to be lenient with a child molester he believed had repented---a child molester he later married to a woman in his congregation, asking God to bless the couple with children. Wilson writes frequently about what he calls "homosexual marriage," and when he does he spares no words. Rather, he goes out of his way to be petty and crude.In a recent essay about m … [Read more...]


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Jane the Virgin and Purity Culture Norms

If you've been watching the CW's third season of Jane the Virgin this fall, you know that Jane is a virgin no more. I've been meaning to write about the episode in which Jane---I hate the terminology here, "gives up her virginity" implies something was lost but "becomes sexually active" isn't as clear as it should be---but to be perfectly honest, I probably should have written about this show long before this moment.I've been watching the CW's Jane the Virgin since the first season was … [Read more...]


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Statutory Rape in Christian Homeschool Perspective

When I first started blogging five years ago, I was unaware of any cases of sexual abuse in my own evangelical homeschool community of origin. In the last two years, that has changed. I'm not going to give any names or details here. I do, however, want to talk about some overarching themes and ideas I've noticed."In another day and age, they would have just made him marry her.""Why should he go to jail? All he did was start a relationship."These are actual things I have heard said … [Read more...]


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This Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong

Image features a picture of Simone Biles with this text:In 1997, a girl born to an "unfit" drug-addicted mother and abandoned by her father was Planned Parenthood's perfect target.Would later become arguably the best gymnast in the world.  Earlier today, I came upon the above image on Facebook. There are at least two things wrong with this meme. First, the meme mischaracterizes Planned Parenthood. Second, it forgets who actually targets children like Simone.Neither Planned Paren … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Acknowledges that Evangelicals Have a Problem with Interracial Marriage

An article posted on the Gospel Coalition website yesterday began as follows: For years I prayed for a young man I had yet to meet: my daughter’s husband. I asked the Lord to make him godly, kind, a great dad, and a good provider. I was proud of a wish list void of unrealistic expectations. After all, I knew not to ask for a college football quarterback who loved puppies, majored in nuclear rocket science, and wanted to take his expertise to the mission field. I was an open-minded mom.But Go … [Read more...]


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