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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More Young Adults Lived with Their Parents in 1940 than Live with Their Parents Today

A Pew Research headline popped up on my Facebook feed recently. For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds, it declared. The headline positions the article (and the data it highlights) squarely within the widespread and often-fraught media discussion of the "high" number of Millennials living with their parents, and the "low" number of Millennials marrying. And so I clicked through. I found this graph:Look at the data in t … [Read more...]


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Tim LaHaye Wrote More than Left Behind

Evangelical pastor and author Tim LaHaye died last week. While LaHaye is best known for his Left Behind series, which details the end times as described in Revelation, set in a fictionalized future, this was far from his only written publication. For example, there was his 1978 work, The Unhappy Gays: What Everyone Should Know about Homosexuality. Have a look:You can read a detailed summary of this book here. It's every bit as bad as it looks. But while some people are already … [Read more...]


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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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