George Zimmerman and Race in America

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I was raised in a family where we "didn't see race." This was the world of "colorblind" conservatism. I believed we lived in a post-racial world where everyone was equal and it was the quality of your character that mattered, not the color of your skin. And then I grew up, and I realized that the era of racial equality I thought I had been living in was a fairytale---a myth.We are at this moment in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin. A friend of mine … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Race Problem

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Abortion is at least as great an evil for black culture as slavery was. And with that line, Doug Wilson strikes again.There are all sorts of parallels drawn between slavery and abortion in the so-called pro-life movement, some implicit and some explicit. I've heard pro-life speakers call for a second civil war, in fact, in order to "rid the country of the evil of abortion." The problem, though, is that Wilson isn't just saying that abortion is at least a great an evil for black people as s … [Read more...]

Is Creationism Racist?

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I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. I've been to the Creation Museum, and I've been reading Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine for close to a decade now. And one thing that was drilled into me over and over again is that racism is rooted in the theory of evolution and that creationism, which teaches that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, is the antidote to … [Read more...]

The Christian Homeschool Movement and Nostalgia

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When I was eight or ten, my mom was really interested in finding a particular geography book to use in homeschooling us. Frequently when we would go to a historical home or a museum, she would see it on a shelf and say "There! That's the book I want!" It was published in 1902, you see. Frye's Geography. She'd heard it promoted somewhere, at a conference or in a homeschool magazine. She eventually found it used somewhere and was thrilled. She began using it with us, and while the images were … [Read more...]

“Humanism” and “Atheism+”: What’s the Difference?

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Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that there are portions of the atheist community that are sexist, misogynist  homophobic, and transphobic. Those atheists who care about feminism and LGBTQ rights have become increasingly upset as this has played out. Many have been wondering where we go from here. Blogger Natalie Reed and I both wrote posts on this issue last week: here and here. Now blogger Jen of Blag Hag has weighed in calling for a third wave of atheism. "It’s time for a … [Read more...]

The Problem with Big Tent Atheism

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I rarely comment here on the goings on in the atheist community. I'm torn, really. On the one hand, a big part of me wants to go to the conferences everyone talks about, and I do occasionally participate in events with local atheist groups. On the other hand, when I watch things like elevatorgate, or the brouhaha over whether sexual harassment policies are even necessary at conferences, well, it's a bit of a turn off. The thing is, atheism doesn't have a catechism or a statement of faith or a lis … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Race

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What role did race play in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull community in which you grew up? Were there any black or hispanic families? Were they treated differently? Joe: In the church I grew up in, there was never a non-white member – ever.  The church was not overtly racist, though they had issues with illegal immigration, but the services were very boring and would not have fit into a culture different from a bunch of white dudes and one off key old lady singing How Great Thou Art from a … [Read more...]


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