‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ isn’t a Strawman, and Here’s Proof

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog SamanthaPField.comQuick update: I took a month off after seminary classes ended, and then I had to play catch-up with some of the volunteer work I’ve been doing since the election. That is finally starting to become a manageable about of work, so hopefully starting next week we can get back to regular blog updates!This was a post I wrote for Relevant a while ago, but they have decided not to publish it (incidentally, the post they did publish was written by a man I dated at Liberty. It’s … insipid, unsurprisingly). The below only covers the first four episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, since those were the only ones available when I wrote it. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Make Sure Your Children Are Better Trained Than Muslim Children?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Blessed Eyes and EarsEditor's note: Nancy is speaking of a book she recently read by a Muslim who converted to Christianity. It's "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" by Nabeel Qureshi. Nancy seems surprised that Islam has a family devotions component. Surprised she was open to reading this book considering a big cornerstone of Nancy's teachings on Quiverfull is the need to outbreed the Muslims before they take over the world. She usually hates anyone she considers a 'scary brown person'. … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Contribute to the Displaced Children of Short Creek

by Cindy Milot cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceEditor's note: I don't know if you are aware of the desperate situation for the mothers and children of Hildale and Colorado City (known as Short Creek), but they are being evicted the only homes many of them have ever known rather unjustly. There are children and mothers, mostly penniless, some now living in tents on scrub land or crowding in with relatives. The state of Utah has caused the situation by the way they've handled the UEP (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints - Warren Jeffs) lands in a state-run trust. Victimized by a religion and a culture, now being victimized again by former members and the state of Utah, this … [Read more...]

Encouraging Your Husband: Part 1 Love Notes

This chapter is very boring, filled with almost identical ideas about writing love notes to your man.This is a series looking at the marriage advice given in Nancy Campbell’s book ‘How to Encourage Your Husband’.While packing for a move I have turned up are books, terrible idiotic books filled with toxic advice. One of those books is by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies ‘How to Encourage Your Husband’. I think I ended up with this book in the aftermath of leaving my old church, given to me by one of my former friends that thought it would ‘help’ my marriage since in her eyes my husband leaving our old church meant that I wasn’t doing my job of wife well enough. Reading through this book … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull – Lurk Where Unmarried Men Are to Find a Husband?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy magazine - Do You Want to Get Married?Editor's note: Lurk where unmarried men are to get a husband, like Hardees??But....but....but I thought Debi et all liked to claim that God had the perfect person ordained just for you? So God picks out the right person, but you have to go searching high and low, even at fast food places? This is just creepy. In all the years I've been married I have never thought about how to replace my husband if he died or ran off with a younger bouncier young woman. Why has Debi given replacing Mike or Mike replacing her such thought? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sexually Molested Girls Must Get Over it and Marry?

by Doug Wilson at Blog and Mablog - The Normal WarEditor's note: More on Wilson's thoughts about sexually molested girls. Doug moves on in this piece on a supposedly fictional young woman who was molested by her father by telling her what happened to her must not warp her view of men. Why? Because get married already! … [Read more...]

Open Thread – Hulu’s ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale’

Is anyone else watching this show and wants to discuss it? Both myself and Cindy Kunsman have been watching and talking about Hulu's new and quite frightening take on Margaret Atwood's book. I thought on Wednesday evenings we could have an open thread for anyone watching the show to discuss. … [Read more...]

Leaving Christianity: Why I Was an Old Man Before I Deconverted

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI am often asked why it took me so long to deconvert. Some people suggest that I must have really been stupid to have spent most of my life believing in a God that doesn’t exist. People who have always been atheists have a hard time understanding how anyone could spend 50 years believing a book of fairy tales — the Bible — is real. Sometimes people can be downright cruel, suggesting that there must have been some sort of ulterior motive that kept me believing all those years. Money? Power? … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – Are We Being Selfish? How Do We Minister to Others?

Lawd have mercy! Debi Pearl has a new book on being a help meet coming out shortly~ Anyone feel like doing a review? - The Hidden Help MeetFor well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

After I Am Dead

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: In counterpoint to Michael Pearl's quote this morning in Quoting Quiverfull and it's talk of hell here's Bruce's take on his vision of eternity. Very rational without the shouty 'hell' stuff of the Pearls. Something to be said for thinking and dealing with death in advance. I've already instructed my family I want them to have a big party, drink lots of tequila, tell silly stories about me and LAUGH. No 'hell' talk. No crying.As soon as Christian fundamentalists read this headline they will shout at their screen: … [Read more...]