News: Justin Harris Adoption Rehoming Story Keeps Getting Worse

The more that comes out in the media about Arkansas Republican representative Justin Harris rehoming two adopted daughters with a sex offender the worse it sounds. Which is surprising because the entire idea of rehoming adopted daughters with a rapist seems to have been a new low in the first place.Raw Story is saying that Harris is now claiming to have given up the girls because he believed they were possessed by demons. … [Read more...]

News: Justin Harris Had Three Adopted Daughters

This weekend more detail has emerged in the adopted daughters rehoming into the family of a sexual predator done by Arkansas representative (and rumored Duggar friend) Justin Harris. There were three daughters, one of whom was sent back to DHS instead of adopted. Turns out the other two were rehomed mere months after the adoption was finalized.This is just starting to look worse and worse, like the typical Evangelical rescue adopter that likely should never be adopting in the first place. … [Read more...]

On Disguising Logical Fallacies in ‘Feminist’ Arguments

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons While the following may not be a completely universal experience, in my experience it tends to be a common one: when a rape victim starts talking about their experience (especially on the internet), inevitably someone somewhere is going to say something along the lines of “you need to take responsibility for your own choices that led to this.” And then they are shocked– shocked, I say– when someone responds with “stop victim blaming us.” After all, how could they be victim blaming? Didn’t you just hear them argue for agency and autonomy? They are the real feminist in this conversation because real feminists “acknowledge that … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Demons and Children?

by Johnathan Parnell from John Piper's Desiring God blog - Parenting Means Wrestling DemonsEditor's note: There's just so much to dislike in Mr. Parnell's article on parenting and the demonic that it's hard to pick only one awful quote. The main message running through the piece seems to be that the devil is there to trip you up in parenting your children no matter what parenting style you pick and that demons hate children. Love your children, but don't love them too much seems to be the core message. … [Read more...]

News: Justin Harris Claiming Victim Status In Rehoming Daughters With Rapist

From Raw Story - Arkansas Republican Dodges Blame For Giving Adopted Daughters to Rapist: "I'm The Victim Here'The story by the Harris family that they had no options but to rehome their adopted daughters with someone else is ridiculous. Many times cases of reactive attachment disorder in adopted children can be helped with therapy and medication. Many times in most states the local CPS or DHS has referrals, contacts and sometimes funding for the treatment of the myriad of disorders some adopted children may have. It is not a black and white or an either or situation. Even when nothing works and the family decides that they must disrupt the adoption for the good of the family many times … [Read more...]

News: CPAC and the Enforcement of Traditional Roles Only for Women

Not sure if everyone here has been following the last few days in the news and the coverage of the conservative Christian organization CPAC currently holding meetings in the Washington, DC area. Most of what's been reported in the media is a blender of Evangelical crazy, completely devoid of any common sense or reality. Example: "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson gave a paranoid rambling speech that claimed 'STDs are the revenge of the hippies' and that 'you should only have sex for 30 seconds or less'. Seriously, I'm not making this up - Talking Points Memo - Duck Dynasty Star Rambles About STDs and Nazis in CPAC Speech … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Alecia Pennington Having No Official ID Is ‘True Freedom’?

by David at Nooganomics.com - Homeschooling grad finds liberty stifling; she's 19, says she can't get legal IDEditor's note: This man seems to think that being completely unidentifiable in a legal sense is something to be valued? Original posting has lots of praise for the Pennington parents and digs at the federal government and society in general. Think this guy is hiding in a spider hole near Chattanooga, Tennessee stockpiling weapons and dehydrated foodstuffs? Another self-appointed patriarch trying to tell a girl how to live. How can anyone possibly believe that a lack of a legal birth certificate is an advantage? … [Read more...]

Jessa Duggar Says Liberal Christians Going To Hell!

by Suzanne TitkemeyerAt least that's what Raw Story claims in their story on Jessa Duggar Seewald's recent Facebook posting - Duggar Daughter Casts Judgement Against Liberal ChristiansWhile I hate giving anyone or anything Duggar-related free publicity by posting their antics here this needs to be examined. What exactly is she attempting to accomplish here? … [Read more...]

Christian Cliches “Don’t Cause Your Brother to Stumble”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsThis is the beginning of a series on various catchwords and cliches that Christians (particularly evangelical ones) are fond of using.  Like most oversimplifications, however, they usually give an inaccurate or one-sided view of the particular issue they purport to be about-- and often, they are based on misunderstandings of the Bible text(s) they are taken from. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What To Say To Depressed Women?

by Jessica from Smartter Each Day as cross posted at The Humbled Housewife - To the Mom Who Feels DepressedEditor's note: While this is the rare Christian woman urging others to get medical treatment for depression and that's good, having someone else tell you how 'selfish' you are being because you are depressed is really discouraging. I'm glad it jolted the original author into seeking help, but in the world of Quiverfull Evangelical Fundamentalism it's a message that is repeated again and again, 'You have no reason to be depressed because you are blessed, so suck it up and be joyful'. It's a toxic message that's led to tragedies, such as mothers in the movement who have killed their … [Read more...]


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