March 7, 2016

During arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is more dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and what I found was illuminating. I’ll be writing a series of three posts looking at the rhetoric and statistics used in this amicus brief to argue that abortion is more dangerous than is generally understood. Read more

March 6, 2016

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

March 5, 2016

Share your links! Read more

March 4, 2016

The other thing is that no one is considering Gwen’s wellbeing here at all. Did Aaron stop to consider that Gwen might not want Peter thrust in her face while spending the day with Lynn? That perhaps Gwen is looking for a safe place to relax, and that Peter is not a safe person for Gwen at this point? Nope. Nada. And that makes Aaron’s shit job at being an accountability partner only worse. Read more

March 3, 2016

Still, I can wait more patiently for the decision knowing that Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, and Breyer are not going to go down without a fight. They all four appear to be well-read and knowledgeable in this subject, and to understand the importance of the issue before them. They have my hearty appreciation for all of those things! Read more

March 3, 2016

I wish I could leave you with some sort of neat tied-up-in-a-bow resolution to all of the above, but I can’t. We live in a country full of anger. Some are directing that anger at the system, but others are directing it at immigrants and minorities. That much of this anger is understandable does not who is being targeted in the process any less horrific. If nothing else, I have a lot more sympathy and understanding for those people around the world who have watched as dictators and demagogues rise, unable to stop what is taking place before their eyes. Read more

March 3, 2016

The first sentence of the first amendment of the US Constitution begins with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” However, the United States of America continues to do just that. Through the use of the phrase “under god” in the pledge of allegiance, as well as the presence of “In God We Trust” on all national currency, the U.S. government has tied itself with religion. Read more

March 2, 2016

So let’s actually talk about safety. Let’s talk about what actual suspicious behavior looks like and what to do about it. Instead of scapegoating one group for another group’s potential threat, let’s empower women with information and tools for keeping themselves (and those around them) safe. Read more

March 1, 2016

Ten years ago, as a teenager fresh out of a conservative evangelical home, I would have told you that Hillary Clinton was evil incarnate. In fact I did tell people that. In all of American politics, there was no one I detested more than Hillary Clinton. It was the conservative thing to do. My very first political action was to campaign against “HillaryCare” in the early 1990s. I would have been around six. I was on the front page of the… Read more

February 29, 2016

I no longer identify as a Christian and I don’t much stake in arguments between young earth creationist Christians and theistic evolutionist Christians. I do, however, have a problem with people like Turpin so badly misusing or misunderstanding the very basics of ancient history and genre, while claiming he knows them. I don’t like seeing people being misled or lied to. Read more

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