September 16, 2013

Housekeeping post ahead — I saw something that really bugged me yesterday. Remember that Kim Hall “FYI” thing I talked about the other day? Well, while I was reading this way cool response to it (yes, it’s the HuffPo piece; it’s the same writer), I noticed in the blog’s comments that Hall has done something very naughty in blog-ness, namely that she seems to have edited her original piece so that it isn’t quite so awful and in places now… Read more

September 14, 2013

I’m not intentionally making this into a feminist blog, but holy cow, stuff keeps happening. Remember what I was saying about zucchini? The Religious Right is like the zucchini of the “religious news that deserves mockery” garden. I don’t normally pick on Catholics too much, but this Catholic guy deserves a call-out. Raylan Alleman thinks that women should not go to college and has written a big long list of why you should not let your of-age, legally-adult daughters make… Read more

September 12, 2013

A few days ago I saw this post written by a man who woke up to his sexism. It touched me, and I want to talk a little about it and make my own confession. This revelation may shock you, gentle friends and readers, but I was once a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. To provide a little background, let me explain a bit. I’ve met plenty of men who said they were feminists who really weren’t at all. One of… Read more

September 10, 2013

A while ago I wrote a post called “The Daughters of Men” in which I cried aloud in the wilderness about a pastor who is deliberately teaching his daughters things that will potentially harm them significantly in their future lives as adults. It looks like this kind of horrifically poorly-done parenting isn’t specific to misogynistic male pastors. Now we have his BFF, Kim Hall, a woman who’s written a tut-tut for young women of today called “FYI (if you’re a… Read more

September 8, 2013

I was married to a preacher, I think I mentioned before, with Biff sliding very quickly into a position as a youth pastor. The trend of using youth pastors to minister exclusively to high school kids began when I was a new convert to fundamentalism–a trend that declared that young people must have fancy rock-concert-style ministries and tons of fun and diverting stuff to do, or else they’ll get bored and wander off. By this time the idea is all… Read more

September 5, 2013

Sometimes I use the term “toxic Christian” to describe particular people, and today I want to talk about what that term means and why I use it. Read more

September 5, 2013

C’mon, admit it: that got y’all’s attention. But it’s a true story, and I’m about to tell you how my mother, of all people, managed the trick. I mentioned before that my Mom was raised uber-Catholic, as in I have relatives who are nuns and priests, we had a super-antique dress-up doll of Toddler Jesus we put special costumes on for the holidays, I still get presents of Pope-blessed rosaries and vials of holy water un-ironically which I value for… Read more

September 3, 2013

I’m still working on my fun post-DragonCon post but had to drop this in here. It’s just too funny, infuriating, sad, and weird not to mention. Once upon a time, there was a Christian couple who opened a cake shop called Sweet Cakes. They made, among other things, special-order cakes for people for special occasions like weddings. Not long ago they got into a lot of trouble for refusing to provide a cake for a gay wedding, citing their belief… Read more

September 3, 2013

It’s hard to explain exactly what Martian logic is, so I’m going to use an example and hope the meaning conveys. In the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, young Calvin one day decides to back the family car out of the garage at his house so he can use the newly-cleared garage for secret club meetings. His tiger, Hobbes, points out that Calvin’s mother won’t like him messing with the car. Calvin responds very logically that they both know how… Read more

August 31, 2013

Have you seen this in the news lately? A bunch of conservative Christians have decided that the three biggest threats to America are these: Communism, Islam, and emergent Christianity. If you just went “wait, what?” then you’re not toxic enough. Yep. Right-wingers had a big meeting called the “Values Voter Summit” in Washington, D.C. lately. This is a big summit, incidentally; all sorts of teabaggers and Republican Presidential hopefuls attend it to drum up support for themselves. They run this… Read more

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