Brio, a Conservative Christian Magazine for Teen Girls, Is Back (And As Harmful As Ever)

If you were a Christian teen growing up in the ’90s and early 2000s, then you might have had a subscription to Focus on the Family’s Brio Magazine, best described as a godly version of Seventeen. Instead of quizzes like “How to Tell if he Likes You,” you’d find content like “How to Become a … Continue reading Brio, a Conservative Christian Magazine for Teen Girls, Is Back (And As Harmful As Ever)

Selections from the ‘Colorado State Monologues’

This year I was once again privileged to take part in the Colorado State Monologues, a rendition of The Vagina Monologues (but more inclusive). The show consists of mostly original monologues and skits by CSU students about issues of feminism and intersectionality. Below are my two pieces: https://youtu.be/C-OQPvi5U88 Text: “I’m not like other guys,” you … Continue reading Selections from the ‘Colorado State Monologues’

The depressing side of Josh and Anna Duggar’s baby announcement

This piece originally appeared on Friendly Atheist. Josh Duggar, the disgraced reality TV star of 19 Kids and Counting, is expecting a fifth child with his wife, Anna. The couple made the announcement on their family website: For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, … Continue reading The depressing side of Josh and Anna Duggar’s baby announcement

Am I that intolerant liberal that conservatives warned you about?

At the risk of humble-bragging, I think one of my better character traits is my ability to be impartial: to keep judgments to myself in an attempt to understand why people hold beliefs and values that I strongly disagree with. That being said, everyone has their “hot button topics” that make impartiality next to impossible. … Continue reading Am I that intolerant liberal that conservatives warned you about?

Jesus supports the refugee ban because heaven involves “extreme vetting”

On February 8th, Franklin Graham, the son of renowned pastor Billy Graham, wrote on his Facebook page, “I’m on my way to Puerto Rico – to remind people that God uses extreme vetting.” This post echoed a sentiment expressed not too long ago by Bryan Fischer, a Religious Right leader, when he said, “Isn’t Jesus … Continue reading Jesus supports the refugee ban because heaven involves “extreme vetting”