Wilson on pedophiles and spotting the wolves

Doug Wilson is totally sticking by his decision to preside over the marriage of a pedophile who had made no secret of the fact that he wanted children. Wilson states that “when Boz Tchividjian is barely introduced to the subject, and then pops off with this, ‘Wilson’s unwillingness to acknowledge his ignorance about child offendersContinue reading “Wilson on pedophiles and spotting the wolves”


It was during an attempt to make a self-deprecating joke to a friend that I realized there is no single word for Adults Raised In Cloistered Christian Homeschooling Who Are Now Dealing With It, so I coined the unwieldy ARICCHWANDWI. Somewhere between that moment and now, I seriously considered going back to school in orderContinue reading “For the ARICCHWANDWI”

Doug Wilson on the Confederate Flag

I don’t read Doug Wilson’s blog much; I have better things to do with my time than subject myself to long-winded prose whose tagline should really be “theology that chews its own leg off.” Unsurprisingly, Wilson has spent a lot of energy recently not-exactly-explaining why the Confederate flag is fine-just-fine, the foremost reason of which is abortion.Continue reading “Doug Wilson on the Confederate Flag”

Why Josh Duggar won’t say “victim.”

Very consistently in the apologies that people like Josh Duggar and Doug Phillips offered the public, there was no mention whatsoever of the victims of their crimes. Duggar refers to “those affected by my actions,” as if he were discussing a game of Monopoly. This is not an accident. The word “victim” is rarely orContinue reading “Why Josh Duggar won’t say “victim.””

Consent, Theonomists and Josh Duggar

The reaction of some of Josh Duggar’s defenders point to the larger, deeper problem of glossing over abuses of power because “all sins are equal in the sight of God.” Defenders ask, “Who of us didn’t make mistakes? Who of us didn’t sin as teenagers?” But the scandal is not about “sin,” in that it’sContinue reading “Consent, Theonomists and Josh Duggar”

Josh Duggar and the pattern of scandal

The Josh Duggar scandal is only the most recent of a disturbing trend in what I’ll call Cloistered Christian Patriarchy movements. Although the communities have differed in approach and tone, location and rules, there are a number of them who have seen similar scandals. They have all promoted strict authority structures, vilification of anyone whoContinue reading “Josh Duggar and the pattern of scandal”

Pompous Homeschooled Zealot Seeks Handmaiden With No Ideas Of Her Own

19-year-old patriarch-in-training desires helpmeet to provide things Mom has taken care of up until now. She must be a chaste, quiet keeper at home who will dutifully satiate me at all times using sexual intercourse within the bonds of covenant marriage. Any other kind would damn me eternally into the Non Virgin Pew at theContinue reading “Pompous Homeschooled Zealot Seeks Handmaiden With No Ideas Of Her Own”

Feminism 101

I’m a liberal feminist. Ok, I’m more of a straight-up leftist really, because liberals are kind of wussy and they tend to be corporate sellouts if you’re talking actual politics. I don’t like the term liberal unless by liberal you mean generous. So I’m a left-leaning feminist, with a career and stuff. You know, MattContinue reading “Feminism 101”

Navigating history: Dominion worldview and Christian jihad.

I’ve just finished reading through the book “Navigating The Worldviews of Egypt,” written by my cousins Anna Sophia, Elizabeth, Isaac and Noah Botkin and a variety of their colleagues (and parents and in-laws). I read it at various intervals and in small chunks, because it was difficult to consume at any length without it hurting my brain. The bookContinue reading “Navigating history: Dominion worldview and Christian jihad.”

Vice, Victims and Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson thinks that Lourdes Torres-Manteufel is not a victim; that she was a willing participant in an affair with Doug Phillips, and here’s his logic: Doug Phillips sexually assaulted her She cried and asked him to stop He did not stop She didn’t immediately leave his house. Therefore, it must have been consensual. Therefore,Continue reading “Vice, Victims and Doug Wilson”