Articles By: Rachel Motte

Rachel Motte is a freelance writer, journalist and editor specializing in social issues, educational affairs, and international religious freedom. Her work has appeared at CNN.com, The Evangelical Outpost, The New Ledger, the Daily Caller, and in Jonah Goldberg’s recent anthology, Proud to Be Right. She is an alumna of Biola University, the Torrey Honors Institute, the Leadership Institute, and the World Journalism Institute. Rachel may be reached at rachel[at]rachelmotte[dot]com.

But Seriously, Folks: Pineapples and Standardized Tests

The absurd talking pineapple story found in an 8th grade standardized test is not a new phenomenon--it’s been sighted on tests in several states in the past seven years and has been the subject of much discussion online since at least 2007. It’s only in the past few days, however, that the...
April 23rd, 2012 | Education | Read More

Your Christmas Viewing Guide

Wondering how best to wile away those hours of vacation time this Christmas? Hoping for some good family activities to help you all slow down and enjoy one another’s company? Look no further. The Examined Life’s Lindsay Marshall has some holiday movie tips, complete with suggested questions...
December 20th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Film, Media, Television | Read More

All the Married Ladies: A Response to Kate Bolick

Ever wonder how Conservative women compare with their feminist counterparts? My latest piece is up at the newly launched politicalistas.com today: a response to The Atlantic’s November cover article. Though I was deep in the throes of giving birth, I couldn’t help smiling at the nurse’s shocked...
November 16th, 2011 | Conservative/Liberal, Culture, Family Issues, Featured, Philosophy, Politics, Social Experiments, Worldviews | Read More

Earthen Vessels: Matt Anderson, Meet Bob.

A friend of mine once named his own body. He called it Bob, joking that, as it was separate from his soul, it deserved a name of its own. If he didn’t want to do something, he could ‘tell Bob to do it’ for him. This may have helped him clean his apartment more regularly, and it surely gave his...
October 27th, 2011 | Book Reviews, Featured, Media, Protestant, Religion | Read More

NaNoWriMo in Space?

Joi Weaver shares some thoughts on why you should consider writing a novel next month–and why you should be excited about space travel: It’s always tempting, when talking of influencing culture, to buy into the “magic bullet” theory, the idea that a single cultural item will change...
October 20th, 2011 | Art & Literature, Blogging, Media, Other | Read More

Welcome Home, Gilad Shalit.

Gilad Shalit was welcomed home today after five long years in the Hamas prison system. (The Telegraph is live-blogging his homecoming for those interested.) The 477 Palestinian prisoners who were freed today in exchange for Shalit are also celebrating their own homecoming, albeit under different circumstances....
October 18th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

What if Spock Was Right: Gilad Shalit, the Many, and the One

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas announced yesterday that Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas since 2006, will be released. In exchange for Shalit’s freedom, more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, hundreds of them convicted terrorists, will also be released. The...
October 12th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Judaism, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

Grade School Mythbusters: Christopher Columbus Edition

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” but not because he wanted to defy any maniacally tyrannical flat earthers. That this falsehood still endures in countless textbooks is both remarkable and (if you’re like me) completely maddening. You see, there were no serious flat earthers in Columbus’...
October 10th, 2011 | Book Reviews, Culture, Education, Featured, History, Media, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

RIP, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has died, just a few days short of the first-ever “Steve Jobs Day”.
October 5th, 2011 | Media, Technology | Read More

US Support for Yousef Nadarkhani Grows as Iran Denies Its Own Apostasy Charges

In a move more reminiscent of a badly regulated nursery than of a foreign power, Iranian officials have now denied that Yousef Nadarkhani is to be executed on charges of apostasy. Instead, the young Iranian Christian will be executed on charges of rape, treason, and Zionism. Maybe. Or maybe not; a statement...
October 4th, 2011 | Culture, Evangelicals, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Religious Liberty, Social Justice, The Gospel | Read More