Steering the Conversation in the Right Direction

This is a guest post by frequent commenter Claudia. … Often the circumstances that surround an event tell us more than the event itself. We all know the stories of the manger scenes around the holidays: City puts up a manger scene on public property, secular group reminds city of the existence of the “Constitution” [Read More…]

Is ‘Female’ An Offensive Term? Part 2

Is the word “female” offensive? Tom Slowikowski offers up a thought experiment to test that out. He urges people to substitute the word “male” anytime a synonym is used — by yourself or others. “Those guys” becomes “those males.” “That man” becomes “that male.” Try it out. As Tom asks, do you feel devalued? Objectified? [Read More…]

Voting Time

Today’s a big Speech Team day — It’s the Sectional tournament where we find out who will make it to next week’s State tournament. So I’m out of commission for a bit longer… In the meantime, I would appreciate any votes you can cast for this site in the Bloggies! We’re in the running for [Read More…]

Christian Store Ends ‘Read with Discernment’ Program

LifeWay Christian Stores has decided to get rid of its ridiculous “Read with Discernment” program, in which certain books were marked with stickers encouraging people to “read cautiously.” I posted about this program a couple years ago. Since most of it is still relevant, I wanted to repost it here (with a couple edits to [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Lone Muslim in Atheist Family Trying to Censor Their Discussions

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, Compared to the letters you normally answer, my problem is very small. The thing is, it’s progressively getting worse and I want to nip it now rather than let it grow into something more column-worthy! The problem is my sister. Most of my [Read More…]