An Excerpt from Open All the Way: Confessions From My Open Marriage

“Sexie” Sadie Smythe has been writing stories about her open marriage for a couple years now on her website (NSFW). She’s also been telling them at BedPost Confessions, an event she hosts and organizes in Austin, TX. She’s honest, reflective, and a direct threat to anyone who thinks marriage must be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Her [Read More…]

It Must Be Worse in the Deep South…

Maggie Flynn reminds atheists about the perils of dating in a conservative city like Nashville: The wine arrived. As if to demonstrate how moderation worked, Matthew poured me half a glass, which I definitely saw as half-empty. “Are you religious?” he asked. “Not really.” “But you believe in God?” I drained my wine glass and [Read More…]

A Secular Wedding Ceremony

It’s always nice to hear secular wedding vows — a way for a couple to show their love for each other without bringing a god into the mix. Reader Chris recently performed a wedding between an atheist and a “spiritual Buddhist.” He adapted the text for it from a Buddhist ceremony (courtesy of John Karuna Cayton) [Read More…]

Christian Group Opposes Telling Children the Truth About Sex

Here’s what I know about Senate Bill 1619, filed recently by Illinois State Senator Heather A. Steans: It calls for comprehensive sex education, while supporting abstinence: Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades 6 through 12 shall include instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy [Read More…]

A Couples Retreat… Minus Half the Couple

First Baptist Church made a video recapping a recent married couples’ retreat. They asked the couples to share their experiences and urge others to attend the retreat in the future. Nice video. But I just don’t get the feeling like I’m hearing from everyone…: Wow. By the third couple, it’s kind of funny… by the [Read More…]