No True Christian: Robert Dear and Christian Terrorism


I've seen people claim that Robert Dear, the planned Parenthood shooter, was not a Christian. This despite the fact that he had crosses in his dwelling, reportedly was devoted to the Bible, and posted Bible verses and apocalyptic warnings on an online message board a decade ago. Frankly, I'm tired of this. When a Christian commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all Christians, just like when a Muslim commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Ignore Your Child’s Tears


To Train Up A Child, chapter 14, part 2Today we'll finish up the chapter on "emotion control." As a reminder, we're reviewing Michael Pearl's child rearing manual, To Train Up A Child. My parents used this book with me as I grew up. As I became a parent myself I came to see Michael's advice as toxic and even abusive. And indeed, his book has been linked to three children's deaths. In this series we dismantle it piece by piece.POOR THING, WHERE DOES IT HURT? For your childrens' own good, … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 43: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Saturday Link Love


Each week, I collect a variety of links I find interesting or helpful, some to blog about and some to save and share. At the end of each week, I always have a handful of links sitting on my computer that I haven't done anything with. I'm going to institute a new feature---each Saturday, I'll share these links here on my blog and ask my readers to share any interesting articles you have found in the last week as well.And so here you go---your first installment!ParentingThe Science of S … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Closing Arguments


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 164-167In the comments on last week's post, a number of individuals with far more experience in this area than I wrote that Dr. Schram's testimony was weak because she did not go into detail about why she had come to the conclusion she had and because she kept positioning herself as a mother rather than an expert, even to the point of stating, during the hearing, that her years as a stay at home mother were the most important years … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm taking the day off, and I hope you are too! Also, what is with Black Friday shopping beginning at 5pm today instead of, you know, on Friday?! Seriously, people! It's Thanksgiving! … [Read more...]

Jonathan and Alison Schumm Abuse Case Raises Questions


Given my interest in homeschool reform, I am familiar with many if not most of the entries at the Coalition for Responsible Home Education's Homeschooling's Invisible Children database. This database was started by homeschool alumni concerned about the role homeschooling can play in intensifying and hiding abuse by allowing abusive parents to isolate their children. (I suppose this is where I add the caveat that I am not anti-homeschooling, just pro-accountability.)Anyway, I found the most r … [Read more...]