Why I Take My Kids to the UU Church

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Earlier this spring I spoke with my kindergarten-age daughter about holidays and stories. I explained that many different religions and cultures have holidays that celebrate spring, and that Easter is our culture's spring holiday. I also talked about the history of Easter, and the religious significance the holiday has for Christians. I explained that we as humans create stories about the world around us, and drew parallels to other religions and other cultures."Can you think of any stories w … [Read more...]

On Orgies, Bisexuality, James Dobson, and Evangelicals

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I just read this on Right Wing Watch:Later in the program, Dobson took issue with pastors "who are compassionate toward those who have attractions to same-sex individuals." "I would like them to think, just for a moment, about 'LGBT,'" Dobson said. "The 'B' stand for bisexual! That's orgies!  Are you really going to support this?"I guess I feel like if you're going to get up on your platform and speak on an issue, you should do your research first. Or maybe I'm just old fashioned like t … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Donna Tells All

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris  Last week Gwen bumped into a new lawyer, Peter Barron, and they headed off to talk about the case over lunch. This week we pick up with Donna, who is also having lunch out. Two disparate couples discussed the same lawsuit over lunch in the Flour Mill that day. The ancient grinding mill, perched on the banks of the Spokane River, had been turned into an upscale mini-mall of gift shops and restaurants.Down on the lower level of the mi … [Read more...]

A Letter from Jesus and Living in Fear

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I wrote earlier this week about the way even Christian homeschool kids aren't immune from peer pressure---or from picking things up from the culture that surrounds them. In that post I quoted from an article by Lorraine Espenhain, a Catholic homeschooling mother, in which she explained why her children are so lonely---because she has isolated them from any children who are not also both Catholic and homeschooled----and why she thinks their loneliness is okay.But as several readers pointed o … [Read more...]

Red Town, Blue Town

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The last time I visited my hometown to see my parents and siblings, I found myself in the gym at my parents' church, juggling kids and donuts. One of the church elders saw me and struck up conversation. He asked where I was living now, and when I told him, he shook his head. "It must be hard to raise a family in such a godless place," he said. I found that comment so bizarre---and yet somehow so insightful---that I haven't been able to shake it.I live in a medium-sized college town that has … [Read more...]

Picking Things Up from the Culture, Homeschool Edition

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If you're a regular reader, you may have noticed that, when speaking of my conservative evangelical homeschool upbringing, I frequently say "I was told X" rather than "my parents told me X." There is a reason for that---sometimes I can't remember whether my parents actually taught me some specific aspect of purity culture or political conservatism or whether I just picked it up from the Christian homeschool culture around me. After all, I read the homeschool magazines we subscribed to, listened t … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 15: An Open Thread

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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...]


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