How Not To Combat Sexual Abuse

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Next week Frontline Family Ministries is holding National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers. You would think this would be something I would support, right? I've talked before about a culture of looking the other way in homeschooling communities, the way homeschooling can make detecting  abuse more difficult, and fundamentalist and evangelical beliefs that let offenders off the hook. Spending a week raising awareness and promoting prevention should be a good thing, … [Read more...]

Talking Back to God

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Rachel Held Evans recently wrote that she would have failed God's test of Abraham.It’s a test I’m certain I would have failed: Get your son. Get a knife. Slit his throat and set him on fire. I’d like to think that even if those demands thundered from the heavens in a voice that sounded like God’s, I’d have sooner been struck dead than obeyed them.  Regardless of one’s interpretation of this much-debated and reimagined text (which makes a bit more sense in its ancient Near Eastern context), … [Read more...]

I Will Listen. I Will Learn. I Will Grow.

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As my regular readers will know, I often blog about parenting. Primarily, I blog about the wonder I have found in parenting gently and positively after growing up in an authoritarian family that relied on corporal punishment. One response I frequently get is that I should not speak about parenting as though I know anything when my children are only five and two. I'm told to wait until they get older and see how it works for me then. This completely misses the point.Abuse is a very difficult … [Read more...]

Ebola, Diseases, and the Undesirables

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Am I the only one who noticed that Americans didn't care about ebola until there was actually the threat of people here in the U.S. catching it? For most of the summer there was little focus or interest in it at all, and I suspect most Americans processed it in the way they might another drought in the Sudan. I followed it because when I first heard of ebola some years ago it made a huge impression on me, and became my go-to bogey disease. But everyone else didn't seem to pay much at … [Read more...]

“God” and the Borders of Belonging

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Several weeks ago, five-year-old Sally spent a great deal of time making something for her teacher and then left it at home on accident. When I noticed she had left it, I took it to the school to give it to her. The busses had only just dropped the children off, and when I reached Sally's classroom students were still coming in, putting their lunch containers on the shelf and taking off their jackets. As I left the school after giving Sally the gift she had made, the school's intercom came on … [Read more...]

Ken Ham Says Gender Must Be Taught, But Is Not a Social Construct

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Oh, Ken Ham. Today we'll look at a recent article of his titled "Boy, Girl, or 'Purple Penguin'?" In it he addresses gender and trans issues and is very insistent that gender must be taught---but that it is not a social construct.According to news reports (including on Fox News yesterday), a school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has recently given its teachers a handout to promote gender inclusiveness in their classrooms. This handout encourages teachers to stop referring to students as “gi … [Read more...]

There Is Usually More to the Story, Houston Edition

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If you're anything like me, your news feed exploded a couple of days ago with articles on right-wing news sites alleging that the oft foretold persecution of anti-gay Christians has begun in Houston. It seems the Mayor of Houston issued subpoenas for the sermons of five anti-gay pastors. Censorship! Persecution! The criminalization of anti-gay speech! Or was it? What exactly is going on here?The Houston City Council approved an anti-discrimination ordinance, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, la … [Read more...]


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