Obedience, Empathy, and the Laundry Hamper

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I was chatting with a friend about the results of a recent pew survey when she asked a question I found very, very interesting. I mean, if you teach a kid empathy, tolerance, and responsibility---do they need to be obedient? Or will they just do the things that are in the best interests of everyone? Like, "Hey, could you do the dishes?" "Sure." Because they realize they should help out with the house.  This is an excellent point.Let me offer an example: I would like my daughter Sally to pu … [Read more...]

AIG Denies White Supremacist Connections

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I recently noticed something fascinating on Warren Throckmorton's blog: Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis is misinforming questioners about Michael Peroutka who is sponsoring of next month’s creationism speech at a church in Severn, MD. According to AiG representative Troy Lacey, Michael Peroutka never was a part of the League of the South. Acting on a tip from a reader who first wrote AiG earlier in the day, I wrote the organization and asked: I understand that Ken Ham is speaking at an event in Se … [Read more...]

From Humiliation to Cooperation

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Yesterday, I wrote about an article in Time Magazine's online parenting section written by Focus on the Family's Jared Pingleton. In that article Pingleton addressed the Adrian Peterson child abuse controversy. My main argument in my own post was that by misunderstanding the dynamics of abuse, Pingleton both erased abusers and reinforced abusers' justifications for their actions.Today I want to address the rest of Pingleton's article---namely, his advice on how to properly apply corporal … [Read more...]

Failing to Understand the Dynamics of Abuse: Focus on the Family on Adrian Peterson and Corporal Punishment

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Yesterday, Time Magazine's parenting section featured an article by Focus on the Family's Jared Pingleton. The article, titled "Spanking Can Be an Appropriate Form of Discipline," addresses the controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson's suspension from the Minnesota Vikings on pending child abuse charges after leaving open lacerations on his son. In his article, Pingleton makes a case for corporal punishment while clearly calling Peterson's actions abuse.Pingleton begins his article with this … [Read more...]

Missouri Father Sues for Control of Daughters’ Sexuality

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Did you see this one coming? One Missouri lawmaker has taken the fight against birth control coverage to a new and very personal place: His own daughters, two of whom are adults.State Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland and his wife Teresa are suing the Obama administration over its minimum coverage requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, which includes contraception. They say the government is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs because they have three daughters, ages … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson, Scott Brown, and the Jackson Brothers

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Let me tell you a story that involves Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson, a "typical" large Christian homeschooling family, and a decade of sexual abuse. I will use this story to illustrate some of the points I've made about churches, homeschooling, and accountability. Let's get started, shall we? Six brothers from Perquimans County [North Carolina] have been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl for more than a decade.Eric, 27, Jon, 25, Matthew, 23, Nathaniel, 21, Benjamin, 19, and A … [Read more...]

“Daddy, Is the Devil Real?” A Response

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A few weeks ago, a reader sent me a post from a blog on the progressive Christian channel and asked for my opinion. The post is called Daddy, is the Devil Real? The author, Morgan Guyton, explains that the devil came up during scary story telling with his sons, and that his five-year-old asked if the devil was real, and that he said yes, which very much concerned his son. Guyton explains his belief as follows:  I really do believe that somebody’s out there who’s behind the world’s evil. People r … [Read more...]


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