What If My Children Adopted My Parents’ Beliefs?

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Every so often, I get a comment like this on my blog: Dear Libby Anne,You state that you are an atheist. What would you do if one of your children choose the lifestyle your parents have---if he/she states that you are totally wrong in not believing in god? Would you support or accept his/ her choices? Would you feel betrayed in everything you taught them (e.g. critical thinking) because they don't think it to be the right way for them? What if he/she decides to leave the decision of family … [Read more...]

Premarital Sex and Marital Problems

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I've written a lot about my parents decision to have us children court rather than date. From time to time I've seen readers express confusion as to why parents would reject for their children a process that worked for them. The truth is that my parents turned to courtship for my siblings and I because they believed that dating hadn't worked for them.I recently mentioned that I was conceived before my parents married. In other words, when my parents taught my siblings and I abstinence before … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee, Immigration, and Evangelical Compassion

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I haven't said anything about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from the countries south of Mexico, but I've been following the story. I've never quite understood why American evangelicals are so anti-immigration and pro-borders. And I say this as someone who grew up in an evangelical family solidly involved in conservative politics. But border issues were never my thing. The first year I participated in homeschool speech and debate in high school, the topic was … [Read more...]

Oh Noes! Little Kids Might Learn Gay People Exist!

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So, I recently came upon a Family Research Council video from 2008. Yes, it's a bit dated, but I watched it anyway. The entire thing was Tony Perkins talking with parents of two young elementary school students (one in kindergarten, one in second grade) whose teachers used age-appropriate materials to teach children about gay and lesbian individuals as part of coursework on diversity.Perkins talked about how "confusing" it is for young children to be introduced to "homosexuality," and … [Read more...]

Oh That Sarah Jones! Censoring the “Nones”

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On July 4th, the New York Times published a story on Sarah Jones. I've known Sarah Jones, both through blogging and in person, for over a year now. Like me, Sarah grew up in a conservative Christian homeschooling family. Like me, Sarah is now a feminist, a progressive, and a nonbeliever. Of course, our stories diverge on multiple points---Sarah was abused as a child in a way I was not, she was ultimately allowed to attend public high school, she went to a conservative Christian university, and … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl: What to Do If Your Wife Embarrasses You

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So I recently came upon this video:I transcribed it for you so you don't have to watch it. Debi: Hi, I'm Debi PearlMike: And I'm the big boss Mike.Debi: We're here to day to read a question that came in in our mail and to answer it. Oh goody, a letter! Are you ready? Hi Mike,I love my wife, but I find it hard to like her sometimes. Over the years she has gotten more and more competitive or at least I think of it as competitive. But this is an example of what she does. … [Read more...]

Missionary Tourism

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I went on a missions trip to a country in South America when I was 15. Most of our time was spent on things that can be best described as tourism. We went out to restaurants and tried new foods, drove through crowded city streets, went to tourist shops to buy souvenirs, and visited schools and villages. We spent very little time doing anything that resembled missionary work.I found this trip transforming---for one thing, it gave me a global perspective and reinforced just how wealthy we were … [Read more...]


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