“I See Things That Nobody Else Sees”

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Melanie Martinez's music video "Dollhouse" is really getting to me. I've watched it multiple times since writing about Cynthia Jeub, and have been struck by how much it speaks to me. Why, you ask? Let me explain. First, the video:Before I get into my story some more, I want to quote from a recent blog post by homeschool graduate Lana. Lana's writing has long spoken to me, and is a story only too common in the Christian homeschooling communities we grew up in. Our family was the center o … [Read more...]

Growing Up Jeub

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I have written several blog posts about the Duggars and their beliefs, and each time have had commenters defend the Duggars and tell me that their family must be happy and functional because they look happy and functional on screen. This is a problem. As I've noted, the Duggars follow and promote the parenting methods of religious leaders who teach that corporal punishment must be used to break children's wills, that children should be required to smile and not allowed to show the slightest neg … [Read more...]

Has Gay Marriage Harmed this Writer and Her Children?

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I recently came upon an article titled "Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me---and Our Children." I was intrigued, because I often hear or read that allowing gay and lesbian individuals to marry harms opposite-sex marriage, but I rarely find any case made for what that harm actually looks like, or how it is caused. The article, by a woman named Janna Darnelle, begins like this:Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and … [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...]

“A Mommy and What Else?”

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When my mother was in grade school, her teacher asked each child to share what they wanted to be when they grew up. When the question came around the room to my mother, she said she wanted to be a mommy. "A mommy and what else?" her teacher asked her. My mother recounted this story to me many times, using at as an example of the evil feminist indoctrination of girls against their god-given maternal impulses that takes place in public schools. This teacher did not consider simply being a mother … [Read more...]

The Real Lesson of My Story

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Quick Libby Anne, rewrite the ending of your story, it's not playing well with Christian test audiences!A regular left this comment on my post about the Duggars, in response to comments from Christians suggesting that my own apostasy was proof that college turns people into atheists and that the Duggars are right to keep their kids from college. Yes, this commenter was being sarcastic in her suggestion that I rewrite my story. But frankly, it is this more than anything else that originally ga … [Read more...]

Are You Crunchy Enough?

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A couple of weeks ago we ran into a family at the park. We'd run into them several times before, and Sally had taken to their daughter, Ella. This time we learned that Ella will be attending kindergarten at the same school as Sally this fall. After we left the park, I remarked to Sean that it might be good to have this family over---that we might get on well with them. "But then, I don't know how crunchy she is," I added. I was referring to Ella's mother, and Sean asked what I meant. The truth i … [Read more...]


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