HSLDA’s Core Agenda: Abolishing Compulsory Education

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Prominent HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka elucidated on HSLDA's agenda in a 2001 book, and frankly, when I read it I found even myself slightly surprised, not so much by what their agenda is as by how willing they are to publicly admit it. The framers of the Constitution, unfortunately, never specifically mentioned in the Constitution the right of parents to educate their children. They took it for granted that parents alone had this right and could choose whatever form of education they saw fit. S … [Read more...]

Then What Makes Us Different? Torture Edition

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The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a report on the CIA's torture program. You can read their summary here. The report, which covered 2001 to 2009, told of water-boarding, sleep deprivation, rectal rehydration, and even of trying to get detainees to talk by threatening their children. But as horrifying as I have found the report itself (if sadly unsurprising), I have been perhaps more horrified by some of the responses I have seen, especially on the Right.Perhaps the most comm … [Read more...]

Duggar Actions Have Real World Consequences

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Over the years I've seen a variety of reactions to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's TLC show, a show they landed as a result of their unusually large number of children. I knew of the show when I was a teen, growing up in a large Duggar-like family myself. At the time I saw the Duggars as powerful witnesses for Christ, using their platform to promote their---our---beliefs. As an adult, it seems to me that the general public either thinks the Duggars this beautiful, loving, quaint family that … [Read more...]

On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

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I recently received the following email:Hi Libby Anne, I’m a long-time reader of your blog, so I know you occasionally write about the Duggar family. Well, recently I heard about a fairly popular petition to get the show “19 Kids and Counting” cancelled. Maybe you have also heard this, but if not, here is one news story about it: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-petition-against-19-kids-and-counting-for-lgbtq-fear-mongering/ Supposedly, this was due to comments they made against gay m … [Read more...]

We Prosecute People for Actions, Not Beliefs

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About a month ago, a blog post by Terry Firma titled "The Dishonesty of Some of Sam Harris’ Foes (Who Clearly Know Better But Smear Him Anyway)" went up on the Friendly Atheist. In it, Terry explained that some of Harris's opponents had been tweeting a specific quote from one of Harris's books and labeling him a "genocidal fascist maniac." Here is the quote: “Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them.” According to Terry, Harris's opponen … [Read more...]

Election Day Open Thread

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Today is the midterm election in the United States. This year's election lacks the pizzaz of a presidential campaign, but that doesn't mean it is unimportant! So get out there and vote, everyone, and feel free to weigh in here on which races and issues you see as especially important. And feel free to pop some popcorn and join discussion as the results come in tonight! … [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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