Christian Homeschoolers: Children Don’t Have Rights

children's rights

There has been a lot of confusion about why the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty. Fred Clark of the Slactivist is absolutely right that evangelicals' fear that the UN is the vehicle of the coming antichrist, along with conservatives' fear that the UN is a plot to form a one world government and erode the United States' national sovereignty, played a role in the rejection of the treaty. But there's something else there too.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through … [Read more...]

Creationists Embrace “Truth in Education” in Indiana

Teach the controversy

Many of evangelicals' attempts to insert creationism into the classroom over the past half decade or so have actually been based in the rhetoric of progressive education. The latest development in Indiana's nascent creationist wars is just one more example of this. Confused? Let me explain.After laws banning the teaching of evolution in public schools were struck down in the 1960s creationists began arguing that schools should teach both creation and evolution and then let students make up … [Read more...]

Michigan Cuts Child Tax Credit, Suggests One for Fetuses


Remember how I wrote about the Pennsylvania legislators who want to deny increased benefits to women who have an additional child while on welfare? Well, I recently read about something similar going on in Michigan. Republican representatives in Michigan have proposed to offer a $160 tax credit to any woman who was at least 12 weeks pregnant at the end of the year.  I’m sure that the basic idea behind the proposal is to assist soon-t0-be-mothers with their upcoming financial burden.  However, I … [Read more...]

Is Fact Checking Biased?

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The advent of instant media has made it much harder for politicians to say one thing to one group and something different to another group, or to twist the facts or tell baldfaced lies - or at least to do those things without getting caught. It seems like with each election, fact checking sites become more prominent and play a greater role.But the increasing prominence of fact checking has also led to the politicization of fact checking - i.e., to groups like the new Conservative Fact … [Read more...]

Social safety net? Heck no! Women must pay for sex!


Some responses to my post on losing faith in the pro-life movement have been thoughtful. Others have not. "No, Pro-Lifers Are Not Making Children Too Expensive to Let Live," written by Calvin Freiburger and published on Life Action News, is one of the latter. I’ll be addressing Anne’s argument that pro-lifers actually encourage abortion because the other policies of pro-life politicians make it more expensive to have children. That's not actually a bad summary of what I said in my post. My poi … [Read more...]

What if Abortion Were Illegal?


If abortion were illegal, women forced to keep unwanted pregnancies would sink below the poverty level and find themselves stuck in abusive relationships. If abortion were illegal, women who miscarry would be viewed with suspicion, and if it was determined that the woman played any role in the miscarriage, they would be jailed, and perhaps even prosecuted for manslaughter. The rest of the western world would look on in horror. If abortion were illegal, profiteering doctors would set up shop … [Read more...]

The Pill over the Counter and Birth Control Accessibility

the pill

I am absolutely thrilled by the American College of OBGYNs' recent recommendation that the birth control pill be available over the counter. From the press release: Oral contraceptives (OCs) should be sold over the counter (OTC) in drugstores without a doctor’s prescription, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). Easier access to OCs should help lower the nation’s high unintended pregnancy rate, a rate that has not changed over the past 20 years and c … [Read more...]