Do Children Have a Right to Medical Care?

It's been a while since I've written about the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). This isn't a fringe organization, and it's never just been about homeschooling. Michael Farris, who founded the organization in 1983, is a well-connected figure in the Christian Right. He ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia back in the 1990s. Earlier this month, he took a job as the president of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the country's largest Christian Right legal group.Anyway, check out H … [Read more...]


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Yes, Feelings Can Be Fact-Checked

Some years ago I picked up Rick Perlstein's well-known historical treatise, Nixonland, and found it so engrossing I could hardly put it down. So when I saw that Perlstein had written an article about Trump supporters for Mother Jones, I was intrigued. "I asked my student why he voted for Trump," Perlstein wrote. "The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying." He called this student, whom he named Peter, "one of the brightest students in the class, and certainly the sweetest."As I read Per … [Read more...]


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Jesus Christ and Donald Trump

Description: Grainy image of a man with long hair carrying four suitcases, with the wording "On my way back to the White House" across it. Caption adds "March all you want, protest all you want, President DONALD J. TRUMP is our President for at least 4 years, no weapon formed against him will prosper! You know you are doing something right when there is so much opposition!!!This social media post has already been skewered on Facebook. Still, it deserves some additional response. It was post … [Read more...]


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Woman Senator Mistaken for Random Selfie-Taker

Just run for office, they said. Stop whining, get elected, make change. But even when women get elected, even when they work to bring change, some things don't change. Check out this image and caption, by way of example:Getty Images published this picture with the caption "A woman takes a selfie with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) (R) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC." The image was quickly shared on Facebook and even the … [Read more...]


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Today we Grieve but Tomorrow We March

Some of my readers have expressed an interest in space for talking through their feelings about today's inauguration. I'll start with a few words, and then leave space for collecting conversation and (yes) grieving. There is a lot of uncertainty right now about what Trump will do, partly because his claims and promises and statements are so often in conflict with each other and so often out of touch with reality. The Affordable Care Act will almost certainly be repealed---and replaced with what, … [Read more...]


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Could Women with IUDs Be Charged with Murder?

Idaho state senator Dan Foreman has introduced a bill that would ban abortion, and clear the way for charging both abortion providers and women who receive abortions with first degree murder. Prominent evangelical pastor Doug Wilson posted this week in hearty approval, but with a word of warning: But the first thing necessary is careful wording. We need to note that in order for the charge of first degree murder to stick, a prosecutor would have to show intent. In some cases, doing that would … [Read more...]


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DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos's confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs. DeVos has refused to say that she supports public schools, and is a strong advocate of diverting public monies away from the public schools. She has also suggested that public s … [Read more...]


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