Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Loses Casey


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Remember that we left off as Bill Walinski, Gwen, and Stan entered the court room, leaving little Casey outside the room with her grandmother, June. Farris tells us that the hearing, in which social worker Donna Corliss and prosecutor Gail Willet sought to have Casey taken into foster care for a week for observation and evaluation, was presided over by Judge Philip Romer. Judge Philip Romer had been appointed to the bench six years earlier … [Read more...]

Sometimes All I Can Say Is UGH


I've had a lot of ugh today, so I thought I'd share some.Did you hear what Phil Robertson recently said about atheists? I'm not going to quote his entire statements, because frankly, I now wish I hadn't read them. In essence, he described, in graphic detail, a hypothetical brutal home invasion of an atheist family, complete with the rape of the family's two daughters, and finished by putting these words in the perpetrators' mouths:“Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wro … [Read more...]

Convention on the Rights of the Child, Articles 6-10: The Child’s Right to Know and Be Cared for by Their Parents


Here we are again, for another look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)! For readers who may be new to this feature, the CRC has been ratified (or is in the process of being ratified) by every nation in the world accept for the U.S. The U.S. has not signed it in part because of general anti-UN sentiment, but also in part because of opposition from organizations like the Home School Legal Defense Association (founded by Christian homeschool leader Michael Farris), which promote … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Lies to Casey

Gwen and Casey

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Writing a novel must be a lot of work, so I feel kind of bad picking on the writing itself, but I find bits like this just confusing: The thought of telling Casey about the impending court appearance added further layers of anxiety to her already-laden soul. But she knew putting it off further was not fair to Casey. After all, the court order specifically directed her to bring her daughter to court. Walinski advised Casey to sit with her … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 13: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Goes to Church


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisToday we learn about Gwen's religious beliefs. I suspect many of my readers have been assuming that Gwen is Christian, but the attentive reader may wonder why there has so far been no mention of God. After all, we would expect a Christian Gwen to be praying about the situation, to rally the support of her church, and so forth, and none of this has happened.Farris tells us that Gwen decided to take a walk and do some shopping while Gordon … [Read more...]

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Preamble


You may have heard that the only countries in the entire world who have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are the U.S., Somalia, and South Sudan. While this was once true, Somalia ratified the treaty in January of this year, and South Sudan's government has begun the ratification process. In other words, out of all of the countries in the world, the U.S. stands alone in refusing to ratify the CRC.The CRC was adopted by the UN in 1989, and quickly ratified by c … [Read more...]