Boycotts, Hobby Lobby, and Misplaced Evangelical Outrage

Hobby Lobby

Growing up, my family didn't shop at K-Mart. Along with numerous others, we were involved in a 1990s evangelical boycott of the store. Why? Because K-Mart owned a bookstore chain called Waldenbooks, which sold pornography. The outrage rallied in this boycott had a similar feel to the outrage of evangelicals over Obamacare's contraception mandate. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, is currently involved in a Supreme Court case challenging this mandate on the grounds that buying health … [Read more...]

The Politics of Middle School Leggings Activism


Somehow I missed Amanda Hess's recent article, Middle-School Girls Picket for the Right to Wear Leggings. It may seem a little thing, but the little things are often also the most achievable. Today Amanda followed up on the issue with another article, Talking With 13-Year-Old Leggings Activist Sophie Hasty. Interviewee Sophie Hastings has only just hit her teens, but I found her amazingly perceptive.First, Sophie explains how she got involved in leggings activism---and why leggings became a … [Read more...]

Unhelpful Things (Some) Atheists Say


Yesterday, Ed Brayton wrote a post titled Atheists, Please Stop Saying These Things. I thoroughly enjoyed it and agreed with what he had to say. Below are summaries of his points (in his post he offers lengthy explanation under each). 1. Please stop saying that “we’re all born atheists.”2. Please stop trotting out simplistic reasons why people believe. 3. Please stop explaining the creation of religion in equally simplistic ways.4. Please stop conflating fundamentalism or Biblical li … [Read more...]

Sorry, You Don’t Get a Pass


I've noticed that there are an increasing number of evangelical Christians who argue that homosexuality is sin but that gay people should have equal rights. In other words, they make a distinction between their religious belief on the one hand and ensuring equal legal rights for all on the other hand. While standing up for LGBTQ rights is an excellent step, it is not enough.I've had readers question me on this. Why do I want them to change their belief that homosexuality is sin, they ask? … [Read more...]

That Disgusting, Evil, Pagan Movie, Noah

Noah 2

By now you've probably heard of the new Hollywood movie, Noah, with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. I haven't seen it yet, but I now kind of want to, thanks to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.First the trailer, and then I'll explain.Last fall, after this trailer came out, Ken Ham wrote a blog post titled Don't Be Taken in by the Noah Movie's Promotion. In it he wrote the following: Is the movie trailer promoting the blockbuster film Noah—to be released in March—part … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Child Labor (or, Who Needs Academics?)

Child Labor

To Train Up A Child, chapter 12We are now to Michael's chapter titled "Child Labor." I've decided to cover this chapter in one post even though there are two main topics covered here---first, the importance of hyper-gendering children's chores, and second, the relative importance of manual labor and academic instruction (By now, you can probably guess which one is highly valued and which one is devalued). Trust me, you don't want to miss either section!So let's get started! Gendering … [Read more...]

On Communicating with Toddlers

toddler tears

Bobby recently took a three hour nap, and when he woke up, he was inconsolable. He came down the stairs crying, upset, and I had no idea what he wanted. Bobby will be two this summer, so communication is still a challenge. I tried picking him up and asking him what he wanted, but he cried and thrashed, so I put him down. I tried offering him all the things he usually wants---his pacifier, his sippie cup, a snack---but he rejected all of it.Having failed to console him, I decided to let him … [Read more...]