It is now Tuesday morning, and Peter, Stan, June, and Gwen have arrived early. After they’ve had some time for last-minute prepping, Judge Romer’s clerk summons Peter and Gail to the judge’s chambers and begins going through some (I assume) routine questions about what witnesses they planned to call and how much time they’d need for their “case in chief.” Read more

It is true that children in married parent homes do better than children in unmarried parent homes on a variety of measures. It is false, however, to assume that the solution is marrying all of those unmarried parents. This confuses correlation with causation. Just because poor performance in school, etc., correlates with unmarried parent homes does not mean it is caused by unmarried parent homes, and the fact that children in married parent homes tend to perform better by various measures does not mean that children in unmarried parent homes would perform better if their parents married. Read more

Last week I noticed a headline on the Friendly Atheist titled Evangelist Wants to Know If You’d Say “Yes, I’m a Christian” with a Gun to Your Head. This brought to mind what I was taught as an evangelical child—that if anyone ever asked me to deny the faith, I was to refuse, even to death. We read stories of Christians martyred in other countries because they refused to spit on the Bible or renounce their faith. Read more

I have a serious problem with the increased gendering of children’s career-based Halloween costumes. As I see it, the problem is not about “sexualizing” young girls. Rather, the problem is an extension of the othering of girls that we we see throughout products marketed to children. Too often the standard option of a product is marketed to boys, and a “girlified” option is marketed to girls. This is not what true inclusion looks like. Read more

All this came to mind when I watched this youtube video of two former Apostolic Pentecostals cutting their hair. They explain, in the video, why they had kept their hair long, and how momentous it feels to cut it. Read more

Time for some chatter! Read more

How should parents handle dress codes for pre-teens? Read more

In next week’s installment, we’ll begin the hearing. Will Gordon show up? Or will he stay home drinking? The tension is mounting! Read more

When did it become okay to joke about lying to children? Make no mistake, that is what this comic is talking about. What does it say about us, as a society, that we find a comic that makes light of and promotes lying to children funny? Do we really think that we as a society can joke about lying to children and then expect them to trust us? If we want a relationship of mutual trust and respect with our children, we need to prove ourselves worth of trust and respect. Read more

Next time you hear someone claim that Cecile Richards is overpaid, or that the executive director of a large nonprofit like Planned Parenthood shouldn’t make a six-figure salary because it’s still a nonprofit, let them know that Richards’ salary is on the level with those of executive directors of other nonprofits of similar size and focus, point out that as the executive director of Planned Parenthood Richards has to deal with things like death threats, and explain why paying the executive directors of large nonprofits six-figure salaries is actually good for those nonprofits and for charity. Read more

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