According to John Shore, I was never a Christian. Huh?

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John Shore is a progressive Christian blogger who advocates for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. He often gives advice to Christians struggling with what to believe about homosexuality, and has been featured on Dan Savage and published on the Huffington Post. I have followed his blog for probably a year, and appreciate his work to make Christianity more LGBTQ-rights friendly. And so I suppose I was a bit surprised to read the following in a recent post of his: As for Christians who renounced … [Read more...]

Everything I Never Knew about Judaism: Introducing a Panel and Calling for Questions

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I grew up reading stories from the Old Testament about the Jewish conquest of Canaan and the wickedness of King Ahab, and stories from the New Testament about the Pharisees or Jewish dietary requirements. As a result, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Jews and Judaism.At some point in college I put the label "tentative" on essentially everything I had thought I knew and set out to reexamine the things I'd been so sure of growing up. My knowledge of Judaism was one of those things, … [Read more...]

Why Sally Doesn’t Have a Bedtime

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Would you believe that Sally doesn't have a bedtime? Well, she doesn't. She used to. We tried to put her to bed at 8:30 each night, and each night turned into a battle. "If you don't go to bed when it's your bedtime, you will be tired in the morning," we told her. "No I won't!" she insisted. So we would let her stay up, figuring that the next day she'd be tired and learn her lesson, and then she'd finally understand why she needed to go to bed at 8:30 each night. Except that it … [Read more...]

Conservatives’ Big Government Abortion Hypocrisy

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Political conservatives talk constantly about their desire to make government smaller. The less government the better, they say. Get the government out of our lives, they say. Cut regulations and let the free market have its way, they say. Except, it seems, when it comes to abortion.Did you know that eight states have banned private insurance companies from covering abortion in the policies they sell? Bans on insurance coverage of abortion didn’t really became a thing until recently. The va … [Read more...]

Smile! Your Mom … Had Sex?

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"Smile! Your Mom Chose Life!" I found this slogan very compelling when I opposed abortion. I mean, think about it! If your mom had had an abortion, you would not exist! Would you like to not exist? I didn't think so! So how can you be in favor of keeping abortion legal without being hypocritical? And then one day I realized something. I wouldn't exist if my parents hadn't had sex either. Or if they hadn't met. Or if they hadn't been born. There are lots of things that might have kept me from … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Women Are Your Reward for Being Awesome!

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A Guest Post by Perfect NumberPerfect Number wrote this post after watching the Super Bowl, but the themes are fairly universal. I am reposting it here because I think the "women as a reward" motif is both incredibly ubiquitous in our culture and horribly insidious.I just watched the Superbowl and I gotta write this. The ads. Misogyny and objectification, as always. And it's freaking disgusting.I'm not going to write about GoDaddy, because we all knew theirs was going to be … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Homeschool Regulations and Children’s Rights

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A Guest Post by HeatherjanesIt's hard to figure out where to start when discussing homeschool regulations and children's rights because it is both a personal and professional issue for me. I am trained as a policy analyst and am also a former homeschooler, so I could write something long and technical, but I won't, not today anyway. I'll just tell the general story of what I know about homeschooling regulations.I will begin by simply saying we desperately need them---formal registration, … [Read more...]


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