It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

It’s Monday morning now, the day before the hearing, and Sally has been sent to exchange the psychologists’ reports. First picked up two copies of Dr. Schram’s report, and then she drove to the Public Safety Building and exchanged a copy of Dr. Schram’s report for a copy of Dr. McGuire’s report. Farris tells us that Dr. McGuire’s report had been “left at the front desk by Gail Willet with strict instructions to only release the report if there was an exchange.” The way this is written suggests we are, once again, to think that there is something wrong with Gail sticking to what I’m fairly certain are, once again, simply the rules. Read more

Where did Lummis get her number, is it accurate, and what does it tell us about Planned Parenthood’s funding as a whole? I have answers to all of these questions! Read more

In the wake of the Obergefell decision, Rob Dreher of the American Conservative and others are discussing what they call the “Benedict Option.” To be perfectly honest, I’m still trying to figure out what Dreher means by the term. He calls for Christians to withdraw from the world and it’s concerns and focus instead on forming intentional Christian communities, but then objects when someone suggests this position is isolationist and insists that it’s not. Read more

Abortion is far safer than birth. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue calls 1000 hospitalizations due to abortion in Texas each year “completely unacceptable.” What does he think of the 116 women who died in childbirth in Texas in that same year? While researchers are still discussing the reasons for the U.S.’s unusually high maternal mortality rate, most agree that lack of access to healthcare is a significant part of the problem. And yet, Republicans have blocked both medicaid expansion and other proposals that would extend healthcare to pregnant individuals. If abortion opponents truly cared about women’s health, they would ought to policies that would make pregnancy and maternity care more affordable and more available. Read more

For a lot of people traditional is inherently good and new is inherently frightening. We parents know the old way of teaching math, and as such it is somewhat familiar. For many parents, difference is scary. But difference and change aren’t necessarily bad. Sometimes they’re very very good. I for one am excited that my children may learn to understand math better I did. Read more

It seems a group of parents in Tennessee are protesting the inclusion of Islam in the state’s seventh grade social studies standards. In fact, some activists urged students to intentionally get an F in the class. And, as you see above, some activists are arguing that parents should homeschool because of curriculum like this. And so, in our highly polarized world, I have something to say. Read more

It’s time for another open thread! Read more

In the Catholic Church, holding onto church money matters more than justice for victims of child sexual abuse. Remember that the next time you see someone post something lauding Pope Francis for eating with the homeless, or pushing back against capitalism, or believing the science on global climate change. Read more

I’ll be honest: I don’t get this section. At all. It just doesn’t fit. Read more

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