On Communicating with Toddlers

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...]

A Rape Trial from behind the Scenes

I found this comment from reader enuma of interest, and thought I'd share it. The way rape trials play out will of course vary from place to place, but this idea that accused rapists are de facto considered guilty is ridiculous. I'd like to believe that consent isn't that difficult to grasp, but when I was a juror for a rape trial I watched a defense attorney come *thisclose* to convincing some of the jury that not trying to escape, and then giving up on an escape attempt from a rapist (because … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Your Calling Begins With Sanctifying Your Wife

By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 153---154Today we are continuing Michael's extended---and extended---sermon on what he dubs "washing of the word". I interpret this to mean "Telling your wife what to fix to make her what you want", but I'm a cynic. Let's see what Michael has for us today! Washing of the WordMost men are ignorant of the grand program of which they are a vital part. They drag around complaining and blaming, wishing for … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Are You a Dumb Cluck?

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 217---219 Dear Mrs. Pearl,I am so tired and discouraged. I feel as though my husband just doesn't love me or care for his family as he should. The house is falling apart. The yard is full of trash. The last straw is that the sink is leaking so badly that the floor under the sink always stays wet. He is quick to help anyone who calls for help, but to get anything done around here is impossible. Last night we had a big fight because of the screen door. It has … [Read more...]

World Vision and Gay Christians

Yes, I'm writing another post about World Vision (for my first two, see here and here). But bear with me, because I have a reason for doing so! I think we need to be very clear about what this moment is---and is not---about. Put simply, this is about whether one can legitimately be both openly and proudly gay and a Christian. For a brief moment, World Vision stated publicly that an individual could legitimately be both openly gay and truly a Christian, and evangelicals could not accept … [Read more...]

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World Vision Reverses Course

Two days ago, World Vision announced that they would hire legally married gay and lesbian individuals. In other words, the organization decided to treat marriage equality as a doctrinal dispute left up to individual Christians and individual Churches rather than as a salvation issue that divided Christian from non-Christian. I reported on this decision earlier today.Following evangelical outcry, and in response to thousands of evangelical Christians ending their child sponsorships through … [Read more...]