This is not about picking on fundamentalism for the sake of picking on fundamentalism. Organizations like GRACE are important because they show that conservative Protestants can find ways to reconcile their understanding of the Bible with support for victims. They just need to actually do so. And unfortunately, BJU appears to be choosing a different path. Read more

You may have heard that the only countries in the entire world who have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are the U.S., Somalia, and South Sudan. While this was once true, Somalia ratified the treaty in January of this year, and South Sudan’s government has begun the ratification process. In other words, out of all of the countries in the world, the U.S. stands alone in refusing to ratify the CRC. Read more

I suspect that Anna feels judged by the people who who balk when they find out that she wants more children than average. “Children are so expensive!” they tell her. I wish that, instead of responding with “children aren’t expensive but greed is,” she would respond by saying “yes, but for me they’re more than worth it.” Children are expensive, and wanting your children to have opportunities is not greed. Read more

I recently came upon an article titled Motherhood: The Strongest Bond. For whatever reason, the article title was later changed to The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say to Another Mom. The basic idea is that we who are mothers are united in a powerful way by our love for our children and our willingness to sacrifice for them, and that that gives us a common sense of understanding for each other. Here’s an excerpt from the article: . . . And… Read more

If only my parents had avoided all of that the courtship literature and rhetoric—all of those leaders telling them that this sort of interference was their right and duty—how much healthier our relationships would be today. Read more

Farris has here established that Gwen did not have biblical grounds for divorce. If there were other women—i.e., if Gordon committed adultery—Gwen would arguably have biblical grounds for divorce (though whether she could remarry—biblically—is a separate question). But Farris has made it quite clear that there were no other women. By establishing that Gordon didn’t drink before he left, Farris may be suggesting that he was not physically abusive toward Gwen and Casey. Read more

Remember when I said that HSLDA opposes allowing parents a wider range of options when it disagrees with those options? My daughter goes to a Title 1 elementary school that has its own social worker—and I’m glad it does. But if HSLDA had its way, they would take that away. In other words, HSLDA is less interested in what I, a parent affected by this kind of legislation, want than in pursuing their anti-social services agenda. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

Many of my commenters grew up in bad or abusive home situations, and as I’ve read some of their comments over the years I’ve realized hoe truly devoid of warmth or love these situations can sometimes be. But my own case was not one of these. I grew up with parents who threw themselves into activities with us, made time for us, and fostered our curiosity. Read more

Yesterday I argued that we sometimes hold higher expectations for our children than we do for ourselves. One example I gave was when parents expect their children to jump up and come immediately when called while they themselves feel free to take a moment to finish something when someone else calls them. I grew up with parents who expected obedience to be “immediate, complete, cheerful, and without question.” Anything short of this was considered disobedience. Half of my many siblings… Read more

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