Evil and Demons and Sin, Oh My!

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By now you have surely heard of Liza Long's article, I Am Adam Lanza's Mother. In it Long talks about the difficulties of dealing with her mentally ill teenager, of searching for answers, and of the need for better systems of mental healthcare.I will admit to being a bit ambivalent about Long's article. Like her, I feel very strongly that we need find better ways of approaching and handling mental health issues in this country. However, Adam Lanza's mother is dead and unable to tell her … [Read more...]

The Problem with Confrontational Atheist Tactics

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If you hang out in the atheist blogosphere during the month of December, you'll probably hear a lot about challenges to nativity scenes on public property. Often these challenges involve atheists arguing that if nativity scenes are allowed on public property, they should be allowed to put up displays too - along with members of other religions too, of course. In some cases, atheists have won this challenge and been allowed to add their own displays next to nativity scenes on public property. … [Read more...]

Charlotte Allen Blames Sandy Hook on Easy Bake Ovens

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I've been trying hard to ignore Charlotte Allen suggestion in the National Review that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened because elementary schools are too "feminized" and there were no adult men on the premises (except for the shooter, of course). But I can't do it any more, and you know why? She's responded to criticism by doubling down. No, I was not blaming any of the 26 victims or the parents who enrolled their kids at Sandy Hook. I am, however, blaming our culture that denies, dismisses, and … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: On Being Your Husband’s “Playmate”

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 42-44This section follows Debi's story about the time Mike tried to show off, ended up spilling a sack of garbage, and then marched off in embarrassment leaving her to clean it up. The moral of Debi's story was the last part, where she attempts to show that if wives just humor their husbands' juvenile tendencies and approach life with humor their marriages will be full of fun, joy, and laughter. In this passage she moves from her specific anecdote t … [Read more...]

Awesome Comment Award: Emjb on how fetuses are made

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I don't awesome do this, but sometimes a commenter says something truly awesome that deserves repeating. Here is what emjb had to say after reading today's post on the erasure of women in the rhetoric of the anti-abortion movement. One thing that was powerful to me was when a pro-choice woman pointed out that a fetus doesn’t just grow *in* a woman’s body, it is *made from* a woman’s body. Fetuses literally use the blood, food, and energy of the woman to build their own bodies. They are not separ … [Read more...]

The Pro-Life Movement, Erasing Women Edition

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Yesterday I posted an image of a postcard distributed by abortion opponents as an argument against having a rape exemption. I used the postcard as a chance to discuss the rape exemption, but several of you readers pointed out that the image completely erases the woman, and her body, from the equation.It's true. The anti-abortion group that put together this postcard completely erased the woman from the picture both literally and figuratively. Her feelings, needs, hopes, and dreams do not … [Read more...]

On the Pro-Life Movement and the Rape Exemption

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I just came upon this image of an anti-abortion postcard produced and handed out by the Students for Life of America.The image shows the pictures of four babies and asks "Can you tell which child has a criminal father? Should a child die for his or her father's crimes?" The intent is to attack the rape exemption. The argument is that a person's rights and value don't depend on how a person is conceived or who a person's father is.You know what I find interesting about this image? … [Read more...]


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