Next week Frontline Family Ministries is holding National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers. You would think this would be something I would support, right? I’ve talked before about a culture of looking the other way in homeschooling communities, the way homeschooling can make detecting abuse more difficult, and fundamentalist and evangelical beliefs that let offenders off the hook. Spending a week raising awareness and promoting prevention should be a good thing, right? Read more

I guess it’s just sad to me to see the Christian tradition so sucked dry of discussion and diversity that those who ask questions or talk back to God will be told they have rejected God entirely. I remember being there—having questions and being immediately viewed as an apostate when I wasn’t—and it was the worst. It’s almost as though evangelicals would rather shoot their wounded than have to find a way to live with them. Read more

As my regular readers will know, I often blog about parenting. Primarily, I blog about the wonder I have found in parenting gently and positively after growing up in an authoritarian family that relied on corporal punishment. One response I frequently get is that I should not speak about parenting as though I know anything when my children are only five and two. I’m told to wait until they get older and see how it works for me then. This completely misses the point. Read more

Am I the only one who noticed that Americans didn’t care about ebola until there was actually the threat of people here in the U.S. catching it? For most of the summer there was little focus or interest in it at all, and I suspect most Americans processed it in the way they might another drought in the Sudan. I followed it because when I first heard of ebola some years ago it made a huge impression on me, and became my go-to bogey disease. But everyone else didn’t seem to pay much attention. Read more

I recently went with Sally to her first Girl Scouts meeting. I wasn’t in Girl Scouts when I was a girl—my parents felt the organization’s goals and associations conflicted with their evangelical religious beliefs—but I’ve heard that they are inclusive, and that unlike the Boy Scouts, they are open to all religious faiths and lack thereof. So I really wasn’t expecting what I heard when the leader led the girls in the Girl Scout Promise. Read more

Ham says the handout urges teachers to “destroy any distinction between male and female.” In other words, he wants the gender binary reinforced rather than set aside. But what does that mean, exactly? On the simplest level, Ham appears to want teachers to tell little boys “you’re a boy” and little girls “you’re a girl.” But it’s important to remember that these statements actually communicate a whole lot. Read more

In the face of national outrage from very angry but woefully misinformed conservatives and religious conservatives, the city has promised to revise the subpoenas to narrow their scope. But the sad thing is that all of this—from the outrage to the subpoena revision—was unnecessary. There was no suppression of pastor’s speech. There was no threat to religious liberties or the first amendment. All there was was the legal process working the way the legal process is supposed to work. Read more

I note this simply to remind readers of how serious Debi is being about all of this. Debi is basically telling her readers that they risk eternal damnation if they don’t do the eight things on this list—including being obedient to their husbands. It’s not just that wives should obey their husbands because that is the order God has created and where they will be most fulfilled. No, it is that if they are not obedient to their husbands, they are blaspheming the written Word of God, and that is damn scary. Read more

It is incredibly hypocritical for HSLDA to verbally promote self-policing but then refuse to participate in said self-policing. It is hypocritical for an organization to say that child sexual abuse should never be covered up but do nothing when another homeschool leader makes them aware of a child sexual abuser coverup and asks for their advice and support in dealing with it. Read more

I recently came upon an old article explaining the concept of wifely submission. While I’m unsure who wrote it, and it appears to be from the 1990s, it’s similar enough to the ideas taught by many evangelicals and fundamentalists that it bears addressing. Read more

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