“Daylight Robbery”

Above Rubies

I was struck recently by this bit by Nancy Campbell, on Above Rubies: Last night my husband and I were talking to our daughter-in-law. My husband asked her, "What is your main reason for homeschooling? "I don't want to be robbed of the time I can spend with my children," she replied. And that's a lot of hours! During the twelve years of a child's schooling (before they even go away to college), they will be away from home for THREE full years of their life! And that's not counting day care o … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Introducing a New Review Series

Anonymous Tip

Guess what just came in the mail? That's right, Michael Farris's novel, Anonymous Tip. Today I begin a new series---I will be reviewing the book in installments in the same way I reviewed Created To Be His Help Meet.Michael Farris published Anonymous Tip in 1996. I read the book as a teenager star-struck by Farris. After all, my family had long been members of his organization, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). I read the organization's publication---The Home School Court … [Read more...]

Red Brown Yellow, Black and White: Evangelicals and Race

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Like many other white evangelical children, I grew up singing this song:Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red, brown, yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children Of the world.I suspect it's things like this that make it so hard for so many white evangelicals to really address race in this country---they think they've addressed it already. I mean after all, look at the lyrics to that common children's song! And I … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Making Emergency Medical Personnel Mandatory Reporters

Emergency Room

View series intro here, and all posts here.In 2013, Alabama legislators introduced a mandatory reporting law. While all states require teachers and certain medical professionals to report suspicions of child abuse, some go further and make all individuals mandatory reporters. The Alabama bill read as follows: Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or who observes any child being subjected to conditions or circumstances … [Read more...]

Why You Should Support the Coalition for Responsible Home Education

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I wrote two weeks ago about a fund drive being held by the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, but I want to touch on it again. You can read more about the organization and their efforts here, and view suggested donation levels and incentives here. The fund drive lasts for the month of December, and all donations are tax deductible. Today I want to write about why you should support the organization. In part, I want to explain why I care about organizations like the Coalition for Resp … [Read more...]

Then What Makes Us Different? Torture Edition

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The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a report on the CIA's torture program. You can read their summary here. The report, which covered 2001 to 2009, told of water-boarding, sleep deprivation, rectal rehydration, and even of trying to get detainees to talk by threatening their children. But as horrifying as I have found the report itself (if sadly unsurprising), I have been perhaps more horrified by some of the responses I have seen, especially on the Right.Perhaps the most comm … [Read more...]

Duggar Actions Have Real World Consequences

Michelle Duggar Signs Copies Of "A Love That Multiplies"

Over the years I've seen a variety of reactions to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's TLC show, a show they landed as a result of their unusually large number of children. I knew of the show when I was a teen, growing up in a large Duggar-like family myself. At the time I saw the Duggars as powerful witnesses for Christ, using their platform to promote their---our---beliefs. As an adult, it seems to me that the general public either thinks the Duggars this beautiful, loving, quaint family that … [Read more...]


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