Kirk Cameron’s Insidious Christian Patriarchy Connections

Kirk Cameron was recently asked on CNN Piers Morgan Tonight about his views on gay marriage. Given what I know about Kirk Cameron and his connections not only to evangelicalism but to the more extreme Christian Patriarchy movement, his replies didn't surprise me in the least. Apparently they surprised a lot of other people, though. GLAAD has launched a petition to "tell Kirk Cameron it's time to finally grow up." Cameron, who was asked by Morgan his views on same-sex marriage, said homosexuality … [Read more...]

Hana Williams, Michael Pearl, and To Train Up A Child

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   And so it continues. Another child has died as a direct result of Michael Pearl's teachings. How many more must die?MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - T … [Read more...]

Lydia Schatz, Michael Pearl, and CNN

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   CNN has investigated the case of Lydia Schatz, spanked to death by her parents in February 2010. The Schatzes followed the discipline methods p … [Read more...]

Public Schools, Homeschooling, and IndoctriNation

Guess which movie won this year's San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, put on by Christian Patriarchy leader Vision Forum? Here, I'll give you the trailer:http://vimeo.com/13912103Yep, that's the one! IndoctriNation! IndoctriNation explores the origins and social impact of America's public school system and has sparked debate among Christians and atheists over the roles of faith, and government in education. "People are starting to wake up to the damaging effects of a gov … [Read more...]

I don’t understand willful ignorance

I recently read an interesting post on the Slactivist regarding the current debates about and ignorance of contraception: Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. . . . provides a classic example of how deliberate, defensive ignorance works. Confronted with facts correcting his preferred misapprehension, he doesn’t just challenge those facts — Murphy challenges the possibility of any facts at all. Murphy denies that there is any such thing as objective reality — only competing religious assertions:SEBELIUS: Ther … [Read more...]

Adventures in Parenting: On Reasoning with Toddlers

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.Last night I had a parenting adventure that was both reassuring and sobering. It involved a situation all parents face in exasperation many times in … [Read more...]

Parenting Is Not A Contest

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This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   Last week my husband and I saw a movie on campus. As usual, we brought our small daughter with us. She behaved very well, sometimes sitting beside … [Read more...]


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