Another blog move

As you know, I moved my blog to FreeThought Blogs in early February. Well, another website, Patheos, has made me an offer to move my blog there and I’ve decided to take it. It’s a good business decision for me, and I hope it will give me further opportunities to continue growing my readership. When this move is completed sometime this coming week, this url will redirect readers there.Just to give some background, Patheos is a site devoted to all manner of discussion of religion and non … [Read more...]

Another Blog Move Coming Up

I know I’ve just gotten settled here at FreeThought Blogs, but another website, Patheos, has made me an offer to move my blog there and I’ve decided to take it. It’s a good business decision for me, which is important what with graduate school and being pregnant with my second child, and it may allow me further opportunities to continue growing my readership. The move will occur sometime next week, and I’ll let you all know when it happens.Just to give some background, Patheos is a site devoted … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: I Am a Woman

There was an interesting article on Huffington Post today called "10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. is Nuts." The author focuses on recent rollbacks or women's rights, and I thought this part was particularly well put: I am a woman and I have these human rights:The right to life. The right to privacy. The right to freedom. The right to bodily integrity. The right to decide when and how I reproduce. The rhetoric of the day has become caught up in "religious liberty" and "saving … [Read more...]

Next they’ll come for our Bibles!

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The Friendly Atheist recently posted a story about the rise of unregulated faith-based daycares in Indiana, a state where faith0based daycares are required to register with the state but not be licenced. This means the faith-based daycares don't have to follow the regulations that regular daycares have to follow, including the rules about adult-child ratios, among others. What caught my eye was the following: Not surprisingly, many religious organizations and conservative groups strongly oppose … [Read more...]

Misunderstandings and jumping to judgement

The other day I was driving somewhere and getting ready to turn left. I put on my blinker, but the car behind me kept riding my tail. I hit the break and began slowing down to turn, and the car behind me angrily honked at me. I made my turn but felt really angry. I had put on my blinker for crying out loud! What kind of jerk rides someone's tail after they put on their blinker and then has the nerve to honk when they start slowing down?The next day I realized my left blinker was out. The car … [Read more...]

So many kids they’re easy to lose…

A reader recently alerted me to an article about a five-year-old who was left at Chuck E. Cheese after a birthday party - and whose absence was not noticed by her parents until the next morning. A 5-year-old girl was placed into emergency custody with caseworkers from child protective services after being left at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant following her own birthday party Thursday evening.Investigators said the child's mother didn’t realize her daughter, 5-year-old Azana Jackson, was missing … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, vaccinations, and a giant loophole

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I've seen some recent discussion of the existence of a religious exemption from vaccination requirements. It has occurred to me that people may not know about what I call "the homeschooling exemption."In most states, vaccination requirements are made so that a children are not allowed to start kindergarten until they have all of their vaccinations. This does not, then, affect homeschoolers. In other words, if you homeschool, most states have no requirement that you get your children … [Read more...]


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