World Magazine calls out the NAE on contraception!

The NAE is supposed to be the voice of evangelicals. Has it also become an unbiblical voice to evangelicals? So asks Marvin Olasky. In the latest edition of his prominent conservative news magazine, Olasky excoriates the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) for their connections to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. What is the issue at hand? Contraception use among singles.It has often been argued that if evangelicals really are against abortion because … [Read more...]

On homeschooled children and being “well behaved”

"Is she homeschooled?""What?" I stammered, looking up from the ribbon I was examining. Sally and I were at Hobby Lobby to pick up some cloth for a project."Is your daughter homeschooled?" It was the store attendant who cuts the cloth in the fabric area who was asking."No," I replied. "Why?""Oh, she acts like a homeschooled child. She's so well behaved, like all the homeschooled children who come in here."I told her about positive parenting and explained what it entailed, and … [Read more...]

Sierra’s Religion and Sexuality Project

Just as a reminder, Sierra of the Phoenix and the Olive Branch has started her Religion and Sexuality Project. For an introduction and list of questions, read here. For all of the installments so far, read here. … [Read more...]

The husband along for the ride

When I did my readers survey, one reader asked the following question: You talk about feminism, but I don't recall you ever discussing sharing childcare with up your husband. Maybe you have and I missed it, but I come away with the impression that childcare is yours alone. Is there a story here? I think part of the answer is that my blog is about my journey, and that's what I explore in my parenting posts. But this reader is right - because of this my husband ends up being conspicuously … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: On Politics, Religion, and Libertarianism

After the two posts I wrote yesterday, I thought I'd offer some on related themes from a couple blogs I read:Libertarianism, Patriotism, and Starting Points: How I Apparently Became a Pinko Commie, by Sierra “You’ve been brainwashed by those bleeding heart liberal college professors of yours.”I stared at him. I hadn’t changed my position on issues of poverty and structural inequality at all. I had simply learned to talk about them using the appropriate terms.“You’re a feminazi now,” … [Read more...]

Debi Pearl is not very nice

My regular readers will know that I am not a fan of the Pearls. Michael and Debi Pearl run No Greater Joy ministries and are best known for their child rearing manual, To Train Up A Child, but have also written numerous other books including extremely patriarchal marriage advice literature. One thing that has struck me more and more lately is how very not nice Debi Pearl is in so much of her writing. Here is an excerpt, for example, from an article she wrote recently called Rats: I went down … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth: On Secession and Armed Insurrection

Right after writing this morning's article, I saw an email from a former spokesperson for the Michigan Republican party. Here is its conclusion: If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?God willing, this oppression will be lifted and Ame … [Read more...]