Where This Atheist Parent Is This Christmas

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Last year my in-laws gave us a really nice toy nativity set, for the kids. This year I got it out again, and it has been getting a lot of use.When I first had children after leaving my parents' conservative evangelical beliefs behind, I was afraid. Mainly, I was afraid that my children would be hurt by religion in the way I had. And so I tried to shield them from it, to keep it away from them. When relatives gave us a book about Noah's Ark, I changed the words and the story when reading it … [Read more...]

Crosspost: When Speaking to Men about False Accusations

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By Samantha FieldOriginally posted on Defeating the Dragons [content note: sexual violence] I want to preface today’s post with a few things: first, I’m going to be talking about my own personal experiences online and off, and I’m not going to be arguing about absolutes, or saying that what I’ve observed is the way it always is with no exceptions. However, I’ve noticed a pattern, and I think it’s happened often enough that it warrants a post. Also, I have been the victim of a false accusat … [Read more...]

Evangelicals of the Gospel Coalition Respond to Ferguson

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Last month Thabiti Anyabwile wrote a blog post titled The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders. In it he condemned the grand jury decision as unjust, wrote passionately about police brutality and race, and laid out a plan for bringing change. This may seem unremarkable---one more blog post amidst a multitude---but what makes it remarkable is that it was posted on The Gospel Coalition. Anyabwile is a black evangelical paster who is a member of the conservative evangelical group's c … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Voluntary Home Visitation Programs

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Ostensibly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) works to keep homeschooling legal. In practice, the organization does much, much more than that. Over a year ago, I wrote a a series on HSLDA and Child Abuse, but HSLDA does more than oppose mandatory reporting laws. The organization also opposes the UN disabilities treaty and the Common Core. HSLDA claims to involve itself in these issues out of concern that they could be used to restrict homeschooling. But while HSLDA’s opposition to … [Read more...]

Are Bugs “Boy” Things and Dolls “Girl” Things?

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This fall a little girl wrote to Abdo Publishing after becoming concerned that the book she was reading, "The Biggest Baddest Book of Bugs," was part of a series titled "Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys." "Some girls would like to be entomologists too.," she explained. Abdo wrote back, thanking her concern and agreeing to change the series title to "Biggest, Baddest Books." But there was something about the story that struck me: According to the local paper, the publisher responded and told her … [Read more...]

Whitesplaining Racial Disparities in STEM Fields

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Today I came upon an article on Chris Stedman's Religious News Service blog, titled Instead of hating on social justice, atheists should tackle STEM segregation. The article was written by Sikivu Hutchinson, a black activist and author. At this point it’s a cliché that white “New Atheist” elites love to saber rattle against the inclusion of social justice in atheist organizing. Yet, when it comes to anti-racist social justice, even the “kinder, gentler” Humanist community often nods its head in … [Read more...]

Racism Is (Not) Dead

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There was a time I thought racism was a thing of the past. Even after I confronted my own covert racism, I still thought blatant upfront racism was a thing of the past. I believed that racism had changed and become something less visible but not less real, but recent events have forced me to realize that I was wrong. I've watched the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision with rapt attention. I've followed the non-indictment of the police officers involved in the John Crawford III's … [Read more...]


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