My Kindergartener Knows What It Means to Be Transgender (and the Sky Hasn’t Fallen)


This week I saw this story on Fox Nation: Teachers at Mitchell Primary School in Maine read a book to the children called I Am Jazz. It's the story about a young child with a boy's body, but a girl's brain.The transgender storytime was part of a lesson on tolerance and acceptance. Parents say they were not informed until after the fact, and one very irate mom reached out to my colleague Sean Hannity, firing off an email that reads, in part, "I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs … [Read more...]

I Have Never Seen a Supernatural Entity Create a Universe


As my regular readers will know, I don't believe in the supernatural. I don't think there is a god, or gods, or supernatural forces out there. As an atheist, I have heard the arguments for religion many times. There is one argument I find particularly annoying, because it is so completely nonsensical that I can't believe it's even used. I heard it articulated like this the other day: A Christian man whom we'll call Peter had an atheist friend named Dave who was very interested in astronomy and … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Says Too Much


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisLast week we got to listen in on social worker Donna having lunch with her silver spoon soon-to-be lawyer boyfriend. Today we get to listen in on good-mom Gwen having lunch with dashing-lawyer Peter. In the upper level of the Flour Mill, Peter Barron was anxiously awaiting the chance to hear the story of Gwen Landis. They got outside seats on the deck of Clinckerdagger's Restaurant, an upscale establishment with an Old English motif. . . … [Read more...]

Be Pretty, but Not Too Pretty


I was struck by this particular line in Kate Schell's list of modesty rules:Be pretty, but not too pretty.After blogging abut Kate's list, I blogged about a No Greater Joy article in which the author equated dressing modestly with being beautiful. My daughters won’t dress like a strange woman either. Mine, at only 9 years old, knows that she should keep her body from a man’s eyes, reserving it for her future husband. In the grocery store one day, when my daughter was wearing a skirt tha … [Read more...]

#makehomeschoolsafe and Michigan’s HB 4498


Last week Michigan State Representative Stephanie Chang held a press release announcing a new bill. According to her press release:LANSING – State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced new legislation at a press conference today that would create a list of homeschooled children in an effort to avoid the kind of tragedy that saw the murder of Detroit schoolchildren and siblings Stoni Blair and Stephen Gage Berry. The press conference was held together with Detroit City Counc … [Read more...]

Why We Should Teach Children to Say “No”


I recently came upon an a post by blogger MaryEllen titled Six Things My Kids Are Not Allowed to Say to Adults. With some trepidation, I clicked through. This is what I found: One of the most important things I want my children to learn is to respect authority. They will never learn to be obedient to God if they cannot first learn to be obedient to the adults God has placed over them.For that reason, we are very careful to enforce respectful speech when speaking to adults.This is not a … [Read more...]

Why I Take My Kids to the UU Church


Earlier this spring I spoke with my kindergarten-age daughter about holidays and stories. I explained that many different religions and cultures have holidays that celebrate spring, and that Easter is our culture's spring holiday. I also talked about the history of Easter, and the religious significance the holiday has for Christians. I explained that we as humans create stories about the world around us, and drew parallels to other religions and other cultures."Can you think of any stories w … [Read more...]