Ten years ago, as a teenager fresh out of a conservative evangelical home, I would have told you that Hillary Clinton was evil incarnate. In fact I did tell people that. In all of American politics, there was no one I detested more than Hillary Clinton. It was the conservative thing to do. My very first political action was to campaign against “HillaryCare” in the early 1990s. I would have been around six. I was on the front page of the… Read more

I no longer identify as a Christian and I don’t much stake in arguments between young earth creationist Christians and theistic evolutionist Christians. I do, however, have a problem with people like Turpin so badly misusing or misunderstanding the very basics of ancient history and genre, while claiming he knows them. I don’t like seeing people being misled or lied to. Read more

I was raised in a strict evangelical home, and was taught that children must learn to respect their elders and obey their parents. As a result, I learned to view parenting from an obedience-focused punitive mindset. I left my evangelical upbringing behind just before I gave birth to my first child, my daughter Sally, and that meant I had to reinvent parenting. Over the years I’ve found the website Aha Parenting helpful, and I’ve learned a lot from the authors there, but I’ve also spent a lot… Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier! Note: Inclusion in this list does not imply full agreement. Children, Gender, and Race Seven Skills to Teach Your Daughter by Age 13, on Mashable A pre-teen girl is at a unique moment in her life. The spark that is her potential grows… Read more

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Pp. 218-224 It’s the question of the hour: Can Peter do it? Can he treat Gwen as a client and nothing more? Gwen and Peter talked briefly at church on Sunday. They sat in the same pew—on opposite ends of the Roberts family. They caught each other’s eye once or twice and smiled. NO HE CANNOT. Look, I don’t care that the Roberts family sat between them, Peter should have sat… Read more

Several months ago a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks visited our Unitarian Universalist church. They wore ceremonial clothing, chanted for what seemed like forever, and then began making a mandala out of colored sand in the common room. It was fascinating to watch, and I enjoyed experiencing a taste of another culture’s traditions and beliefs. When I was a girl, my aunt came to visit my family. She was reading Harry Potter and had brought the book with her, but my parents… Read more

Hey guys! I’ve known Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers almost since I first started blogging. In fact, way back when, he and I drafted a post comparing our experiences growing up in very different yet in some ways similar evangelical homes that I don’t think we ever ended up posting! Oops! Anyway, I wanted to take a moment to make sure my readers know about Dan’s online philosophy classes. Dan was an adjunct college instructor for a number of years before deciding to go… Read more

Moschella doesn’t want the state defining marriage, parenting, or childrearing, but what she doesn’t realize is that her ideas of what is “natural” or “normative” for marriage, parenting, and childrearing don’t hold up without the state defining them into law. In other words, she’s upset not that the state is involved but that the state is changing the rules, but she nevertheless thinks she’s upset that the state is involved. There’s something very ironic about that. Read more

But I can say that there were things about my homeschool experience that were subpar, and that while I must have seemed like a model student to every one of my professors, there was something about that that was only skin-deep. Read more

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