Michael Pearl: Don’t Let Your Kids Play with Public School Kids

[image eaten by the internet]Image text as follows: "In our church, every family homeschools. If someone came into the church whose children go to or have gone to public schools or church schools, their younger children would never be allowed into the inner social circle with our kids. There would be zero fraternization, even on the church grounds after meetings. We have built community and will not allow it to be corrupted."Michael Pearl "Functioning Community" June 15, 2011 This … [Read more...]

Evangelical Christianity and Syrian Refugees

Several months ago, while reading articles about the refugee crisis, I came upon a video from Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization working in Greece to help Syrian refugees off of their rafts as they land. I was especially struck by some lines near the end of the video. Start at the 5:10 marker.The text of this section is as follows: We are the first faces that they see when they land. Probably a lot of them have never even met a Christian. When they land on this beach, we're … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 46: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Saturday Link Love: Female Genital Cutting, Same-Sex Adoption, and Self-Induced Abortions

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.Child Advocacy The Trouble with American Views of Female Genital Cutting, by Sociological Images Statement Regarding Adrian Jones, by the Coalition for Responsible Home Education Jonathan and Alison Schumm Abuse Case Raises Questions, by Homeschoolers Anonymous Politics & Ac … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: To Appeal or Not To Appeal

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 174-178Today we return to Donna, who is (not surprisingly) summoned to her boss's office. Because we initially only knew Gerald Blackburn as Blackburn---because Farris wanted to hide his first name for us so that he could use it during his covert meeting with Dr. McGuire without us knowing who he was talking about initially---we're going to keep calling him that. Corliss knocked on his door."Come in, Corliss," a stiff voice … [Read more...]

Did You Know Hospitals “Sell” Body Parts?

Did you know that most hospitals traffic in body parts? Yes, you read that right! Hospitals across the country chop up dead people and are financially compensated for doing so. In an effort to make this practice sound more palatable, you typically hear it referred to as "organ donation." That's right, organ donation. What, it sounds different now? That, quite simply, is why it matters that so many news agencies used the "selling baby parts" terminology when writing about the anti-Planned P … [Read more...]

Jessica Jones Open Thread

So, who wants to talk about Jessica Jones? I'm nearly through watching the newly released Netflix production, and I must say, I'm very impressed! And there's lots to talk about, from the series' coverage of stalking and the dynamics of abusive relationships to its treatment of abusive parenting and much, much more. I'll leave it at that here in the OP, but all holds are off in the comments, so expect spoilers!What are your thoughts on the series? What does it do well, and where is it … [Read more...]