Patrick Henry College: Claims to be Anti-Quiverfull, Invites Quiverfull Speaker


Patrick Henry College released a statement after the New Republic article on its mishandling of sexual assault cases (which I wrote about here). To my knowledge, this statement was released only to alumni and students, though it may have also been released more generally. You can read it here. The statement was read aloud during morning chapel, and was met with applause. What I found most interesting about this response, in line with what I discussed last week, was this bit: Some readers have … [Read more...]

Bobby’s Trains and Confirmation Bias


Bobby's face was pressed against the glass surrounding the electric train set. The trains were running, whistling, and crossing each other's paths. It was his favorite part of the children's museum. Even at only one year of age, children have interests and show preferences, and one of Bobby's definite interests is trains.Just then, my husband Sean's Uncle Dale walked over and smiled at Bobby. "Look at him!" he said. "He's obsessed with that train. He's such a boy!" I frowned. I hate it when t … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Spank Your Baby to Sleep


To Train Up A Child, chapter 9, part 2We are still in the "Training Examples" chapter. In this section, Michael reinforces both the idea that the rod should be the go-t0 tool of choice and his earlier assertions that even infants should be spanked. The rod is primary to Michael, the rod, the rod, the rod. Spank your child to make her sleep. Spank your child to make her stop crying. Spank your child to make her smile. If in doubt, spank her. This is a distinction that needs to be made when … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: A Tale of Two Doctors


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 128---130Today we get a lovely little anecdote about how members of various types of men appear in real life. Just a disclaimer, this is Debi's story, through Michael's words, so things get a bit...murky sometimes. Are you ready? The Good DoctorsYesterday my wife went to a new medical clinic run by two chiropractors. The clinic is more like a fitness center with many people in a large room, some … [Read more...]

Basically Decent People


Growing up as an evangelical, I was taught that everyone is born with original sin. I no longer believe in original sin. I know videos like this aren't scientific studies and don't really prove anything, but I appreciate them as reminders of the good that is in each of us. This particular video, filmed in Norway, was shot as part of a charity effort to send coats and other winter things to Syrian refugee camps.Click here to read more. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: God or Husband—Whom Do I Obey?


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 210---211Debi just finished telling her readers that God's desire is for mothers to be keepers in the home, and that if they leave their children with others (even for as little as ten minutes) their children could end up molested or worse. She went so far as to say that not being a stay at home mother was to commit blasphemy against God. Now she addresses an important question, because she has put her readers in a bit of a dilemma. Whom Do I Obey? What … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Michael’s Take on Politics


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 127---128Just when I thought Michael's talking about the 3 types of men was over, we get another chapter about them. This time, Michael is explaining about the secondary type that a man has. Here we go! Apples, Oranges, ApricotsAs we said earlier, most men are not exclusively one type, but I have never known a man to be a balance of all three. Upon meeting a young man it is readily apparent which of the … [Read more...]