Actually, this is fairly par for the course for the author, Michael Farris, and his organization, HSLDA. Farris routinely calls attention to cases where (he believes) CPS has overstepped, but he frames it in terms of parents’ rights, not children’s rights. Read more

In a way, some things in my life have come full circle. Jared was the first openly gay person I knew—the person who forced me to completely rethink my views on homosexuality—and now I have seen him happily married. I campaigned against marriage equality in high school, and now I have celebrated both Obergefell but the also the marriage of a good friend. Today, I am content. Read more

Do we need to tell ex-fundamentalists that they have to spend more time with fundamentalists or they’re just “re-formed” fundamentalists? I’m sorry, but no. We don’t. We also don’t need to tell them that the pain or anger they may feel is illegitimate, or that if they don’t see fundamentalist positions as as valid or as just as theirs they’re still fundamentalists. And if not being a relativist makes me a fundamentalist, so be it. Read more

This “war” rhetoric may appear bombastic, but the rights of children of gay parents are an emerging frontier in the battle over gay rights nonetheless. No longer content to take aim at gay and lesbian couples, conservatives have put their children in the crosshairs. Read more

Starbucks’ holiday marketing is about as Christmas-centric as you can get, and even that is not enough for evangelicals. Starbucks fails to put a Christmas tree or ornaments on their holiday cup this year, and conservatives call it a “war on Christmas” and “emblematic of the Christian culture cleansing of the West.” Read more

In addition to not understanding the role obedience can play in priming victims for abuse or the predatory behavior of abusers in careful selecting their victims while retaining an upstanding profile around others, the Discovering Grace team also has no understanding of what physical boundaries are considered appropriate for counseling and therapy situations. That they can defend Gothard while promoting a variety of narratives that create conditions that facilitate abuse is appalling. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Don’t get me wrong, having your child obey you without question is convenient. It makes parenting a lot easier! This is what people mean when they say corporal punishment “works.” But does it really? As parents, should we prioritize convenience over raising independent adult capable of navigating the world and making informed decisions? I think the answer is obvious. Read more

Let’s see, where did we leave off? Oh yes, it’s the Tuesday hearing and it’s dashing lawyer Peter’s turn to question Dr. McGuire, the psychologist the CPS office hired to fake his report and say that Gwen is an unfit mother. Read more

I came upon the concept of free range parenting several years ago when I came upon Free Range Kids, a website run by author Lenore Skenazy (who authored a book with the same title). I was initially extremely attracted to the idea. The byline for both the website and the book is “How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)” and Skenazy seemed to focus on promoting children’s rights. She argued that children are capable of much more than we give them credit for, and encouraged parents to take a step back and give their children room to prove themselves without micromanaging or over-babying. I liked what I saw! But over the years, I have begun to have some concerns. Read more

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