HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill

HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill is actually the title of HSLDA’s own article on a bill currently before the Iowa legislature. At least they’re being honest about it, I suppose? We’ve talked before about the ways the Home School Legal Defense Association’s lobbying veers out into topics that have nothing to do with homeschooling, but honestly, this case is out there even for them. Let’s have a look, shall we? HSLDA opposes the anti-bullying bill now pending in the Iowa Legislature, SF 345, because... Read more

Parenting Positively Means Much More than Not Hitting

Yesterday as Sally climbed into the car, she knocked over a can with flowers in it, something she’d brought home from school, and in the process spilled water on the seat. Sally began to fret about the water, but I didn’t have a towel or other rag in the car. Since we were about to head home home, I suggested that she sit on the wet spot, soaking up some of the water with her dress, and that she could change when... Read more

Motherhood Is Not Inherently Deserving of Praise

Mother’s Day has been a bit weird for me for years now. When I turned 18 and left home for college, things changed between my mother and I. Or rather, they didn’t change, and that was the problem. I’ve often thought that, given that I’m the oldest and my mother was still parenting preschoolers when I left home, she just couldn’t figure out how to have a relationship. She could still order my younger siblings around and expect them to... Read more

Technically, Nicole Naugler Is Not a Homeschool Mom

Over the last few days, my social media pages have blow up with comments and articles about Joe and Nicole Naugler, an “off-grid” couple whose ten children were removed by CPS following the discovery that the family was living in tents and had inadequate heat, water, and sewage—a discovery that followed a standoff between Joe and one of the neighbors, in which Joe trespassed on a neighbor’s property in order to steal water, and then, when confronted, threatened to shoot said neighbor. News... Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 16: 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... Read more

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Foster Family

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris pp. 66-68 Okay, so you know what’s interesting here? Farris portrays the foster family very positively. He says that “the transfer of Casey was tearful, but without hysterics,” and explains that “the foster parents, Tom and Brenda MacArthur, were kind people who seemed to understand the trauma of all concerned.” This seems to run a bit against the whole “foster care is horrific and scars children” narrative so common in anti-CPS circles. In... Read more

Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar Compares the Gay Rights Movement to ISIS

When I saw an article titled “The Gay Rights Movement: ISIS without Bullets?” I was intrigued. The idea was so beyond the pale I wanted to know what it was based on. The author of the piece was Gary DeMar. Wait. Gary DeMar? Yes. Gary DeMar. Gary DeMar is a Christian Reconstructionist and president of American Vision, a prominant Christian Reconstructionist organization. Christian Reconstructionists believe in implementing Old Testament law in our society today. DeMar is the coauthor of the book Christian Reconstruction: What... Read more

Let’s Talk about Riots

The discussion of the Baltimore riots has split America, with conservatives lining up to condemn the riots and liberals lining up to defend them and each side calling the other racist. African Americans, too, are often split along the same lines. For example, we see this from in the Atlantic: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and “nonviolent.” These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer... Read more

Any Time I Hear Someone Say “Traditional Marriage”

Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage. This week Fox News published an opinion piece by Cal Thomas titled “Will we erase the boundaries that have guided humanity for generations?” In it he asked this: If human history, tradition, the Bible, the Constitution and biology are to be ignored or re-defined, on what basis do courts say “no” to anything? Of course, these same questions were on the justice’s minds during last weeks’ Supreme Court hearings. Justice Kennedy had this to say:... Read more

Andrée Seu Peterson’s Appalling Column on Bisexuality

Regular readers will know that I’m no fan of Andrée Seu Peterson, a columnist for World Magazine. In the past, I’ve written about her sexist discussion of taking a man’s name in marriage and her dismissal of protections put in place to prevent child sexual abuse. But I have to say, this week’s column really takes the cake. The title? “‘B’ Is for Bogus.” “B” as in bisexuality. Oh yes. Someone in our Saturday morning women’s prayer group prayed for LGBT people to... Read more