What We Can Learn from Mother Teresa’s Defense of a Pedophile Priest

Mother Teresa has finally been proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church, offering people around the world an opportunity to revisit her life and legacy. I knew that there were many problems with the Mother Teresa myth---that she believed that poverty was beautiful and that she denied her patients anesthetics and had her hospitals reuse needles---but I most certainly did not know about her defense of a pedophile priest. Take a look at this except from a 2012 article about the situation: Yet d … [Read more...]


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Trump’s Childcare Plan Helps the Wealthy, Not the Poor

By now, you're probably aware that Donald Trump gave a speech on economics yesterday. You may be less familiar with a particular piece of his speech---the bit where he addressed making childcare more affordable. As you may remember, affordable childcare played an important part in his daughter Ivanka's speech at the Republican National Convention. How does Trump propose to fix the high costs of childcare, which often price women out of the job market entirely? Like this: My plan will also help … [Read more...]


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Gender, Gender, Everywhere

I was recently at an appointment in a medical office with my preschool son, Bobby. As he is sometimes want to do, Bobby was wearing a dress. The dress was flowered, with a wide skirt that swirls out when he twirls. He usually wears pants or shorts, but he loves dress-up and has a small collection of dresses of his own, and I figure, if girls can wear pants as well as skirts, why shouldn't boys be allowed to wear skirts if they so desire? It wasn't his appointment and we hadn't been there before, … [Read more...]


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Why Is the Catholic Church Lobbying against Statute of Limitations Reform?

I converted to Catholicism in college. I had grown up in an evangelical home, and Catholicism offered me a new way to view the Bible and gave me a sense of history and richness. In a turbulent time for me, it allowed me to retain my faith. Today, I am no longer religious, but this is not the fault of the Church. Rather, a series of unrelated events shook my fundamental belief in the supernatural. Still, I've always retained some affinity for the Catholic tradition. This affinity serves as the bac … [Read more...]


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Kids These Days . . . Are Actually Okay

I'm sure you're no stranger to people complaining about today's young people. They're addicted to technology, glued to their cell phones, unable to function in the real world. They're selfish and entitled, they want everything handed to them on a plate. They don't know what it is to work hard, they haven't been properly disciplined. Our nation is in serious trouble. Or at least, so the narrative goes.I recently noticed this narrative on display in a Facebook meme:Text is: R.I.P. A … [Read more...]


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Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan: My Gay Cousin Has Been Sent to a Christian Home for Troubled Teens

I have a good friend who was sent to a Christian home for troubled teens in Florida in the late 1990s. The stories she tells me are horrifying. The children were forced to work in the fields all day every day in the summer, and for long hours during the school year as well. While the home was co-ed, the girls were responsible for preparing and cleaning up all of the meals, on a rotation linked to their dormitories. The home used the ACE program, a curriculum used by Christian private schools and … [Read more...]


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“Do I look like a boy, or a girl?”

My daughter Sally recently put on a new outfit and turned to me with a question."Do I look like a boy, or a girl?" she asked."You look like Sally," I told her.This exchange was brought to mind when reading Jessica Winters' Slate article, "Are You a Boy or a Girl?" In the article, Winters speaks of people's frustration when they can't immediately identify the gender of her eighteen-month-old daughter.Like a lot of 18-month-olds, my daughter is epicene; even if she’s out on the to … [Read more...]


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