“Jessica says she won’t be my friend anymore”

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Sally and were sitting together wrapping presents for her preschool friends when she frowned slightly and then looked up at me a bit sadly."Jessica says she won't be my friend anymore."Jessica has been Sally's best friend at preschool for over a year now. Every day when I take Sally to preschool, Jessica comes running up to her in excitement. "Sally! Sally! Come see what I'm doing!" And then they run off together, laughing."Jessica says she won't be my friend anymore."Already? … [Read more...]

Christian Patriarchy and Gender: Contentment v. Ambition

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For as long as I can remember, I heard the values of contentment extolled. Contentment, contentment, contentment, contentment, contentment. Growing up in a family influenced by the Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy movements, contentment was something preached on a daily basis. I learned very early that I must be content.But you know what? This isn't what the guys around me were being told. While I was being taught to be content, they were being taught to be ambitious. They had to find jobs … [Read more...]

How I Lost My Fear of Reading My Daughter Bible Stories

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about my concerns about reading Bible story books to my daughter Sally. Any atheist parent with religious relatives will have to figure out how to deal with the Bible story books their children will inevitably be given for birthdays and Christmas. This is something that’s been on my mind lately because a Noah’s Ark board book has suddenly become my young daughter’s favorite book.Some atheist parents may just return Bible themed story books when their child … [Read more...]

Christian Homeschoolers: Children Don’t Have Rights

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There has been a lot of confusion about why the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty. Fred Clark of the Slactivist is absolutely right that evangelicals' fear that the UN is the vehicle of the coming antichrist, along with conservatives' fear that the UN is a plot to form a one world government and erode the United States' national sovereignty, played a role in the rejection of the treaty. But there's something else there too.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through … [Read more...]

My God, They Really Are the Same

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Hang on, I'm having troubles picking my jaw up off the floor over here. I follow a blog called Sober Second Look, whose author writes about having converted into a conservative Muslim sect in the 1980s, married a Muslim man, and then had a passel of Muslim children before deconverting. And today, she wrote this: Oddly enough, it never crossed my mind when I (and my convert friends) were having multiple children as our small, insular conservative Muslim and extremely pronatalist community … [Read more...]

Listening Can Be Hard: On Children and Disconnects

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It was breakfast on a Saturday morning, and we needed to get out the door. Sally, however, had broken her biscuit into little pieces and then pushed them off her plate. The table was a mess."I want another biscuit!" she announced."What? You already had a biscuit and you broke it into pieces!" I responded."But I want a new one!""Honey, it tastes the same even when it's broken in pieces. I promise. Just eat it, it's almost time to go.""No! I need a new biscuit!"At this … [Read more...]

Five Things I Love about My Local UU Church

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1. After having veterans stand for appreciation (it's Veterans' Day), the minister asked those with family members currently in the military stand, those who had any relatives or ancestors dead or alive who served in military stand, and, finally, those who had been conscientious objectors stand. There was talk of peace and of objections to war without any dishonor of either current soldiers or veterans. (We were encouraged to avoid stereotypes and instead listen to their stories.)2. The m … [Read more...]


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