Homeschooling, vaccinations, and a giant loophole

vaccines

I've seen some recent discussion of the existence of a religious exemption from vaccination requirements. It has occurred to me that people may not know about what I call "the homeschooling exemption."In most states, vaccination requirements are made so that a children are not allowed to start kindergarten until they have all of their vaccinations. This does not, then, affect homeschoolers. In other words, if you homeschool, most states have no requirement that you get your children … [Read more...]

On sacrificing your children

I wrote a whole ago about an article by a secular woman dating an evangelical man, and how that man as an evangelical believes he must love and serve God before even his serious girlfriend. In evangelical and fundamentalist circles, this same idea applies even to parents' love for their children. One must always love God more than one's own children, or else those children become an idol.One passage of the Bible was held up to us growing up as an absolute validation of this idea: the story of … [Read more...]

Prince of Egypt modifies a Bible story

I recently re-watched the 1998 animated movie Prince of Egypt. I've always loved that movie, with its beautiful animation and awesome songs (it's a bit of a musical). And that was all just as I remembered it, and just as moving. But there was one thing I noticed this time through that I don't remember noticing before. Specifically, the movie has a significant plot change from the original Biblical story of Moses on which it is based.The basic layout is that the Hebrews are slaves in Egypt, a … [Read more...]

“For your own good”: The insidiousness of spanking

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   “I’m doing this for your own good.” “Believe it or not, this hurts me more than it hurts you.” “Someday you’ll thank me for this.”It st … [Read more...]

Sibling v. Sibling: Giving the Child the Rod

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point early on my mom handed me the rod. She told me I was to spank my younger siblings if they … [Read more...]

Adventures in Parenting: On Reasoning with Toddlers

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.Last night I had a parenting adventure that was both reassuring and sobering. It involved a situation all parents face in exasperation many times in … [Read more...]

Hell: The most problematic Christian doctrine of all

From my experience, I would argue that hell is the worst Christian doctrine of all. I'm not even going to get into how there is no justice in punishing finite transgressions with eternal torture, or into all the other problems with the theological ins and outs of hell. Instead, I'm referring to the practical implications of the doctrine.I am a mother. I look at my beautiful young daughter, so full of life and joy and excitement and curiosity, and I feel my love for her bubbling up in my heart. … [Read more...]


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