Topic: religion

Ignorant Parents Prefer Bullying To Buddhism

Ignorant Parents Prefer Bullying To Buddhism

Can practicing mindfulness make kids less likely to bully one another? Maybe; there certainly isn’t anything wrong with putting it into practice. Not unless you’re horrified at the prospect of your kids learning a technique that originated in a different culture, at least. Parents? If the worst thing you have to worry about your kid getting exposed to at school is a little Buddhist meditation, then you should be grateful. There are a lot of worse things that could be happening to them. Like getting bullied, for example. More »

It’s Adorable Pat Robertson Thinks More Male Companionship Will Turn Viewer’s Gay Son Straight

It's Adorable Pat Robertson Thinks More Male Companionship Will Turn Viewer's Gay Son Straight

A 700 Club viewer wrote in to get cantankerous dinosaur Pat Robertson‘s advice on what to do about her 13-year-old stepson’s crushes on other men. Robertson bizarrely suggests that the young man might have caught the gay by being raised by a single mom. His explanation of the situation is way off-base: the real problem isn’t that the stepson is attracted to other boys, but that his stepmom thinks Robertson is a font of wisdom rather than a font of tired stereotypes and homophobia. But strangely enough, I found myself nodding along in agreement with Robertson’s suggestion on what to do next. More »

Suspending A Student For Saying ‘Bless You’ Is Obnoxious

Suspending A Student For Saying 'Bless You' Is Obnoxious

Quick – think of the most disruptive phrase a teenager could yell across a classroom. What did you come up with? Was it “bless you”? Because that’s the phrase that got high school student Kendra Turner suspended last week. According to her teacher, this little two-word benediction is a classroom disruption … because of course, nothing says “I don’t want distractions in my classroom” more clearly than kicking a student out of class for expressing a common polite sentiment. More »

(UPDATED) Everyone Praying For Hobby Lobby To Be ‘Victorious’ Today Is Praying For A Mess Of Civil Rights Disasters

(UPDATED) Everyone Praying For Hobby Lobby To Be 'Victorious' Today Is Praying For A Mess Of Civil Rights Disasters

I’m not entirely sure what all the people who say they are praying for Hobby Lobby to be victorious today if the US Supreme Court decides a corporation can have religious beliefs knows what exactly this means. I have a hard time understanding all the ramifications myself, but it goes far beyond not wanting women to have access to IUDs and Plan B. More »