Topic: religion

I’m Not Baptizing My Children To Appease Religious Family Members

I'm Not Baptizing My Children To Appease Religious Family Members

I totally understand parents who are not really religious but opt to perform this ritual anyway. Some people like rituals, and some people are trying to appease their parents. I understand the latter as motivation, my mother — although not overwhelmingly religious — has repeatedly mentioned the fact that my children are not baptized, and even tried to plan one for my son twice. More »

Ellen Is Not Trying To Turn Your Kids Gay, Because That Is Not Something That Actually Happens

Ellen Is Not Trying To Turn Your Kids Gay, Because That Is Not Something That Actually Happens

At some point, the anti-gay bigots are going to have to come up with new scare tactics. The whole, “Gay people are trying to recruit your children” thing is a little played out, don’t you think? Not to one op-ed columnist, who claims that Hollywood is trying to force gay people down the throats of America, as if a) they could fit, which they can’t because people can’t fit into mouths, and b) as if there were gay people everywhere and they too need to be represented on TV. Wait, that second part is actually true. More »

Muggle Mom Rewrites Harry Potter As A Christian Story So Her Kids Won’t Go To Hell

Muggle Mom Rewrites Harry Potter As A Christian Story So Her Kids Won't Go To Hell

A mom going by the name “proudhousewife” on FanFiction.net is rewriting the Harry Potter books so that they’re all about Christianity. “Do you want your little ones to read books; and they want to read the Harry Potter Books; but you do not want them to turn into witches?,” reads her bio. “Well-this is the story for you!”I guess those of us who DO want our kids to turn into witches should just kept reading the boring old Potter books and hope for the best. More »

The Nightmare Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Now Being Used To Excuse Child Labor

The Nightmare Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Now Being Used To Excuse Child Labor

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is currently undergoing a criminal investigation to see whether “child labor” can officially be added to the list of their offenses along with racism, misogyny, and general creepiness. But this week, a judge gave a church member a “Get Out of Testifying Against Your Church Free” card. Vergel Steed is recused from having to give the names of FLDS church leaders, and from explaining any details of how the church hierarchy is organized. And the basis for his ability to say, “No, thank you, please,” to participation in an investigation of the abuse of children is based on none other than the Hobby Lobby court ruling. More »

Even Leader In Christian Homeschooling Movement Thinks The Duggars Are Wrong

Even Leader In Christian Homeschooling Movement Thinks The Duggars Are Wrong

It is no secret that the Duggars are not popular with a lot of mainstream society. Many bristle at their ideas on everything from procreation to courting and lots of the little things in between. However, it is truly interesting to see that a prominent figure in the home-schooling system is publicly denouncing the guiding principles that the Duggars and other ultra-Christian home-schooling families follow. More »

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 »