Topic: religious beliefs

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 »

Jesus Freak: 12 Hilariously Dirty Church Billboards That Prove God Has A Sense Of Humor

Jesus Freak: 12 Hilariously Dirty Church Billboards That Prove God Has A Sense Of Humor

If you’ve ever been to church, then you’ve probably gotten the church giggles. I would say that the majority of my formative years were spent in the pews of a church looking up “dirty” Bible verses when I was bored, showing my sister, and attempting to laugh silently without drawing attention. I was, and still am, very mature for my age. More »

Parenting A Reincarnate: My Daughter Says That She Has Lived Before

Parenting A Reincarnate: My Daughter Says That She Has Lived Before

My daughter has had a variety of experiences when it comes to religion. Well, that’s not accurate. She’s been exposed to a variety of Christian religions. I would like to introduce her to other faiths as she gets older. But so far, she’s attended Mass routinely with my husband’s very Catholic family. She’s gone to Brethren services with my grandmother. She went to a Methodist pre-school last year. It’s a lot of different denominations, but all of them are Christian. So how exactly did my little girl learn about reincarnation? More »

The Miracle Of Birth Has Made Me No More Religious

The Miracle Of Birth Has Made Me No More Religious

My name is Ellen. And I am a nonbeliever.

Before you question my credibility, let me just say I had more than enough time to contemplate religion when I was younger. My earliest memories involve precious Saturdays spent shopping for pussy-bow blouses and saddle shoes that came in handy for fidgeting with throughout interminable sermons, during which even the most pious elders in my section would inevitably fight to stay awake. More »

Do I Have To Start Going To Church To Send My Kid To Pre-School?

Do I Have To Start Going To Church To Send My Kid To Pre-School?

Back to school time is upon us. Anytime after the 4th of July, people start thinking about notebooks and Lisa Frank folders. I’m really hoping Lisa Frank is still around, by the way, but I haven’t checked in a while. This is the first time in almost a decade that I’ve had to worry about back to school at all. Because this is the first year that my daughter will attend some type of formal education. True, she’s only three. And she’ll only go two mornings a week. But it’s still school.

I realize that early childhood education can vary greatly depending on the town or city you live in. Bigger cities obviously have more options for pre-school, along with more competition to get into the best ones. Smaller towns might not have any options at all. My mid-size city has a couple different selections for pre-school, almost all of which are run by churches. Literally, every decent-sized church I pass on the street has a banner out that they’re now enrolling for pre-school. The problem is, my husband and I aren’t very religious. So, do we need to start attending church if we enter our daughter into a religious-affliated pre-school? More »

The Full Spectrum: Is God Punishing Me?

The Full Spectrum: Is God Punishing Me?

The Full Spectrum focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising a child who ranks on the autism spectrum.

Like many of today’s cynical and urban liberals, I am strongly agnostic and can’t say one way or another if god exists. Technically I’m Jewish, but it’s more of a cultural affiliation than a religious belief. Either way, I’ve never been too conflicted about being agnostic: I know right from wrong and I manage to live a rich and meaningful life.

Lately, however, I’ve been wondering if “god” is punishing me. More »