Brynne Larson and sisters Tess and Savannah Scherkenback are black belts in Karate and very handy with crosses and holy water. Larson’s father, Bob Larson, also known as “The King of Crazy” (by me), trained the girls in all things extortion exorcism. More
Topic: religious beliefs
I don’t really have a problem with her praying on the steps of the school. My children are going to have to eventually learn how to avoid Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious people that approach them in public. I like to embrace the opportunity for a teaching moment whenever possible. More
The Church of England is considering a new style of baptism to attract parishioners that rarely go to church. It’s called a “Champagne Christening.” The church believes it will attract young couples who have little or no connection to the church but still want to have an occasion to celebrate their family. More
Some Pennsylvania parents who believe in “faith healing” will face murder charges for not treating their sick child. This is the second time a child of theirs has died under their care, and I’m wondering why these people are allowed to care for children at all.
It’s my opinion that there probably aren’t too many members of this group who have children, because most parents either love the nostalgic charm of Charlie Brown, and if their personal religious beliefs conflict with Linus and his speech about the origins of Christmas, they probably use that as a “teaching moment.” More
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
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
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 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