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
Topic: religious beliefs
I am all about religious freedom and a parent’s right to choose circumcision for their son, but these ‘snip and suck’ circumcisions were a few babies have contracted herpes make me question how much religious freedom parents are given when it comes to non-necessary medical procedures. More
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
It’s also very appealing for parents, since its a billion percent free and also all day and all summer long. Despite the surface coolness of this set up, my daughter, unlike all of her friends (and I do mean all of her friends) won’t be going to VBS, and it will be up to me to lie our way out of it. More
I was raised in a very strict Christian home, and unsurprisingly, I have mixed feelings about it. I am still a Christian today. I truly value my relationship with God, but I do not think it is a coincidence that my relationship with God has gotten stronger and I have started to love myself more now that I no longer go to church. More
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
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
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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