Religion

Stealing Our Children’s Futures: The Evils of Childhood Religious Indoctrination

Note: This was originally posted at Freethinking For Dummies. A while back, Surly Amy had a post on Skepchick.org giving advice to a reader who was working on a project in an education class. The issue is that the class is reviewing a proposal for an educational rights amendment, which included the notion that …

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Religion

Who Says You Can’t Get a Drink in Utah?

People say you can’t get a drink in Utah. It makes sense–Utah is full of Mormons and Mormons are known for their rules against drinking (and smoking, and coffee . . . being Mormon sucks). Utah really does have some of the most restrictive liquor laws in the United States, but it’s …

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EducationIdentityLGBTQPoliticsReligion

Irish Education: Of Catholics and Closets

In my previous post I mentioned how schools in Ireland are allowed to deny children admission based on the religious affiliation of their parents.  In recent weeks it has come to light that the exemptions provided by the state are also used to intimidate and/or remove staff based on their …

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Irish Education: Where your choice is Catholic, Catholic or Catholic

So, 2014 will be the year that L. first climbs the school-bus steps. If she’s anything like her father this process will involve extricating her from beneath the kitchen table and sprinting down the driveway with her and her backpack across my shoulder before tossing her through the bus’ doors …

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Introductions from Ireland

Greetings from old Hibernia, a land where the saints are worse than the sinners and most of the sinners are too busy keeping up with their neighbors to have noticed. I just wanted to say hello and tell you a little about myself so that you would know what to …

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Religion

Tiny Missionaries

I lost my religion in phases. First I gave up on Catholicism, then Christianity, and finally spirituality. I was somewhere between Atheism and questioning spirituality when Pickle was born. Hubby has been Agnostic as long as I have known him, so it was obvious to us that Pickle wouldn’t be …

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Religion

Mormons Gonna Morm

Utah is utterly dominated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons).  Here, you’re either Mormon, ex-Mormon, or a missionary opportunity. What? You don’t want to be a missionary opportunity? Yeah, good luck with that. Technically I’m still a Mormon–until I officially resign or get kicked out …

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Sex and Sexuality

My Perfect Valentine’s Present

I’ve been married for over two decades. It’s a good marriage. I love my husband more now than when we first married. But Valentine’s Day has me thinking. What would be a great gift that could make us happier together? Flowers, chocolates, candles? Those are all nice, but they aren’t …

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Religion

Religion Weasels It’s Way into My Kids’ School

NOTE – This article was originally posted at Freethinking For Dummies and is posed here by the original author. Tonight was open house at our kids’ Middle School. As we walked in the door, we were greeted by a woman handing out blue flyers about a before school program for …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Education

Stealth Creationism

Last week, my friend Jay’s head asploded. Ok, not literally, but what better way is there to describe the experience of suddenly and jarringly discovering that your child is being taught to believe in young earth creationism and to reject evolution? Jay was recently faced with this realization after his …

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