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Posted inLeaving Religion

Not so much better angels: Celebrating with the ghosts of Christmas past

Reading Time: 3 minutes Despite Catholicism lurking in the background, Christmas was a magical time when I was a kid. Jesus was watching but from a respectful distance. Even when my old aunties came to visit, he kept quiet. Well mostly. He apparently insisted we give him thanks for our meals and upper-middle-class lifestyle in sunny 1980s Southern California. […]

Posted inParenting & Family

Spare the rod—and spare me the rest

Reading Time: 8 minutes Even as countries from South Korea to Colombia to Pakistan join the international and scientific consensus condemning corporal punishment, several school districts and state legislatures in the US have begun advocating the return (or continuation) of the deeply-discredited practice.

It’s time to revisit the overwhelming evidence against corporal punishment—and the roots of its persistent appeal.

Posted inRaising Freethinkers

Snip and Dip

One morning in August 1995, I stood in a recovery room of our local hospital, exhausted from watching my wife give birth. She was also tired for some reason—maybe from watching me watch her—and was drifting in and out of sleep. A nurse approached me through the fog and asked if we wanted our son […]

Posted inReligious News

Catholic podcaster urges women to stay in abusive relationships

Reading Time: 3 minutes During a recent episode of the Catholic Conversations podcast, host Adrian Fonseca said women should stay in abusive relationships in order to save their husbands’ souls. Fonseca, a producer for the Guadalupe Radio Network, was discussing a misogynistic rant from TikTok star Tristan Tate, in which he said he would never pay child support if […]

Posted inRaising Freethinkers

Different out loud

When my daughter Erin was in eighth grade, she came home with a story I’ve never forgotten. “I was at a lunch table,” she said. “One girl asked another one where she went to church. She said ‘We don’t go to church,’ and the first girl’s eyes got all big, and this other guy leaned […]

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