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(Post 31 of 33 in my 16-hour shift for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.)

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Interesting bit of Parenting Beyond Belief trivia #1: Michael Shermer’s foreword originally started with this paragraph:

In the 1989 Ron Howard film Parenthood, the Keanu Reeves character, Tod Higgins, a wild-eyed young man trying to find his way in life after being raised by a single mom, bemoans to his future mother-in-law: “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car—hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.

Call me crazy, but we were entering uncharted territory with this book, and I thought it might be best for the first nonreligious parenting book to not also be the first parenting book with the phrase “butt-reaming asshole” in the opening paragraph.

Michael thought I was being overcautious, but he kindly agreed to paraphrase I like Michael.

Interesting bit #2: Michael Shermer and I went to the same suburban LA high school, about five years apart.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.