Reply to a blog reader about spanking

Another homeschool alum sent me a message after a debate on my Facebook page after I posted an article about spanking. I try to address questions like this in a balanced way, no matter how I feel personally. Here's her message: Hey Eleanor! I saw that you posted an article on spanking children on your … Continue reading Reply to a blog reader about spanking

Happy Third Anniversary, Homeschoolers Anonymous!

This March, Homeschoolers Anonymous turned three. I found the site several weeks after the launch, on April 12, 2013. I still remember it, because I was in a meeting for the student newspaper on campus and one of my fellow editors, Cynthia Jeub, had IMed me the link earlier that morning. During the meeting, I … Continue reading Happy Third Anniversary, Homeschoolers Anonymous!

NLQ webmaster thinks speculating about LGBT quiverfull kids is okay

In January 2016, Vyckie Garrison, one of the founders of No Longer Quivering, started a public thread¬†asking for speculations about the Duggar family for 2016. Her followers started guessing about the sexual identity of the Duggar children still living at home. The comments turned vicious, involving threats of violence towards other survivors and stalking.¬†Read the … Continue reading NLQ webmaster thinks speculating about LGBT quiverfull kids is okay

‘But for us, God is not that tiny’: Why I’m #withMalala

So I'm kind of selective about documentaries that I watch. Usually the documentaries I enjoy are about religious fundamentalism and cults or evangelical culture. I watch to learn, for research. The other night I rented two movies from Redbox: the new live action Cinderella and He Named Me Malala. I thought I'd learn something from … Continue reading ‘But for us, God is not that tiny’: Why I’m #withMalala

Injustice, suffering and The Stoning of Soraya M.

I have serious thoughts this time of year even though I didn't grow up in a tradition that celebrated Lent. I also have this bad habit of watching disturbing historical films and getting emotionally overwhelmed. A couple of years ago, I watched The Stoning of Soraya M. over winter break. My roommates had just left … Continue reading Injustice, suffering and The Stoning of Soraya M.