169 comments posted · 22 followers · following 19

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Salvation is not a leg... · 0 replies · +2 points

As a person who has had the great good fortune to read many life histories I can say your comment rings so true and is a perfect expression of what children experience. Unfortunately, they don't dare give free expression to their honest thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and insights.

12 years ago @ Red State Progressive - How Progressives in Re... · 0 replies · +2 points

I snip articles that advocate the progressive viewpoint and post them on my Twitwall. Twitwall is a way to promote content to the twitter community and I have about 1600 followers on my twitwall. I use the headline of an article as the Twit that leads my readers to the excerpt, usually the lead paragraphs. It is like baiting a hook. From where they land they can read the entire article. Twitwall has a way to send the same twit at intervals so it catches readers at various times coming to the stream. Here is a link to my twitwall:

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - The Hitting Stops Here... · 0 replies · +2 points

Check our Amazon portal just to the right on this page. Beating the Devil out of them is a seminal work by the prominent research scientist Murray A. Straus. If you want to win an argument with your brother-in-law you can find lots of ammunition in this book. The Amazon program that suggests book titles to offer is really improved lately. The Greven book is part of the no-spank canon. If you think you might want to add one these books to you library please consider accessing Amazon through our portal. That way we make a small amount to keep us going.

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Parents strongly resis... · 0 replies · +2 points

The law would be difficult to enforce if looked at through your lens. However, laws effect culture and it is culture which has to change. I won't try to tackle the issue of why conservatives homeschool, but that is a concern. When ever parents have sequestered their children history teaches us that it has always turned out badly for the children. Conservatives rebel against secular authority because it is a competing power center and has always represented a threat to their religion. I challenge your assertion that no model exists. One only has to look to the example of the socialist democracies in Europe or even Japan. The ban gets enforced through social mechanisms, new generations learning that gentle parenting is a better model, and pressure through state education programs.

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Recommended reading · 0 replies · +2 points

Andy Rooney was an out atheist, but I don't recall him ever making pro atheism comments on his 60 Minutes gig. Anybody know differently?

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Quiverfull -- A real a... · 0 replies · +5 points

There is a limit to what the planet can support and for this reason alone our attitudes towards unlimited procreation require thoughtful consideration. If devout religious people are procreating simply to insure that their particular religion survives that is unethical because it treats their children as objects and must be condemned.

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - 'Christianity stole my... · 0 replies · +2 points

Hi Ron, I do remember your blog and have it listed in our links. I guess I need to change the entry.

12 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Logically, morally, hu... · 0 replies · +2 points

I like to recommend (and their fb site as well). In addition there is These are two major web sites for ending physical punishment of children.

14 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Comment on blogs suppo... · 0 replies · +2 points

Can you please be more specific?

14 years ago @ End Hereditary Religion - Sham homeschools are f... · 1 reply · +2 points

Don't blame "right wing Christian theocrats" for influencing the culture (basically what your article covers and how you disagree with it). They're doing what anyone else would do: promoting their beliefs/worldview/religion. I'd encourage you to stop complaining about their actions, because they aren't doing anything wrong.
Except they are subversive and have a deliberate policy of working out of sight. You obviously did not pay attention to the many articles I referenced for substantiation. If these people believed in honest open debate and negotiation that would be a different matter. But they don't -- in fact they are trained to view compromise and negotiation as weak. Who needs that when you are taking orders directly from god and anyone who disagrees is a tool of the devil.

Moral standards are not the exclusive domain of religious people, though they try hard to sell this bit of propaganda. Morality coerced is not genuine morality if private acts are motivated by thoughts of rewards or punishment in a supposed afterlife.

I have had many interchanges with homeschool advocates, both secular and religious. Not the zealots -- I simply cannot stomach their delusions and like I say the hard core ones are not interested in an intellectually honest exchange.