Top 10 Posts of 2015

This year brought us the World’s Worst Homesteaders, discrimination in the name of religion, mass shootings, and way too much Duggar. Seriously, every Duggar post I wrote landed in my top ten because people, you really need to stop paying attention to them. I’m really close to resolving that no matter what they do next year, I’m blacklisting them from my blog.  May next year be better than the one that’s ending. Read on after the break for my top ten posts this year. 10. What happens after Colorado Springs? My response in the immediate aftermath of the domestic terror attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.  We saw today what happened because people who should have known better were more interested in playing with fire and amping up the rhetoric in hopes of defunding Planned Parenthood than they were about the consequences. The last go round in the ‘90s, what happened next was a mix of halfhearted denunciations, insistence that “most” pro-lifers were peaceful, and a whole lot of debate that played out in living rooms, churches, and the pages of Life Advocate Magazine arguing back and forth about the theological and ethical merits of a philosophy of justifiable homicide. It was a debate that shouldn’t have happened at all and went on for far too long before Flip Benham pulled a power play and marginalized the justifiable homicide proponents. Meanwhile, the debate and the dillydallying successfully legitimized the justifiable homicide camp as holding a valid position worthy of debate. The result was more violence and bloodshed. 9. A Recipe for Disaster Coming in at #9 is a guest post by Sophie Anna Platt written in response to the Jim Bob Duggar quote above. Nooo… Really? And not once did it occur to you that maybe the way you and[…]

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Here Are 7 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Joe and Nicole Naugler

Did you hear about the Kentucky off-the-grid homesteaders who allegedly had their ten children taken away because they were homeschooling? If not, you’ll probably hear about it soon, it’s rapidly going viral. As the outrage machine kicks into high gear, here are seven important things you should know. 1. Homeschooling is legal As with every other state, homeschooling is legal in Kentucky. The only requirements are that parents notify the school board of their intent to homeschool, and that they provide 185 days of instruction in the same subject areas as the local public schools. There are no assessment requirements, no curriculum requirements, no requirements that the children be working near grade level. Parents can meet the subject requirements any way that they see fit—including through unschooling, as Joseph and Nicole Naugler state they were doing. Noncompliance with Kentucky law can result in truancy charges, but CPS doesn’t take children away for noncompliance, and they certainly don’t take children away if the parents are in compliance with Kentucky’s lax homeschool regulations. Remember, child protection proceedings are not open to the public, so we have no way of verifying what the Nauglers are claiming is actually true. Just because they claim the children were taken away because of homeschooling doesn’t mean that’s why the police were called or why CPS got involved. 2. The CPS Complaint Nicole Naugler posted the following photograph of the CPS report in a private Facebook group. As you can see, unlike what the Nauglers are stating publicly, the children were not removed because they were homeschooling—the accusation that the children were not enrolled in school is one small portion of a lengthy complaint. Here’s the clearer version of the photo. Notice that the allegations include the father threatening a neighbor with a weapon, that the property includes[…]

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