The Ideology of Underage Marriages in Conservative Christianity

A Teen by Definition is Not “Mature” *Little disclaimer: By “mature” I mean as physically developed and/or experienced in life as adults. I am not referring to responsibility, which many teens are better at than some adults.  I was just 16 but I knew it was love, and my boyfriend, also 16, and I secretlyContinue reading “The Ideology of Underage Marriages in Conservative Christianity”

On Vaccines: When Private Choices Affect Public Health

Because this is a highly emotional issue, I am going to open with a disclaimer: What I write is not directed at those individuals or families who cannot vaccinate their children/be vaccinated themselves due to diagnosed medical conditions. Measles killed some 2.6 million people each year before vaccination was widespread, according to the World HealthContinue reading “On Vaccines: When Private Choices Affect Public Health”

Me, My Rights, and I

A Culture of Individualism Without Personal Responsibility Makes for Spoiled Adult-Children “There’s something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered aContinue reading “Me, My Rights, and I”

Better Living Through Fewer Vitamins

Last school year my (then) first-grade son had the terrible habit of never washing his hands. We threatened, we cajoled, we grounded him, we went over proper hand-washing and the vital importance of it, but all to no avail (he must get his stubborn streak from his dad). And so our family passed around someContinue reading “Better Living Through Fewer Vitamins”