Monthly Archives: April 2010

No market for Secular curriculum?

I was pleased to find that the Orlando Atheism Examiner included a link to my website in her recent article titled Secular Homechoolers find Darwin on their Own, discussing the recent news (duh) about the fact that most homeschool science books bash the idea of evolution.

I had to laugh (snort, actually) when I scrolled down to read the comments and saw that the Los Angeles Atheism Examiner, Hugh Kramer, commented:

Very interesting. I didn’t realize there even was a secular homeschool market.

Come on, man. I feel like who in whoville, shouting “We are here, we are here, we are here”

Although, to be honest, we’re not shopping for curricula either. Unschooling has been working out really well for us. But still. Is he not understanding that sometimes, Atheists reject institutionalized education as well as institutionalized spirituality?

Anyway- check out the lady’s article. Examiner.com pays their writers based upon page views, so let’s show her how much we love that she linked to me and that WE ARE HERE, dammit!

And if you live in Seattle, check out my friend Lisa’s articles on Examiner, too. here are a few titles…

Seattle mom teaches Self-sufficiency at Songcroft School
Virtual homeschooling conventions
Video teaches teens how to protect their civil rights
Free admission to science museums in Seattle and Tacoma
and finally, no matter where you live, your kids can get free bowling this summer

“Letting Kids Decide”

I love it when a mixed-religion couple, like a Catholic and a Lutheran, for example, decide to let their kids decide what religion they’ll be. It cracks me up that they think it’s possible to indoctrinate a child with two very limited and nonsensical perspectives, then think that the child will come to some inner-driven conclusion. Like they’re doing their child a service for not forcing them to choose.

Ahh- Atheist moms, you know what I’m taking about, I’m sure. I have too many thoughts in my head right now and I’m too tired to talk this one through.

Mainly, I just had to share a few goodies I came across on Facebook today.

1- Someone posed the question “Hey Atheists, have you been treated badly by Christians?” And one lady’s Awesome response was;

My kid brought home a fundraising catalog that included Bible verses for kids books, Jesus-in-manger wrapping paper, & other christian-only items. A friend’s lawyer told him to go to Mass if he wants to win custody of his son. Complete strangers “worry” about my child because I’m NOT brainwashing him into a religion. I don’t see my non-faith reflected in politics (remember the anti-Kay Hagen ad “accusing” her of being an atheist during the last elections?) My tax dollars go to churches which won’t help me with charity because I’m not a member; my money says “in god we trust” when I trust in no god. My son is taught to say a pledge in school which excludes people like me. Do you need more?

Also, I found a Facebook Fan Page called “The Bible: Truth or Fiction” and the discussion points are hilarious:

Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6, 2 Chronicles 25:4 “Fathers are not to die for the sins of their children, children are not to die for the sins of their fathers. Each shall die for their own sin only” Isaiah 14:21 “Kill this man’s children! Let them die because of their father’s sins! They must not rise and conquer the earth, filling the world with their cities.”

and

How can this be explained: God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn’t make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). 1:3-5

Anyway, I know I haven’t blogged in a while, I hope you’re all doing well.