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Nothing Funny About Rewarding Countries that use Child Soldiers

I tried to think of something funny to blunt the edge of letting you know that Barack Obama has extended waivers letting Chad, Sudan, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of the Congo off the hook for using child soldiers. But I just couldn’t do it.

The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 prohibits the U.S. [...]

The Christian Right’s Counterargument for Bullying Gay Kids

The case for Spirit Day, October 20 2010:

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in memory of the recent gay suicides. Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this. Purple [...]

They’re Tracking Your Kids in Texas… Are You Next?

Houston area school districts have implanted RFID chips into kids’ ID tags and installed gear around schools and buses to constantly keep track of children’s location.

Get ‘em used to it while they’re young and they won’t think twice about it when they’re grown. Where will implanted chip RFID tracking be found next?

Paladino, Kids Don’t Need Brainwashing To Be Decent

I worry about the strange social world that Carl Paladino has isolated himself in, not to experience firsthand the absolute normalcy of homosexual couples. He’s running for Governor of New York State, not Governor of Alabama. [...]

Requiring Information That Children Feel Suffering

Mike Johanns and other senators that have introduced legislation requiring women to be informed that abortion can cause pain in a fetus don’t want to apply the same protections for children who have already been born. [...]

More American Than Lincoln Logs

Given a more ethical, inexpensive alternative, why would any American buy China’s Lincoln Logs any more? [...]

Lego League The Successor To BASIC Education?

Unlike archaic, top-down groups like the Boy Scouts, the First LEGO League is co-ed, and doesn’t discriminate against children on the basis of things like religion or sexual orientation. [...]

Queensland Woes Expose Dangers Of Public Religious Instruction

Religious Instruction classes became tools of missionary work by Pentacostals who sought to teach elementary school children Creationist dogma. [...]

Playground Predators

Walking up to other people’s children and telling them that their fathers aren’t really their fathers isn’t freedom of religion. It’s fraud. [...]

It Still Isn’t a More Dangerous World for our Kids

Three and a half years ago, amid declarations from fellow parents around me that “It’s a more dangerous world out there for kids these days” and “It’s just different from when we grew up,” my first-grader came home from school informing me that they’d had a “lockdown” drill at his elementary school to practice in [...]

Kris Sickles: Warrior for Christ and Hookers for 3 Year Olds?

Something does not add up in the case of Kristopher “Kris” Sickles, the “Pale Horse” of the Hutaree Nine.

On the one hand, Kris Sickles is alleged to be a warrior for Christ. Although fundamentalist Christians are loudly complaining that the adjective “Christian” is being associated with the Hutaree group that allegedly made very specific [...]