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Why Lent Is Good for Your Family

For many, the word Lent conjures up images of stern nuns, hair shirts and Catholic schools circa 1951, but it's a ritual and tradition American families need now, more than ever. In our family, Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) marks the begin...Lent is a ritual and tradition American families need now, more than ever.

Should Schools Be Teaching Creationism?

An apple for the teacher, or Eve? Credit: Getty Images Evolution. Creationism. Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, these are not typically thought of as two great tastes that taste great together. (You also don't eat them, but you know...Thirteen percent of bio teachers "explicitly advocate creationism," using "at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light."

Who Decides a Child's Religion in a Divorce?

After you and your spouse split, who gets to make the religious decisions? Credit: Getty Images The Chicago Sun-Times has a story that proves the old adage about truth being stranger than fiction. Here's the basics: exotic dancer marri...One couple had so much trouble figuring it out that they ended up in court. What would you do?

Would You Want the 10 Commandments Displayed at Your Child's School?

Thou shalt not display at school? Credit: Rob Sheridan, Flickr The Giles County School Board in Virginia recently voted to display the 10 Commandments at area schools. Many parents complained, and the displays were removed. Then some s...Is it wrong to display the 10 Commandments, a religious document, at a public school?

How to Find the Light in an Interfaith Marriage

Christmas lights or a menorah? Different religions don't have to be a big deal in a family. Credit: Corbis You're an Irish Catholic school teacher who falls in love with a Jewish cab driver/aspiring novelist at a New York C...People just assume interfaith marriages will result in conflict, drama and sometimes even hijinks and hilarity.

Christmas for the Non-Religious is About Love, Peace and the Right to Believe in Just That

Holiday spirit doesn't have to be religious. Illustration by Dori Hartley It's a balmy 80 degrees down here in South Florida, and my daughter and I have decided tonight's the big night: We're going to pu...Religion may not be our thing, but love? Well, that's something to believe in.

Interview With a Witch Mom

Feri witch Lillitu Shahar Kunning and her son, Rowan. Credit: Lillitu Shahar Kunning
When clips of Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell telling "Politically Incorrect" host Bill Maher that she once dabbled in witchcraft surfac...
When Glinda asks, "Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" that question pretty much cements our delineation of the mysterious world of witchcraft. It's either good or bad. Feri witch Lillitu Shahar Kunning, would beg to differ.

Christening Invitations: Online Resources

Invite family and friends to your baby's christening with sweet invitations. Credit: Getty
The baptism, or christening, of a baby often is the first major milestone in the life of a child in many Christian families and, like other milestones,...

Rapping Mom Rhymes for Jesus

Tamara Lowe is spittin' lyrics for the Lord. The south Florida mom of two impressed us with her mad skills is this video from Christ Fellowship in February. Sample lyrics: "If you're looking to Oprah or Dr. Phil, you can shop nonstop or pop...

Faith Of Our Fathers? Survey Says Not So Much

Young Americans are less religious than their parents, a new study shows. Credit: Corbis
"Faith of our fathers, holy faith, we shall be true to thee 'til death." Maybe so. Maybe no. The old hymn might not ring true anymore. A study releas...

Father Could Face Jail Time For Bringing Daughter To Church

Joseph Reyes could face jail time for bringing his daughter to church. Sound strange? The reason for the possible visit to the pokey: By bringing the 3-year-old girl to a Catholic church, Reyes violated an order from Chicago family court that...

Christian Parents In Oregon Found Guilty Of Neglecting Ill Son

Jeff Beagley listens to testimony during his trial last month in Oregon City, Ore. Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen, Pool / AP
Prosecutors argued that Jeff and Marci Beagley of Oregon refused to get their 16-year-old son traditional medical treatment. ...

Pilot Diverts Plane Over Teen's In-Flight Prayer

The teen was using tefillin, a set of small black boxes attached to leather straps and containing biblical passages. Credit: chaim zvi, Flickr
A devout teen caused a scare in the air Jan. 17 when, while trying to pray, he pulled out a set of sma...

Texas Debates Way History Will Be Taught

Robert F. Kennedy lends moral support to striking grape pickers and their leader Cesar Chavez. Credit: Michael Rougier, Time Life Pictures / Getty Images Conservatives say too much attention is paid to American imperialism and not enough to Christi...

Court Rules West Virginia Mom Must Vaccinate Her Child

Some parents worry about vaccinating their children. Credit: jupiterimages
Opponents of vaccines lost a court battle this month, as a federal judge ruled that a West Virginia mom must immunize her child. Jennifer Workman of Mingo County, W...

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