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Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of...

Chinese New Year, Alyson Hannigan, and a Smoking Toddler - Links we Love

Monday is the first day of the Chinese New Year (this year is the Year of the Ox). Get your kids in the spirit with these cute DIY lanterns. -- AlphaMom How is Alyson Hannigan staying fit during her first pregnancy? By doing Pilates, of course. --...

Jesus costume deemed too offensive for school

Alex Woinski says his friends often tell him that his long hair makes him look a lot like Jesus Christ. So when it came time to choose a costume for his school's Halloween celebration, he went with the obvious. He donned a crown of thorns, a fake...

Guy Ritchie vows to celebrate Christmas with his kids

Soon to be divorcee Guy Ritchie has some non-Kabbalah plans for his children this holiday season. According to sources, the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director plans on celebrating Christmas with kids Lourdes, Rocco and David this year....

Rosary beads a gang symbol?

For those of the Catholic faith, rosary beads are a traditional way to keep track of one's prayers. A sort of spiritual abacus. But according to police in Dallas, Texas, local gang members have taken to wearing the religious jewelry as well. This has...

Banned Book Week starts September 26th

When I was a sophomore in high school, my 70-year-old literature teacher sat down on the edge of her desk, curled her fingers -- ruined by years of arthritis -- together and stared at us all. Then she swore -- one very bad word (to us), very loud and...

Amish population growing steadily

They may seem old-fashioned with their overalls, straw hats, and long dresses, but the technology-avoiding Amish are managing to succeed quite well living an antiquated lifestyle in a modern world. A recent study found the Amish population has grown...

Going to church means heavenly grades?

I'm not sure there could be a worse headline, as far as I'm concerned: "Church Attendance Boosts Student GPA's." Luckily, it's not quite that simple. Researchers did find that going to church affects a teenager's grades, chances of dropping out, and...

Christian courses can't get college credit

If you want to send your kid to a high school where biology classes denounce evolution and where the bible is held as the ultimate reference, that's certainly your prerogative. That doesn't mean, U.S. District Judge James Otero says, that the...

World Youth Day begins

In a short while -- it's Tuesday there already -- the World Youth Day festivities will get under way in Sydney, Australia. With more than 200,000 attendees from all over the world registered already, the week-long Catholic festival promises to be...

Custody on the basis of faith

I couldn't imagine being romantically involved with someone whose beliefs were diametrically opposed to my own, let alone plan on raising children with them. Sure, my own parents were a mixed Catholic/Jewish couple, but my dad wasn't as adamant about...

Teacher fired for branding students with cross

It isn't uncommon these days to hear stories about teachers behaving badly in the classroom. I am a big believer in consequences and I am often left mind-boggled when these rogue teachers suffer none. Fortunately, this isn't one of those stories. Oh,...

Church service required to get a high school diploma

Not once, not twice, but three times principal Richard Lopez sent out a notice stating that attendance at a baccalaureate service was mandatory for graduating seniors at Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. For those not familiar with a...

No barbies for Iranian girls

Barbie, the iconic American fashion doll, is destroying the youth and the culture of Iran. So says Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi, anyway. Najafabadi is Iran's Prosecutor General and he wants restrictions on the importation of Western toys in order to...

Parents choose faith over science

In what is perhaps the most heated of debates about our children, our beliefs and our medicine, a girl has died after her parents chose prayer over doctors. The girl suffered from a rare form of diabetes. Madeline Kara Neumann, 11, of Wisconsin,...

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