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Re: “Family Council to present 'courage' award to Rep. Justin Harris

What an outrage.

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Posted by The Virginian on 08/12/2015 at 2:10 PM

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"Nothing beautiful or noble ever came from blind conformity. True beauty, true nobility, when it happens, is always a small rebellion against the beige, the bland and the unobtrusive. It is always a stand against the shushing finger, the shouted command, the heavy black bar of censorship."

God, I love this.

Posted by The Virginian on 06/15/2015 at 6:27 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

This was hilarious! I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for being on the cutting edge, so to speak, of a controversial subject. With so many angry people circling you and muttering, that took courage.

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Posted by The Virginian on 06/15/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Casting out demons: why Justin Harris got rid of kids he applied pressure to adopt

From the day the Arkansas Times broke this story, I have followed it and gotten involved to the very limited extent I can, from my observation perch in Virginia.

As shocking as the facts are that have already come to light, I am certain that there is a great deal more to the story, not only with respect to the beliefs, behavior, attitudes and actions of Justin Harris and his wife, but of the worldwide megachurch adoption network.

Troubling issues related to the funding of the Growing God's Kingdom preschool are also part of a disturbing trend in this country that made it onto most Americans' radar screens when George W. Bush created his Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and began outsourcing many education and social service programs (with commensurate funding) to the private sector, mostly through already tax-exempt Christian churches.

This represents to many Americans a clear violation of the First Amendment prohibition on state religion, given that the US government is granting tax money to churches who say they are providing the outsourced services without any religious trappings, much as Harris claims his Christian pre-school is managing to do, despite the very name of the pre-school suggesting otherwise.

Keep digging, Times.

Posted by The Virginian on 04/22/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Harris therapy controversial

I've re-read this article a number of times and I still find it remarkable (I'm restraining myself from saying "abhorrent" instead) that there were no voices quoted in opposition to the abusive "therapy" promoted by Nancy Thomas other than the apparently semi-supportive Crume.

At first, I figured this choice was an attempt to appear equanimous to readers, just as Crume seemed to want to remain open to potential clients who might come to her hoping to buy their children a taste of "Thomas Lite" without going whole-hog. Now I see behind Crume's curtain. It isn't pretty back there. She is a long-time apologist for Thomas Torture and the Times has given her a forum to spread this dangerous philosophy to its readers, without disclosing her bias or challenging her credibility as a disinterested professional voice.

I would like to see the Arkansas Times print interviews with more appropriate sources. It's not like they (unlike so many of Thomas's supporters) are in hiding.

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Posted by The Virginian on 03/31/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Former workers at Justin Harris' preschool say they were told to sign in adopted girls despite absence

I hate to keep beating this drum, but how does the very name of this operation not trigger a rejection of grant requests from agencies prohibited from supporting religious education?

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Posted by The Virginian on 03/31/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Former workers at Justin Harris' preschool say they were told to sign in adopted girls despite absence

You're doing excellent coverage. Thank you.

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Posted by The Virginian on 03/30/2015 at 11:58 AM

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