Dale McGowan's Blog – September 2008 Archive (5)

Drugs are bad...m'kay?

mkay329881 I had an unusual interview two weeks ago.



I sleep through most media interviews now, since the questions tend to be the same, and in about the same order: Tell me a little about your book, Why do nonreligious parents need their own separate resource, How do you deal with moral development, How can you help kids deal with death without an afterlife, Isn't it important to believe in something greater than ourselves, Before I know it, I'm being thanked for a… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 25, 2008 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

An Inconvenient Commandment

lie43092 One of the common worries I hear from religious commentators about nonreligious people is the absence of a solid, reliable, unchanging moral compass. Lacking that...why, folks could make up the rules as they go along.



I've written about this nonsense before ("The red herring of relativism," July 8, 2007), so I won't go too deep into the silly idea that moral relativism follows from the absence of religious… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Best Practices 1: Feeling your pain

[First in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting.]



"I feel your pain." --BILL CLINTON at a campaign rally in 1992

"We need to...pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes."

--BARACK OBAMA in a speech on Father's Day 2008
In the Preface of… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 12, 2008 at 9:45am — No Comments

Harvard honors the Sarah Palin of humanism

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It's always interesting when someone unexpectedly breaks from the backfield and grabs a high-profile plum from more worthy contenders. Dan Quayle, Harriet Miers, and Clarence Thomas leap to mind. Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, or Art Carney (!) beating Dustin Hoffmann, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino for Best Actor.



Sarah Palin recently joined the ranks of those unexpectedly thrust to the front of the line,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 9, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Dissent done right 2

[Back to Part 1]



I knew my kids would feel violated, angry, and afraid. Their own attitudes toward dissent are being tested and formed. So we did what we do. We talked it through.



I told them our sign had been taken from the yard. (At this point we hadn't found it again.) Erin's reaction was utter disbelief.



"Really?" she said. "Really?"



"Yes."



"Really? Cause… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 5, 2008 at 7:59am — No Comments

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