Autism and Socialization

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My autistic son, Buddy, will be aging out of his therapeutic day program for autistic children in November, and transition to a program that is just a few hours in the afternoon. When this happens we will homeschool him, for reasons I have gone over the reasons for doing this in previous blog entries, and the simple explanation is we live in Texas and they treat children with special needs horribly and our experience with sending him to public school was horrible.

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Charlottesville is Not a New Low

I want to be able to say that the events in Charlottesville today represent a new low in racial prejudice. The sickening truth is that this is not anything new, and it has been worse. Mary Turner. Emmett Till. Ida B. Wells made a career of documenting and bringing to light racially motivated lynching in America, yet we don’t read about her in school. From the beginning, America was structured to favor white people over people of color. This started with the atrocious institution of slavery and continued after the Emancipation Proclamation with the passing of laws in the south that practically recreated slavery and continues to this day.

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How Hobby Lobby Destroyed its Own Arguement

Christian retailer, Hobby Lobby, which is owned by the Green family, got into some rather expensive hot water for stealing antiquities from the Middle East. One of the best books I have read so far this year was Three Stones Make a Wall. Written by an archaeologist named Eric Cline, it was not only a fascinating look at different archaeological sites through time in history, but a plea against the type of black market looting and stealing of artifacts that the Green family engaged in.

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The Skeptical Folklorist: What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

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Amelia Earhart has been one of my lifelong heroines. I had actually wanted to be a pilot once, but I developed seizures as an adolescent so I’m barred from getting a pilot’s license as a result. Still, Earhart remains a beloved inspiration and, like many people, I would love to have the closure that comes with knowing how her final chapter ended. Tonight I saw an article about how an old photograph provides evidence that she was captured by the Japanese, and I want to take some time to look at this. Continue reading

What I Want Christians to Understand

The Friendly Atheist posted about how a Christian wrote to an atheist, Nadja, who had been murdered, over Facebook, asking if she was sorry now that she was meeting her maker. The Christian, Michelle, has since apologized, which you can read here. And I have a few things I want to say. First, comments like Michelle’s contribute to the toxic atmosphere that many atheists find themselves living in. Second, I don’t find Michelle’s apology sufficient, because I see no attempt from her to reach out to the people she has hurt to learn the reasons why what she said was so harmful. Further, she got a platform to air her version of events, but Nadja does not get a similar platform, and as for the millions of atheists living with such hostility that Michelle displayed to Nadja, well, Michelle decided to ignore them rather than listen to us.

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How Proselytizing Tarnishes Religion

Recently I had two unsolicited attempts at conversion, on two platforms that I don’t deal with religion. One is a Facebook page I run to advocate for children with special needs in my state. The other was a “review” on a fanfic I wrote. Whoever left the review hadn’t read my story, rather, they were spamming writers by leaving a message about the end of days and Jesus on fics, and several other people reported having the same message left on their fics. Frankly, stuff like this is unwanted and aggravating, just like spam for penis enlargement, and here is why.

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