Changing Language, Changing Perceptions

Euphemisms are a common, indirect way to refer to something that many people would consider unpleasant or embarrassing. For example, unemployed people might say that they are “between jobs.” Another euphemism that I recently came across for unemployment that made me laugh is “embarking on a journey of self-discovery.” A common euphemism for a past-dueContinue reading “Changing Language, Changing Perceptions”

Responses to the Supreme Court Abortion Decision Leak

Earlier this month, the initial draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court decision regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion) was leaked. The leak was the first of its kind in that the entire document was made available; in other words, it wasn’t simply someone “whispering” that RoeContinue reading “Responses to the Supreme Court Abortion Decision Leak”

Is There Such a Thing As Deconversion?

A couple of years ago, someone recommended a book to me called The Anatomy of Deconversion by John Marriott. A deconvert is defined as a person who used to be a Christian. Marriott’s book is based on extensive interviews with 24 deconverts, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-50s. 15 of them are men,Continue reading “Is There Such a Thing As Deconversion?”

Abortion and Vaccination: Your Body, Your Choice?

On September 1, Texas passed a law that bans women from having an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Later the same day, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block that law from taking effect, despite a predictable daylong outcry from abortion rights groups. Following suit, an essentially identical bill was just introduced in FloridaContinue reading “Abortion and Vaccination: Your Body, Your Choice?”