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Faith-Based Medical Neglect: for Providers and Policymakers

by Rita Swan

A substantial minority of Americans have religious beliefs against one or more medical treatments. Some groups promote exclusive reliance on prayer and ritual for healing nearly all diseases. Jehovah’s Witnesses oppose blood transfusions. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren have religious or conscientious exemptions from immunizations. Such exemptions have led to personal medical risk, decreases in herd immunity, and outbreaks of preventable disease. Though First Amendment protections for religious freedom do not include a right to neglect a child, many states have enacted laws allowing religious objectors to withhold preventive, screening, and, in some states, therapeutic medical care from children. Religious exemptions from child health and safety laws should be repealed so that children have equal rights to medical care. Read more

American Circumcision

With interviews from experts on both sides of the debate, this film questions the routine practice of non-religious infant circumcision in the U.S. (1:40:00) Read more

AHA Foundation

The AHA Foundation was established by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in 2007 to put the ideas she writes about into practice. The organization believes in liberty for all. That means liberty from female genital mutilation, honor violence and forced marriages. And it means liberty to challenge the ideology of Islamism - extremism that threatens Western civilization - with rational, Enlightenment thought. Read more

An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir

by Mary Johnson

An unforgettable spiritual autobiography about a search for meaning that begins alongside one of the great religious icons of our time and ends with a return to the secular world At seventeen, Mary Johnson saw Mother Teresa’s face on the cover of Time and experienced her calling. Eighteen months later, she entered a convent in the South Bronx to begin her religious training. Not without difficulty, this bright, independent-minded Texas teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’ austere life of poverty and devotion, and in time became close to Mother Teresa herself. Read more

Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

by Martha Beck

Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman’s spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As “Mormon royalty” within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church’s high elders—known as the apostles—and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct. Wearing her sacred garments, she married in a secret temple ceremony—but only after two Mormon leaders ascertained that her “past contained no flirtation with serious sins, such as committing murder or drinking coffee.” She went to church faithfully with the other brothers and sisters of her ward. When her son was born with Down syndrome, she and her husband left their graduate programs at Harvard to return to Provo, Utah, where they knew the supportive Mormon community would embrace them. Read more

How Would Jesus Raise Your Child?

by Dr. Teresa Whitehurst

This compelling book presents ten parenting principles drawn from the words and actions of Jesus. Using modern-day examples, Dr. Whitehurst explores: • application of biblical principles to today's parenting challenges • modern parenting trends at odds with Jesus's teaching • parenting temptations and how to resist them • how to help children become receptive to Jesus's message • how parents can come to Jesus and find rest Read more

Montessori: A Modern Approach

by Paula Polk Lillard

Montessori: A Modern Approach has been called the single best book for anyone -- educator, childcare professional, and especially parent -- seeking answers to the questions: What is the Montessori method? Are its revolutionary ideas about early childhood education relevant to today's world? And most important, especially for today's dual-career couples. Is a Montessori education right for my child? Read more

Christianity and Incest

by Annie Fransen Imbens and Ineke De Putter Jonker

A study examining the theological aspects of sexual abuse experienced within the family. Read more