Kathi Valeii

Republicans Are the Real Lunchroom Bullies

Back in February, Betsy Devos sneered to a roomful of attendees at a Conservative Political Action Conference that she was, perhaps, “the first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” While she seemed to find great pleasure delivering her little zinger, the families of kids who stand to go hungry while she and other GOP leaders use them as talking points, aren't laughing.

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Pistols in Preschools: Why Schools Are Fighting Gun Advocates in This State

Just days after the mass shooting at a Texas church, the Michigan Senate voted to allow people to carry guns in schools, churches, daycare centers, preschools and hospitals. The bills had been up for consideration last month when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas. Senator Arlen Meekhoff, who sponsored the legislation, called the timing “awkward.” In a year that has already seen 307 mass shootings, turns out it’s nearly always an awkward time to pass ever looser gun laws.

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The Christian Right Wants to 'Partner' with Public Schools - Here's Why That's Such a Problem

Late this past summer, I received a robocall from my child's public school. I listened, confused, as a school official invited families to a local Evangelical church for a carnival-type event. The official referred to the church as a “partner” with the school, which led me to wonder: what does a church / public school “partnership” actually mean? From my own experience having grown up in Evangelicalism, I knew that the priority of converting people to Christianity supersedes all other serving efforts and parameters around them. What I didn't know was how calculated the efforts of some Evangelical organizations are.

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