What’s the Real Nativity Story? Kid, You Don’t Want to Know

By Wendy Thomas Russell | December 9, 2013

Last week, my daughter was looking at a copy of The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids, author Brendan Powell Smith’s LEGO depiction of the Christian nativity (which I’ll be giving away as part of a promotion next Monday). The book is fun and funny, and I figured she’d love it. But, when she got to page 11, she slammed it shut. “I don’t like this book,” she announced. “You don’t like the story?” I asked. “No,” she said. “I like the story.” “You don’t like LEGOs?” I asked. “No,” she said. “I like LEGOs.” “Then why don’t […] Read more – ‘What’s the Real Nativity Story? Kid, You Don’t Want to Know’.


Last Big Giveaway!

By Wendy Thomas Russell | December 2, 2013

You’re so over the holiday giveaways. I get it. I’m sorry. While fun for some, these things become tiresome very fast; and for those of you who have grown the most tired, your respite is coming soon, I promise. But first… one last giveaway! Featuring a canvas Heroes of Science tote bag, four books (The Christmas Story by Brendan Powell Smith, The ‘God’ Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality and God by Matthew Alper, Bang! How we Came to Be by Michael Rubino, the DK Children’s Illustrated Bible) and an adorable magnet featuring Charles Darwin, […] Read more – ‘Last Big Giveaway!’.


The Secularization of Christmas Isn’t Just Okay — It’s Great

By Wendy Thomas Russell | December 2, 2013

Start your engines, folks, the War on Christmas is here again! This time it’s Sarah Palin leading the charge with her new book: Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Released a couple of weeks ago, the book is apparently — brace yourself, this is shocking — really, really awful. The Daily Beast’s Candida Moss actually read the damn thing (bless her heart) and came away with a whole lot of nothing. “Ultimately,” Moss wrote in her review, “this is a Christmas of no-bake cookies, half-baked theology, and pre-packaged Christmas stories.” By way […] Read more – ‘The Secularization of Christmas Isn’t Just Okay — It’s Great’.


What Should Kids Know about Religion? #Giveaway

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 25, 2013

If you’re reading this blog, it’s very likely that you 1) are a secular parent, and 2) want your kid to know something about matters of faith and religion. And that, as you know, makes you a superior human being. Because you know that only through religious literacy can we satisfy our kids’ natural curiosity, protect them from confusion and ignorance; ensure that they are given a context for religious beliefs; and instill in them a true sense of tolerance for other belief systems. But I’m curious: What exactly do you think kids need know […] Read more – ‘What Should Kids Know about Religion? #Giveaway’.


‘Relax, It’s Just God’ Holiday Giveaway #1

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 18, 2013

Here’s a chance to win a very freaking cool canvas tote (as featured in last week’s 15 Holiday Gifts for Secular Parents) and a hard-to-come-by (i.e.  sold out on Amazon) copy of Brendan Powell Smith‘s “The Christmas Story” — a completely accurate portrayal of Jesus’ birth story, as told in the New Testament, done entirely out of LEGOs. It’s only through open, honest and frequent conversations with kids about the Big Questions — and a compassionate approach to the beliefs (and non-beliefs) of others — that we can hope to end the pattern of hate, fear, ridicule […] Read more – ‘‘Relax, It’s Just God’ Holiday Giveaway #1’.


15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Secular Families

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 11, 2013

Generally speaking, gift ideas geared toward us non-religious types tend to fall into three basic categories: Snarky T-Shirts & Bumper Stickers, Comedic TV Shows and Movies and Books Espousing Atheism. There is some variation in there, of course. Sometimes books espouse freethinking. Sometimes the movies are more satirical in nature. Sometimes snarky comments come on wearable pins. (Like this one!) That said, this list is a bit different. These particular gifts are not meant to arm nonbelievers with ways to out-logic religious people, or to advertise non-belief, or to reinforce feelings of superiority. They’re just simple items likely to appeal […] Read more – ‘15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Secular Families’.


Coming Soon: Holiday Gift Ideas for Secular Families

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 6, 2013

A quick note to let you know that I’ll be running my annual Holiday Shopping Guide (hey, twice makes it annual, people) on Monday, Nov. 11. And it’s a doozy of a list, so don’t miss it! Also, because it’s been awhile since I’ve thanked a single, solitary one of you for your support, I’ll be combining the guide with a chance to win some of the doozies for yourselves. At least one of the giveaways will be extended solely to my subscribers; and, for that one, you don’t need to enter to win. I’ll just randomly pick […] Read more – ‘Coming Soon: Holiday Gift Ideas for Secular Families’.

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When Opinions Expressed Are Not Your Own

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 4, 2013

For many of us, strong opinions are like pheromones. They attract us. They lure us in. People who believe what they believe with passion, and who aren’t afraid to state their truth — these people hold certain powers. The power to make us laugh. The power to make us think. The power to move us to share our own opinions. Of course, we’re not going to agree with all these opinions — or even find them valid! (Even Einstein expressed some bullshit opinions now and again.) We may even be offended and put off by certain assertions. […] Read more – ‘When Opinions Expressed Are Not Your Own’.


Quick! What the Hell is Diwali?

By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 1, 2013

Here’s the Diwali installment of Relax, It’s Just God’s beloved* Holiday Cheat Sheet, a series offering parents the quick and dirty run-down on major religious holidays, so that they might come across as intelligent beings to their kids. I’m sure you guys remember all this stuff from last year, but rest assured, Diwali is just as cool and fun as it has always been. Why? (C’mon, you don’t remember this?) Let me count the ways: 1. Fireworks 2. Bollywood music 3. Poker 4. Cool back story 5. Curry 6. Candles 7. Shopping  * too strong? Holiday: Diwali Pronounced: Di-VAH-li […] Read more – ‘Quick! What the Hell is Diwali?’.


Back When We Were Funny: 10 Religious Costumes for Kids

By Wendy Thomas Russell | October 28, 2013

When you’ve been blogging for a while, you run the risk of becoming lame. I might be there, I’m not sure. Would someone tell me if I were? The truth is, I don’t have the time I once did to dedicate to each and every blogpost, and sometimes in my quest to JUST GET IT DONE AND GET IT POSTED, certain things get sacrificed. One of those things? My sense of humor. And it really is a damn shame. Because I have a glorious sense of humor! You should hear me be funny. I’m a […] Read more – ‘Back When We Were Funny: 10 Religious Costumes for Kids’.


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