Day: June 12, 2012

Is the Episcopal Church becoming too delicate for democracy?

The idea that the people of the church are too emotionally fragile to participate in legislative self-governance and must be saved from this ordeal by wiser heads is pernicious. And the notion that arguing and organizing on behalf of our principles is bad behavior that we need to unlearn is generally advanced by people who get to make the decisions when the arguing stops.

Does it make a difference whether your parents are lesbians?

Despite considerable research showing that children of same-sex parents fare just as well as children with heterosexual parents, two papers — a review of existing studies and a new study — published June 10 in Elsevier’s Social Science Research, find insufficient data to draw any definitive conclusions.

It is getting harder to be homeless

Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks. Denver has begun enforcing a ban on eating and sleeping on property without permission. And this month, lawmakers in Ashland, Ore., will consider strengthening the town’s ban on camping and making noise in public.