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    One of the most popular names I’ve seen for new homeschooling groups recently is “Open Minded”. “Openminded Homeschoolers of Louisiana”, “Openminded Homeschoolers in Kitsap”, “Open-Minded Modesto Homeschoolers.” I’ve tried to figure out why the particular focus on open-mindedness. At first, I hoped it had something to do with accepting those who are over 40 but compulsively drawn to watch episodes of Glee over and over again. But upon further consideration, the only conclusion I can come to is that it brings attention to something different than what these homeschoolers have experienced previously.

    Many homeschoolers homeschooling for non-religious reasons often begin their journey by seeking out local support. And one ...
    Published on 08-16-2011 07:22 AM
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    written by Member: Leanna
    copied with permission from the blog: Life On The Hill

    I have often tiptoed around stating my lack of religious beliefs because, like many people in a minority, I fear being shunned and judged. I've described myself with words like non-religious, humanist, and freethinker and have most recently been playing with the "Unitarian" label. But as my kids get older, I don't want them thinking there is anything wrong with me saying exactly what I am, in terms of my personal religious faith: an atheist. There, I said it. I am an atheist. I AM AN ATHEIST!

    Ah, that feels better. Now, it's time to get at the root of why this particular announcement has been difficult for me. Come on, I live in the United States of America, land of religious tolerance, right? Sure, we tolerate Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, Methodists... Jews... Muslims-- wait I think I'm getting a little carried away here! As a reminder, I live in Kentucky. We have a Creation Museum. Political candidates campaign with the agenda of having the Ten Commandments displayed in public schools. Many of them genuinely think and assert that we are a "Christian nation" and that our Founding Fathers were all Christians. Actual history appears to be irrelevant.

    Because I homeschool my children, and over 80% of homeschooling families in this country are fundamental Christians (likely higher in Kentucky), it is often assumed that I am likewise a Christian. I've had to make some
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