Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt and Deas and Other Imaginings. Founder - www.WisdomCommons.org.

Peeling Back the Polished Pro-Woman Surface of Prolife™ Rhetoric

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Prolife leaders trying to convince the world that they are actually pro-woman have failed to convince even their own followers. For years now, the professional class of abortion foes has been working to polish the Prolife brand, claiming that they … Continue reading

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How the Christian Right’s Sex Hang-Ups Turned Zika into a Bigger Crisis

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God may have created the Zika virus, but the Religious Right has turned it into a devastating epidemic of brain damage. Zika could have been an ordinary epidemic like the ever-changing influenza that emerges each winter and spreads across the Northern … Continue reading

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Fighting Zika with Zika – Should Couples Who Want Healthy Babies Deliberately Expose Themselves to Zika Virus?

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For a woman who wants to safeguard against fetal brain damage from Zika, the surest protection may be a Zika infection that begins and ends prior to pregnancy—but questions remain about possible risks.  Months ago, CDC epidemiologists predicted that the Zika virus would … Continue reading

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Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?

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Secular and reformist Muslims plead that we learn to tell the difference between analyzing ideas and attacking people. When Islam is at question, members of the American Left and Right race into opposite corners. After the Orlando nightclub massacre, to … Continue reading

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No Guns Allowed at GOP Convention

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Do “Libtard policies” put good guys—stripped of their guns–at risk. Or don’t they?   If the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun—or better yet, lots of good guys … Continue reading

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Washington Wins Decade-Long Fight to Prevent Pharmacies from Denying Care—An Interview with Lisa M. Stone of Legal Voice

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The Supreme Court’s Stormans ruling is a big deal.  Here’s why. In June, bogus science and “religious freedom” claims—two of the Religious Right’s most powerful tools—got whomped by the Supreme Court in two separate cases, Whole Woman’s Health vs Hellerstadt … Continue reading

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Why Many Evangelicals Find Donald Trump Simply Irresistible

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Is it Trump’s god-complex or God’s Trump-complex?  Either way Trump and Jehovah have an awful lot in common. People have been scratching their heads about how so many “family values” American voters who claim to love Jesus can follow Donald Trump. What … Continue reading

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