1. Jack and I are going to do the podcast Tuesday night. I can't wait to dish on the Duggar Family/Quiverfull movement. If you've got any thoughts of your own that you'd like to have read on the podcast, leave it here or e-mail it to the show: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Pictures. Like em' or hate em'? I bought a new digital camera in July. I saved up for three years to buy it and, thus, you're seeing the results. Since this is supposed to be, predominantly, an atheist blog...do you mind the pics?
3. Observations from the last week or so:
* When I was in the hospital, I watched this huge family gather in the hall. They were waiting for news on a relative who'd been injured in a car accident. They got into a prayer circle and I over-heard the prayers. It was heartbreaking. These people were begging God to spare the life of their loved one. Interestingly, at this point, no one was saying "thy will be done". Shortly thereafter, the person died in surgery and the family was, quite understandably, crushed. Only then, after they'd already heard the news, did they try to say that they had to accept the death as God's will. I'm not a heartless bitch, so I can understand why this may bring comfort--- to believe that the loved one died because God "needed them". But,... as I've asked before, what solace does that bring to the child who, just minutes prior, was told that "if you pray hard enough, God will listen."? It's emotional sabotage to let the grieving family member believe that they have any power to influence the outcome with prayer in the first place, is it not? Because, the logical conclusion, for the child, is "I didn't pray hard enough and now they're dead." :(
* My kids went back to school and P#3 started Kinder. She was very excited about learning the Pledge of Allegiance. Of course, the words "under God" were part of the instruction. *rolls eyes* I'm not going to make a big deal about it... but, I can't say it didn't sting a bit. Without my consent, the school curriculum immediately (within the first week) attempted to establish a particular belief system within a public institution. One week. THIS is exactly why the words "under God" needed to be removed from the pledge. Get it back to the way it was pre-1954 or leave it out entirely. Sure, it's patriotic, but... using the words "under God" undermines the point of pledging an allegiance to a free country.