My 400th blog post is coming up in two posts. I want to do something fun. One of the things that has been suggested is to do a photo journal (slideshow with captions, most likely) with "A Day in the Life" of the P-fam. Another idea was to ask readers to share their favorite blog post. Both of those ideas sound fun, but I really find myself wondering about the people who read this journal - so...maybe I'll do a reader survey. I also might use that to expand my link list. *thinks* I may do all of those.
I have some reader mail...
Carleen says...What happened with P3 and the girl who was making her upset about God?
I don't know that we ever got a good resolution to that one. Essentially, the problem is that you have a five year old child (the Christian child) who is dealing with a rough home life and her insecurity is manifesting through an insistence that God exists and will take care of her. It's sad, really. I can't even find myself getting annoyed with her anymore because I just can't imagine how out-of-control her life must feel to her. I'm a sucker for little kids. Still...she continues to stress P3 out about us not going to church. What's difficult is deciding how much is too much to say to P3. I've told her that I don't believe God exists...and some people do and that it's their right to believe...and that God is similar to the other myths and legends she knows about. I'm not sure that I'm succeeding in making P3 feel 100% confident that I'm "right". I mean, think about it...here you have a little girl telling everyone that if they don't believe they are going to hell (or going to die). Of course P3 is scared! How do you explain to a five year old that there's no God even if someone is insisting their is and threatening said five year old with such horrible scare tactics? How do you get the other five year old to stop doing it when her life is so terrible and unstable? The teachers all agree that it's becoming a problem...but, what can they do? They've talked to the girl. They've talked to her parents. Her parents did the whole "well... our daughter can say what she wants to say and you can't block her from practicing her religion." I guess my thought is that, in theory, she has a right to believe and practice what she wants, but I don't think that includes recess evangelism and terrorism.
Amanda says...What happened to the podcast?
Jack and I had some scheduling conflicts and health issues that made finding time for the podcast impossible. However, your question is timely since Mark of the Central Valley atheist group has offered to do all the production on our cast if we want to restart it. That would take an enormous load of Jack's shoulders. So, hopefully we'll be pod casting again soon!