jenk: Faye (leia)
No, not even the Pill.

Yes, it prevents pregnancy. Yes, this can direct the path of your life in ways that do not involve children.* And you know what? I think that if you are not prepared to raise a child, then using birth control is the RESPONSIBLE thing.

Yes, I've never been pregnant. It is not an accident that I've never been pregnant. Never being pregnant does not mean I am not "entitled" to speak in this matter.

If YOU want to be open to having children, that is YOUR choice. Others are entitled to make THEIR choices.

God, save me from the people who claim to be talkin' to you.


*It can also clear up acne, keep endometriosis under control, reduce PMS, and other good and useful and LAWFUL things....
jenk: Faye (daria smile)
Peggy Senger Parsons wrote this article in response to the alleged murder of Rev Winkler by his wife, based on her experience as a pastor and a counselor who has worked with clergy families.
God is all about choices – any theology that makes you feel trapped is not really from God. And God’s reputation isn’t really going to live or die on your perfection. Lighten up on your clergy and their family. Set a new church culture that tells the pastor that she or he may model how to get help for problems, not pretend to live without them. Let’s start telling our young people that they can make mistakes, admit them, and fix them. Let’s tell all our children that they have the power and the right to stand up for themselves. The proof of the Gospel is less about how good your cleric is, and more about how good we can be to each other in our humanness. Let’s try harder.
I would add that it's not just the church culture that sees clergy families as "the proof of the Gospel." It's the greater culture as well, at least in America. Many ex-xtians and non-xtians love to belittle imperfect clergy. The problem is, "This kind of falsehood has a backlash. When you hold in ugly -- it just gets uglier. When it comes out -- and it will come out, usually towards the people your love the most -- it can be truly nasty."

And that's only the start of her "recipe for a Christian matrimonial murder." There's a reason why the article is titled "The Death of Perfection". Not that this kind of perfectionism only applies to xtians, or to religious people in general. When you can't admit you have problems you can't solve them.
jenk: Faye (knowing)
So I read this Mark Driscoll column on money and God. I liked that it disses both the prosperity and poverty gospels. AKA, it's not about how much money you have, it's what you do with it.

What I didn't like about it was the repeated use of the word "righteousness", and the expectation that humans can be righteous in their actions. I don't always know that I'm doing the right thing. Sometimes I do, but even then, I know I'm not God, that I'm working on partial information, and that I'm really just doing the best I can with what I do know. But I think what really rubbed me the wrong way about "righteousness" is that word has been used by too many people in my past who talked about their righteousness while they put me down. And (at the time) I was someone they saw as a "sister", as someone who was also "righteous"! Never mind how they denied the worth of those who were different or "sinners".

And so I learned to be wary. I learned to be careful of assuming I knew what was right and wrong, that I was capable of judging, and most especially to be careful of thinking myself righteous. I became very careful with facts and reporting - which did help me in testing, a lot, tho it didn't always help me in dealing with customers ("What do you mean 'you think'? If you don't know, can I talk with someone who does?") Eventually I did realize that self-confidence can be different from arrogantly assuming I know what's right. But even now, I read about an "opportunity for each of us to evaluate whether we are acting righteously with how we obtain and dispense the little or great wealth we have" and I have trouble with the word "righteous". I'd do better with "wisely" or "faithfully" or "biblically", but "righteously" - "righteous" scares me. Read more... )
jenk: Faye (jane sarcastic)
Bill Gates, naturally, has a Wikipedia page. It notes some of his dad's accomplishments and links to his page. It describes his mother as "teacher Mary Maxwell Gates".

Which she was.

In the 50s.

She was also
  • On the University of Washington Board of Regents...
  • The first female president of King County’s United Way...
  • The first woman to be a director of First Interstate Bank of Washington...
  • The first woman to chair National United Way’s executive committee...
  • Hell, there's even a (possibly apocryphal) story about an IBM VP / United Way board member mentioning he needed to find someone to write some software for IBM's first microcomputer to Mary, who introduced the VP to her son Bill...
I ground my teeth and started googling. Wiki now has a new page...and the Bill Gates page links to it.

Edit: I'd read Ms Gates was the first woman appointed to the UW Board of Regents. Turns out Ruth Karr McKee served from 1917-1926; Eva Anderson in 1942-1946; and Dorothy Bullitt in 1958-1965.
jenk: Faye (Default)
Thinking about finding a church closer to home.

Filling the windowsill of my cube (yes, I have a window cube now) with origami critters. Whale, dragon, guppy, ladybug, frog, swan, and today's pig. Also a cube, ninja star, b-ball hoop, and church.

Read the new Mrs Murphy book Sour Puss. Spotted the murderer 1/2 through but had the motive wrong. Re-read the one before the last (when Murphy's human quit her job) to remind me of the recent changes....re-reading the last one now.

Browsing [livejournal.com profile] dark_christian. Did you know that excessive eye contact is "optical intercourse", a sin worthy of expulsion? Or that Tom DeLay is no longer House Majority Leader because he's a Christian? Fascinating.

Went shopping this weekend with [livejournal.com profile] cyberangel_. Wow, in addition to the 70s earth-tones and ruffles, they've added the faux peasant look and gauchos. As one page puts it, "Really good this one didn't last."

I'm glad [livejournal.com profile] jeliza got Happy Pill back online. As she put it, "The Happy Pill project examines and parodies the gender roles and tropes of modern advertising. The project culminated in my graduation show from Photographic Center Northwest, and consisted of a large installation, creating a faux meeting room for the advertising agency of a parallel universe."

Did laundry & some rearranging in the garden yesterday. Funny how easy it is to pick up a 5-lb rock, and how sore I feel the next day after moving 30 or so of them...

If anyone reading this didn't know, my mom died the last day of February. Overall I'm doing okay, tho I'm still adjusting. Of course, now I'm adjusting to the time change too.
jenk: Faye (read)
"Is there any subject before the American public today more overworked than abortion?" - Frazier to Mandy in Venus Envy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is something I tend not to want to talk about but today I seem to have a bug up my butt about it. So here's some things you might (or might not) have known.

First up: CHOCOLATE!
Don't miss NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's 15th Annual Chocolate for Choice, Wednesday, March 8th 2006 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field. Get your ticket now for an evening of unlimited access to tasty chocolates from donors like Café Juanita, The Essential Baking Company, and Earth & Ocean and fun!
Second: Yes, abortion in much of the US as a whole may be on life support. Washington State is a different matter. Here it's legal by law, not Roe v Wade. Better, it's been on the ballot 3 times in the last 35 years, and been upheld each time. I think the state income tax is the only measure with a similar record - it's been voted down 2 or 3 times. Dem Gary Locke didn't support a state income tax because "the people have spoken"; prolife Catholic Republican John Carlson didn't support banning abortion because "the people have spoken".

Does that mean it absolutely could not be banned? No. But a simple overturn of Roe v Wade won't do it. Brief history of WA abortion laws & initiatives ) Yes, the US is bigger than WA, and I don't mean "we've got ours so no worries". But the local issues and strategies will be different than in, oh, the rural South.

Third is a few more interesting links I stumbled across: And yes, Virginia, I was old enough to vote for 120 & against 694.

qotd

Jan. 24th, 2006 03:01 pm
jenk: Faye (knowing)
The New York Times Sunday Magazine published My Father's Abortion War about the author's father's work as an OB/GYN who also provided abortions through the Operation Rescue years. In 1998 another OB/GYN in the same city was shot by a sniper. The author suggests that perhaps Dad should consider retirement. Quote:
[Dad] started telling me about his upbringing in Israel, how he got used to living in a world full of danger and not allowing it to deter him from doing what he felt was right.

"It's wrong, wrong," he said.

"What's wrong?"

"To give in to fanatics, to terrorists."
Amen.

hee

Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:30 pm
jenk: Faye (Maggie)
Top ten reasons why men should not be ordained, from Feminary by way of [livejournal.com profile] episcopal.

(I'm sure that any resemblence between these and reasons offered to not ordain women are coincidental ;)
jenk: Faye (Hunter stoic)
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
     - 2nd Timothy 4:7

"What they did was participate in the murder and dismemberment of upward of 50 children a week," Mr. Rudolph said. "I will be vindicated - my actions in Birmingham that overcast day in January 1998 will be vindicated. As I go to a prison cell for a lifetime I know that I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith."

Under a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid the death penalty for the four bombings, Mr. Rudolph also confessed in April to the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that killed one woman and injured 111 people, and the bombing of a gay and lesbian nightclub and an abortion clinic in Atlanta in 1997.
     - NYTimes article on Eric Rudolph's sentencing

"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
     - The Merchant of Venice, Act i. sce. 3, by William Shakespeare

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
     - Illusions, by Richard Bach




The man's thought processes are sickening. I hope his current news coverage helps people realize how dangerous his anti-gay fascist theocratic ideals are...
jenk: Faye (wedding)
From William Raspberry's column this week:
We have tried to sell our children on the pragmatics — particularly the economics — of marriage, and it shocks us when they start weighing marriage in the way they might weigh a career change or a job relocation. Whatever works, and as long as we love ...

Maybe [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer had it right — that it isn't love that sustains marriage, but marriage that sustains love.

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