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If I counted the hours, I would not be at all surprised to learn that I spend roughly twelve hours a day thinking about, or reading about, politics. A smallish percent of that is devoted to the intersection of politics and religion. Which lead to this morning's reading of A florist caught between faith and financial ruin in the Christian Science Monitor. I cannot recall ever feeling so torn between two incompatible beliefs, the belief that one has to live up to the dictates of one's own morals/religion and other being that discrimination is flat out wrong.

Eventually I remembered about those religious sermons concerning slavery and how the bible said slavery was A-Okay. Eventually the church caught up and decided that slavery was a bad thing but I don't remember how, exactly, that change took place. I wish I could because I think whatever strategy was used then will have to be re-employed to correct church thinking and teaching when it comes to marriage.

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Jan. 8th, 2017 12:25 pm
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I've been recording Bull since it first aired but until today had only seen the first episode. That first one confused me but I wasn't quite willing to write the show off. Since I'm crocheting another cat bed I wanted the tv on and I wanted to watch something that wouldn't required too much concentration and fired up the second episode. Which I really enjoyed because it addressed bias (particularly bias against women on an unconscious level) and made me think. I'm now watching the third episode and so far I'm not hating it. Yes, that sounds like faint praise, but I'm favorable enough that I wanted to take a bit from crochet and type this out right now.

I don't watch much in the way of shows with actors, true crime being my thing. If it's a forensic show, I'm probably watching. I have been recording NCIS, L&O:SVU, and Bull but I haven't actually been watching them which explains why I have shows dating back to March & April still on the DVR.

I'm not sure Bull is an accurate portrayal of what goes on in trials (it reminds me a lot of Perry Mason with the the many "Objection Your Honor!" and the asking of questions that the lawyer *knows* he will be retracting moments after he or she asked them). I have noticed a few lines that I'm 99% certain I've heard used by Dr. Phil on his show (if not exact, then a very close rephrase). But it's lines like that that make me question why I'm reacting on an emotional level and whether my reaction is trustworthy or rational. Although I have a compulsion to remind myself that emotions aren't rational. Thoughts can be rational but emotions just are.

I've also been watching Lee Remini's show on Scientology, which I have found extremely interesting. I minored in Religion in college (double major; Psychology and Human Sexuality), so I've been interested in Scientology since it first entered my awareness. Much of what the show reveals was not new to me but a few things did surprise me. Like the fact that the average parishioners contribute a quarter of a million dollars to the church. That's the average person, not the wealthy. And I really hate how capricious and greedy the church seems, for example claiming a more accurate church teaching has been discovered and necessitating a new version of a book which then members are then required to purchase even if the changed version is 98% identical to the previous one, or changing the rules as to how a test is administered and/or scored and requiring everyone who passed the previous one to retake the new one (at cost, of course). What I found most interesting, however, is the way tech is used to teach people to examine and control their thoughts and emotions. In theory this should be a good thing but it seems to me the lesson that believers take away is that it is a mistake to put your trust in people, even family members. All you can rely on is yourself and the teachings of the church (and not even in that order). I think taking that skill as far as it can go will inevitably lead to sociopathy.
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Dan made me laugh so hard that I was literally doubled over with laughter:

HEY, EVERYBODY: You know how Mormons “baptize” dead people who weren’t Mormons—including Holocaust victims—because Mormons believe they have a right to choose Mormonism for the deceased? And you know how the Mormon Church says that being gay is a choice? The same church that doesn’t think you should have a choice about being posthumously baptized? Well, now you can choose homosexuality for dead Mormons! Just go to AllDeadMormonsAreNowGay.com, enter the name of a deceased Mormon or ask the site to find a dead Mormon for you, and—presto!—that dead Mormon gets to have a gay afterlife!


On a more serious note, I'm not actually sure how I feel about baptizing dead people. It seems disrespectful to baptize people against their will including, therefore, dead people. And being somewhere between atheist and agnostic myself, the whole baptism thing seems silly. I can empathize with relatives who feel angry, upset, or unhappy when this happens to their ancestors and I wonder if the people arranging the baptisms are doing it with pure hearts.
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Trying Christianity For A Change by Mort Crim
(5/27/11)

Pro-choice

Jun. 1st, 2009 12:56 pm
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Y'all have doubtlessly heard that Dr. George Tillman was murdered in church yesterday.
I've been reading various news stories and posts about it, and now feel compelled to say why I am pro-choice. It's because, in my view, there is no virtue in doing the right thing when there is no other alternative.

Not to mention I distrust any group that has the power to impose its version of what's right on everyone else.

Pro-choice

Jun. 1st, 2009 12:56 pm
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Y'all have doubtlessly heard that Dr. George Tillman was murdered in church yesterday.
I've been reading various news stories and posts about it, and now feel compelled to say why I am pro-choice. It's because, in my view, there is no virtue in doing the right thing when there is no other alternative.

Not to mention I distrust any group that has the power to impose its version of what's right on everyone else.
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
mrs_sweetpeach: (Default)
I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.

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