It happens with regularity: Another beloved, high-performing employee is fired because someone's discriminatory panties get in a twist. Today's example: After 19 years as a physical education teacher for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Carla Hale was fired last month after an anonymous parent complained to the school that she had listed her female partner's name in her mother's obituary.
It was a horrible, near gut wrenching, burning pain. I could barely control myself. I had never felt something so horrible. I didn't know whether to grab a back scratcher or a sledge hammer. We're supposed to call on Jesus right? Well, I wore that name OUT! JESUS, LORD, HAVE MERCY!! ...more
I have said before that I am not religious. And by “Not Religious” I mean I cannot bring myself to attend a house of God without that bitter voice of doubt clouding every thought while the preacher is speaking. So I stopped going. Am I an Atheist? I'm not sure. I have wrestled with the thought of God since I was a teenager. But that doesn't stop me from teaching my children about God....more
Yom HaShoah starts on Sunday night and ends on Monday at sundown.I haven’t taught the kids about the Holocaust yet. Other than in the most general of terms – they know about WWII, and they know that Hitler and the Nazis were terrible, terrible people, and they did awful things to the Jews. They even know that a lot of Jewish people died during the war, and that’s part of why Jews are such a minority....more
Recent news events have led me to wonder: what do you do when your values no longer mirror those of your parents? And how does that affect how you raise your children? Let me explain.I grew up as a holiday Methodist, meaning we went to church on major holidays and occasionally threw in another Sunday or two throughout the year. I went through confirmation classes as a teenager but never joined a church. After high school, I headed to college where many of my world views were solidified and I became increasingly agnostic. In the meantime, my parents became evangelical Christians....more
For the last two years on Good Friday, I published a post written after I attended the afternoon Good Friday services at my church. You can read that here. This year, I am unable to attend the afternoon services, but I will attend this evening's Tenebrae Service. A lovely, candlelit service where we wait for the mystery of the resurrection....more
I am seriously kind of sick of the whole matter. I was scrolling through my personal FB page and was confronted with the religious right bashing an "issue", which should not even be an "issue": gay marriage. Let me start to say, I even dislike the term "gay marriage". Marriage is marriage. Period. It should not matter who the parties are, as long as they are consenting adults. It's called tolerance! ...more
I have blogged before on how annoyed I am with Lily's kindergarten shoving religion down her throat. I know, I know, it's in the curriculum. But still, tell the kids the story and be done with it. Don't teach them the songs and don't tell them that this is the reason for celebration instead of one option some people (ok, approximately 1.3 billion people) celebrate these days. ...more