My final thought on the meme is about the soup kitchens. Yes, back in 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was a hot topic and religious organizations were scrambling to maintain their identity in the midst of rapid change, The Salvation Army mentioned the possibility of closing soup kitchens rather than provide benefits to same-sex partners. However, the fact is that now, the organization does provide those benefits. Change is often a hard process, but it is one that The Salvation Army seems committed to. I’ll close with this quote from a short but heartfelt piece from the Columbus Dispatch:
But today the Salvation Army presents evidence of change in the words of Matthew 3:8, these changes are “fruits meet with repentance.”
It’s time for the community to change toward the charity, as well, and we have. Today, I smiled at Santa when I stopped at his red kettle and made a donation the Salvation Army can use for its good work. I hope others do the same.
The Republican Party has been consistently failing to keep its promises, and they are now seeing the backlash of that abuse of power in the form of the Trump candidacy. I’m not going so far as to say I’m #NeverTrump yet, but I refuse to identify with the party anymore. I hope all of you who have already voted in the primary in your state will change affiliation so the RNC will see their numbers plummet. (If you live in a state that hasn’t had their primary yet, hang on; your work may not be over.)
I don’t know what the path to November looks like, but I know the One who does. I’ll be walking that path with prayer. Please also follow my new Facebook page: Feminine Conservative Libertarian.
It’s been twelve weeks since his last scan, and he’s really starting to put on weight. It’s great to see that everything is progressing well. Now, I just need to set up the registry, get the nursery ready, and try to get more sleep while I can 😉
Today was the week 20 anatomy scan, and they were not exaggerating. They looked him over from head to toe, examining his brain, heart, kidneys, and even counting his fingers and toes. So thankful I have a healthy baby boy!
I made this blog as an experiment a couple of years ago, and now I’m bringing it back, with a more personal focus, and as personal as it gets, pregnancy. I’m ten weeks pregnant, which means my baby is the size of a prune, according to thebump.com. After experiencing two early miscarriages, which I will eventually write about, I’m super excited to have a ten-week ultrasound to share with you!
So, I’ve never been super impressed with these fuzzy pictures that don’t look like much of anything. They’re the kind of thing you click “like” for and go on with your life, but I’m telling you, knowing that my little “kernel” has a strong heartbeat and is growing on target is the best news of my entire life. Seeing that blurry shape of a head and body, knowing that just four weeks ago the ultrasound tech could barely see anything… yeah, the word miracle comes to mind.
So, welcome to my new journey. With prospective presidential candidates being whispered about, I imagine I’ll be getting political again eventually, but for now, I’m basking in the pre-natal glow and trying to manage the nausea.
This morning, my mother-in-law wrote a heartfelt response to “35 Founding Father Quotes Conservative Christians Will Hate.” This prompted me to read the article for myself and craft my own response. I don’t answer every single quote. This is partly because some of them are repetitive and partly because I don’t quite get what the quote is supposed to prove.
I also have to preface this with the disclaimer that I am not the neocon this list is clearly aimed at. I consider myself more Libertarian than Conservative, mostly because I’m not convinced that gay marriage and marijuana will be the downfall of western civilization. I am, however, a fundamentalist, creationist believer that the Bible is the inspired inerrant Word of God. That should qualify me, according to Stephen Foster, Jr, to hate these quotes, but I don’t. I actually love the majority of them, and if Americans understood what these meant, we wouldn’t have to keep bothering the Supreme Court, asking them for our Liberties back.
#1 warns against spiritual tyranny. The Founders wanted a nation where people were free from that, but what would you call keeping a child from praying at lunch but spiritual tyranny?
#2: Washington is speaking against denominations (He also spoke against political parties), but he said in his farewell address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports”
#3: “A man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws.” Can we have that again, please? Hobby Lobby anyone?
#6: I’m just amused that manifest destiny is on this list.
#7: This is exactly what we want. We don’t want any one religion or denomination to get preferential treatment; we want true equality of liberty. When all people are free to do as they believe is best, everyone can do their best.
#8: Has it occurred to anyone that this wall of separation protects the church from the state? Also, among the founders, Jefferson was in the minority, spiritually, so relying too heavily on Jefferson only serves to illustrate Jefferson’s biases, not proving that most people thought the way he did.
#11: So, does this mean that Muslims shouldn’t be given rights that Jews don’t have? For example, requiring a school district to serve halal food, but not kosher?
#13: “And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.” Absolutely. We don’t want to establish Christianity as a state religion, requiring everyone to go to church or swear allegiance to God. We only want the freedom to “profess freely and openly,” which goes against the way Christians are being silenced in public schools and the military. (Same for 22.)
#14: But, the Declaration of Independence did include “a firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence.”
#15: Madison again emphasizes keeping the state out of the church. We also need to recall the power that the church of England had at that time. Many came to America because they didn’t want their faith to be dictated by the whim of government, but just because Christianity isn’t the “state religion,” that does not mean that there is no place for Biblical principles such as “Thou shalt not steal.”
#19: Are you insinuating that intelligence and Christianity are not compatible? How insulting. Christians founded Harvard and many other universities; of course we value intellect.
#20: As a Libertarian, I assure you, far from calling upon the government for help, I wish the government to leave me and my church alone.
#21 should be put on a billboard or something. That is exactly what happened, and one of the things that made America great. Only now the government is imposing the same kind of restrictive taxes that our founders fought against.
#23 means that I don’t have to pay for someone else’s abortion or photograph their wedding. I agree that we should be “entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.” That’s the first amendment.
#24: Tax money should not go to churches, and neither should churches pay taxes. That’s what separation of church and state means, right?
#25: If someone is elected in a free and open election, they get to serve. They are free to act according to their conscience, and I’m free to talk about them on Twitter. sounds fair.
#27 again describes why people settled the northern colonies. It was a hard time for a protestant in Europe at the time (because separation of church and state was needed), so they settled in places like Pennsylvania, where there are still strong populations of those old German faiths.
#29 illustrates that, though many of the founders were Christians, they purposefully founded a nation where all people would have liberty, regardless of individual faith. Wow, what nice guys those old, white founders were. I’m even going to quote my mother-in-law on this one: “The founding fathers were aware that people came to this country to have that freedom to believe as they desired. It also stopped anyone from establishing a central national religion that would probably persecute the other religious sects that came here for religious freedom. It’s these men’s high ideals and wisdom that established the great government of freedoms and liberty.”
#31: That Thomas Paine, his works should be required reading.
#32: And he acknowledges that both are ordained by God.
#35: They should pass no law about religion, but no where does it imply that they should not consider their own conscience when passing laws.
I think #29 really is the most important. It’s true that our founders did not want to establish a theocracy. They wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights so that all Americans would have individual liberties. They could have broken away from England and set George Washington up as king, but understanding that power corrupts, they made a system of checks and balances. They dedicated their lives to freedom, and now some consider them no better than terrorists.
Every time I walk into WalMart, I see a fleece-lined purple hoodie that I think looks cozy, warm, and adorable. It’s cold here in PA beyond simple hoodie weather, but it would be a lovely thing to wear around the house before the heat comes up in the morning. I can imagine myself wearing it next March or April when I can shed my parka for spring outer wear.
But, I have a hoodie. I bought a fleece-lined red one last winter, and it’s… fine. I mean, the color isn’t as pretty, and you can tell that it’s been through the washer and dryer a few times. The thing is, I lost the drawstring at some point, so really, it has lost one essential function of a hoodie: to keep my ears protected from the wind by virtue of the string tied tightly under my chin.
So, since my old hoodie is missing a drawstring, I definitely need the new purple one.
Except, of course, I don’t. I just really want it.
On the subject of having and wanting, when I glimpsed the object of my desire today at WalMart, I was wearing this delightful, purple, fuzzy, reversible jacket that my mom found for me at a great end-of-season sale. I am happy every time I wear it. It feels good, it looks good. It’s everything that a not-quite-winter jacket needs to be… but it’s not comfy like a hoodie sweatshirt would be. It’s great for wearing in the car, but it wouldn’t be something to slip on before I make breakfast on a winter morning and wear as I check my email.
I was contemplating this today, considering what negotiating it would take with the budget to afford it, but even though I’m kind of obsessed with this sweatshirt, it’s only about third on my current wish list, behind fuzzy purple pajama pants (sense a pattern?) and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing on DVD.
When I worked full time, I would have thought nothing of curling up on the couch in my fuzzy purple pajamas, watching a new DVD. A new sweatshirt would be easily dismissed as a necessary part of my business wardrobe. Now, waiting for payday, wearing too-short sweatpants I bought at Goodwill, I know that when I do get the PJs, I’m going to be ever so much more thankful for them than if I’d gotten them the first time I saw them.
I’m thankful that I can’t have everything I want. Having to choose how to spend money, having to wait sometimes for something I want—that has a way of making a person appreciate things a lot more. I still don’t know for sure if I’m going to pick the pajamas or the hoodie, but whichever one I pick, I will be very thankful for it.