Interpreting the Constitution like the Bible

I was raised to be an originalist. When asking what the constitution meant, we were always to look at the “original intent” of the founding fathers. PZ has just offered a perfect example of this: That man [Scalia]  is a dangerous lunatic. He’s got a theological dedication to insisting that the US must be run exclusively by the 18th century principles of the Founding Fathers — even when he’s willing to consider limitations on the ownership of weapons, he gives it… Read more

Just which Bible are you reading?

I’m not the only one to point out that the Bible can be used to support very, very different things. Even Barack Obama has made this point: In case you’re having trouble reading that, here you go: And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should… Read more

Our F*cked Up Politics of Healthcare

You want to hear something sad? Just the other day I read that starting August first, women will be guaranteed an annual wellness doctor visit without a copay. Last week at my post-baby doctor visit, my doctor wanted to schedule me for wellness visit in six months, just to make sure everything was fine, and I intentionally put her off, wary of the copay (especially with the upcoming prospect of having to pay for daycare for two children). So when… Read more

So it seems I’m not very original…

You remember my wager, which I titled “Libby Anne’s Wager”? Apparently Marcus Aurelius said, well, just about exactly the same thing (as in, uncannily so): Edit 1: It turns out that the above is not a direct quotation, but rather a condensed summary of some of Marcus Aurelius’ thoughts and writings. Many thanks to my observant readers! Edit 2: Apparently Marcus Aurelius might not have actually said anything like that. Oops! Oh well, whoever said it first, it wasn’t me! Read more

Boycotts and Me: A Chick-fil-A Roundup

I haven’t posted anything about Chick-fil-A yet, even though it’s been in the news lately. Thing is, the current flap is all too familiar. I remember the boycotts. It seems like, as evangelicals, we were always boycotting something. The one I remember most is K-Mart, which we studiously avoided even though I don’t even remember what they did that we were unhappy with. In this post, I’m going to quote from a number of articles from the blogosphere to examine… Read more

Airplanes and me; Or, what a BIG family means

The other day I was talking to a friend about how much I would love to live on one of the coasts someday. I expressed some concern about the idea, though, because it would mean living so far away from all of our family, possibly even requiring numerous days of driving to come for a visit. “Why wouldn’t you just fly?” my friend asked, confused. And I just looked at her. “Oh.” See, growing up in a family with a… Read more

Dear Lisa: Let us offer you some hope

Lisa of broken daughters recently wrote a post in which she admitted that even though she is in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful young man, she is scared to death of marriage and can’t picture herself married. Now, I don’t think there is anything wrong with people choosing not to marry, and plenty make that choice. It’s just that Lisa’s reasons are as follows: “But I’m afraid of marriage. I’m afraid of what marriage is to me, what I… Read more

Worthwhile Reads: The Struggling in America Series

Joe of Incongruous Circumspection is starting a series called Struggling in America: “I want your story.  I want it raw.  I want to hear from real Americans. I grew up Republican.  My family believed that everyone had a fair and equal chance of being successful.  If you were poor, it was simply because you didn’t work hard enough.  If you lived paycheck to paycheck, it was because you were bad at handling money.  Even though my mother used the welfare… Read more

It was like leaving my own children

Reader Rebecca recently posted a comment I really identify with: I always say that I was a homeschooler in the most steriotypical kind of way – the denim jumper-wearing, granola-eating, flour-grinding type. And then sometimes I clarify further by mentioning that my parents also didn’t believe in birth control. I dearly wish that, like Latebloomer, that I would come across as normal, but I’m pretty convinced by now, after years of striving to blend in, that I have have some… Read more

I Remember: AWANA

When I was in kindergarten, someone invited my family to attend an AWANA program at a local church. I participated in AWANA for the next twelve years, memorizing hundreds and hundreds of Bible verses. I could write about AWANA for pages and pages, but this is just one post, so I’ll try to hit some of the highlights. AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed,” which, you guessed it, comes from the Bible: II Timothy 2:15 – “Study to… Read more

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