I’ve Been Tagged

Looks like I’ve been tagged by Mojoey . The rules are as follows:

  • We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them each a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are my 8 facts/habits:

1) Fact – I’m deathly afraid of heights, especially as a child. Nowadays if I’m in a situation where I have to encounter heights, I simply grit my teeth and keep moving. As a child I would just freeze.

2) Fact – I really, really hate housework. But even worse is typing up the first draft of my thesis. In fact, I find things that suddenly need to get done, rather than working on my thesis. But I only have a couple more pages to get typed in and proofread to get my first draft done. Yeah!

3) Fact – I was never very religious as a child and was raised in a non-religious household. When I was 17, I realized that organized religion was a load of crap. This realization occurred when I was forced to attend an “inspirational” (read religious) presentation at high school. I could not believe the crap that people were nodding their heads in agreement to.

4) Habit – I have a bad habit of chewing my nails. As a child, my parents tried everything to get me to stop. Even hot sauce on my nails did not stop me.

5) Habit – I love a good cup of tea first thing in the morning at work and in the afternoon before I leave work. I think I acquired this habit from my grandmother who always drank tea in the morning and afternoon.

6) Fact – I love a good juicy and very rare steak. I can’t stand it when a restaurant overcooks my steak. Other people have told me that I’ll probably end up with mad cow disease or something.

7) Fact – I enjoy working with my hands. It’s a nice change from the strictly intellectual work that I do during the week. I love to garden, build stained glass panels, and am into amateur rocketry.

8) Fact – I love animals and have never in my entire life been without a pet. Currently I have a very silly Siamese cat.

It took a while but here are my eight victims, I mean tagged blogs:

The Atheist Experience
The Allen Zone
The Happy, Religion Free Family
Christian Follies
The Angry Astronomer
DEVOUT Atheist Godless Grief
The Lippard Blog
The Secular Outpost

And if you already have been tagged, well, the pool of the untagged is getting smaller and smaller. Hey, this is what should happen in vampire movies, isn’t it?


Friday Fungus: Fried Chicken Mushroom

The Fried Chicken Mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes) grows on compost and leaf mold.

Kindergarten Theology

Looking at Christian dominionism from the outside, I observe that its adherents seem to be very emotionally immature. The reliance upon unquestioning obedience, the absolutism, the simplistic philosophy, the irrationality, and the anger and lack of understanding towards those who have different viewpoints are the behaviors of a small child or an immature adult.

The reliance upon heaven and hell to motivate good behavior is like a small child needing punishment and rewards from a parent. This is exactly like the behavior of a five year old. Why can’t they do good for its own sake rather than to avoid punishment or to get a reward? Its all about themselves, not others. Luckily for me, I did not grow up in that sort of environment. It seems from others that I have met who did grow up in that environment, it would be very hard to get out of. A couple of people I know tell me that they matured out of this type of Christianity. They no longer attend these types of churches.

An example of someone who has changed is the Rev. Carlton Pearson. In this video, observe his earlier preaching style, compared to after he deconverted from dominionist, fundamentalist Christianity. He almost seems like a raving maniac in the earlier footage compared with the more thoughtful, tolerant and mature style he has now. They have declared him heretic and he lost most of his congregation. But I’m sure that he can live with himself much easier now. Money and power are not everything. NPR also did a special on him in This American Life in 2005.

I think this story illustrates exactly that dominionist Christianity is all about power with money a close second. These preachers are very often wealthy and seem to gravitate towards trying to influence and control politicians or their flock members. And those people that I know that are in dominionist fundamentalist Christian churches seem to crave being controlled and parented. It must have been very difficult for Pearson to give up all of the power, prestige, and wealth he had in his church.

In future posts I’ll continue this theme relating to both family members and co-workers. I’ve had encounters where the person has either tried to control me directly, lost interest in friendship when they realized I would never convert to Christianity, threatened me with death, or shown incredible ignorance of their own religion.

Sinner’s Discount

My husband and myself went out to eat at a local Chinese buffet today. We were escorted to our table by a young woman with a strong Chinese accent. She asked what we thought was “Are you a sinner?”

We looked at each other in bewilderment, WTF? My husband asked “What?” She replied “Are you a sinner?”

It took us a moment to realize she meant “Are you a senior?”

We answered “No.”

I must have been reading too many books about the religious right this summer. But while we were eating my husband mentioned that he too thought she was asking if we were “sinners”.

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Wow, my blog seems to be pretty mild, rated PG with the following remarks:

  • assholes (3x)
  • death (2x)
  • dead (1x)

I guess horse and ass sized penises don’t really count.

Sanctimonious Bastards

This story really pisses me off to no end, Doctors’ beliefs hinder patient care. As a woman, I really object to the substandard care that is offered to woman, especially in reproductive health. These doctors seem to think that they are best qualified to make the most personal decisions over a woman’s reproductive choices.

But Boyer remained haunted by the ER doctor’s refusal — so profoundly, she hasn’t been to see a gynecologist in the two and a half years since. “I haven’t gotten the nerve up to go, for fear of being judged again,” she says.

How dare this prick of a doctor set himself as judge of someone. Has he ever been in her shoes? Of course not. What a double standard here. Men’s choices don’t seem to be a problem to these assholes. A man can get a vasectomy or condoms or Viagra and I don’t see anyone stopping them. But a simple prescription for the pill or a morning after drug seems to let some doctors start playing god.

Perhaps NOW or some woman’s organization needs to start protesting when cases like this happen. I would be happy to grab a sign such as This Hospital Discriminates Against Women, No Double Standard for Reproductive Care, or Stop Playing God with Women’s Health Care, etc, and stand outside of a medical clinic or hospital.

A Girl’s Gotta Have Her Standards

In the movie, Real Genius, the character played by Val Kilmer asks his professor’s girlfriend “If there’s anything I can do to you, just let me know.” She replies “Can you hammer a six inch spike through a board with your penis?”. He answers “No.” She responds with “A girl’s gotta have her standards.”

Well according to Ezekiel 23:20:

For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

A woman named Aholibah really, really, liked big penises. A girl’s gotta have her standards.

And these should help.

Onward Subversive Fundy Christian Soldiers

I’m currently reading a copy of With God on our Sides: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military by Mikey Weinstein and Davin Seay. Being a former military officer, I am quite dismayed at the changes that have occurred since I left a decade ago. See the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for more information.

It now seems that the Chaplain program has been throughly taken over by fundamentalist Dominionist Christian ministers. See Theocracy Watch and the Yurica Report for more details on Dominionism. Very, Very scary. Especially when America’s military is involved. I spoke to Mikey Weinstein at a book signing last week and I asked him if these Dominionist chaplains were connected with the growth of hate groups that have appeared in the military in the last 5 years. He quickly answered “Yes.” He did not give any more details. I had the feeling that he really did not want to say anything at the current time. This may have to do with the fact that he and his family are getting death threats.

When I went through Officer Training School in the early 80’s, the only overt religious problems I encountered were that Christians would get an extra 5 merits a week for church attendance. I thought this was quite unfair to all of us non-Christians. My roommate asked if I wanted to to to church with her. I said why not, its an easy 5 merits. I could snooze or read during the service. After the service, it was announced that another 5 merits would be awarded for bible study.

Merits and demerits were totaled each week, and those having less than 5 demerits could go off base or over to Lackland Air Force base for the weekend. Merits and demerits canceled each other out. It was a lot better than staying stuck at OTS for the weekend.

I went to the bible study. When topics for the study were asked for, I volunteered the story of Lot and his daughters. Heh Heh Heh. The chaplain was not amused. But what could he say? The story was in the Bible after all and I was “searching for a moral to the story”. The moral seemed to be Incest is Best? He did not really want to pursue the story at all and changed the topic. I asked again for another discussion, this one about the all of genocide in the Old Testament. The chaplain asked me why I was there. I mentioned that I could earn 10 merits for church and bible study and that was why I was there.

It was funny to see the look on his face when I said that. And it was obvious that I knew the Old Testament a bit more than a lot of the Christians there. After the bible study class, we talked a bit and I let him know that I had lots more “questions” about the bible and would bring them up in the next bible study. He then said that I did not have to attend either church or the bible study and would get my merits as well. My roommate was really surprised when I told her later. And I was able to sleep in on Sundays.

I think that the chaplain was probably a nice guy who really did not like the fact that merits were given for church attendance. He was a Methodist minister, not fundy like a lot of the current chaplains. I think in the current situation with all of the evangelical chaplains now, I would probably have not even gone at all. No matter how many merits I could earn.