I’ve noticed the last few weeks that I have less energy for the battle. No less commitment, but Lord, it seems like we are all butting our collective heads against the wall.
Idiots in the TN legislature will continue to send messages of ‘too bad, so sad’ to lgbt youth.
My foolish TN Senators will continue to worship at the altar of big money.
And my bishops seem to have no agenda without ‘sex’ in it. Same Sex, Safe Sex. No Pill- it ‘causes’ sex??
Poor folks still climb fences and cross into our country… and our bishops are silent when states like Arizona and Alabama pass laws that should embarrass anyone who has read about ‘not abusing aliens in a foreign country’ (I think that came out of the bible??)
Women who would prefer to postpone conception until they can feed the children they already have in the house are being told …NO PILL FOR YOU!
I have been part and parcel to a few lively debates lately. No one seems to have a change of heart and the rhetoric gets weird and ugly. I posted a facebook status that celebrated the fact that Komen had decided to fund PP grants. I was glad that poor women who had few other alternatives would get breast care. You would have thought that I wielded the knife in a zillion abortions. One friend from high school un-friended me with the comment that I was one of the ‘loud talkers’ and that we shove our opinions down the throats of others. She wasn’t going to have that pain anymore. ? I apologized for causing her ANY pain, and told her I understood. Sometimes we just need to be with ‘like thinkers.’
The GOP candidates seem SO far from the middle to me, that I wonder if it is me or them.
They seem to have the ears of our church hierarchy. Not sure which came first the faith or the cash, but there is an enormous amount of it being spent to back up the bishop’s fight to keep civil marriage out of our laws. Money that I think could be spent on the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the abandoned.
We are hearing from one side that we are redefining marriage and this will cause civilization to crumble. SHEESH. Biblical marriage is still evolving for heterosexual couples… we no longer assume marriage means sex and fatherhood with slaves, widowed sisters in law, concubines etc. And we don’t say a marriage can’t end ‘because he only beats her when she pushes his buttons.’ And I don’t know anyone in my area who marries to ‘continue the line’ or secure property. My husband knows he doesn’t own me. Those were the good old days weren’t they. Sarcasm rolls best from me when I’m tired.
And I’m really really tired of the BS that passes for church politics these days. A letter from our bishops in the bulletin tells me we must be worried about the ‘attacks on religion’… really? This because our bishops have decided that birth control should not be included in the benefits packages offered to church employees. Possibly the lowest paid professionals… and we need to make sure they stay ‘barefoot and pregnant.’ No, the bishops have always said that we should … not have sex unless we want a baby. It sounds so simple when they say it. But what happens to the couple who have their 2 or 3 kids, husband has lost his job, house is in foreclosure and they are bright and responsible enough not to bring a child into their chaotic life. NO SEX FOR YOU! See how simple that is. Or, mom is a cancer survivor told not to have any more children… or dad travels and is only home a few times a year?? I know there are those who say that using the birth control pill ‘causes’ folks to have immoral behavior. Wonder if David and Bathsheba would have used birth control if it had been available? Sex outside of marriage has been around a very long time. So has abortion. It seems to me, that if you STOP contraception, you put people in danger of making that ‘worse’ decision. Yes abstinence is always a possibility, but life giving lovemaking inside of the relationship is important as well. The pill=no egg, no baby. No real moral decision as far as I’m concerned. No one aborted.
The danger in using this war on religion ‘thing’ is that … some religions don’t believe in blood transfusions, some don’t believe in medical care at all. And some will use the ‘out’ to keep the working stiff from getting medical care needed. The pill has other uses, but the major point is, we (most of catholic women) practice birth control of some sort… and I don’t want my church keeping my daughter in law from being able to get what she needs if she teaches in a Catholic School.
Money continues to roll in…to make sure that should my kid ever find the love of his life, there will be no tax breaks for his family, since of course he would not actually be creating a family in some folks eyes. And I’m wondering if there is any way of sharing our stories of family that will actually change their hearts