The Color and Evolution of Hue-manism Tuesday, Nov 9 2010 

First off, sorry that I’ve been on a hiatus.  This is (obviously) a very busy season for the church and church life.

Lately, I’ve been reading heavily and searching for connection to other perspectives.  One site that I’ve come across is http://www.humaniststudies.org/blog/entry/1188451/the-color-of-humanism.  I was very excited to find this “diamond in the ruff” regarding people of color and the connection between the various degrees of non-belief.  This, for me, was a definite life saver. I never could believe how challenging it would be to have a different belief coupled with the difficulty to find like-minded folks.

As of late, I’ve been feeling quite guilty about the fact that I’ve married into the very thing that-deep down- I really had a problem with.  I’ve forever been the “outsider”.  I’ve always been the girl that “talked white” or “proper” and was made fun of because I actually liked learning and school.  I was just so excited to find a man that appreciated me and loved me as much as he did (and does).  I’ve always felt like the variation in our views were minuscule and that love– love for one another, love for family, love for community– would always over come those seemingly petty notions.

So, yes, lately I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching.  It’s been very painful to return to those childhood scenarios of getting teased and bullied.  One particularly painful incident was a girl in the fifth grade approaching me at lunch and spitting Oreos in my face because she said that I “talked like one”.  Yes, I know that children can be pretty cruel, but that was ruff.  Now that I’m grown, I can also see how these things affect even the members of the church.  And, how from there, the very same attitudes are created within the larger society.  So, out of all of this–and mind you I’m no psychologist (even though, as a pastor’s wife, many think I’m supposed to be)– can anyone blame another human for searching for love and wanting to be loved and accepted?  And, then, reaching for it once it’s presented in their life?

Well, in the coming weeks perhaps I’ll be able to find some answers through my readings.  Also, my reading is one thing that I hope to talk about more of in hopes to absorb it more thoroughly.  I really don’t have any book discussions that I attend so future comments and thoughts will be welcome.  Also, if you have any other book suggestions presenting the creationism argument, please let me know.  Currently, I’m reading Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.

Absolutely incredible Saturday, Oct 16 2010 

You know, I’m so taken aback when I hear that people revere Christine O’Donnell. Her obviously fatuous and ignorant responses to the moderator’s questions made the whole debate a total joke. How could someone take anything that she says seriously if she has not even done any research and gives absolutely no concrete examples. Our public school systems need to be fixed. This fact is obvious; but why would we endorse her-no, ANYONE  for that matter, that succumb to such idiotic beliefs like creationism.

I have to admit that, for a while, I was obsessed with Ken Ham.  Just as I sit in church every Sunday and really, REALLY try to believe what is being said I’ve just come to the conclusion that there are just too many holes; especially in the whole creationist (young earth, old earth theories, etc).  Isn’t Ken Ham from Australia?  You know, I’m not the total history buff but didn’t that country begin when England began sending their prisoners down under?  I mean, I have watched videos and viewed sermons from this man and I just wonder how folks follow him.  To top it off, the followers not only include folks like Christine O’Donnell, other conservative party members, but this charlatan managed to build a whole monument of a museum that cost multi-millions of dollars to top it off.   Totally, totally unbelievable.

You know, one of the arguments that I’ve heard regarding accepting the view point of creationism is that if you don’t accept it, then you, by definition, are not accepting the Bible.  When I talk to the elders of the church, their response is, “Well, chile, if it’s in the Bible, then it is true.  And the truth of Jesus is ALL you need! Amen?”.   Huh? Well, I learned along time ago when we first were starting out that it’s not that no one had the answers, but they weren’t even taking the time to ask the questions.  Unfortunately, the SAME thing is happening in our American political landscape.