Category Archives: Religion

Pray Your Gods

Did you hear about the Democrats praying for abortion in Iowa?  Usually, when one hears the words “prayer” and “abortion” in the same sentence, it means some horrible, no-good pro-life group is violating a woman’s reproductive rights by showing her hard facts in at least a fleeting manner as she enters an abortion clinic.

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Not this time.  This was an actual prayer to an actual deity, actually asking for supernatural help to keep those abortion mills grinding.

Byron York explains that the prayer was given by Midge Slater, an organizer for Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, which is part of the Iowa Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO.  The full text and video is at the link.  For those that don’t want to chew on the whole blasphemous enchilada, here are some highlights:

“There are some who would . . . perpetuate an ongoing blockade of women’s right to safe reproductive health care.

We want to . . . ask your guidance to keep and protect the goodness that we are capable of. Lord, we gather today to address that violation of justice and to offer prayers for those who have been caught in this political posturing.”

“We give thanks, O Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care. . . .”

“We pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion. . . .

Today, we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God — good and holy, moral and wise.”

“Today, we pray for a continuous love to overflow from our spirits, and we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.

And finally, O Lord, we pray . . . that we never forget the passion and commitment we feel today, inspired by our understanding of Your message: “Dance, dance, wherever you may be, for I am the Lord of the Dance, said she. And I lead you all, wherever you may be, and I lead you all in the dance, said she.” [bolding mine]

Sooper Mexican already picked up on the pagan vibe:  “these are words used in prayer . . . to thank the female goddess for the sacrament of killing babies in the womb.”

But the thing that really stuck out for me was that bravo sierra about the “Lord of the Dance.”  Where did Ms. Slater get that?  Does it have anything to do with Michael Flatley? michaelflatley

Mercifully, it does not.

Turns out, “Lord of the Dance” was a song originally written in 1963 by Sydney Carter as a Christian hymnWhile the lyrics are new-age-y, the references to Bethlehem, the crucifixion, and the resurrection are plain.

But that’s not the end of the story.  Apparently, members of the New Revised Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn (!) adopted the song and adjusted the lyrics.  Given the song’s new-age feel, it’s no surprise that wiccans would like it.

I wonder.  To which version of the song was Ms. Slater referring?  Notice how she referred to the “Lord” as “she.”

First of all, whoops:  the Lord of the Dance is a male, even in the wiccan version.  However, we are all familiar with the way wiccans focus on the feminine–all the Gaia Goddess Earth stuff.  Notice, too, Ms. Slater’s elevation of female and the denigration of male in the bolded portions above.

Obviously, I don’t know what religion Midge Slater practices.  I’m certainly not claiming she participates in pagan rituals, forms a magic circle, or attempts to invoke the power of gods or goddesses.

But even if by accident, doesn’t her prayer sound curiously wiccan?

And about that wiccan Lord of the Dance.  He’s also known as the Horned One.

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Serious You Guys.

Awfully fitting for this “prayer” to sound as though it is directed to the Devil himself.  What with it being a prayer for millions to die, and all.

UPDATE:  Just Turn Right had a good post on this “abortion prayer” three whole days ago:  “This is either a blatant sacrilege, or one of the most profound misunderstandings of God’s teachings I’ve ever heard.”  Oh dear.  Now I’ll start mulling over the question of whether this is an example of ignorance or calculation.  Mercy!

Overwhelmed in a Good Way

Reckon we know the answer to the question “will Linda post regularly during this deployment?”  Yep, that would be a noooooo.  She will not.  The reasons are like most reasons, manifold, but they all meld together into one gigantic mass of Not Making Photo Albums, Not Sending Thank You Notes, Not Blogging, Not Housecleaning, and most certainly Not Taking Care of Hub’s Truck.

My life is a whirlwind, and every year it spins faster, and every year I tell myself I’m going to slow the wind until it doesn’t whirl anymore, but instead gently cools my face with its soothing waft.

Right.

The thing is, I’m starting to recognize what a huge blessing that whirlwind is.  It has always been there, and probably always will, but for most of my life it has been made out of worries and attempts to rationalize virtually everything I do.  Loneliness and isolation often permeated the air that flew past.

Lately, though, the whirlwind doesn’t feel so isolating.  I still feel overwhelmed, but that word isn’t as bad as it used to be.  Did you know that one can actually feel overwhelmed in a good way?

I didn’t know that.

I thought overwhelmed was bad.

It isn’t.

It still makes me a mess, the kind of mess that forgets stupidly obvious things and says stupidly obvious things, but not the kind of mess that feels lonely or isolated.

Instead, I just feel blessed.  So many people love and look after me and my family.  So many people are willing to help if I need it, and just as important, are willing to ask me if they need help.

Help used to be a kind of zero-sum game:  if you picked the wrong friends, they would either take advantage of you, or–as People-Superior-Than-Thou–they would rebuff your requests for help.

But that’s not really how life works, when it’s working well.

Is it?

Storing Treasures

I just tried out the Meme Maker for the first time!  Like it?

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On the Homeschool Battleground of the Culture War

Via Lady Liberty 1885 comes homeschooling news I’m rather embarrassed I didn’t know:  one of the German families persecuted for homeschooling has petitioned for asylum in the United States, and Eric Holder’s DOJ is fighting this grant of asylum in federal court.

Eric Holder thinks there is no fundamental right to homeschool.  So if all Germans are banned from homeschooling, no grounds for political asylum exist.

Wow.

Maybe I’m not so surprised.  Eric Holder and his ilk don’t really believe in natural rights generally, do they?  To top it off, homeschooling is a right-wing-extremist-bitter-clinging-Bible-thumper’s issue, so combating it would be instinctual.

Caffeinated Thoughts lays out all the details, quoting generously from homeschool pioneer and HLSDA founder Michael Farris.  DOJ makes additional legal arguments, all of them horrifying.

You know, when I pulled the boys out of brick-and-mortar school, part of me was actually looking forward to playing the rebel’s part.  Disappointingly, the typical response of the everyday person has been respect, even encouragement, rather than the skepticism or derision I was looking forward to refuting.  Articles like Glenn Reynolds‘ and Paul Elie’s lend further support to the idea that homeschooling is becoming an accepted, mainstream concept (or, as the Professor quotes Buffy, “not just for scary religious people anymore.”)

Our ruling class may hate homeschooling and try to get rid of it, or more likely try to provide some oh-so-reasonable federal regulation and oversight “for the children.”  Attempts to regulate are already popping up and needing a whack-a-mole-smackdown on the state level, like in post-Newtown Connecticut or in South Carolina.  Their attempts will fail, however, if they don’t succeed in “othering” the homeschooling population as something suspicious and dangerous.

They are trying it.  Check out the title of this news article linked over at Lady Liberty’s, about a murdering homeschooled teen, for example. But this is one battle of the culture war the left is currently losing.  Homeschooling is growing steadily, and in my anecdotal experience people just aren’t scandalized by the idea anymore.  Everybody knows somebody who does or did it successfully.

“Oh, you are homeschooling.  That is so great, but I could never do that,” is probably the most common response I get.  It makes me uncomfortable.  It also tells me that the next hurdle in normalizing the concept of homeschooling is to convince the average parent that they can do it, too.

Not that they must homeschool, but that they could if they wanted.  I worry that too many parents don’t trust themselves to educate their own children.  Those that feel they couldn’t get along without a  public school are at the mercy of the government benevolent to provide it.  The “experts” certainly encourage this kind of mentality, using impenetrable academia-speak to build their intimidating field of expertise.

Imagine the decrease in governmental coercive power, if every parent with public school-attending children woke up tomorrow and decided, not that they are going to pull their kids out.  Just that they could pull their kids out, if pushed hard enough.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Okay.  A very long time ago, like way back in August which is eons in the blogosphere, my blog buddy Citizen Tom bestowed a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award upon me.

I was humbly grateful, and bookmarked that post for future action.  Then I procrastinated.

Then the election came and went, in a most disappointing fashion.

I took a little break.

What better way to get back into the swing of things, then by making good on old commitments?

So, without further ado, here is the fulfillment of my Inspiring Blogger obligations:

1.  Display the award logo:

2.  Link back to the person who nominated.

3.  State 7 things about myself.  Okay, but since I’m already using numbers, I better move to the letter system:

a) I coulda sworn this award originally required a list of my seven favorite Bible passages.  Upon clicking upon the bookmarked post, however, I see only a requirement to list seven things about myself.  Weird.  Did I remember wrong, or did something change?

b) I’m really glad I don’t need to list seven Bible passages.  I may be a Christian, but I’m no Bibletician nor God-ologian.  A foolish childhood decision to attend a friend’s “Vacation Bible School” (I can think of something crucially wrong with that label, my friend), a few haphazard appearances at my newly-born-again-and-possibly-body-snatched-parents’ church, along with two distracted years at a Baptist College, where I learned that dances should be called “foot functions” because dancing is bad, do not a religious expert make.

c) Here’s my seven passages anyway, because I looked them up before I realized I didn’t have to.  They are not really my all-time favorites, since I’ve really only studied the “Big Four,” as far as the Bible goes, and the rest is pretty much hit or miss.  Also, that was self-study, so I’m not exactly operating from a position of authority here, other than that Holy Spirit guidance and authority, isn’t that in the back of the Bible somewhere?  Anyway, now I better use bullets:

  • Matthew 6:25-34 Do Not Worry:  easier said than done, but still worth trying.
  • Matthew 8:5-13 Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant:  this is a favorite because “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword” makes Jesus sound like a pacifist; yet, He was happy to oblige a soldier’s prayer without requiring the soldier lay down his sword.
  • Matthew 19:1-10 Marriage and Divorce.  A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife and the two become one flesh.  The best part?  When Jesus says how rare divorce should be, the disciples say, if that’s how it is, it’s better not to marry at all.  Ha!  I knew that marriage was hard!
  • Mark 14:36 Prayer in the Garden.  Jesus asked God to “Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”  This might seem weird, but the fact that Jesus Himself prayed for something He did not receive is of enormous comfort.
  • John 16:33 Overcoming the world.  I wrote about this one recently.
  • Acts 5:37-32 Obey God rather than obeying men.  Today, we are again at the point where government forces folks to pick between these two options.
  • 1 John 3:18:  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”  Needed wisdom for a lady who hopes her actions speak louder than words.

d) I completely agree with Citizen Tom’s statement that religion is inseparable from politics.  At this point in American culture, if you are pro-life and a believer in religious liberty, then the Democratic Party is not the place for you.  Also, the Democratic Party is not your friend if you believe you have a right to your own private property.  (Psst:  that makes you a dirty capitalist!)

e) I believe that the results of the 2012 election indicate that we will have to suffer, as a nation, before we can get on the right track again.  I dare not predict the form of this hardship, and I hope for as much alleviation as possible.  Still, I can’t see any other long-term outcome.

f) I’m more at peace with the results of the 2012 election than I ever could have imagined.

g) I don’t forward stuff much.

Whoo.  This post is longer than I thought it would be.  Thankfully, we’ve made it to the final rule of the Blogger Award:

4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

Ah, nope.  Sorry.  See reference 3g).  I just don’t feel like it.  Not even when it’s those chain messages, and a puppy dies if you don’t.  I know, I know, I’m missing the point of this exercise.  Except I’m not.  I appreciate the recognition, and the wisdom from the likes of Citizen Tom.

The best to all of you dear readers and fellow bloggers.  We’ve got an interesting few years ahead of us.

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