So, two of my little jewels, my Ruby and Emerald, have been asking, begging, badgering, nagging me about “officially” teaching them the family tradition. I have just been guiding them to date. I can’t explain my hesitation. Maybe I was lazy. Maybe the Goddess was whispering that they are not ready but today, it randomly occurred to me that I had a lot to do in order to begin the training for their first degree. Emerald is self dedicated. Ruby dedicated with the family just after her 16th birthday on Lughnasadh. I do believe that I will start by having them read. I love books. They will learn. 😉 Next, we will tackle the legalese. That should be plenty of punishment for them. Then colors, stones, herbs, etc… that will turn their brains to mush. If they are not begging to stop, we shall continue. I am sure that more on these misadventures will follow soon.
“White Lives Matter” will soon be added to a list of U.S. hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group announced Tuesday.
I am not a racist person. I am not a hateful person but lately I find myself annoyed by the entire concept of the black lives matter organization and the causes that they are advocating. This group was created as an anti-police organization even if no one will openly admit it. If that isn’t hate, then this Southern white girl doesn’t know what is!
If White Lives Matter is a hate group, then Black Lives Matter should have the same classification. The entire #mylifeismoreimportantthanyourlife movement simply makes me angry. I like to think that I am open minded but things like this makes me think mean thoughts… I will probably never say them but I am definitely thinking mean things! Roseanna’s life is just as important as Shaniqualu Watermelonia Lashaenaenay. See… mean thoughts…
I have a friend who is Chinese, adopted and raised by a white family. She says that in her experience, it is the black community who are more racist toward her in both words and actions. That’s not saying that some white person hasn’t called her a “slant eye” but it happens less often. How can blacks claim white folks are racists when they are just as bad or worse to other nationalities (and whites)?! White people are not the only racist bunch out there as many black people would like for you to believe. I have a Guatemalan neighbor who will tell you real fast that he is not Mexican and then will proceed to tell you what he thinks about them, none of it good. It’s kind of like the whole “not all witches are Wiccan, and not all Wiccans are witches” thing. Not all racists are white and not all whites are racist!
When you look at just the rhetoric that the Southern Poverty Law Center is spewing, their determination seems valid. However, in any group or organization there will people who fit the profile of the individuals that they investigated in order to make their determination. I know of a preacher right here in our beautiful Sequatchie Valley who is an active, participating member of the KKK. I only know this because his son DISCREETLY approached someone else that I know and trust very much with an invitation to join. Does that make every member of his church are racist KKK members? No, of course not. Most of them are not even aware of their preacher’s late night activities.
I guess that the points that I am trying to make are don’t judge a book by it’s cover, all lives matter.and be nice. If you are an ass, you will be treated like an ass. Now look… this whole thing even made me say a bad word…
What would happen if Jesus tried to feed the 5000 today?
Matt Taylor, one of the scientists responsible for the European Space Agency’s successful landing of the lander Philae on a comet 300 million miles away has been being bashed by his choice of shirt. It was made for his birthday by a female friend and had semi-nude CARTOON females on it. Instead of giving Taylor and his team the accolades that they deserve, their success is being detracted from by feminists who were offended by his shirt. REALLY? So, yeah, I have no doubt that Jesus would be subjected to the same ridiculous behaviors from modern society. Never mind the good work that Matt and Jesus would be doing. Don’t consider the potential improvements to the lives of everyone. Let’s pick a stupid little point and harp on it until Jesus (and Matt) throw up their hands in frustration and quit. Why should he feed the hungry or heal the sick when people are just going to gripe, complain, and look for things to be offended by. Grr. I will stop ranting now but, really, people. Get your priorities straight!
I will not deny that I have feminist tendencies. I believe in equal pay for equal work, equality in hiring, etc. Women have always been sexualized. Some of them allow it and encourage it but it ‘s their choice. I don’t have to like that Heffner and Flynn have made a boatload of money by printing photos of naked women. You do have to recognize their business sense. They knew what men wanted to see and successfully marketed it. The girls on the scientist’s shirt were cartoons. If the pictures had been some sort of pervasive or rape hentai, ok, be offended. But semi-nude cartoons are not the thing to be wasting their energy on. They should save it for a worthy cause. *getting off the soap box now* Someone needs to get this box out of here…
The teacher allegedly has a list of words that students may not use in the classroom. (Photo Source: WMC Viewer submitted)
A Dyer County, Tennessee high school senior has supposedly been suspended from school for saying “Bless you” to a classmate who sneezed. The teacher purportedly has a list of words and phrases written on her white board that the students are not allowed to say in her classroom. This list includes the idiom ‘bless you’. Looking at the other phrases such as “hang out, stupid, and my bad”, I can see what the teacher is trying to accomplish. Teens tend to overuse many of the words that are included on her taboo list. By not allowing the kids to use these common expressions, she is encouraging them to expand their vocabulary and express themselves in a more affective and intellectual way. Regardless of her logic for putting “Bless you” on her list, it’s my opinion, that as an educator, she made a poor decision that opened the school and the school system up for just exactly the type of scrutiny that they are currently under. Religion, both freedom from and freedom of, is one of society’s hot buttons. Someone will always be salivating to push it.
However, IF this situation is as it is reported, it is one of the more ridiculous things that I have seen in a long time. Saying “Bless you” after a sneeze, which is reflex for many people (myself included) or “Have a blessed day”, are two of the most GENERIC, least offensive religious-toned things that you can say. May God “bless you”. May the Goddess “bless you”. May Your God/the Divine/Holy/Jehovah/Allah/Buddha/Zeus/Hecate/Fluffy Bunny “bless you” and your day. Take that understood subject and put in the deity of your faith. Personally, I need all the blessings that I can get! I know steadfast atheists who take a “bless you” with a smile and thank you. Admittedly, you will never please everyone. Someone will claim to be offended (even if they really aren’t) just for the attention.
Now, in support of the teacher… yes… I said that. If Kendra Turner yelled out across the classroom, that WAS a disruption. Students who were closer most likely also said it more quietly to the sneezer. If she has a history of interrupting class and/or other behavioral issues, then she was deserving of an afternoon of ISS. NOT for saying “bless you” after a classmate’s sneeze but for yelling out and repeatedly disrupting the classes educational time. The class was supposed to be quiet. Someone sneezed. Turner said “something” in response (it doesn’t matter what; it could have been ‘Oh, yuck. You need a tissue) and the teacher asked her to be quiet. The student took it as an attack on her faith and felt the need to defend against it. The teacher only saw this as a further disruption and the situation escalated. The student, clearly frustrated, ran out of the classroom and, not long after that, posted something on Facebook and called her parents.
Did the teacher handle this wrong. Potentially. Is this a set up for attention and to push a religious agenda. Potentially. But from what the other kids are saying, at face value, I would have to say that this teacher is making the other educators look bad.
**off the soap box that I didn’t mean to get on**
I have read and listened to a lot of news stories and opinions on the whole Phil Robertson from Duck Commander and the A&E Network conflict. I am finally going to weigh in on this. This my opinion only and all that I am going to say about it 🙂 I don’t agree with his opinions but he is entitled to them. Even though I don’t agree him, I do stand behind him because I support free speech. Whether or not I agree with him doesn’t matter. Whether or not A&E agrees with him doesn’t matter. He had every right to express his opinion without losing his “job”. Phil and many Christians around the world share the same opinion. However, it’s not only Christians that are standing up to support him. It’s also those people like me, who believe that all Americans have the right to freedom of speech. If you don’t like what Phil Robertson has to say, you don’t have to watch his show or buy his duck calls. That’s the beauty of freedom. You have choices and the right to make them.
Wayne Allyn Root, an author and contributing writer for TheBlaze.com ended one of his articles with the following thought: “A duck hunter may have just lit the spark that started a revolution. Phil Robertson just went from TV phenomenon to American hero. Americans are now unchained. We are free to speak our minds. Here’s what we have to say to control freak tyrants like Obama and the Hollywood elite thought police – ‘DUCK YOU!’.”
That’s a much nicer way of saying what I think Phil Robertson should have said to A&E. It’s not about money and fame. It’s about principles, beliefs, and personal freedoms. So, yeah. I stand behind Phil Robertson and his right to speak his mind. I don’t agree with what he had to say in his interview with GQ magazine but our Constitution protects his right to believe it and say it. When we allow television, government, and other vocal opponents within our society to dictate our morals, opinions, and beliefs then we will soon find ourselves in a position where the freedoms that our founding fathers thought important enough to include in the Constitution of the United States of America as the Bill of Rights to be irrelevant. I do not want to live in that place. I will fight (both literally and figuratively) for those rights and our freedom to exercise our choices as they relate to those rights and freedoms.