Boy Scouts Are Gay

As of today the Boy Scouts of America will start allowing openly gay boys into their organization.  A huge win for equal rights activists and an epic fail for the conservative right.  What does this mean for existing scouts and their families?

Much to my surprise, this news comes as almost a non-event for the local pack that my son is involved in.  Perhaps this little corner of America is finally catching up to the rest!  We have around 50 scouts in our pack and I can proudly say that I haven’t heard of one family leaving the organization yet.  What’s even better, is that the local church which carries our charter hasn’t broken ties with the scouts.  We are in the process of re-chartering and so far everything seems to be going smoothly.

Unfortunately, I have heard of a handful of families leaving other local packs.  This is truly sad for the boys.  For anyone not involved in scouting, it’s hard to understand the amount of time and hard work the boys put into earning their various badges and patches.  They learn numerous skills, build strong friendships and experience so much in the world.  If parents are going to remove their boys from BSA, then they should probably go ahead and remove little Johnny from all sports and start homeschooling while they’re at it.

I don’t understand this “stay away from the gays” mentality people have.  Don’t parents understand that they are doing their child a disservice by keeping them in the closet?  They are teaching their kids that it’s ok to avoid people who are different from themselves.

I for one, want to raise my children to be strong independent thinkers.  I want to raise them to feel comfortable around all types of people.  Most importantly, I want my children to appreciate and love all of humankind.


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Good Reads

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer reading regular paper books rather than any type of eBook.  I know that sounds strange coming from someone in the under thirty crowd.  (I have less than a year to stake a claim in that title and I will do so down to the very last day!) There is just something about having that physical, tangible book with pages in my hand that I don’t get from an eBook.  One of my favorite pastimes is sitting on the couch, covered up with a good book to read.  That however, rarely happens in my house.  Really, who has time for that?  Like any mom, I stay pretty busy running my kids to school and to their various activities, maintaining a clean dwelling and making sure they get some kind of nourishment.  Oh and I always like to be sure they are alive and well at the end of the day.  Most of my reading time comes from the countless hours spent in the car pick up line at my son’s school.  Not the ideal setting, but hey, I will take what I can get.

Needless to say I prefer books that are quick and to the point, yet still very informative and thought-provoking.  Some sort of comedic relief goes a long way also.  No one wants to read a complete snoozefest!! Recently I finished reading Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion.  Loved, loved, loved that book.  He explained and elaborated on several topics that I had already begun thinking about prior to picking up a copy.  Next on my list is DEconverted, by Seth Andrews.  He spent most of his life in church and was a Christian radio host at one point.  His book talks about his deconversion process and journey away from religion.  As a recovering Christian myself, I am very much looking forward to reading his story.

Any other recommended readings would be greatly appreciated!

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Merry Christmas! (Yes, you read that right)

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Winter Solstice! Whatever your choice is, I wish you the happiest times. It’s a time to put differences aside and enjoy family, friends and good food! May you and your loved ones create memories full of laughter and love this season!

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Duck Dynasty Bandwagon

I originally thought I would avoid all the recent Phil Robertson drama.  Then I changed my mind and thought I better get in while the gettings good! (That’s a super southern saying)  We can all pretend to be shocked at what he said, but really did anyone expect anything less?  What did they think he was going to say?  He sure wasn’t going to hold a sign and protest for equal rights.  The entire family prides themselves for their Christian faith.  While I totally disagree with Phil Robertson’s opinion, I am not surprised by his answer.  I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.  He is a religious conservative and therefore he answered like one.   (Ok, maybe the beastiality part was a bit much even for believers, but then again it doesn’t surprise me)

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Praise Jesus!

I see/hear these comments all the time.  Something good happens and then it’s “Praise Jesus”.  I recently read an article about a local company providing Christmas gifts for local needy children and the comments were filled with “God ALWAYS provides” or “God is Good-On time-Every time-All the time.”  Really? Well except for the millions of other starving children, or victims of the holocaust, or rape/abuse victims….and you get the point.  Credit needs to be given where it is due, and that is to the company that took their time and money to donate to these kids.  I find it frustrating when people want to thank their “god” for some good action but then turn a blind eye to all the other atrocities in the world.  For those situations I find this quote from Epicurus very fitting

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing?

Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing?

Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing?

Then why call him God?

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So I finally have my blog up and going! (sorta)  What to do next?  BLOG!!  How do you identify yourself?  Atheist, Agnostic, humanist…the list goes on.  I didn’t really choose to identify as an atheist.  Down here if you say that word most people will automatically think in their mind that you are some satanic evil doer.  So yeah that wasn’t my first choice.  I am not one for labels but that is how most people identify one another.  Male, Female, Homosexual, Heterosexual, Baptist, Methodist, Agnostic, Atheist…all are words we use to help understand each other.  There are numerous ways I identify myself-agnostic atheist, humanist, free-thinker, skeptic…but for the sake of this post I will consider myself agnostic atheist. The more I read and learn the more I find myself identifying as such. I don’t believe in a personal god and can’t force myself into believing in some man-made myth.  My views may evolve during my journey in life but for now this is where I am.  This is where I feel happy.  Feel free leave comments.  I would love to know where others are in their walk in life!

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