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Weekend in review--

Fairly productive weekend, which is a plus, the last few have felt a little, uh, crowded.

Got our typical late start Saturday, but went out with Tenar, Maus, and Themyskeria for lunch at Dim-Sum Central. People kept ordering one more of something, and I kept finishing the plates, until I was having some serious food-regret. Burp. Stupid lightly glutinous me. Did I say glutinous? I meant gluttonous, but after all the sticky rice, glutinous works, too. Hit a couple of thrift shops, but didn't find anything at all. Curled up with a new bad movie, "Minotaur," which was kind of disappointing, but I was prepared for disappointing, so I wasn't disappointed.

Or was I? :( *paradox, head explodes*

The minotaur was interesting as a monster--he was quadrupedal, with a bull-skull-sort of head, and his fur was patchy and thin, like "eew, really hairy guy" rather than animal. So, sort of half-human, half-bull, but not in a visually appealing way. Pity, minotaurs are hawt.

Church sermon: A theological basis for pro-choice and birth control. *applause* Minister began by telling the children a story about a boy who loved hamsters, so he got two of them. They exponentially increased to several million, by which point he wasn't playing with them or anything, just storing them on large barges and shovelling food in over the side. The main thrust of the sermon was that pro-lifers watch over the basic idea of "living, reproducing brutes," but properly being pro-life means being pro HUMAN life, not the sort of life that a feral dog would have, but that, say, someone lovingly groomed into the career of their choice with the education and support they want would have. Then he came back to the hamsters, saying that the "boy who loved hamsters" didn't really love them, but the idea of them. Good conclusion.

Went home, walked around the block a couple of times. Did some cleaning, reorganized the bedroom. Father is coming by soon to help us build some nice shelves--a 6-level, 7.5'X12' array of shelves which should just about hold our D20 library. Yay! Had to get the dog fur and laundry off the floor and the naughty pictures of wolf-people off the walls before he came by.

Did a little shopping, mostly for ideas--Star's going to help us with some lawn design, and I wanted to look at trellises for vines and suchlike. But mostly I wanted to get out of the house some more.

*yawn* at work now--the computer application I use for 95% of my job is broken on my computer :(

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eris_star
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to email me the address & directions!
spottylogic
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
No, you're going to have to guess...
kiwihedgie
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
You WITNESSED this sermon? What?? Where did this happen and why doesn't it happen here? That's crazy!! I keep trying to explain to people why having random babies is *not* always a good idea or in the child's best interest (I'm not necessarily avidly pro-abortion, but I sure am pro-birth control) and it seems like that sermon pretty much sums it all up. Awesome!!!
spottylogic
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
We go to a Unitarian Universalist church, which is a liberal church that spends a lot of its time trying to prove why the "religious right" has it so wrong. We've also got an unusually intelligent and research-prone minister. He based the sermon on a papal essay.

Here's the notes on the sermon:
http://www.austinuu.org/sermon/2008/02/24/a-theological-argument-for-abortion/

spottylogic
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
There is a UU church in town -
http://www.unitarianscalgary.org/index.html
but I don't know anything about it other than that it exists!
eris_star
Feb. 25th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I was there too.
It was impressive. The minister's point was that there are times when God demands birth control or an abortion. "Not permits it, not closes his or her eyes and winces, but demands it."
The story about the boy who loved hamsters was spot-on, I think.
kiwihedgie
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind me stretching out this thread- what kinds of situations did they represent as requiring abortion? Mother's life at stake, abusive family, starving family...? I'm really curious to know.

On another note, what completely baffles me is the fact that the Catholic church (yeah, I know, I'm ASKING for it with the Catholic Church) won't let people use condoms- even to prevent HIV or AIDS in Africa, for example, which is clearly only a good thing, and often with no direct goal of preventing conception. While I understand that people *might* be less inclined to be promiscuous if they have the safety net of a condom, it's clear by worldwide trends that people will engage in "risky" behavior anyway. In many areas they don't have AIDS education, much less testing (such as parts of Africa), so introducing condoms and information could only help to save God's people.
Then again, some people might just say that these diseases are a punishment for our sins- but what about monogomous, married people whose partners cheat and give them AIDS? Do they deserve to die?
(Sorry to drag out this thread into an entirely different subject- you don't have to reply- this whole topic just drives me up the wall ;)
spottylogic
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Nothing like that--that's biology, not theology. His argument was that the situations that demanded birth control (and abortion, which in the context of this sermon was only a form of birth control, not its own moral quandry) were situations where a human would be born into a state of poverty and misery and would not escape from that state.

His argument (and I don't know how seriously he took it) was that if someone was going to be born in a state of misery, and stay there, it would have been humane if they hadn't been born--and therefore, morally demanded (and in a church full of athiests, one's highest moral duty is "god's duty". I'm not explaining it well--in essense, to be human, one had to be loved, cared for, and able to achieve your highest potential. For a hamster, that was to eat, breed, and survive. For a human, it should be much higher.

If someone's life was to be merely surviving and breeding, they shouldn't be born.

It was kind of a harsh sermon, and I think possibly an excercise in hyperbole in places, but it had points to make.

I don't think STD's were mentioned--it was mostly patriarchy demanding that a woman stay unemployed, uneducated and breeding as a Very Bad Thing.
kt_kat
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Having sex merely to procreate is like eating in order to defecate.
It boggles me how there are people who are anti-abortion, but anti-contraception at the same time! Logically, encouragement and availability of contraception would LOWER the abortion rate... it only goes to show that fundies like that don't give a crap about what abortion really is, its all about controlling people and making them conform to their idealistic fantasies of faith.

What gets me is how some people encourage others to just have children whenever, stating that its the "Lord's Will", and you're being blessed with children, yet they are fine with naturally infertile people manipulating science and have large unnatural litters of babies.

And what is worse than abortion is when women end up with 6 embryos inside of them from fertility treatments, and instead of eliminating three of them to give the other three a healthy chance at life(because thats ohnoes abortions!), they try to carry them all to term, saying it was "God's Will" when they all die except for maybe one wretched, sickly baby that has a snowflake's chance in hell of surviving its first years. Now THAT is a terrible mutilation of our ability to reproduce sexually.

*chews off own arm* Yeah, this topic wigs me out too! *_*
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