Jesus on the Half-Pipe

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Interesting little NYT article about evangelical sk8 boarders. This is how I met my husband, at Skate Church. I had a friend who was a “counselor” there and he invited me one night. My husband (and his two brothers) were avid skaters who liked to skate the ramp there. I met him the first night I went and knew I would marry him the moment I met him :).

Skate church was kind of funny because the poor skaters would have to sit through a sermon before they were allowed to skate. I guess the ramp was really good and attracted a lot of people because they seemed willing to be put through that. There were a lot of skateboarders who became born again christians because of it. This was the begining of my 3 year adventure in evangelical christiandom. It started with skate church and got weirder and weirder. We finally got out of it when we began questioning what we were being told to believe. We began questioning the “word of faith” movement led by Kenneth Hagin. The pentecostal church that we belonged to was heavily into the Word of Faith. We got out of that by reading the book, Christianity in Crisis, and, ironically, reading this book started us on our road to getting out of Christianity altogether. I guess once you start questioning things you realize how absurd the Christian religion is. At least that’s how it was for me. Granted, it served it’s purpose in my life. I really needed the born-again experience at that time in my life, I guess. But getting mixed up in fundamentalism I didn’t need at all.

Subpoena Delivered to Schiavo‚Äôs Hospice

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Yahoo! News – Subpoena Delivered to Schiavo’s Hospice

The Senate Health Committee has requested that Terri Schiavo and her husband, Michael, appear at an official committee hearing on March 28. Earlier Friday, a House committee was issuing congressional subpoenas to stop doctors from disconnecting the tube.

Okay, I’m probably going to sound cold-hearted by saying this, but I think this is a grand waste of the Federal Government’s time! Don’t they have much more pressing issues to deal with? This is utterly ridiculous that they have to hold a friggen hearing for this issue.

This is nothing more than selfish parents and a selfish husband who can’t work together! If the woman (who was in her twenties when she entered this vegetative state) told her husband that she would not want to be kept alive like this, shouldn’t that be respected? And, frankly, who in thier twenties (or thirties for that matter) has a living will?!? I certainly don’t. I probably should, but I don’t. And I’ll bet most twenty year olds don’t even think about it. So then why can’t her selfish parents respect what she verbally told her husband?!?

This story just sickens me. It’s sad. All around it’s sad. It’s sad that this poor woman is being put through this. They need to let her go. People die. We all die. It’s a fact of life. We need to accept it. This woman is all but dead. I just read in an article that her brain is gone. It’s dead. Her brain stem is what is allowing her to breath and blink and do the most primitive of functions.

It must be a horrible descision to make, to decide that the best thing to do is “pull the plug.” I hope I never have to be in that position. But sometimes it’s the best thing to do. At some point one has to let go.

This should be a descision left up to the family. Period. The government should not be involved in something so personal. I am pissed that these people can’t work this out and have now gotten the Federal-fucking-Government inovolved! I thought Republicans were the ones who believed in smaller government, in letting individuals make personal descisions. Now they are trying to pass laws telling me whom I should marry, whether or not I can have an abortion, and, now, whether I can let my loved one die in peace and go, peacefully, to his or her Maker. I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit. When will this nightmare end? We have got to get these neo-con/neo-Christians out of Washington.

Update: Apparently, the feeding tube has now been removed. read the news here.
We’ll see how long it stays removed, though.

Some views on this issue in the blogosphere: Joe from AmericaBlog talks about how creepy congress has been this week, what with thier hearings on Steroids and the Schiavo case, and The Rude Pundit, as always, just tells it like it is. I love that. Oh, and here’s some craziness on the freeper side. Good Lord. Apparently they want to bring in the national guard to protect Terri Schiavo.