OK. Well, this is sort of artful. It is in response to Psalm 31. My haiku: Vulnerable babesHide in mother's wingsSheltered from harm A couple things that I noticed in response to this Psalm: God is given many images in this Psalm, one which includes the "wings that shelter". Sheltering wings are a mother's job. So, the image is God as mother. Also, mother's can protect. It isn't just the father's job. This complicates the religious binary that becomes so much of the conversation. [Personal opinion: Let's lose the binary!] The Psalmist is going through a lot of emotions in this poem/song. While they at once declare God is with them offering protection, they describe a lived reality in which God must feel a zillion miles away. They are depressed, scared, being go...
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Sometimes I’m so brilliant, I terrify myself. Gimme a few seconds to remove my tongue from my cheek and I will elaborate … ah! … there! … much better! … OK … Onward … I have been following, off and on, the ongoing story about the young transgender Virginia man, Gavin Grimm, whose suit the Supreme Court recently refused to hear, remanding the case back to the lower court and essentially allowing to stand a decision prohibiting Mr. Grimm from using the men’s restroom in his high school. It is important to understand that Mr. Grimm is, both anatomically and in terms of his manner of dress, male, in fact, indistinguishable outwardly from a young cisgender – I hope I use that term appropriately -- male. Anyone encountering Mr. Grimm in a men’s restroom, who did not know the story of his
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I am not accustomed to being Devil’s advocate or adopting a contrarian stance regarding matters on which the progressive community is agreed to the point of near-unanimity. The issue of Miracle Pizza of Walkerton, IN, refusing to cater gay weddings is, to some extent, an exception, however. I say “to some extent” because, given the emotional temperature of this issue, merely advocating that all parties take a moment to reflect dispassionately on both the issues and case law suffices to cast me in both roles, however. So far, the conversation has generated a lot more heat than light, and we need a lot more of the latter and a lot less of the former. If that makes me “pathologically rational”, then … well … there are much worse things to be. My problem is that I see both sides, the “free exe