Sickie-Pie Cutie-Pie and The Satanic Temple

I don't generally, okay ever, post more than once a day. But, I have two reasons: one, I couldn't wait to show you this adorable picture and video and picture of my son; and someone else had something very important to say.

I don’t get to snuggle with my son much. There’s lots of reasons for that. Namely, he’s autistic, and he snuggles on his terms, when he wants to, how he wants to. Plus, he’s a busy, bustling boy. He’s sick right now, so I’m getting all the snuggles a mommy could want.

Let’s just say it’s been awesome. I always feel a little guilty, relishing in the gift that his illness gives me. The world turns and punishes me for my glee anyway; because a few days later, I’m sick too, obviously! The price of love, and motherhood.

I just thought the world of Rachel’s blog needed a drop of this, since there was too muck blaaaah lately.

This is my favorite part of the snuggles from today. He wanted to demonstrate how sick he sounded, by sending a video to Daddy; but I couldn’t stop laughing at how pathetic he sounded. Mostly, I couldn't stop laughing because the voice was 90% put on. This is one of nine, nearly identical videos. Want to see them ALL?

And now, in the name of fairness, despite the fact that I said I didn't want to talk about this anymore; I needed to let you know that the bully “reached out,” and gave me her side of the story. I debated not letting anyone know, because of the aforementioned ban on her presence; but, it’s not fair not to tell you that she did have something to say. I mean, you’ve heard my side forever. She deserves a voice too, right?

She claimed (doubtfully) that she never knew I was sick because she’d stopped being my friend because I’m not a Christian. And, by the time she knew I was sick, it was too hard to cook; plus she's too busy, so she she prayed. Apparently, she has time to read the same post, over 150 times in less than a day; but not to send a card, or a make a phone call. Frankly, if someone's heart needs to reach that far to find that weak of an excuse, I'm not mad anymore. I'm sad for them; it's like being angry at someone who's mentally handicapped.

So, take that as you will. I always get confused about Christians who discriminate against non-Christians, because it seems like the epitome of being, I don’t know, un-Christian, but who am I to judge? I think they’ll meet their maker about that one, one day. In fact, I sincerely hope they do. Because that’s one of those biggies, one of those commandment deal-io’s right? I think it’s “Love thy neighbor.” Yeah, I think I heard that somewhere before.

By the way, I'm not a Christian. Everyone who knows me knows that. This is not a newsflash. Sometimes, when people discover this, they flee, as if I will be able to spontaneously burst them into flames, with my mind, because I'm an atheist. I choose not to believe in God, but I'm generally not aggressive about it, because I think religion belongs in your heart, and your home. That's it. I pretty much try to only bring it up, when I see it interfering with public policy, education, or when I see that Christian ideology tries to interfere with everyone else. Because Christians are the majority religion in America, they tend not to notice just how pervasive their "stuff," is; they are everywhere, on everything, and it's a bit oppressive, to people who either don't believe, or don't believe the same way.

As an aside, take a gander at the Seven Tenets of the Satanic Temple (calm your shit people, the Satanic Temple doesn't worship Satan - That's the Church of Satan). The Satanic Temple doesn't "worship" anyone, or anything. In fact:

The Satanic Temple holds to the basic premise that undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good. We do not believe in symbolic “evil.” We embrace blasphemy as a legitimate expression of personal independence from counter-productive traditional norms.

In essence, they use "Satan," to piss of Christians, and get attention. Basically, it's the same thing as PETA throwing blood on fur; it gets the most attention for their cause; which is pointing out (loudly) when Christians push the God thing just a liiiiiitttle too far. But, is there a single thing wrong with living by rules like these? I'm not a member of this group, but I like their thoughts here! 

  • One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

I love this, especially the creatures part. Bleeding heart vegetarians like being nice to creatures too. What can I say?

  • The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

This really inspires a lot of introspection and thought, and forces us to constantly evaluate the role of government, and how much power we give to any single body. It's actually a pretty deep thought.

  • One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

Um, who can argue with that?

  • The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.

Show any conservative a video of a burning flag, and they lose their minds; but, I'm pretty okay with it. I don't like it; I won't do it, but I respect their right to do it. To me, that's what this is getting at.

  • Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

I know that a lot of people visiting the Ark Experience would have a problem with this one. How old is the earth?

  • People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.

Who could have a problem with this? Oh, I know! I know! Pick me! Pick me! But also, Donald Trump. It must suck to be in the same category with that guy.

  • Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word

Again, what's wrong with this idea?

I just wanted to put this out there as an "idea" that was different than the norm. Something that was about being nice to other people, about being open and understanding, and about peace. And, an idea that says it's okay to be different and still be accepted. This is the same basic idea as what's happened recently; it's David and Goliath, in essence. It's pushing back, loudly, when you're being pushed around, and doing it in a way that doesn't say, "mew," but says "roar." 

P.S. I need a haircut! I always get a little skeeved out when I see pictures of myself, in such a public place, especially when I'm like "ew!" But, I promised myself that I'd be real when I started this, and that's as real as it gets: a lady who has needed a haircut for like, four months, but hasn't gone because the nerve pain in my scalp hurts when they touch it with the little comb. Plus, I get weird when they see my shaved head and start asking questions. How good of a job do you think I could do by myself?