Residual Electricity

Belief

After picking up my daughter, she asked me, “Do you believe in God?” I paused and said, “No, I don’t.” I asked her why she asked me that, and she said her friend had told her she believed in God. I explained to her that if she believed that, I would respect her and she was allowed to have her own opinions. When I asked where she heard that from, she said her friend. She then said, “Jesus died on the cross for us.” I will let her believe what she needs to, but this took me aback! I wouldn’t dream of telling other kids my beliefs!

“"Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads. I would like to ask you not to bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people of our state. "This room in which there are many challenging debates, many moments of tension, of ideological division, of frustration. But this is also a room where, as my Secular Humanist tradition stresses, by the very fact of being human, we have much more in common than we have differences. We share the same spectrum of potential for care, for compassion, for fear, for joy, for love. "Carl Sagan once wrote, ‘For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.’ There is, in the political process, much to bear. In this room, let us cherish and celebrate our shared humanness, our shared capacity for reason and compassion, our shared love for the people of our state, for our Constitution and for our democracy— and let us root our policymaking process in these values that are relevant to all Arizonans regardless of religious belief or nonbelief. In gratitude and in love, in reason and in compassion, let us work together for a better Arizona."Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez of Tempe at the beginning of the previous day’s floor session wasn’t a prayer at all. So he asked other members to join him in a second daily prayer in "repentance," and about half the 60-member body did so. Both the Arizona House and Senate begin their sessions with a prayer and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.”

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Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez of Tempe at the beginning of the previous day’s floor session wasn’t a prayer at all. So he asked other members to join him in a second daily prayer in “repentance,” and about half the 60-member body did so. Both the Arizona House and Senate begin their sessions with a prayer and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Arizona-House-non-prayer-sparks-Christian-re-do-4539538.php#ixzz2VP8jmz9X

Soup: Official Statement from the Family and Partner of Aaron Swartz: Our...

soupsoup:

Official Statement from the Family and Partner of Aaron Swartz:

Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.

Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and…

thedailywhat:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Nope, Romney. NO!

I am female. I am white. I am middle class.  I have two children.  I am married — to a man.  I make a very good income and do not ‘live off the dole.’  I am not the 47%, but I believe that we are equal.  Mitt Romney quadrupling down on what lost him the election is precisely why I was so adamantly opposed to him.  Food for thought— John McCain does not, and has never elicited any of those same thoughts.

I had a thought…

Romney-like Republicans only want to give ‘charitable donations’, Oh, I am sorry, Tithing, to those who they choose (their church), but not the greater need of Americans (i.e.: Medicaid, food stamps, WIC).  They want to tell you how selfless and humble they are and do so while they are getting a tax-break and funneling the money into their own agendas.

So, essentially it is only okay to help those in need if they believe in your religious convictions and follow your rules.  Screw the rest of those people who are out of luck, disenfranchised and desperate.  

Got it!

An Exceptionally Remarkable Website: An Open Letter to Republicans

exceptionalremarkable:

An Open Letter to Republicans:

Firstly, let me say that this is not an attempt to be condescending, blustery or smug. This is not an effort to mock you or your beliefs, nor is it an attempt to kick you while you are down. In the wake of Tuesday night’s election, your party is in a state of shock…

light-as-a-heather:

You Don’t Own Me PSA. Please Spread!

He crosses his heart and hopes you don’t call him out on his blatant pandering!