Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Who's Your Daddy?

Yesterday I was at Georgia State University registering voters. It was the first day of classes. I went up to a young Asian-American man and asked him if he was registered. "Yes. Are you a son of God?"

"Uh, no," I replied, probably with a bit of an attitude. "Been there, done that, but thanks anyway." I walked back to my table.

I couldn't stop thinking about his question. Was that an accident? So I walked up to his Campus Christians table and asked the young woman who was working, "A while ago one of the people working with you asked if I was a son of God. Was that a mistake?

"I don't think it was a mistake," she said very matter-of-factly.

"What?! I'm a woman!"

"Yes, but in the Bible it says son, not daughter," she said.

I could have gone off. I could have told her about interpretation, about context, about women's liberation. I could have told her that if there even was a God, that we were all his/her children. Instead, I said "OK, thanks" and walked away.

Did I make the wrong decision? Maybe. But really, someone who thinks like that-- I don't think I would have been able to change her mind in the two hours I had left on that campus.

For the rest of my life, I will wonder what happened to that woman, er, son.

Friday, August 06, 2004

A Freudian Slip?

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," Bush said yesterday.

Nuff said.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Here Comes the.... Vote

There is officially a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Missouri, my home state. As much as this saddens and somewhat infuriates me, it gives me a glimmer of hope for November. There are many Democrats in Missouri who are against gay marriage. It's not surprising, this is Missouri, people. So, now that gay marriage won't fly in their state, that's one less social issue they have to worry about when deciding between Bush and Kerry. Abortion is next, but we're not going to let anyone take our reproductive rights away from us. But, back to gay marriage. That's out of the way in Missouri. So now, maybe those Dems, or even those swing voters who were so concerned with the gay marriage issue (even though John Kerry isn't PRO gay marriage, per say) can put it out of their minds and vote on other issues: economy, war, corruption, etc.

Green Alert

In my (what is now daily) e-mail from John Kerry today, he (rather, his e-mail writer) cited specific action...that I actually liked:

"We will also create an Orange Alert Fund to reimburse communities for additional costs incurred in responding to raised threat levels."

Maybe now the Feds will stop raising the terror alerts as freely as a teenager raises the a/c. When we all move out on our own and have to pay our own utility bills, and can no longer rely on our parents (or the cities we impose the alerts on) to pay, we turn on the power save...or use a fan.