Tina sent me this article for the best roommate want ad ever. You have to read it to believe it.
It’s a dude from Alabama, and he’ll melt your heart while tickling your funny bone.
“I’ll…cook for you. That’s right! My dad is a chef and taught me everything there is to know about cooking Southern Cajun cuisine. I’ll fry green tomatoes, cover them with marinated crab meat and smother that shit in Bearnaise. EVERY. GODDAMN. NIGHT. Don’t eat meat? That’s fucking FANTASTIC! I’ll make a zucchini and yellow squash carpaccio that will knock your fucking socks off.”
–“I’m respectful, quiet, clean and I won’t bother any of your shit. If you leave shit out, I’m just like, ‘Oh fuck, I better not mess with this shit, because it’s not mine.'”
–“Do you like movies? I fucking love them. We can watch the shit out of some movies together if you like, or go get drinks, or work out, hike, play video games or play a game of one-on-one basketball, or I don’t have to talk to you at all. It’s completely UP TO YOU!”
–“A lot of people ask me, ‘Hey, you’re from Alabama. Are you racist?’ And, the answer to that question is, no. I’m not racist or judgmental at all. I love everyone. I’m a secular humanist. I FUCKING LOVE PEOPLE. That’s the only requirement to being a secular humanist actually. You have to like other human beings and want to help them for no other reason than they are human regardless of race, religion or sexual preference. WTF?!!!? Pretty fucking cool right?”
–“I own almost nothing! I’m driving my car from Alabama to California in which I’ll be transporting two duffelbags of clothes, one laptop computer, one guitar, one cell-phone with charger, eight pairs of shoes, one picture frame, probably some condoms and a shitload of beef jerky and Pringles for the trip. Though, you can expect the jerky to be gone upon my arrival. Unless you’d like me to pick up some on my way into the city. See?! I’m the most considerate person you’ve ever met. I’m offering to buy you shit already!”
Lately I’ve been doing a non-scientific, unofficial poll with friends and acquaintances about religious beliefs and level of acceptance of science.
The vast majority of friends here, despite their level of religiosity, claim an overwhelming acceptance of evolution.
I don’t know many protestants here in Chicago. The majority of religious people are Roman Catholic. And if you grew up in the Yeshua Fog™, you know that Roman Catholics are all hell bound anyway.
It is a relief, though, to hear friends who send their kids to church schools or educate their kids through Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) also get excited about going to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum or the Adler Planetarium. These are places that do not pander to young earth ideas. Nor do they make reference to the possibility of a higher power.
Yet these parents find that holding both ideas as possible is okay. I can admire that.
It’s encouraging to hear local religious parents get excited about the NOVA series on PBS. It’s exciting to see their kids’ faces light up talking about the episode about dogs or an episode about DNA. It appears that local parents are separating their children educationally from the dim bulbs in other areas who do not emphasize education as a positive thing.
What is it about the conservative movement that finds special about limiting education? Or declaring that evolution and Intelligent Design need to be taught in the same classroom?
These aren’t necessarily new thoughts, but they’ve been on my mind lately, since we’ve been in contact with several parents lately who have talked about it.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”