I’d rather be a Proverbs 31 woman, just not the parts that make me queasy

Meme on the internet reads: “I’d rather be a Proverbs 31 woman than a Victoria’s Secret Model.”

Let’s see. What does Proverbs 31 say?


We have to make sure we cut and paste the biblical passage so we don’t take any of this out of context. Here’s a link.

Oh cool, this part pertains to all those drug tests that those pesky Republicans want to impose on the Welfare Kids:

7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

What gets me about these verses is that the woman in this passage is bad ass. She has her own income that surpasses her husband’s. Check this out:

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

What’s even better is she’s buying a vineyard so she can make mad cash off the wine she bottles and distributes.

The next time someone tells you they want to be a Proverbs 31 woman, understand that they want to be a woman who gives to charity, they support welfare for those who have problems with drugs and alcohol, and they have enough money on their own to maintain their own lucrative business.

Believers, please read your bibles. Do your mental aerobics all you want. It just doesn’t cut it. These verses make much better sense in context given the wide range of issues you vote against today.


Dave Barry on Religion

A reader sent me the above graphic with a Dave Barry quote on it.

Oddly enough, it included a weird line in the background that reads, “trying god’s patience.” That doesn’t make any sense in context of the quote.

I was just talking to Tina the other day about how, whether it comes off or not, Dave Barry is often the voice in my head when I’m trying to be funny.

Trying is a key word in that sentence.

I’ve posted this quote (link) before, it’s the second to last quote below. I found a few more that I’ll post as well (found here):

• “The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.”

• “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”

• “The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.”

• “Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. (This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.)”

• “I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I’m definitely not religious, and I’m very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people’s behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there’s nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don’t know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said ‘If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.’” (Dave Barry Does Japan)

• “I liked making people laugh, and I decided I was an atheist early on. My Dad was all right with that. We argued about it all the time, but it was good-natured. He was the most open-minded human being I’ve ever known.” (Barry’s father was a Presbyterian minister)

• “The thing about religion is that everybody else’s always appears stupid.”

Check it out! The Humanist magazine features Quiet Company

#quietcompany @quietcompanytx @hemantmehta

Sweet, cherry pie!

The Humanist magazine featured an article about Quiet Company and their new album, “We Are All Where We Belong.”

I was surprised that so many of my blogger colleagues ignored this story, but extremely appreciative that Taylor Muse and the rest of the band are getting this level of publicity.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about the album, the Humanist describes the album this way:

On We Are All Where We Belong, Quiet Company integrates a sound reminiscent of both Sufjan Stevens’ album Illinois and The National’s Boxer with the overarching narrative of lead vocalist Taylor Muse’s journey from a conservative Christian upbringing and belief system to a celebration of the power of human potential.

In the article, Taylor talks about his influences ranging from Kurt Vonnegut to Bart Ehrman. There’s this one section that I thought was great talking about topics within the songs:

Love is another thing we sing about a lot. We tend to be pretty romantic, and I write a lot of songs for my wife. But you know, I think the best love stories are often set against the specter of death. And again, it’s humanistic—the sense that this world is all we have, this time is all we have together, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s make our lives worth living as much as possible.

Go check out the article here. Here is my original write up from a few months ago.

And if you missed the most recent video release, here it is again (below).

Thanks, Steve P. for the headsup! 

Collected funny image alert!



iPhone style message bubble says, “i don’t exactly hate you, but if you were on fire and I had water, i’d drink it.” 

Illustrative graphic of bacon in bed says, “This is how bacon bits are made.” One bacon says to the other, “I’m not on the pill.” 

Two cats, one has its tail in front of the others eyes, says, “These aren’t my glasses.” 


SIgn on door says: “Children left unattended will be eaten or sold into slavery.”



Illustrative graphic of facebook, twitter, wordpress, youtube, blogger logos in bombs says, “Weapons of Mass Distraction.” 


I can’t help this repost: “RIP Society of the Day”

From the Daily Wh.at:

RIP Society of the Day: Your mom and dad are wrong: College isn’t worth it.


UPDATE: This is for an Honors — HONORS! — Intro to Fiction course at OSU. From the course description:

…While we read and discuss some important, influential narratives about the supernatural – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works…

1818: “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.” 2005: “I sparkle like diamonds.”