1. Jessica emailed from Costa Rica.
When I open my windows in the morning, I am flooded with a chlorophyllerific rainforest sunlight party. After my alarm clock (that is, the grip of roosters that are my loud, useful neighbors) sounds at six, I say hi to my porch geckos and make a cup of the best coffee in the universe. Then I sit in my hammock and pinch myself.
2. I have a new cousin. In case that's too dark, the paper reads "Certificate of Registration of Domestic Partnership".
FRANCISCO - A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in
public schools unconstitutional Wednesday in a case brought by the same atheist
whose previous battle against the words "under God" was rejected by the U.S.
Supreme Court on procedural grounds. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled
that the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's
right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."
Seriously? I swear to god, people will sue over anything.
This enrages me. As I have said before, I grew up in a lovely little cult that doesn't really support holidays, politics, or women's rights all that much. So naturally, I was never allowed to say the pledge of allegiance. Am I now traumatized by having to have heard it every single day? Nope. Did I ever once feel coerced into affirming god? Never, ever once. I simple ignored it. Just like I did the national anthem at sporting events. And holiday celebrations. That's the joy of living in this country...no one has to say the pledge, or stand for the anthem. In my kids' school, when then announce that it's time for the pledge, they also announce (every single day) that if you choose not to stand and recite it, that you do not have to. Many teachers will let their students come 2 minutes late to class if they feel like a spectacle by not saying it. This is by no means worthy of a law suit.
Now, I still won't say the pledge. My kids asked me why, and I explained it to them. I don't pledge my allegiance to any flag, let alone this one. I love my country, I just don't agree with the pledge, and exercise my rights not to say it. They, of course, completely disagree, and actually think I'm a little crazy on this one. And that's fine. More power to'em.