Interesting Quote

I should preface my argument with a note regarding terminology. For the most part, I will not be using the most common English renderings of the biblical terms amartia (“sin”) and soteria (“salvation”). This is neither to diminish the importance of these concepts to the Christian faith, nor to suggest that the primarily Western, juridical view on our fallen condition, which the words “sin” and “salvation” often evoke in the American mind, is necessarily wrong. Rather, my intention is to assist the reader in seeing these concepts in a new light; understanding them in a manner that accords more with the therapeutic view of the Christian East. Soteria denotes “healing” as much as it does “salvation,” while amartia—literally, “to miss the mark”—signifies a sickness of the soul (cf. Matt 9:12). Whereas it is possible to speak of someone committing a sin, as he would a crime, it is just as valid to speak of him contracting a sin, as he would an illness. So, to simplify this alternative view, the Christian aims for the restoration of spiritual health, and to sin is to miss that mark.

via Can a Christian be a Social Liberal? – Crisis Magazine.

This is bravery

One day he brought an eleven year old boy to stay with us for a week, with his mother’s permission, which horrified me. I made sure he had a room and bedding. When I saw my father holding him upside down kissing him all over, and saw the porn books out, I called my counselor who had already agreed to call the cops if I ever saw anything happen, and my father was arrested. For that offense, he was given three years of probation. However, word got around, and a man who had given him a place to stay in Los Angeles realized his son was of the age to be a target, and asked questions, which resulted in my father’s conviction on 13 counts of PC 288 A, B, C, and D. (Suffice to say that these are varying kinds of forcible sexual offenses that should never be committed on anyone, let alone a child!)

He died in prison in 1993, after my initial report in 1989. It should be noted that far from being a first offender, his first arrest had been in 1948, when he was 18.

via The Story of Moira Greyland (Guest Post) | asktheBigot.

You might be wondering why this woman– who was also a victim of her father, as well as her mother– is guest blogging at a site called “ask the Bigot.”

Also why I’d title it bravery– calling the cops when there’s a child rape going on is pretty obviously just the right thing, right?

She’s brave because she came to a conclusion that will get her viciously attacked, by anybody who hasn’t already abandoned her for “attacking” her parents over things that are “past.”  (This, incidentally, is what the phrase “power corrupts” is about– not what her parents did, but that people will get upset that she won’t be quiet about it, when her mother was a very famous author.)

Go read the whole thing.  Her parents were acting on a philosophy, and she will be attacked for talking about it.

Email of the Day: I recently saw a list of the… – Washington Homeschool Organization

From Facebook, mildly edited to look better:

Washington Homeschool Organization

Email of the Day:
I recently saw a list of the annual hourly requirements per grade and freaked out…do you have an updated list of how many hours we are supposed to homeschool each year based on grade level? I’m not sure that our curriculum is enough.

Answer:
The law calls for 1,000 hours per year. That’s about 180 days at 5.5 hours a day (that’s how the schools do it). The way I figure it is this:
There are 8,760 hours in a year. You spend about 2,920 of them sleeping. That leaves 5,840 hours left to homeschool. You can’t help but end up with 1,000 hours of homeschooling in all that.

Two things to keep in mind:
1) The law does not require you to keep track of the hours that you homeschool.
2) The law specifies that “home-based instruction is less structured and more experiential than the instruction normally provided in a classroom. Therefore, the provisions relating to the nature and quantity of instructional and related educational activities shall be liberally construed.” There’s lots of stuff that you do that isn’t curriculum that “counts” toward homeschooling.

This is how you can unschool (not use any curriculum) and still homeschool in WA. Our law specifies that “all decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing and place in the provision or evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.”

Your homeschooling doesn’t have to be entirely workbooks and curriculum. Art projects, music lessons, cooking together, phys. ed., fort building, fieldtrips, reading (together or separately) — all these things are part of homeschooling.

Frankly, if you start looking at your whole life as learning, you’ll see how many more hours than 1,000 you end up covering. smile emoticon

~Jen GS

via Email of the Day: I recently saw a list of the… – Washington Homeschool Organization.

The Categories Were Made For Man, Not Man For The Categories | Slate Star Codex

The border between Turkey and Syria follows a mostly straight-ish line near-ish the 36th parallel, except that about twenty miles south of the border Turkey controls a couple of square meters in the middle of a Syrian village. This is the tomb of the ancestor of the Ottoman Turks, and Turkey’s border agreement with Syria stipulates that it will remain part of Turkey forever. And the Turks take this very seriously; they maintain a platoon of special forces there and have recently been threatening war against Syria if their “territory” gets “invaded” in the current conflict.

via The Categories Were Made For Man, Not Man For The Categories | Slate Star Codex.

Neat picture below the quoted text.

Also: oy.

Americans’ Air Conditioning Habit Is Eco-Friendly – Bloomberg View

We do have some cities with more European temperatures, including San Francisco and Seattle, but they are not our largest population centers. The rest of the country, even places that are frozen wastelands in the winter, experiences summertime average highs above 80 degrees. That’s not a rogue heat wave, the kind that Northern Europeans complain about endlessly while futilely fiddling with their fans. That’s just what we Americans call “summer.” A heat wave is when it’s 100 degrees (38 Celsius) and your dog won’t go outside because the pavement burns his feet.

via Americans’ Air Conditioning Habit Is Eco-Friendly – Bloomberg View.

I lol’d.

Man stands vigil with AR-15 outside recruiting station to protect unarmed service members: ‘The war is here’ | BizPac Review

“I went into each office, the ones that were open, and I was received with handshakes and thank-yous,” he said. “They constantly came by, and not only them, but their wives came by in tears thanking me for just being out here. They baked cookies for me and brought lunch by.”

via Man stands vigil with AR-15 outside recruiting station to protect unarmed service members: ‘The war is here’ | BizPac Review.

Democrats’ Immigration Policy Serves Them Well | National Review Online

The Census Bureau includes aliens (both legal and illegal) in the statistics used to apportion our 435 congressional districts. This has the perverse effect of helping states with bigger immigrant populations to inflate both their representation in Congress and the number of Electoral College votes they are allotted (the latter is a function of the former). Just through their illegal-alien numbers, the states of New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, and Illinois, which all went for Obama in 2012, received eight additional congressional seats in the last reapportionment, with over half of those gains coming from their sanctuary cities and counties. It’s clear, then, why Democrats resist enforcing our immigration laws: More bodies mean more power.

via Democrats’ Immigration Policy Serves Them Well | National Review Online.

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