Hello.... Hi there... I'm Cynthia Gee, and I'm creating this as a mirror of my other CommonSense blog at HomeschoolBlogger. I am copying the first several articles from over there, and moving them here in their entirety, complete with reader's comments. So if you see your comment HERE, and remember posting it over THERE, relax. You're sane.

Monday, August 27, 2007

How, Indeed....

Today on Jen's Gems, Nikki Bratton said,

"My husband always says there are always two sides of the story. Reading Doug’s Blog after hearing Jen’s story and reading Doug’s Blog after hearing the story of someone who is in a good relationship with him is two very different readings. One sees evidence of a male chauvanist pig, the other sees the evidence of a man who values women. Who praises their abilities and protects thier frailities.

What are you doing for these poor “oppressed” women by belittling there intelligence? You speak of these men’s wives as idiot’s suffering under the bliss of intelligence. What gives them the strength to endure the comments thrusted onto them by yourselves and the rest of society who mocks their “backwards” ways? The praise of their husbands and children. That is something slander can never touch. If your home was so loving and strong, an excommunication from an unbiblical church would have rolled off your backs as you stood together.

But that was the whole point of your story… this church wasn’t saving your marriage. Doug wasn’t protecting Jen from Mark when she needed it. If the situation was so dangerous why call a pastor when you need the police?

So there you have it. I am woman and I boldly proclaim my “brainwashed” state. I have no fear in making such bold statements because I am cherished and praised because of the fact that I am God’s handiwork."

“I have no fear in making such bold statements because I am cherished and praised because of the fact that I am God’s handiwork.”

Yes, Nikki, you are… but so are all other people, of all nations and races.
The Africans who were enslaved in the Old South were God’s handiwork too, as were the Jews murdered in the Holocaust and the people of color who languished under South Africa’s apartheid movement.
Despite this fact, Phillips has garnered money and support by cozying up to the NeoConfederate movement, and he supports his father, whose party has thrown in with anti-Semites, holocaust deniers, the apartheid movement, and the militia movement. VisionForum’s homeschooling materials rewrite the facts of history to support the political positions of those hate groups which are being courted by the Constitution Party.
How would you explain your support of Phillips and his positions to your murdered and abused brothers and sisters, who were not cherished or praised but who are, nonetheless, also God’s handiwork?


Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the kind words Cynthia. I think the internet is terrible for communicating some things. I can't help being wry and rhetorical when I write, anyone who knows me understands the humor most of the time, but I guess it doesn't always come across to people who think that everything in black & white is meant to be taken ultra literally. I just don't have the patience to deal with that. All used up on my kids. :-) lol
Have a great week.

1:11 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Hey, no problem.
I'm pretty blunt much of the time -- I guess that's the reason people call some women my age "old battleaxes" -- and I can come off as a bit of a curmudgeon. I truly AM sorry if I hurt your feelings in my earlier postings on Jen's Gems. I truly didn't mean to, and I do hope that you continue to post when you have time.

I took the liberty of looking at your site, too -- what cute kids. They look to be about the ages of my grandchildren, who range in age from almost 7 years old down to six and a half months old. Was it difficult to post the pictures on your blog? I have photos of my grands stored on my computer, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to post them on a website or send them as attachments.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Xanga makes it pretty easy to upload and catalog photos. I know it's possible on blogger but I'm not sure on the specifics since I don't use it for blogging.

The only people who have the ability to hurt my feelings are people very close to me - my husband and family. Even then I have a pretty tough skin and prize honesty over pussyfooting. So, no worries about hurting my feelings. You didn't! I have a big enough ego that, most of the time, even if someone tries to insult me I tend to write it off as their lack of wherewithal. :-) ha ha.

I won't be posting on there anymore, anyway, despite the kind words from several commenters. No principled reason. It's just not my crowd. I try to be focused when I can. Got enough irons in the fire at once without meddling where I don't belong.

But, do keep in touch if you wish. You can leave comments on xanga without having an account, so stop by anytime.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I couldn't help but be extremely aggravated by what Nikki said, and I applaud you for posting your own thoughts. You have a very insightful blog and it is a pleasure to read what you have to say.
- Jo

2:09 PM  

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