Archive for March 25, 2006

“I Am Not Drinking Merlot”

March 25, 2006

But I am drinking Turbo Dog. Finished the merlot about an hour ago. Listening to the Drive By Truckers. Memorializing this outstanding day by posting about it.

Awake about six. Laid in bed until sevenish. Got up, wrote a few posts, made some breakfast – mmm, breakfast burritos, mmm. Drank my coffee and listened to Car Talk.

Then packed lunch in the camelback, loaded dogosaurus in the truck and headed to Oak Mountain for the day. Hiked in the woods, enjoying the blue sky, blooming dogwoods and solitude.

Nine miles later, got back in the car and headed to the house. Stopped for an ice cream sundae.

Got home, saw LSU put the smack down on Texas – geaux Tigers. Then over to our best friends’ house for dinner – mmm Alfredo’s Pizza – mmm. There we had the merlot.

Now at home, see first sentence. Nothing on the schedule tomorrow other than mass in the morning and a good bike ride in the afternoon.

“I have to say it was a good day.”


Go and Teach No More

March 25, 2006

This case, in which a Christian school fired a teacher for being unmarried and pregnant, raises three interesting questions.

First, as a matter of policy, did the school act according to its own theological principles by firing the teacher? Sure, in their view she sinned. But after firing her she is not only a sinner, but a sinner without a job, insurance or support group. They made an example out of her, but at what cost to the teacher, and the child? Pro-life? Merciful? Kind, even?

Second, did they fire her for having sex outside of marriage? Or for being pregnant? The latter reason is prohibited by law.

Third, if they fired her for an illegal reason, does their status as a religious institute excuse them from the legal repercussions?

The jury answered the second question: Yes, the school fired her because she was pregnant. How did the jury decide that? Who knows, maybe she offered evidence that other employees sinned on occasion but still kept their jobs.

The third question is going to be the issue on appeal. How will it be decided? I do not know. There is no general you-are-excused-from-the-penalty-because-you-acted-from-a-bona-fide-religious-conviction card. However, the particular statute at issue here may have such a provision.

The first question is for the school’s conscience. All I can say is at least they didn’t stone her.

“I’m Not Dead Yet”

March 25, 2006

Well Roy, you may not be, but your campaign sure is. Because in the same week you, a populist candidate, told the voters they were too dumb to re-write our state constitution, you also suggested that state officials somehow created the recent mad cow incident so that they could use it as support for an animal tracking bill.

I feel happy.”

The Silvertron Cafe

March 25, 2006

I never met the owner of that restaurant, but I said in this post he must have been a great person. Since then, this blog has had an enormous (for it) increase in traffic. Most of it is from google searches for Alan Potts. I take that as more proof of what I said earlier. Again, I hope they catch the culprit soon.