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I Literally Lean To The Left And Enough Links For Your Weekend

E decided he was a straight-walking robot on the way to school so I had to help him get to the car by pointing him in the perfectly correct direction.

My son and I laughing

Did I feel foolish at 8:30 a.m. in the clearly-for-people-a-decade-or-more-younger-than-me Paul Frank pajamas that I got a few Valentine’s Days ago because hearts and monkeys scream MAMA to my kids? For a second. But I was too busy noticing how much my world tilts to left.

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As if we didn’t know I leaned to the left…

When I’m not parading my liberal ways around my front lawn in hypocritical teenager pj pants in an attempt to get a 6-year-old robot to school, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.


My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

  • Abortion and the Unknowable God: An Attempt at a Neutral and Faithful Discussion: On Progressive Christianity, I discuss what it means to believe in a God we cannot know but want to know. How do we find our way into doing the right thing and figuring out the moral choices for ourselves and where to take our stands when God may not take stands like we do? I focus on one of the most divisive issues of our times and one where a single side seems to have co-opted God: the abortion debate.
  • My blender giveaway (total value $455) is still going on and is my most popular giveaway to date. I’m not surprised since the Blendtec Blender is awesome as is Stonyfield for hooking us up. Okay, I’m a little surprised, but I’m glad y’all like it.

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

  • List of Shakespearean Insults: From Nerd Paradise, I don’t curse much (the up side is when I do everyone takes note), but sometimes I don’t know how to let someone know they suck so I found this page. (nerdy)
  • Lutheran pastor apologizes for taking part in Sandy Hook service: From NBC News, Lutherans aren’t allowed to pray with people of other faiths. I don’t understand. I don’t remember Jesus only praying with other Jews. (sad)
  • I Really Hope My Son Gets to be a Boy Scout: From ask your dad, an excellent and heartfelt piece from a boy scout on how badly he and his friends treated a boy, who came out as gay, and his family before the boy was asked to leave the scouts, and why it is important for the Boy Scouts of America to stop excluding LBGT people from their organization. (thoughtful)
  • Pretty Girls Making Ugly Faces (22 Pics): From pleated jeans, this makes me so happy. The animated gifs are the best but this is only a few of the many awesome ones that exist. You should click over the Reddit and look at more of them though. (funny)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents an 2 elementary age children, 4 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

16 thoughts on “I Literally Lean To The Left And Enough Links For Your Weekend

  1. What a bunch of hooey re: the Lutherans. I graduated from a Lutheran university. I can guarantee you that when it came to the business end of things, that fine institution of higher learning had NO PROBLEM taking the monies from students of all faiths.

    Never knew that I wasn’t “allowed” to worship with my fellow students… kind of thought that was the whole point of having a diverse student body… get to know & understand different people. *shakes head & wanders away*

      1. The standard Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the more liberal wing of the Lutheran church. We don’t have any issues with inter-faith services, and the ELCA is progressive enough that they voted in 2009 to allow the ordination of gay pastors (yeah, maybe not SUPER progressive- 2009 wasn’t that long ago) but compared to our Missouri Synod or Wisconsin Synod brethren, we’re practically communist heathens. I mean, we ordain women. WOMEN! And have since 1970! Missouri Synod won’t even let women serve on the church council. Or any leadership positions, other than Sunday school teacher. They scare me.

        I actually had a relative, who is Missouri Synod, blame a tornado in Minneapolis on the ELCA’s decision to ordain gays. It happened during the same weekend as the ELCA convention where they voted to allow it, so of course the tornado was God’s wrath showing how angry he was with the church for allowing such an abomination. And she wasn’t being sarcastic or tongue in cheek. She seriously thought that was why Minneapolis was struck.

        1. I cannot stand when people think God causes bad things to happen to people because of something they do. I’m going to write a post on this “prosperity gospel” nonsense soon.

          So would you say there are different sects of the Lutheran church? Is there an umbrella to y’all? Should I rephrase the sentence to say “certain Lutherans” aren’t allowed to pray… I don’t want to mislead people.

          1. Either sects or synods. Most Lutherans will be able to identify at a glance whether they are the ones being discussed. It should be noted that ELCA is mainline and outnumbers Missouri Synod 2-to-1 in membership. Wisconsin Synod (which is much more conservative than even the Missouri Synod, if you can imagine that) only has about 300,000 members. If you said LCMS, that would probably clarify, but I’m not sure it really needs it. When I first read the headline, my first response was “Missouri or Wisconsin Synod?” because I knew no ELCA pastor would do that.

            1. Yea, different types of Lutheran. It can be confusing because Missouri Synod and Wisconsin Synod aren’t exclusive to those states but instead entirely different church bodies. Meanwhile, the ELCA is broken up geographically into 65 Synods, but those have nothing to do with the LCMS Or LCWS which are separate churches.

              My husband is an ELCA pastor, and my masters is in Lutheran theology for outdoor recreation from an ELCA seminary. I am a camp director by trade.

              1. Okay, I gotta ask- which seminary did you and/or your husband go to? I went to Luther Seminary (MA in Old Testament Theology, Class of 2000). Nice to see other familiar faces around the blogosphere.

                1. It’s a small Lutheran world, isn’t it? My husband graduated from LSTC in 2003 with his M.Div. I finished my MA in Theology for Outdoor Ministry from Gettysburg in 2007 only because they were the first seminary to finally create an official outdoor ministry option. Nice to “meet” you!

  2. I almost wore my Superman pajama pants that my daughters got me for Christmas out to the grocery store a few days ago. My teenager and and my wife caught me before I had pictures like this taken.

    we scream COMMIE in our pj and left leaning ways don’t we?

  3. OMG, I had to read the Lutheran pastor apology one because I was raised Lutheran and none of my churches would have said they couldn’t participate in an interfaith service. I figured it had to be either Missouri Synod or Wisconsin Synod. Glad I was raised in the good ol’ ELCA. We don’t subscribe to such nonsense. We even ordain GAYS!

    Clearly I’m a bit left leaning as well.

  4. As others noted, there are large differences between the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is very committed to ecumenism and has full communion agreements with a number of other churches celebrating what we share and putting aside our differences. Collaboration even to the point of sharing pastors is celebrated. http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Office-of-the-Presiding-Bishop/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Full-Communion-Partners.aspx

    The ELCA, the largest Lutheran church body in America, is a church committed to social justice, radical grace and acceptance, and bringing people together in the name of Christ. Our presiding Bishop works closely with religious leaders of other Christian denominations and other religions all over the world.

  5. My children & your children share the same exact taste in pajamas (& Target gift giving) because I, too, have those pajamas. And they are COMFY! Cheers to hearts & monkeys!

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