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by Godiva (urbanedame)
at February 27th, 2006 (11:38 am)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

I am so happy that I found this group!

I'm a 19 year old female, college junior from Houston, TX. My parents are strong Christian Republicans - and I am their liberal daughter. :)

I grew up with Wee Kids March, Focus on the Family, Adventures in Odyssee, Vacation Bible School, and the Hispanic Southern Baptist Convention. My mother is a doctorate-holding Bilingual teacher, my father has his degree in Geology and works in Environmental/Health/Safety and Human Resources. My mother's unclassified minor is Mexican American Studies.

I see why I ended up the way I did - feminist and liberal. The Christian children's church teachings! XD Jesus loves everyone, don't throw stones at people, share, help the poor, ect. Nothing partisan! Actual, pure Jesus-ian teachings!

But I'm not sure how my parents can stand where they are today, and believe what they do. The CRA is probably the only thing that helped them get higher up in the work place. If they didn't have it, they would have never been looked at! Anyone else have this anomally?

And Focus had this radio show on, a week before Star Wars III was released, about how women belong in the home - how that's their proper place and men should be the sole provider, and how happy those women are! I found in insulting because my dad blasted it - in front of my mother - and she was not outwardly angered. I, at the time, was an Engineering major. Sometimes, I just don't understand them.

Also... anyone else still listen to Adventures? Teehee. I can't help myself.

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Posted by: The Great Ideas Fairy (scorpi084)
Posted at: February 27th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
CRAZY

Welcome!

Anyone else have this anomally?

I'm entirely too tired to grasp what CRA might stand for, but I've got the parents-benefit-from-something-then-complain-about-it anomally. My dad co-owns a business with his brother in law (who is Mexican-American), and out of 17 shop employees (not counting the office), there are four white guys. He's gotten a lot of government contracts from the minority owned business law things, that say the government has to give X amount of work to its approved minority-owned companies (or something like that, like I said, TIRED).

This sounds to me like affirmative action, but my dad speaks loudly against it when it comes down to it.

Posted by: Godiva (urbanedame)
Posted at: February 27th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)

The CRA basically made discrimination illegal.

AA was a measure used to address the obvious loop holes in the CRA.

Posted by: Shannon (guerillagorilla)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)

My dad was an foster child and received substantial grants for medical school due to his situation. He now opposes affirmative action or anything resembling it because he claims that he's more than paid back in taxes what the goverment gave him in assistance. Whatever...

Also, I always thought that Christianity was very much a socialist religion, hence why I don't get why it's currently so tied with the Republican party.

Posted by: Godiva (urbanedame)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)

Also, I always thought that Christianity was very much a socialist religion, hence why I don't get why it's currently so tied with the Republican party.

Me too! Have you read The Prince by Machiavelli? I think that's why the GOP is tied so closely to Christianity.

Posted by: Neb (nebulousfate)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)

gaaahhhh geeeze....Focus on the Family worshipers xO You wont beleive how much I hate James Dobson and his BS "Nuclear Family" Ideologies.

Even though I'm from Canada, my parents are also followers of that crap. They always were for years. Gah don't get me started on how screwed up my family is x__x And yep, I've had Veggie Tales and Adventures in Odyssee rubbed in my face most of my childhood. I still have the cassette tapes of Odyssee and seeing all the crap that Focus on the Family flings about motivates me to throw all those tapes in the fire next time I go camping with friends this year xO

As awful as the situation is, I'm glad to see another person such as yourself not fall down the same path their parents are following.

I know this qoute that often matches situations like this:

"Adolescence: A period when children are certain that they'll never be as dumb as their parents!!" --unknown

Posted by: Godiva (urbanedame)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)

Adventures wasn't bad - from what I could see. I couldn't hear/see the agenda seeping through. Except for the horoscope things - which taught me not to let anyone tell me how my life will be. :)

Veggie Tales was just creepy/scary. Talking veggies? It almost seems like a prop for the Schiavo case.

Posted by: Jess (aphephobia)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)

Hi there. :)

I found in insulting because my dad blasted it - in front of my mother - and she was not outwardly angered.

I can understand that sort of frustration... why why why? Both your parents seem smart enough... I don't get it.

And wow. I'm impressed that so much dogma didn't sink in somewhere. Seriously.

Posted by: Godiva (urbanedame)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)

I don't get it either.

Maybe she's got a master plan... I honestly don't know...

Posted by: Your Mom (agentrosecotton)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
rosie-liberal

Hee! ::glomps:: You sound just like me. Have you ever been to the Sojourners website? It sounds like something you might appreciate. They had a really spiffy article in the last issue of their magazine called 'Red Letter Christians', about Christians who are basing their beliefs on the red text in the Bible--the actual teachings of Jesus, about helping the poor and loving your enemies, like you said. Very interesting.

And no, no one else still listens to Adventures. No one.

...No one! No one at all. Certainly not me. ::shifty look::</small

Posted by: Godiva (urbanedame)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)

My boyfriend and I were addressing the Red Letters area of the Bible- the only areas I consider valid. :)

I'm so adding you.

Posted by: Your Mom (agentrosecotton)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
liberty

Hee. My cousin and I have endless debates on whether every word in the canonized Bible is directly divinely inspired and should be followed exactly (his position) or whether we should allow for human error and misinterpretation (my position). It's nice to finally meet someone who agrees with me!

Hee. I'm so adding you back.

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