God actually mandates abortion when the fetus is a product of adultery (Numbers 5). A jealous and suspicious husband should bring his wife to the local priest, who forces the woman to drink a poisonous "water of bitterness" to bring on God's "curse". If she experiences "bitter pain," if her "belly swells" and her "thigh rots," she fails the test and becomes an outcast. Virtually all Biblical scholars agree that this voodoo ritual and its cloaked euphemisms refer to an induced (not to mention unsafe) abortion. The word "thigh" in the Old Testament usually means genitals, but in this case, it refers to the uterus and its contents. One alternate Bible translation reads, "She will have barrenness and a miscarrying womb." (New International Version)
And a very interesting discussion making the argument that the Bible is pro-choice. Lots of ammunition here
if you are motivated to take on the anti-choice crowd. But we all know you can't confuse them with the facts.
Both my sons have turned out great!
One is 27 and works for a software firm that develops apps for smart phones.
He is self-taught. Didn't go to college. He owns two cars--loves to
drive autocross--and his own townhouse. Without his help, his dad
and I would be at a total loss dealing with home computer issues!
The youngest son--who will be 24 next month-- is legally blind from a juvenile genetic form of macular degeneration.
He sees with his peripheral vision. In 2012 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with
a double major in German and Comparative Lit. from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently
in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and has been accepted (with a darn good financial aid package) to the Yale School
of Drama to begin a three year MFA program in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism next fall.
Yes, I am a proud mama!
from our trip to Europe last fall. Both sides of the channel of the Danube flowing through Vienna were covered with the art/graffiti. I spent one Sunday morning--trying to beat the rain-- taking photos when hubby (a psychoanalyst) went off to see Freud's house and it made me wish I'd been down there when the light was better. Encountering the political street art is what motivated me to suggest it as a theme for one of our contests.
These shots are all in Vienna (except the last one in Prague). I thought it was really interesting that the area seemed to be a place dedicated to allowing the art. The first one I noticed from the balcony where we were staying across the river. Two days later I went down to walk along the channel and look at the graffiti.
And, of course, my entry in the 'based on a song' February contest!
And the John Lennon Wall in Prague
I turned 63 today.
And a little later the clouds were pink from the sunset
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