“Wow. I went to Catholic school for 12 years (yes, pity me, please) and we were taught about evolution. The nun who was my science teacher didn't seem to think it was atheistic.”
MrBIgp on Mar 9, 2014 at 18:16:41
“Governor Mead didn't express an opinion on evolution. His main concern seems to be that MAN-MADE climate change is presented as fact. The IPPC says 95% certain. I don't consider 95% certainty a fact either. Is should also be noted that Wyoming produced over 40 percent of the nation's coal.”
mushroomlingo on Mar 9, 2014 at 17:56:46
“The nuns I had in my science class also had no problem with evolution -- they also taught our religion class. This whole "our way or the highway" approach to science these people have embraced is pretty sad, and decidedly anti-intellectual.”
“What? Barilla's the one who felt the need to deliver a public ultimatum. I'm not against any type of family, except neglectful and abusive ones. Barilla tells me to go eat some other pasta....so that's what I'll do.”
“Wow. I was adopted by a heterosexual couple, and I can honestly say I would not have survived had it not been for my father. My adoptive "mother" told me when I was about 9-10 that she had never wanted a daughter, and would never see me as one, or ever love me at all. She just wanted to buy herself a little housekeeper from the Catholic Church.
Hello?! Must be nice to live in such a simple world, Barilla. Reality, alas, does not always jibe with your fantasy.”
“As the daughter of a woman who regretted having me, I can tell you it's a damned good response. And I was adopted! My "mother" told me, when I was about 9 or 10 that adopting another baby (especially a girl) was something she'd felt pressured into doing. She never wanted me. She made my life a living hell.”
“I was adopted by a heterosexual couple, and my "mother" admitted to me when I was about 9-10 that she had never wanted a daughter...that was my father's idea. Further, she claimed that she had never felt able to bond me when I was an infant (unlike my brother, who was also adopted) and that she had given up ever hoping to love me at all, let alone be a mother to me, before I was even 6 months old. She said she knew it was wrong, but that she could not change the way she felt, and that the best she and I could do would be to tolerate each other until I got married and moved out. She made my life a living hell, especially after my father died when I was 14.
Oh...I was adopted through Catholic Charities. They apparently did not see a problem.”
TinyDancer1 on Jan 14, 2013 at 01:19:51
“I'm so sorry you had to go through that. My mom hated me and she gave birth to me. My life was hell, too. I have memory problems and I wonder sometimes if it's that brain disease the football and and hockey players get from being hit in the head. She used to beat me. She would wrap her hands in my hair and bang my head against the wall repeatedly. She was Catholic - our whole family was. I consider myself a forever former Catholic and I haven't seen my parents or siblings for 13 years and won't ever again. (I don't know where they are and don't care.)
I wonder if their dislike (hatred?) of us has more to do with Catholicism than our mothers. Catholicism was never very kind to women, you know. We never had a lot of value - just as baby incubators. Since women didn't have value, I expect little baby girls didn't either.
It's also possible they were jealous of us. They knew we would have opportunities they never did.
The Catholic Church and organizations associated with it have always been dysfunctional. It's unfortunate that we all paid such a high price for that. I hope you have found the love that you need. If you haven't, don't give up. It will find you. I'm sending some your way and I'm sure many others are too.”
Thurlow on Jan 13, 2013 at 23:49:18
“That should have been "bond *with me". Sorry about that. :)”
“Just as a side note: You may want to check out the walkingstick.org site. It is a blend of Native American and Jewish beliefs, bringing modern Jews back to the Pagan origins/aspects of their own faith. Quite fascinating.”