Great Links, Great Films and A Conspiracy Theory

October 21st, 2009

I’ve discovered a few interesting sites lately and thought I would spread the joy and possibly the pain as well…

1. Christoph Niemann is an artist who writes a sort of ‘cartoon blog’ for the NY Times. Niemann uses legos, paper, tile, coffee stains and drawings to portray simple stories about his two sons’ obsession with riding the subways, his love of coffee, his lack of sleep and his passion for New York City. He recently moved his family to Berlin. His posts are really fun to read. You can find it here – Christoph Niemann blog for the NY TImes

2. I also found this article to be fascinating in light of my recent posts on Christian homeschooling. The Coming Evangelical Collapse written by Michael Spencer for the Christian Science Monitor. You can find Spencer’s blog at Internet Monk. Spencer is a practicing evangelical himself and his blog is for folks who like to read about religion and have a great amount of tolerance and/or devotion for dissecting all the particulars.

And since I can’t seem to find my way out of this religious sink hole, I will go ahead and mention a few films I have watched over the past months that were extremely interesting and worth a viewing if you can find them.  I downloaded them from NetFlix.

First off is Jesus Camp, a documentary that was released in 2006 during the Bush administration. This film follows a children’s minister and a few children as they participate in a somewhat unusual church camp in North Dakota. There is a segment in the film that features Ted Haggard denouncing homosexuality to a packed church full of swooning evangelicals right before he arrogantly dismisses a young boy who dreams of someday becoming a pastor just like him. The film is worth a watch just for that scene alone, but it is also a fascinating look at Christian extremism targeted at children and yes – homeschooling features prominently.  Below is one of my favorite clips, although it was tough to decide if I should post this one or the clip where all the kids are praying and speaking in tongues over a life-sized cardboard cut-out of George W. Bush.

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Next up is another documentary called Hiding and Seeking; Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust. This film has the exact opposite theme of Jesus Camp. Instead of indoctrination and religious absolutism, a Jewish father who was raised by Holocaust survivors desires to crack open the narrow world view of his two grown sons who are both devout Orthodox Jews. To do this, he takes his sons and his wife to Poland, a country with a strong reputation for anti-semitism and they visit sites that figure prominently in their families pre-world war II history. They also find the Polish family that risked their own lives to hide their great-grandfather and his two brothers for three years during the war.

As you watch the film, you can actually see the sons and the wife in this family slowly opening to the possibility that there might be a few good gentiles in the world. When they meet the Polish family that saved their grandfather they are at first convinced that the reason these people saved their relations was due to their grandfather’s honest reputation. That theory quickly unravels and instead they discover that the Polish farm family who hid their grandfather were just decent human beings and they also believed that they would eventually get paid for the enormous risk that they took to hide the three Jewish men during the war. By the end of the film, you can sense a true shift in the minds of this particular Orthodox Jewish family. A truly powerful documentary.

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I have wanted to mention the film – Arranged – for quite some time and look how perfectly it fits with this post!


Arranged is a film that follows two young women – a Muslim and an Orthodox Jew who live in New York City and come from families that believe in arranged marriage. Both of these young women work in the same public school – one is a teacher and one is a para-educator.
The two girls soon discover that they have more in common with each other than they do with any of the other young teachers in the building. A friendship grows despite their differing religions and the viewer gets to watch both girls go through the arranged marriage process as well as deal with issues in their jobs and with their families. A fascinating, hopeful, thoughtful, and extremely well done film.

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To conclude, I think I will let Bill Maher and his guests dissect the subject of religious belief, non-belief, and religious extremism in the following nine minute segment that discusses the documentary, Jesus Camp. I found that the final comments of this conversation when Middle Eastern analyst Reza Aslan speaks about the moderate majority of all faith communities needing to speak up and be heard to be the most pertinent remarks of the day. And yes… Reza who is a Muslim has the last name of Aslan… that’s right… Aslan… which for most literate Christians is the same as having the last name of Jesus Christ. Is it possible that C.S.Lewis had a secret agenda?

I will try and cover that conspiracy theory in a later post.

Comments

  • Here’s the thing…I’ve loved reading your thoughts. I love your quirkiness. I enjoy the different point of views shared here. I just can’t take the stereotyping of home schooling families any longer with out saying something.

    We have chosen to home school our daughter but do not fit in your stereotype. Yes, we are “Christians” though the term now has a negative vibe. We are more accurately followers of Jesus. We do not regularly attend church, although we would if we could find a church that had members that truly lived out what they believe. We do not home school our daughter to indoctrinate her. We do not think that the kids that attend the school across the street are evil. We encourage her to participate in any extracurricular activities that may interest her. She is a well rounded, beautiful, accepting person and home schooling has served to help her become more confident in herself.

    Someday we may decided public school is best for her or her siblings. We may decide to put them in private school. We are their parents and I still believe that parents should act with the best interest of their children in mind. I’m sure you would agree.

    Being judgmental runs both ways, Sister. I would never tell you that you are wrong to put your kids in public school. I would never tell you that you are not making the best choice for your kids because they are your kids. I trust that you want your children to live lives that are successful and fulfill. Please trust that I want the same thing for mine. We are trying to take our children to the same place, you and I, we are just taking different routes to get there. That doesn’t make one of us right or wrong.

    I am very sorry that you have had some negative experiences with home school families. I just wish that you could stop lumping us all together. We don’t all fit in that box you have built for us any more than you and your family fit in the box of “evil public schoolers” that you think home schoolers try to fit you in.

    Please try to be a little more open minded about your fellow parents. As you know, it is the hardest job any of us will ever do. Judgmental attitudes towards each other only makes that job harder!

    • Unconventional DR Wife – How exactly am I judging anyone in this particular post? I don’t believe I said anything at all regarding homeschooling other than that it is a part of the Jesus Camp film. In this case, it is far easier to let the homeschoolers speak for themselves. As to your church finding experience – I doubt you will ever find a perfect church… they are inhabited and run by humans after all – the same way the public schools are – evidently only homeschoolers are capable of perfection.

  • Rechelle,
    Please don’t be offended. I wasn’t trying to bash you! I was simply saying that most of the home school REFERENCES on your posts characterize home school families as legalistic, extremists. I certainly think we could agree that the clip from Jesus Camp fits that description. I was simply saying that I am one home school parent that tends towards the middle and just wants us to respect each other’s choices in educating our children. Maybe even celebrate that we live in a country that permits that freedom! I may not agree with the Jesus Camp family but I can respect that they have the freedom to think the way that they do!

    As far as the church thing goes. You are absolutely right that we are all flawed humans and there will never be a perfect church. I love my brothers and sisters in Christ and am certainly a part of the Church as a whole body of believers. We just haven’t found a church “organization” where we fit in. (Don’t you worry, we haven’t given up on it!) The only reason I even mentioned it was that stereotypically the home school families that you reference are motivated by religion and while I would say we are people of faith, I would not say we do religion. To us, Christianity is about having a relationship with God. Please forgive me if I came across as a “church hater” that is not the case!

    Again…no perfection here. I was just expressing that we all live different lives and I don’t fit into your characterizing references of legalistic, anti-science, holier than thous. I am no more capable of being perfect because I home school my child than anyone else on this earth. That’s why God created GRACE. Please allow me and the other home school parents some!

    I respectfully appreciate you letting me speak my piece and getting an opportunity to hear your response! I know this is your site and I’m not in any way trying to tell you what you should and should not say. I just thought that you welcomed your readers responses to that which you post. Again…I really do enjoy your blog. I have nothing but love for you!

    UDW

    • I have ZERO respect for people who indoctrinate and manipulate their children for the sake of their own personal religious and political agendas. This is the opposite of freedom. Kids don’t have any freedom in these situations. And when they grow up in these environments, they may never even realize that they have a choice to get out. The new societal norm of ‘homeschooling’ contributes greatly to this problem. Forty years ago, the kids in this film would have at least been able to escape the maniacal grasp of their crazy parents during the school day. Now – their parents just keep them home and they never get to see life outside of their freaky worlds, nor come into contact with sane adults that might help them to see a more comprehensive picture of reality.

      There are plenty of sites out there that encourage and promote homeschooling. I can not comprehend why I need to participate in it nor why I should respect it. What is respectable about homeschooling? Teaching at a public school – now that is a respectable thing to do. Working for the good of all the kids in your community – now that is respectable to me.

      There are literally thousands of sites that will tell you about the supposed glories of homeschooling. I think there should be at least ONE site that points out some of the serious problems.

  • Esther:

    You must be very unhappy………..

  • I don’t respect WHAT they are teaching their children, Rechelle! I respect that I don’t have a government entity telling me how to raise my child. Unfortunately some people abuse that freedom and take advantage of the power that they hold over their children. Again…I’m not advocating abuse! I’m advocating for the freedom to make reasonable choices about my own child’s education. WOW! That is quite a jump from one to the next!

    You are free to believe whatever you want to believe about home schoolers. Just keep in mind that just because you believe it, doesn’t make it truth. We are not all alike. We are not all “crazy parents” hoping to keep a “maniacal grasp” on our children.

    I know you are passionate about this subject but passion without reason to balance it doesn’t further your beliefs or draw people to your position. It polarizes people. If you really want to inspire people to rethink the whole issue, maybe you should consider taking the more positive step of showing people that we can make a difference in public schools. How have you done it? What positive changes have you seen come out of your involvement in your kids’ schooling? How have you handled situations where your boys were exposed to things that you didn’t think they were ready for? How have you encouraged them to be confident in their beliefs, morals, values, etc. What situations have you come across where you were able to encourage kids who had it tough. Those topics might actually generate positive action. Here’s hoping!

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    If you think about it, this is what nearly ALL parents do- they indoctrinate their children according to their own personal religious and political agendas. Even if a person has NO religion, they are likely rearing their children to also eschew religion.

    Should I raise my children according to YOUR religious and political agenda? My neighbor’s? Obama’s? Oprah’s? Who gets to decide what the “correct” religion and political views are? Who gets to prescribe and order that ALL children be taught only those approved views? George Orwell had some interesting ideas about that. And guess what…in the public schools, the kids are ALL being indoctrinated and manipulated to follow the prescribed “correct” view– which comes from where again?

    Apparently you take some serious umbrage with anyone teaching their children anything outside of the approved doctrines taught through government education. What was that f-word you used? Freedom?? What does that really mean Rechelle?

  • In the above comment somehow the starting quote was eliminated when it posted. I copied Rechelle’s opening statement that said,

    “I have ZERO respect for people who indoctrinate and manipulate their children for the sake of their own personal religious and political agendas.”

  • Hang in there, Rechelle. At least you provide fodder for converation whether these people agree or disagree.

    The important thing is; I’ve been here to your site often enough to KNOW you wouldn’t subject those precious boys to anything that would harm them. That’s what counts, above all else. ((hugs))

  • Martha in Kansas:

    1. I’m bookmarking this so I can watch these films over Thanksgiving when I’ll have enough time. They all sound fascinating and thought-provoking. Thanks for posting them! 2. You are a brave woman! Please remember that at least one reader sees your point, continues to read and think, and won’t be debating in the comments. Love ya! (in a blog-reader-like way)

  • Rechelle:

    Thanks Martha

  • CWright:

    I don’t see what is so respectable about teaching in a public school. Most of the teachers I know gripe and complain about the kids bad behaviors. The teachers like the 8 – 3 hours and having their summers off. They get paid for all twelve months. You are making public school teachers out to be saints…some are, but not all.

  • Rechelle:

    CWright – I was wondering when this comment was going to show up. As far as I am concerned – every public school teacher is a saint. Teaching the next generation is the most valuable, important job a person can do. They get paid for the months they work and stretch it out to cover the summer months so that they are still receiving a paycheck during the summer. The work they do is very hard, and they do not make very much money. I do not begrudge them the right to complain occasionally. Teachers are in the building from 7:30-4:30 or longer. They also spend their after school hours and weekends coaching, directing plays, tutoring after school, traveling to games. judging debate, grading papers and planning lessons at home, as well as a million other things. Their job does not end when they leave the building. How can you not know this?

  • Rechelle:

    Is anyone paying any attention to the other films? And don’t forget that great cartoon website at the top of this post. It is really worth a visit.

  • Nancy:

    All the films sound really interesting and I’m going to try to watch all of them.

    Hang in there, Rechelle, you have some definite opinions and I’m right there with you on 99% of them. A little “looking closely at ourselves” doesn’t hurt anyone and does cause us to think out of the box a little.

    I agree with you about public schools and public school teachers. I have GREAT respect for teachers. I would need to have the little darlings bound and gagged before I would even venture into a classroom.

  • Rechelle-
    I admire your passion and directness. I write about potato salad.
    I am a Christ-follower and I believe that no matter what the controvery- be it home school vs public school, freedom vs indoctrination or even black vs white- we have been given the way to peace. First is to love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind and second is to love each other as we love ourselves. I know it’s not exactly the bulleted plan I usually go for, but I believe in it’s merit.
    With love, KC

  • jamoody:

    I couldn’t copy the picture, but this is my favorite so far….

    My favorite breakfast spot in New York is a little coffee shop on Eighth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. It has a lemon poppy muffin that is absolutely divine when fresh — and tastes like drywall when not. The easiest way to test for freshness, of course, is to poke the crust, which would be wrong. Fortunately, you can ethically conduct the freshness test by poking the paper muffin cup at one specific point, at about two-thirds of the height of the base. Lower or higher poking doesn’t yield reliable results.

    I noticed there weren’t many posts….does he have a regular blog somewhere that you know of?

  • I grew up the daughter of a teacher. I always laugh when I hear folks say “Oh teachers! Why do they complain? They get 3 months off paid and they only work 8-3.” Ha. Most days my mom and her co-workers were at work by 7 am. Most stay until well after 4. Much later if there were extra-curriculars involved. I remember many a night of waking up after midnight to use the loo and finding my mom still up grading papers.

    (My husband, who is NOT a teacher, coaches basketball. (JV coach, assistant to varsity) For his ~$1000 pay he is expected to be at practice for 2 hours every weekday (and some Saturdays) for 3 months, attend all games (usually 2 a week), take the kids to tournaments on weekends, and even run camps over the summer. I worked it out once – it amounted to less than $2 an hour. Would you work for that?)

    And that fabulous year round pay? My mom worked 3 jobs to support the 3 of us after my dad left. I made more my first year out of college than my mom who’d been teaching for 20+ years.

    Sorry – rant off.

    I totally love the cartoon blog. I can see many hours of time are going to get sucked away over there. I’m totally adding Arranged and Hiding and Seeking to my Netflix queue. (Already saw Jesus Camp). I had a very close friend in high school who went through the arranged marriage process. It was an amazing learning experience being by her side through the whole ordeal.

  • Kelly in Florida:

    Wow, a lot of anger in your post. I recognize, as someone said earlier, that this is your blog, you may certainly write what you believe in, though I am surprised that you don’t turn off comments if you are not interested in reading them. You accuse home-schoolers of being closed minded. Can you truly not see the irony here?
    PS – I do not home school my four children, so please do not feel a knee-jerk reaction is needed.

  • Carol:

    I hope my local library has copies of the above documentaries, they all look very interesting. I look forward to checking out the mentioned blogs too.

  • annmarie:

    Great links. I don’t know if I can watch that Jesus Camp one though, as it will frighten me too,too much.
    I love your site and I think you are a brilliant writer.
    Does your sister care what you say about home schoolers? I only ask because I thought she home schooled? I home school my kids, but my sister does not and she makes fun of me pretty much all the time, but it never bothers me, mostly because I have a sense of humor and am secure. I don’t care what you say about home schoolers. I just love your site and even if you don’t want me here there is no stopping me from coming back. That post from your brother in law in regards to skin cancer was hilarious. Your family get together’s must be quite amusing!

  • Hi! Thank you for the great recommendation of Arranged.
    I went right to Netflix and added it to my queue.
    It was available to watch on line…..so I watched it just now.

    I loved it!

    Thank you!

  • Sue:

    I believe you are quite liberal in your thinkling , My only sister that I love dearly is a lot like you, so I understand somewhat , Ha!
    What does the Bush admin have to do with the film I noticed you threw that in ,And as for Bill Moyer He is a NUT and a scum Bag !
    Now enough said I love your blog and Know you mean well !But sure don’t agree with your ideas but then I really love some people I disagree with ! Hope you can read this chicken scratch Ha! down on the farm in Oklahoma

  • Debra:

    I watched Jesus camp a few months ago. It scared me to death and I am a born again believer. Thanks for the post.

  • Rechelle, thanks for the great tips. Are any on HBO?

  • Northfordy Sue:

    I have two movies to reccomend, the first a documentarty called: Inheritance:

    Synopsis: Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, a soft-spoken woman grappling with a profound legacy left to her by a father she never really knew. Monika’s father was Amon Goeth. Often described… Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, a soft-spoken woman grappling with a profound legacy left to her by a father she never really knew.

    Monika’s father was Amon Goeth.

    Often described as a “monster” and “inhuman,” Amon Goeth was the prominent Nazi leader and commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Utterly ruthless and sadistic, he murdered thousands of Jews and others during the war.

    When Schindler’s List opened in 1993, Monika watched Ralph Fiennes’ chilling portrayal of Amon Goeth. She found this depiction of her father so disturbing that she left the theater more than once.

    The fact that this man was her father is a brutal reality that Monika didn’t know anything about until her teen years. It is a fact that Monika still cannot reconcile. Feeling an aching need to come to terms with this legacy of evil, Monika reaches out to Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a survivor of the Holocaust. Helen lived enslaved under Goeth’s roof, serving as both his maid and prey for nearly two years.

    Sixty years after Amon Goeth’s arrest and the liberation of Plaszow, Monika and Helen meet for the first time at what was once Goeth’s luxurious villa overlooking the concentration camp. It’s a brutally honest, gut-wrenching and emotional meeting that brings both closure and new questions for these women. –

    The second movie I reccomend is called Jesus of Montreal:

    Synopsis: When attendance at a church’s annual Passion Play flags, a troupe of young actors is hired to stage a newer interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. While their newer, more modern version brings… When attendance at a church’s annual Passion Play flags, a troupe of young actors is hired to stage a newer interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. While their newer, more modern version brings the house down, it also brings down the condemnation of church hierarchy, creating a strange parallel between the actors–now persecuted believers–and the authorities. But the actor, who is beginning to feel at peace with the character he plays (Christ), insists that the show will go on… no matter what happens to him in the process.

    Best, Susan

  • Ann:

    Hey Rechelle! I really want to go to lunch with you! Drat the time zone issue……. Thanks for the film recommendations though am currenlty in battle to the death with the men in the house for the Netflix Queue. I think any reasonable person needs to see every film set in the 1800′s in England and of course every version of Pride and Prejudice.

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Have “Arranged” on hold at the library – can’t wait. Thanks!

  • JB:

    “Arranged” is a wonderful, inspiring movie. “Jesus Camp” is a horror film and I have yet to see Hiding and Seeking, but will. I wish we could all teach our children tolerance and civility.

  • Since we’re airing grievances, I want to get something off my chest that has been bothering me for a year and half. Back in March of 2008, you attacked one of my favorite things about America: Velveeta.

    You can’t run from these comments. Here’s the link:

    http://mysistersfarmhouse.com/2008/03/march-madness-and-me/

    You listed Velveeta with “scraping lead paint off the outside of a crumbling tin shed in the Sahara Desert” and “Sloppy Joes” as things you disliked. I take offense to this.

    We don’t need brie eaters like you, Obama, and Oprah telling us what kind of cheese to eat. I’m quite capable of deciding what cheese will be served on my family’s dinner table. As far as I’m concerned, Velveeta is the John Wayne of cheeses, and I’ll continue to consume it in the form of cheese dip while I watch “American” football. I’ll continue to make grilled cheese sandwiches with it. I’ll continue eat it as a late-night snack after an evening of beer drinking. Sister, I don’t need the likes of you or our government telling me what kind of cheese to eat.

    My grandfather survived a week in a foxhole in Belgium. The Cole Porter songbook and a block of Velveeta were the only things that kept him alive. It’s people like him who give you the freedom today to make disparaging comments about his beloved cheese. Sister, you should be aware that there are countries where women aren’t given the right to choose the cheeses they eat. Count yourself lucky.

    Anyway, I love your blog and all of its quirkiness, but I just needed to get that off my chest.

    God Bless America,
    muddy

  • I’m investigating Universal Unitarianism as I like their prowomen stance. I too need some sort of church I fit in, I’m a spiritual lapsed Catholic.

  • Brooke M:

    I saw Jesus Camp and it really does open your eyes. I had no idea there were children out there that are that….absorbed in religion. It was frightening and amazing and just something I had never seen before. Definitely a documentary I’d recommend to anyone.

  • I don’t really care to jump in the middle of this debate, though apparently somehow I missed the bulk of it, but I do know that public education served my brother and I very well. The teachers from my past are such a huge part of who I am today. Mrs. Bensel read every word of Homer’s Odyssey to me and my seventh grade class. Because of her, I actually understood it. Mr. Engles was the first teacher in our small town to teach phonics. I am a better reader because of his passion. I know for a fact, that I can’t be all of those things for my son, that my teachers (through the years) were for me. My son is in his second year of preschool. Last year he had Miss Missy and Miss Rene and this year he has Miss Jenny and Miss Stacey. I thank God for those educators. My son recently earned his alphabet crown which means he knows all the letters and their sounds. He’s beginning to build words, and he is only four. I couldn’t make that kind of progress with him at home…no stinkin’ way. Also, my mom works at a community college…she has for years. They do pay her for 12 months, even though she only works 10…but the amount is what they would pay her for 10 months….she would just rather they spread it out. So really she’s not making any extra money during her “summer”. Educators are not being paid enough…ever….anywhere in the U.S. and yet they do their job, and do it well. I totally respect that.
    Rechelle,
    You rock…just thought you should know.
    Jules

  • Debra:

    Just wanted you to know I ordered Arranged at amazon.ca for $5.00. That was the only place I could find it in Canada.

  • Hey! I grew up on Velveeta! ‘Twas the only thing in my grandma’s ‘frigerator. Long Live Velveeta and the people who love it! So grateful we cheese-eaters have the freedom to choose!

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Jesus Camp transitioning to Velveeta – Awesome! America IS a great country!

    I thought Velveeta was such a treat when my Grandma made cheese sandwiches with. She died of cancer when I was 7.
    Otherwise it’s hard for me to buy the stuff – all I see is a block of orange processed oil. But sometimes… you just need Velveeta. Same goes here for “American singles” – how is it “cheese?” But boy, sometimes you just a grilled processed-orange-oil-food-square sandwich on white bread.

  • Cherie:

    Have you seen the .com site, Mr. Deity? Maybe a tad disrespectful–but, hilarious!!

  • Christy:

    In my life, I have met about 15 adults that I found just plain creepy. I took me awhile to find out that they were all home schooled as kids. 9 of those 15 are now middle aged (27-43) and still live with their parents. Creepy, no?

  • Christy,
    Creepy….yes! I know there are those types out there but I am sure that there are dysfunctional folks with abnormal attachments that were public schooled, as well.

    My best friend (who is 37 now) was one of the first kids to be home schooled in our state. She is not only “normal” but actually one of the coolest people I have ever met. I assure you it can be done!

    By the way, I enjoy my husband’s company WAY too much to ever raise my kids to think that living off of their parents as adults is a good plan! I look forward to our empty nest, eventually!

  • Jeanne:

    Rechelle, you are AWESOME!! Hang tough honey, you are doing a good thing! I am continually surprised that people get so upset and angry at a blogger and will take the time to leave nasty, hate-filled comments. It’s a very simple remedy really, DO NOT CLICK ON THE BLOG! DO NOT READ THAT WHICH MAKES YOU ANGRY! Have a wonderful day and please continue to write down your thoughts and musings which I find totally delightful!! BTW, my children were private (Christian) schooled for many, many years and then they were transitioned into public school. I can count on one hand the teachers that truly touched my son thus far and 4 out of 5 of those teachers were in the public school!

  • Anonymous:

    I watched the Jesus Camp flick from u tube and was disgusted with the comments..I am a christian and none of the smart-alec comments made any sense to me..Where are these people coming from ? They are idiots to me ! There is ONE bible and all our laws are laid out in it ..I know that parents have a big influence over their children, but this u tube flick should be trashed !

  • marcia:

    isnt Watching Netflixs instantly on your Pc the greatest thing yet. i’d add “The Visitor” to the list. It along with “Arranged” opened my eyes and mind this spring.

    I had only seen clips of Jesus Camp and i watched it after reading your blog. i agreed that its mindboggling. just turn the volume off and watch the childrens behavior and ask yourself if thats healthy.

    and it took just a moment of watching Hiding and Seeking; Faith and Tolerance to realize that i’d seen it. we can be thankful that people took great risks to save their fellow man reguardless of religion.

  • Christy:

    UDW-
    Are you sure you weren’t home schooled? I’m not surprised that your best friend was and that you consider her ‘normal’ and ‘one of the coolest people’ you have met. In fact, I bet you spend a lot of time with her. I think she has rubbed off on you because now you are starting to creep me out.

    Rechelle-
    Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

  • Lois:

    I love you, Rachelle. Your posts are witty, passionate and forthright. I’m sorry that in your community you’ve felt put down for putting your kids in public school. So here’s a big PUT UP!

    People, this is Rachelle’s blog. Lots of us love it just the way it is. You have a bazillion blogs to choose from; find one that gives you the comfy camaraderie we’re all looking for in cyberworld and please leave Rachelle alone.

    I can’t wait to rent the films you mentioned! And Lego cartoons? I luvvit!

  • Lori:

    Wow. I came here from a link from The Pioneer Woman. And Lois, you are right. I have a lot of other blogs to choose from and I won’t be coming back. Rechelle, if you put controversial stuff out, be prepared for some controversial comments. I love a good debate and disagreeing agreeably and this is obviously not a place for that. Goodbye.

  • Elizabeth:

    1. I like this blog.

    2. Velveeta is NOT cheese. It is “processed cheese food” – it says so on the box – whatever the heck that means. Gag.

    3. I saw the movie JESUS CAMP when it was first released & it is terrifying.

    4. There is no shame in public school & if you are good, involved parents, you are familiar with what they are learning and teaching them above and beyond at home anyway.

    5. Bill Maher, although liberal as they come, is a hell of a lot less of a freak than Glenn Beck. My gosh, the man isn’t even educated.