Feb 4, 2015
commented on Captain Kangaroo Offers Tips on How to Talk to Your Anti-Vax Friends
Just make their lives difficult. Unvaccinated? Sorry, but you can't use any public facilities. Including restaurants, grocery stores, malls, movie theaters, etc. Make it as inconvenient as possible.
The alternative is watching awful, preventable diseases ravage vulnerable populations. I highly doubt that most anti science folk have ever met a real polio survivor, or measles survivor, or someone who survived prenatal rubella. Or, for that matter, known people who died from drinking raw milk. I have.
Nov 12, 2014
commented on If You Didn't Vote, Why?
Some dipshit I know on Facebook refused to vote in Indiana elections because they use fully-computerized voting with no paper trail and he was concerned about security/accountability.
Mind, these are valid concerns, but his reaction thus far was "fuck it, I won't vote, but I'll bitch about it on Facebook instead of bringing my concerns to someone who would do something about it."
A lot of people didn't vote in my area (Minnesota) because some employers are dicks and, despite the laws against this, don't give people time off to vote when the polls are open. We only this cycle switched to no-reason-needed early voting, so no one knew about it.
Oct 13, 2014
commented on Youth Pastor Watch: Why Are They Always "Former" Youth Pastors?
My sister is an actual ordained pastor, so I am familiar with the ordination process for mainline Protestants.
So you want to be an actual pastor? Great. You need to have lots of letters of recommendation from a variety of sources--your home congregation, your home district/synod/presbytery/etc, personal references.
You'll need a bachelor's degree first (preferably something like religion, but sociology or psychology will also do) and get admitted to a seminary. My sister's seminary did FBI background checks on their students as a matter of course. You'll do lots of classwork and practicum in your course of study, which may require further background checks. (Sister Griffin did a "student pastor" gig as a VA hospital chaplain, and had to do a lot of extra checks to get in).
In essence, if you're doing it above board, for a legit church (not an independent non-denominational Holy roller type place), there are a ton of checks to the system. Is it perfect, no, but it's better than nothing.
Want to be a youth pastor? You just show up, guitar playing skills are a plus. Youth pastors are not vetted any further than their local church and have no additional requirements for mental soundness/generally not being a douche/some sense of how the doctrine of that church works. There's a lot or trust (often too much ) at this level.