April 4th, 2003

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Church and State

So I heard on NPR this morning that unfortunately Bush's "Faith-Based" initiative has had a victory. The courts in Michigan (I believe, not 100%) said it was OK for a prison to route outgoing prisoners to a Christian half-way house that bases its treatment on the principle that only Jesus can save your from addiction.

This led me to thinking, I wonder if there was some gov't program wanting to send people to some non-Christian principled place, if that would be OK or whether that would be seen as "using govnerment funds to support paganism" or "un-American" or something? I think it's a given that entering into such associations will end up with the gov't exercising preferences of one religion or type of faith over another.

It's not even that I necessarily think any Christian helping would be bad since it's obvious that despite everything Catholics and Protestants have a long history of providing services to the public... just I don't trust the gov't to handle this sort of thing in any way fairly.

Hmmm, related question would be, I wonder if social services could send a kid off to a Christian place where they might, for example, be cured of their homosexuality, so that they might stop "acting up" or be more adoptable or something?

I'm sure I've got Friends here who are a lot more articulate and knowledgeable on this subject, but for now, that is all I have to say.

Eergh, makes me nauseous.
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Living: Friday Five

1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life?

1 house, 3 dorms, 1 apartment, and 2 condos, plus a house for 2 months and another dorm for 2 months. I've also lived the equivalent around 6 months living in a tent.

2. Which was your favorite and why?

I like my condo now because I own it, I control it, and I live by myself. Plus it's incredibly glamorous, being in a 16-story neo-gothic 1913 office building with a lobby that looks like a church, a concierge and a really fabulous view of Downtown.

I like the house where I grew up but it is a filthy mess too far from town and not my style. It's more nostalgia than actually liking it I think.

3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why?

STRESSFUL. I do not like moving house at all. The sad thing is, although I love my place, I am fairly sure than in 3-5 years, I will be leaving the city and saying goodbye to it.

4. What's more important, location or price?

Location = proximity to mass transit and practical services I can walk to. Cost is not much of an issue for me as a general thing.

5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)?

My dreamhouse is a townhouse or 1920s apartment building with windows that open and a little yard in front or back. I alreayd have a jet spa... kind of overrated as I don't use it much. No interest in pool or big yard. A balcony would be nice. I'm not much interseted in ever living in a single family house, as they are rarely located in dense urban areas where I would want to live.
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