1) So we received approval for HB to go to Catholic School. It's a ton of paper work. We first had to get permission from the school board to even register. This I don't quite understand because they said nothing about that on the internet. It only discusses calling the school and having the paper work. Then after scanning everything to them we had to show the actual documents to the school to register. I'm not sure why this necessary step and why the website doesn't explicitly say the need to contact the board first.
But he's going to Catholic school for free because Ontario allows you to divert your tax dollars. Something that I wish we could do in the United States.
2) Speaking of, I am totally pro-Catholic school education. One of the problems I have with public schools in the United States is how they teach their students religion as fact or fudgery instead of faith to be lived. In Germany for example students take a religious or ethics class but it's taught by a teacher that's received accreditation from their particular faith group. Or we could go voucher system in the US for example. But as it stands my faith, in public school, was explained to me by people who did not share my beliefs or understood them. To make it worse, some of what was taught in history class was screwed making Martin Luther a hero and Muslims not morally culpable for the true reasons behind the Crusades. And it still continues.
Msg. Pope recently wrote an article about the subject in more detail.
3) My husband sent me an e-mail concerned about my piece on the Ender's Series. I actually thought it was a charitable review and reasonable warning. He was concerned about my telling people who don't want to encounter a Mormon allegory to stay clear. I wasn't as nice to him in my e-mail response. But I still stand by the fact that if I wanted to read about Mormonism it would be in a non-fiction book not a science fiction story. Personally I have a thing against reading stuff that promotes a false faith, which is what Mormonism is to me.
4) Then he read my piece about Funding Abortion in Canada and the fur flew. You see my husband is a fence rider about most political issues and this one in particular. He's a man so it doesn't matter to him. Or so he says. Naturally that ruffles me. It's not he would get an abortion or tell someone else to, it's just that he doesn't care what other people do. We're still hammering that argument out.
5) And to make the highlight of my day, I stumbled upon a group from Mississippi which wishes to allow exemptions from vaccinations for ethical or religious reasons. We partially vaccinate because as a pro-lifer I couldn't inject myself or my children with something made from an aborted baby. But in Mississippi you can't get an exemption if you want your child to attend a preschool, daycare, public school, or even a private school. I got into a row with someone over this. According to the Vatican parents have the rights to weigh the risks of their children or someone else contracting a disease for which there is an unethical vaccine versus using the unethical vaccine. It's clear at all times a Catholic should choose an ethical version if available. But you weigh the risks of the others. Someone said you are "morally at fault" if a pregnant woman contracts rubella. And that's when I got pissy. At least in my head. The Vatican has never made vaccination a moral issue. You can vaccinate or not vaccinate but since you aren't purposely and willfully spreading disease there's very little moral culpability. I can't believe a person would stretch a document like that, but I shouldn't be surprised because the press does it all.the.time.
6) I'm trying to think of something else relevant. Oh, Gimme Shelter is a movie that's coming out that's received a stamp of approval for it's Pro Life message. I can't wait to see it....when it comes out on video. It's hard to go to the movies these days.
7) HB's birthday is this upcoming Wednesday. I'm so thrilled. He'll be four. Since we're experiencing Artic Winter here, we're taking him to the children's museum. I hate being in doors all the time. I think I'm developing cabin fever.
Thanks to Jen for hosting!