Thank you, all!! It’s been a weird two days. My mother asked me what I’ll do at the “swearing-in”. I told her my plans, and that I do not have to “swear”, I can legally “affirm”. And Vanessa, give it a go! Send me a private message if you want to communicate off the boards. Linda
Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about how you balance your humanistic views with others who may bring a more religious bent to their positions. It’s interesting how now that I’m becoming more of a skeptic, I am seeing religious beliefs everywhere. Maybe it’s just the “seeking to confirm” philosophy espoused by the “Don’t Believe Everything You Think” book, but I remember when I was pregnant that I felt like I was seeing pregnant women everywhere I went! I’m starting my foray into local politics by joining an advisory council on childcare issues and already we’re hearing from church groups who want city subsidies to host childcare centers onsite. The discussions we have about accessibility and affordability of childcare seem to bring up moral questions of what we as a community value and it seems that whenever those moral questions emerge, religious viewpoints emerge alongside them. Throwing out “separation of church and state” can’t be the only good argument here. Anyone want to chime in?