Ok, not RIGHT now. Soon, hopefully. But there’s work for us to do.

I first wrote about the movement to get the 38th state to pass the ERA for this blog almost exactly two years ago.

In the interim, we all worked our asses off and flipped BOTH houses of the Virginia state legislature.

In another installment in our continuing “Elections Have Consequences” series:

The VERY FIRST issue the Virginia Senate took on in this legislative term (SJ1) was to pass the ERA out of committee, the first step to passing it in the state legislature. (HJ1, the companion House of Delegates bill, is still pending.)

It will then have floor readings and debates in both houses before being voted on in each house, when it WILL pass. (Details of the process here.)

“Well, that’s great Mrs Whatsit. But I’m not in Virginia, so I don’t see what this has to do with me.”

There’s one more REALLY BIG hurdle the ERA will have to pass. The deadline for ratification is LONG passed.

If you read my earlier post, you’ll know that this isn’t necessarily an insurmountable problem, but it will have to go through the courts, definitely ending up in the Supreme Court. Do you like our odds there? Me, neither.

There’s another route to passage: Congress could vote to overturn the ratification deadline. In fact, there’s pending legislation in BOTH houses ( S.J. Res. 6 and H.J. Res. 79) to do just that. The League of Women Voters has sent an open letter to the House and Senate leadership of both parties requesting passage of both bills.

You know what to do.

On your daily call to your two Senators and your Representative, add supporting the appropriate bill to you repertoire of requests.

Need to find your Rep? Here you go. Senators? Same.

Get to work!

Image of Virginia Delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy and Danica Roem from Delegate Roem’s Twitter account

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New Year’s Potpourri

ogma-the-celtic-chief-of-the-tu-atha-de-danann-who-invented-the-ogham-alphabet-ogma-is-the-equivalent-of-the-british-gwydion-from-the-doors-of-the-annex-library-of-congress-washington-MC6E9RHow am I just now finding out that Ogma, creator of the Ogham alphabet, is on the door to the Library of Congress Annex?

Chas is writing about climate change  — well, sort of.

Hail, Hestia!

And, again, Hail, Hestia!

Yes, please.

You can do this right now.

Words for Wednesday

Sloe Gin
~ Seamus Heaney
The clear weather of juniper
darkened into winter.
She fed gin to sloes
and sealed the glass container.

When I unscrewed it
I smelled the disturbed
tart stillness of a bush
rising through the pantry.

When I poured it
it had a cutting edge
and flamed
like Betelgeuse.

I drink to you
in smoke-mirled, blue-
black sloes, bitter
and dependable.

Picture found here.

From the Witch’s Bedtable

Just starting to read this today and it’s as lovely and profound at Louv’s works always are.

Monday at the Movies

The whole season is worth it for the Beltane ritual.

A Song for a Rainy Saturday

Can Evangelicals Be Redeemed?

Empty Pews

“Wait a second, Mrs Whatsit! Weren’t you – and your spouse – raised evangelical? And now you’re both emphatically NOT? Didn’t you just answer your own question?”

See, here’s the thing: the plural of “anecdote” is not “data.”

A few weeks ago, Hecate had the opportunity to meet with a local campaign operative, to talk with him about what we can do to win in 2020. In the “getting to know you” portion of their lunch conversation, he revealed that he’d been raised evangelical (like me and my spouse), went to an evangelical college (also like me and my spouse) and, obviously, got out of that world (like me and my spouse).

This inspired Hecate to ask me: “It seems like evangelicals are unreachable, but is that really the case?”

Well, first, see above RE: anecdotes and data. Three cases does not a movement make.

All three of us had been sent by our parents to evangelical colleges, in an attempt to “protect” us from the depredations of state schools or Ivies. Liberal professors. Post-modernism. Beer. Co-ed dorms.

Thing is, if your raised-evangelical kid is mostly the unquestioning sort, that tends to work pretty well – they just keep swallowing the lies that world view foists upon them (see: my brother). If your kid is the type who questions authority and likes to follow facts and evidence, wherever they lead, BIG mistake. At State U, they’ll feel “attacked” for their religion and will be motivated to defend it, engaging in apologetics rather than genuine inquiry. Evangelical colleges present a “safe space” and are probably going to lead to that questioning kid’s first steps out the door of the church.

But upon further reflection, I do think there is a common thread: Each of us experienced a major, jarring incident that pits what you know at your core to be true against what you’re being told is true. That starts a whole line of questioning that can end in: “Wait – what if this entire worldview is bullshit?”

For Mr. Campaign Manager, he realized he was gay, and that world was always going to tell him that was an unforgivable sin. “Pass.”

For me, I was a little girl with “leadership abilities,” and the only role that world would ever offer me was second class citizenship, being “submissive” to my husband and every other adult male around me. “Nope.”

For my spouse, it was the hypocrisy of evangelicals spouting the Beatitudes and behaving exactly opposite. (Yes, spotted 25+ years ago. He’s highly perceptive.) “I’m outta here.”

For some people – not nearly enough – that’s been TrumPutin. And a few evangelicals are trying to save the movement by decoupling it from TrumPutin. “If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?” Too late, my dude.

Hecate asked: Is there a window during which if someone speaks with evangelicals in the right way, they can be salvaged?

I’m not so sure that it’s a defined window, although in theory, late teens-early 20s would be the time frame, after you’re old enough to be thinking critically and before your personality and belief system become relatively fixed.

But I think it’s more about being alert to when that jarring incident happens for any given person and using that as an entry point.

To understand more about this work, I highly recommend checking out the Exvangelical movement, the #EmptyThePews hashtag, and Chrissy Stroop.

Image found here.

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