Note to Self: Never EVER buy SELF

So I really don’t buy many women’s magazines.  I don’t have a subscription to SELF and I can’t see myself ever having one.  If there ever came a time where I might have wavered on this … well, I won’t ever subscribe to, buy a copy of, pick up a copy off a waiting room table, or even look at a copy of SELF magazine again.

I am compassionate toward people and their battle with cancer having been a radiation therapist for the last two years.  I read about Monika Allen and what SELF did to her here.  Here’s a quick rundown of what happened.  Monika Allen was a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumor.  She ran a marathon in a tutu.  A picture was snapped by a SELF magazine photographer and she was asked her permission to use it.  End of story.  Well, not really.  When it was posted almost a year later, the magazine made fun of her tutu wearing antics, and I quote, “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou make you run faster.  Now, if you told us they make people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”  Should a women’s magazine that claims to promotes a woman’s physical fitness and SELF confidence be BULLYING a woman, or anyone for that matter, based on their wardrobe worn while running a marathon? 

Although I have no idea how Monika did what she did physically while undergoing cancer treatment, that’s not the issue at hand.  I actually am impressed with the fact that anyone can run a marathon.  I consider it an amazing feat to be able to overcome intense physical pain and exhaustion in the way that any marathon runner must.  I wouldn’t know because I can’t do it …yet, I may use this as inspiration to start running again.  I hope to one day at least huff my way through a 5KThe fact that a woman’s fitness magazine would make fun of any woman running a marathon for any reason is repulsive to me.

To be somewhat fair, SELF Magazine is running a self-serving interview/apology with Monika Allen.  It’s the least they could do after bullying someone from their own target market.  DUMB and INSENSITIVE.

So if you want to support Monika and her cause, Glam Runner is the place to go!  You see, those tutu’s she wears?  Her company makes and sells them.  The proceeds go toward charities that support cancer victims and cancer research.  Wow SELF Magazine, really?

And Monika, you are a hero to not only victims of cancer, but to all women.  You go on being that Brain Cancer Warrior!  An inspiration, a hero, a role model and a warrior is what you are!

Fred Phelps is NOT Dead and Other Thoughts on World Vision


I am a woman.  I am a woman in seminary.  If you believe that these are two strikes rather than two strengths, we might not agree on some things.

The World Vision debate.  Why is this such a mess?  First let me say why it’s not a mess.  It is NOT a mess because some people have more conservative beliefs concerning LGBT rights within a Christian organization.  It is NOT a mess because some progressive or liberal Christians support LGBT rights.  It is NOT even a mess because World Vision supported certain LGBT rights and then unsupported those same rights.  This is what religious freedom is all about.  We get to believe what we want to believe on certain issues.  It just happens to be the issue of homosexuality under the spotlight for our generation.  Now back to the real mess.

The hate that was spewed was the equivalent of any Westboro Baptist funeral protest.  Some of the hateful words I’ve read “in the name of Jesus” broke my heart. I don’t want any of these “hate-scripture-hate” spewing people to ever represent me as a Christian.  Scripture should never be wrapped in hatred.  I know not everyone is going to agree with me.  It might even be that only a very few people agree with me.  The hatred started and the “love your neighbor” concept was thrown out the window.  And then there were the “I love the sinner, I just hate the sin” people.  It annoys me that I even have to type it on this computer.  Every time I hear it, I let out a blood curdling scream on the inside.  Sometimes I even let people who say it know what I really think.  So now you have the reasoning for the title of this post.  Fred Phelps is NOT dead.  His legacy of hatred toward our homosexual brothers and sisters will live on as long as we wrap scripture with hatred.

Hate spewing turned to sponsor pulling.  What about the children?

More of us on the “liberal” side of Christianity rejoiced.  It was a step forward for the LGBT community.  What about the children?

More hate.  More sponsor pulling.  What about the children?

For conservatives it became more about the homosexual sinner than about the children.  For liberals it became more about LGBT rights than it did about the children.

I agreed with World Vision’s first decision.  I support my LGBT friends.  I’m not one to quantify sin.  I have enough of my own to account for, so I don’t have time to worry about every other person’s sin. Where’s that doughnut I just had in my hand?

I also agree with the reversal.  It breaks my heart, but I agree with it.  Why?  Because it’s about the children.  The lost sponsorship was destroying everything that the organization had built.  Some call it pandering to the conservative right.  Yes, but no.  In my heart of hearts I believe that World Vision executives hate that they had to reverse that monumental decision.  They did what they had to do to make sure that their organization would be able to fulfill their mission.  They remembered the children.

If you dropped a sponsorship on a child please, please, please renew that sponsorship now.  World Vision did what you wanted.  It’s about the children.  If you have sponsored a child because of the first decision and are angry about the reversal, I get it, but please don’t punish the child.  World Vision is a good organization in which to send your donations.

Please don’t spew hatred in the comments, I won’t post it.  Don’t make it a scripture battle.  For every homosexuality-is-a-sin verse you have, I’m sure I can come up with a feed-and-take-care-of-the-orphans or a get-the-plank-out-of-your-eye verse.  I refuse to do a scripture battle.