Monday, July 27, 2009

Oz Squad Guidelines

Attention Oz Squad members:

Please click this link to download the official Oz Squad dossier. It contains important information about the organization, operation and goals of the squad. It also contains helpful participation tips and brief bios of the squad leaders. We hope you like it.

UPDATE: A few people said the original download was blocked by their firewall, so I set it up on a different host site. Click the link and wait for a moment and the document will appear in your browser.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Beautiful Life

(A Poem for Bridget by Mom)

Look at me
Loving Life

See what
I can do and
All I am

Look closely…
Through the soft focus of my life
frame by frame
You’ll see the essence of things

I see the world
in its most perfect state
I see the good in things
and in people

I see a world
of Joy, Hope
and Infinite Possibility

See me for who I am

Deliberate, sweet and true

I am beautiful
I am strong
I am happy
I am loved

I live a Beautiful Life

I am

A Beautiful Life

--written by Lisa of Bridget's Light
(posted with permission)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mission 2: The Hardest Choice

Allow me to present two articles in the Times Online. One is about a mother who aborted her baby when she found out it tested positive for Down syndrome. It is shocking. The other, paired with it in order to "balance" the story (I assume), is about a woman who chose to keep her baby. Our comments could help illuminate the issue.

Thanks to Rebecca for this link.

CLARIFICATION: After speaking with a friend who was confused by this mission, I realize I could have done a better job of clarifying my reasoning for this post. For the record, I am pro choice. I respect the fact that this mother made a very hard decision - a choice that feels right for her. What upsets me is the "white or wheat" presentation of the choice to abort babies with Down syndrome. I don't like the fact that it is so normal, so commonly accepted - sometimes even expected - that a mother would abort a child with Down syndrome. This attitude is offensive because it devalues the lives of these children and makes them seem disposable. And they are not. And yes, it is difficult to raise a child with Down syndrome. And it is painful and sad to learn of this diagnosis while pregnant. But it's a shame that so many people are not willing to face this challenge, because if they did, all children would have a greater world in which to grow up.

Mission 1: Pray 4 Trig

Pray 4 Trig is the ultimate backhanded compliment. This site is attempting to recruit people to pray for Trig Palin on April 18, 2010 (Trig's next birthday). They are going to ask God to make Trig "whole" and heal Trig of his "affliction." Hear that sound? It's the sound of God's jaw hitting the floor. Stop over and let them know what you think about this.

Read some of the responses Oz Squad team members have posted on their blogs:
welcometoillinois: Don’t
TUC: On Suffering
Simeon’s Trail: I might vomit.
Disposable: Don’t pray for Trig, the work’s already been done
Chase and More!: Perfect Because of (Not in Spite of) Down Syndrome
A Hapa Girl and her Hapa Family: Re: Down Syndrome Question About Suffering