I have an all-joking-aside serious matter that I could use some intelligent and unbiased input with.
I find myself in a situation where I'm strongly compelled to intervene on matters that are quite possibly none of my fucking business.
so, here's the story:
my wife's cousin, while in high school started going to this coffee shop called "he brews" (get it?). at first the family (you should understand that this is a small town where "family" means extended family and not just mom and dad) thought this was cool because she was meeting and hanging out with christian kids instead of the pot head sons and daughters of alcoholics that she went to school with. and, to her credit, she managed to graduate without getting pregnant.
she then graduated high school (barely) and went to college for, I believe, 1 year before dropping out and getting married and is now pregnant - due in April. All of this would be great and I'd be really happy for everyone except for the jesus cult part of the story mentioned in the subject.
from what i can gather, there is a church near the coffeeshop run by the calvary ministries
which, in it of itself isn't too bad. they're very much into proselytizing, but pretty much harmless.
to complicate things, there is another group called Tribe of Judah
. I believe the owner of the "he brews" coffee shop is their leader and they all attend the cavalry chapel church. they live in some sort of hippy compound in tents and stuff.
I didn't really have a problem with any of this, and - in fact have been kind of amused by my wife's family's reaction to being confronted with this extreme sort of christianity. they were down right mad when they busted ass putting together a nice engagement party (cooking food, setting up tents, etc) only to have the groom's family hold a prayer to thank god for providing everything. they were like - fuck you - we
set this up. we
cooked all this food while you were playing frisbee.
what I do have a problem with is that she is pregnant. they are living in an ancient, dilapidated house that someone gave them. they haven't figured out what they are going to do for heat, but since neither one of them have jobs, they will probably try to burn wood. the husband lost his drivers license (nobody knows why) years ago and is praying for the money he needs to cover his court costs to get it back. they are praying for a new alternator for their car. by praying, i mean - that is how they expect to get their car fixed - by praying for it. also, did i mention she is pregnant and not seeking any sort of prenatal care? they plan to do a home birth. they say they have prayed about it and are comfortable with god's plan for them and their unborn child.
i wouldn't give 2 shits about this, and would actually be kind of amused by it all if there wasn't a pregnancy and birth involved. in my mind, they are needlessly risking 2 lives.