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Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2014 at 2:33pm

Yes, of course you're right. It's that I don't know what system you use. Here you get a birth certificate with names of parents - if the names are known - perhaps you can see from the names if they were married at the time or not, but what you think of it is your own business. A government calling a child illegitimate meddles in people's lives in an intolerable manner - yes, like a xtian would. To me illegitimate doesn't exist. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 11:50am

smacks of religion

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 11:47am

Chris, maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a religious question to me because I can't see why a secular government would care, or why it's any of their business.

I've read that the government does it to preserve stable family groupings.  That sounds like a good reason, but I still think religion is the reason the government is concerned with it.  

I think calling the child illegitimate is a stigma that shouldn't. be put on a child, and back in my day that child was denied inheritance and property rights.  I think there are still some restrictions on those children. 

The word and the unfair restrictions on an innocent child just smacks or religion to me.

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2014 at 10:30am

legitimate a religious question? I think I don't understand, Spud. I thought legitimate on a birth certificate meant in or out of wedlock.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2014 at 9:04am

Mindy, remember the movie that I didn't see, but the clips were priceless. It was a scene in a cafe with a man and woman. The woman demonstrates to the man that she can fake an orgasm. An observer tells the waitress she will have what the orgasmic woman had. 

Sounds like a good scenario for your fundy neighbor. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:58am

That Jam session was kind of fun Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:51am

I just came across my Idaho birth certificate from 1941.  I read through it and found one religious question.  It was  "Legitimate?"

Haha.  How many of you heathens are legitimate?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 8:47am

I swear too much also, but usually not outside.  However, my neighbors probably hear me through open windows sometimes.

My new neighbors next door don't wave at me anymore.  I wonder if they are religious and decide they don't want to be friendly to a swearing heathen.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2014 at 12:01am
Maybe the neighbors will actually learn something. I, too, swear to much. Sometimes I think I do it just to piss the religious nuts off.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2014 at 10:34pm

Patricia, a great bit of improvised music. Must have been fun to watch. 

 

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