Friday already? LOLmuslim time!
Some links for yous guys to check out if you’re so inclined:
- A4Atheist is reading the Bible from cover to cover and blogging his way through it.
- So is Metropotamia. I think they’re going about it in totally different ways, so it should be way fun to follow along.
- I got an email from an ex-Muslim named Moiz Khan. He’s got a blog and a pretty fantastic deconversion story. Ch-check it.
It’s Ramadan. And I didn’t really notice. In fact, I wouldn’t have known at all except a few commenters clued me in right before it started. Every year, on the first day of Ramadan, I get a call from my parents saying, “Ramadan mubarak!” which loosely translates to “Yay for Ramadan!” Last year, my answer was, “How do you think it’s going?” This year? No call. I’ve talked to them a couple of times this week, and they haven’t even asked. I think it’s safe to say the jig is up.
Earlier this year, my parents found out about my tattoos. My dad was pretty upset. He got all quiet and didn’t say much throughout dinner. And then he made some snide remarks and sarcastic jokes about them. See where I get that shit from? Anyway, the end result was an email exchange where he said he was disappointed because he thought he raised me a certain way — boo! hiss! — but he loves me no matter what. Awesome. (And about fucking time.)
My mom, incidentally, reacted in kind of a comical way. “Why would you do that? Why would anyone do that?” I told her I plan on getting a sleeve and she said I would look like the devil. “The devil has tattoos?” I asked, because I can’t help my smartass ways. Instead of getting mad like I expected her to, my mom told me to shutup. And then we had a good laugh.
It’s been a hell of a year since the last Ramadan. And as far as my relationship with my family goes, I only see things getting better from here on out. In any case, I’m taking that missing phone call as a good sign.
By the way, did you know you’re not supposed to have sexual thoughts while you’re fasting? I wonder if any Muslims are reading this while fasting.
Ha! Adam & Steve! They broke your fast! I’m a bastard.
…hip bones like that could poke a person’s eye out. Just sayin’.
Coming up next: chapter 10, Jonah. No sign of a whale yet, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled. Stay tuned!