When I get around to it, there will be a lovely explanation here of exactly what ‘Reprobate Fringe’ means.  Something expanding on the original inspiration:

“A true reprobate is an evil, immoral person, but the R.F. are the dangerously open-minded souls the religious right has condemed to hell without getting to know anything about them. We have very radical views in the R.F. For example, we believe that if you say you love your neighbor, then you might actually consider being loving in your words about them and your actions towards them. ”

Somewhere to celebrate all the ‘alternative’ things that make so many people so judgmental.  Not just the so-called ‘alternative lifestyles’ (which, when you think about it, aren’t really alternative to the people living them). Alternative spiritual beliefs.  Alternative diets.  Alternative educational ideas.  Alternative medical notions.  Whatever alternative notion it is that made someone look at you and go “WTF?”

This will (hopefully) be a group effort. If you would like to be a contributor here, leave a reply with your email address. If you want to tell a little about yourself, feel free – why are you a member of the Reprobate Fringe? No, it doesn’t pay anything. This is a labor of love, or something like that.

In keeping with what should be true R.F. philosophy, there will be few rules, but don’t expect total anarchy, either. To prevent trolls, all posts and comments are moderated. That doesn’t mean that opposing viewpoints are not allowed – what fun would that be?  We may not all share each other’s beliefs, but we will be nice about our disagreements. Yes, it’s possible to tell someone you think their idea is a little bit crazy without being nasty about it. I promise.


One Comment to “Home”

  1. As a proud (founding) member of the Reprobate Fringe, I want to share a thought or two about the name. My ex-nephews and niece sometimes referred to me (jokingly) as “Uncle Reprobate” because their parents made it clear to them growing up that when I left the church and divorced their aunt, I had stepped directly into the proverbial hand basket enroute to hell. What their parents failed to tell them was that my daughter and I had been pushed out of the church for speaking truth (Telling our pastor that my wife was gay.), and that their aunt had actually divorced me to pursue the love of her life…a pursuit in which we supported her wholeheartedly. Despite being unaware of the truth, these kids decided (for reasons of their own), that they weren’t going to toss me out quite as summarily as their parents and their grandparents had done. The older ones had developed a certain fondness for me, and the younger ones grew up trusting their sibling’s judgment a bit more than that of their parents. So my daughter and her loving clan of cousins set forth for me a powerful example of unconditional love, and as my ex-wife lay dying of cancer some years later, they took turns driving the 400 mile trip, not to sit at her bedside, but to cuddle with her, laugh with her, and otherwise just love on her until the end. This is the Reprobate Fringe! Neither the extreme right nor the extreme left seems able to make them into haters. They are citizen’s of the world, and they don’t seem to have any need to feel nor act superior to anyone…even when their elders write them off as lost. I am proud to be in that number, when the Fringe come marching in!

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