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There has been a story of unadulterated, bigoted, piffle recirculating the interwebs this week discussing the supposed massive influx of abortions that would result from the legalization of gay marriage. While laughable and astoundingly picturesque of the state of confirmation bias within many conservative religious sects, this sparked an age old comment in my mind, one that I thought would be an enlightening statistical analysis to the perfection of a perfect God’s perfect creation.
While the logical paradox that is a “gay marriage abortion” may make you cringe with astonishment I feel it should be plainly elaborated here. There is absolutely no way that two gay people can reproduce using any natural or state of the art scientific methods without the introduction of the biological material from an outside third party. With this stated, there is simply no possible way for gay marriage legalization to result in even one more abortion than what would happen under the current legal parameters outlined in the United States judicial system.
The only area where this non correlation can be conceived, heh, is in a slippery slope of morality where gay marriage opens a gate of immorality devouring our nation and ultimately the world. Funny thing is, this is a similar argument to what was used to prevent the slaves from gaining their freedom, women from voting, African Americans from voting, and all the progress of the civil rights movements. Its getting repetitive is it not?
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So, you’ve probably noticed the word “Queer” being used more and more. Do you find yourself wondering, “why use the word Queer?” Maybe you’re LGBTQ and wondering why Queer matters in your community. Well get your party hats on, because this post is a celebration of all things Queer, and you’re invited!
- IT IS EMPOWERING
The word Queer in the past has been used as an expression of disdain towards those who didn’t identify as heterosexual. What is more powerful than taking a weapon used for harm, and re-inventing it into the ultimate term for inclusiveness within a marginalized group? Queer breaks down boundaries that heterosexism intended for harm and creates an openness, a place for the undefined and the defined, a place for ALL who do not fit into hetero-normatives.
- IT MAKES SPACE FOR THE NON-BINARY
We live in a society that is so fixed on identities having to fit into dualistic categories. Truly, that is not the world we live in. There is so much beauty and imagination that resides outside of binaries, and the word Queer is the ultimate celebration of ALL non-heterosexual/cisgender persons. In addition to being an umbrella term for the LGBTQ community, it is an affirmation of those with intersecting identities (i.e. Transgendered Lesbians), relationships (i.e. Genderqueer and Pansexual partners), and those who simply can’t identify within the acronym of LGBTQ, like those who are GenderQueer, Pansexual, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and the list goes on and on! Queertastic!
Continue reading “7 Reasons to “Queer” 2015”
Recently a response from a dear friend of mine made its way through one of the many channels of social media and rightly states a case for introspection within our community – a self analysis, an understanding of opposition perspective, and – most importantly – a change if deemed necessary; to refuse change would be to act with an ideology akin to what we regularly rally to ridicule and weaken.
The entirety of the response can be found immediately below and is being reproduced with complete consent of its author- once again, someone I respect highly and genuinely value in perspective and friendship.
“I found this to be an interesting article regarding Atheists. What illuminated for me was this quote, “I, for one, would just like to be able to express my views in an intelligent and heart-felt way without fear of reprisals, shunned, or otherwise being looked at as an abomination just because I do not believe in God” My assumption is the author is referring to his/her frustrations with theists when presenting his/her convictions regarding God, gods, or the lack thereof. The author emphasizes a desire for acceptance, but does not find it with theists, particularly Christians.“
“What strikes me about this is that the exact same sentiment is shared by Christians regarding Atheists by changing the phrase to “….because I do believe in God.” Often, the narrative of Atheists contains a tone of hubris and the assumption of undisputable intellectual high ground, while offensively attacking religion. Consider these titles from Atheist Analysis: “Ignorance Loves Ignorance, the Religious Wall Around You” , “Christianity Isn’t Irrational… It’s Worse Than That.” In my opinion, the berating tones of these titles alone quickly discredits the individual and the view they’re presenting. I make no excuse for the Christian who can’t speak truth in love, however, I believe some in the Atheist community need to apply some introspection and identify their own hypocrisy to build credibility amongst other communities in order to open a more diverse dialogue regarding the quest for truth.”
I agree with the majority of the message here, that we are only going to create a secular state, one of equality and hegemony, if we truly respect the thoughts and positions of those we do not agree with, on philosophical terms or otherwise, and are willing to protect their basic human rights as they would ours. Applying the golden rule, we have to act as we would wish the rest of world to treat us.
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Does sex make you feel shame? Is there something about hearing graphic or sensual content that draws an innate feeling of uneasiness or disgust? Why do you think you feel that way? This weeks blasphemy gets down and dirty and asks you: “What makes you ashamed when we talk or think about sex?”
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Fears of war and pestilence.
Fear of loss and failure.
Fear the hate of your enemy.
Fear your god and savior.
What do you fear?
Fear is your god.
Deep and insidious, beneath your consciousness, and just beyond your peripheral vision the horror of sin lies. The most base human fears, materialized with an agenda, and aimed at the young and vulnerable. Instincts derived from over a hundred thousand years of life in hominid form and millions of years before to the origin of species, have been carved by nature to protect the self and the genes from destruction. When weaponized, as proven time and time again, fear truly is: “the mindkiller”.
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I get a lot of messages, most of which are asking about my deconversion from christianity. People want to know why I left, what it meant to me when I was a christian, and why I don’t see any reason to return. For anyone who has asked, and anyone else who is curious, here is my testimony.
I started life as an atheist. My parents, who were both raised as catholics, never felt the need to force religion or god upon me. I have never seen my mother or father as being faithful. As an adult I have come to know my dad is an atheist and my mother is (basically) a pantheist. My mum and dad were both followers of a man called Prem Rawat (Maharaji), an Indian guru with millions of followers world-wide who preaches peace and love. Many consider him to be a new messiah (he does not claim this himself). My parents often encouraged me to embrace the messages / teachings of Maharaji throughout my childhood and teenage years, but I never connected.
What I did connect with, though, was christianity. At age 6 my mum enrolled me into two christian institutions; the nearby lutheran church Sunday school and the local Girls Brigade company (pic below). Her only motivation for doing this was free childcare. She and my dad had divorced when I was 5 and my mum was working full time – the church offered what was ultimately cheap babysitting. For me though, it would start me on a path that would consume my existence for the next 15 years.
Continue reading “Personal Journey Series: My Atheist Testimony”