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Please stop using my religion


Hi there.  This is something that I need to say to all those who consider themselves Christian.  Like me, many believe in an afterlife, that there is a saviour in Jesus Christ and he did some pretty cool things while on this Earth.

Unlike me, many of the Christians I speak of (you know who the fuck you are) deny scientific evidence of the age of the world, of climate change (which is never made mention of in the Bible at all), and continue to use Christ and his teachings as a way to denounce same sex marriage (hint: he never actually does say anything about same sex marriage).

Back in the day when Charles Darwin wrote on his theories of evolution, the book didn’t originally sell that well.  Mostly because it confused a lot of people, not because it had some outrageous theories.  The Church of England, when people began checking it out again, actually came forward and said “hey, this book is actually pretty good, and really describes a way that God created man, we think it’s awesome”.  So, the Church of England was pretty cool with the concept that man evolved from a lesser species to become what he and she is today.  What they couldn’t fuckin’ understand is that nature isn’t just oblivious to feelings or anything, but it’s actually pretty fuckin’ cruel.  Because nature has an IDGAF attitude about, well, everything.

The Bible’s not a scientific document.  If anything, it’s closer to an historical document (that’s been heavily edited over the centuries and with books removed because the religious establishment found them icky… I want a director’s cut of the Bible, really).

For those right-wing, Christian fascists who celebrate recently award Bigot of Honour medal by some dumb, fucking Republican racist shit bag, please indicate one section in the teachings of Christ where he said same sex marriage (or gay and lesbian relationships) is bad.  I’ll wait.  No really.

Bet you can’t find one, because Christ never said that shit.  As a matter of fact, Christ actually blesses a same sex relationship because the commitment that both men have for each other.  Christ thought it was cool that these two guys were so committed and so in love, so He said “You guys are cool, I’m honoured that you have such love for each other”.

Oh, but there you are, Christian fascists, pointing to Leviticus.  All the while forgetting that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross meant that was the last sacrifice for any Christian, and that all the old laws were nullified that’s to His death and His resurrection three days later.  Here’s 2 Corinthians 3:14 mutherfuckers!

However, their minds were hardened, for to this day the same veil is still there when they read the old covenant. Only in union with the Messiah is that veil removed.

See that shit!  That’s saying that only those who follow Christ’s teachings will realize that the old laws were no longer needed.  Christ’s sacrifice freed the people from following the laws set down in Leviticus.

Let’s move on.

A lotta you right-wing Christian bigots are claiming that your spiritual laws should outweigh the laws set down by Congress (in the States, and Parliament in Canada and the UK), or by the Supreme Court.  Meanwhile, completely forgetting something in the Constitution (for the States at least).

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

But wait!  There’s more!

There are two clauses which deal with freedom of religion.

The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the “separation of church and state.” Some governmental activity related to religion has been declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. For example, providing bus transportation for parochial school students and the enforcement of “blue laws” is not prohibited. The free exercise clause prohibits the government, in most instances, from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion.

This basically means the government can operate without having to worry about religious doctrine.  ‘Cause let’s face it, ya want religion in your government, then ask yourself which religion.  Catholic?  Anglican? Protestant?  Evangelical?  Presbyterian?  Apostolic?  Mormon?  Each denomination differs greatly from the other in many different ways.  It’s one reason why the Amish and some Mennonite colonies do not work for government institutions.  They also don’t push their religion on others (I’m lookin’ at you, Jehovah’s Witnesses).

The government even states that there is a separation of church and state.  Where religion will not interfere with the day to day running of the government.

Long post is long, but there’s a point to all of this.  And this is something directed at every right-wing Christian Evangelical Fundamentalist that’s out there.

STOP FUCKIN’ USING THE BIBLE LIKE YOU’D USE A BUFFET TABLE!  My religion doesn’t exist for your bigotry, so stop fuckin’ usin’ it like that!

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Life, Opinion, randomness, Rants

 

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The Demon Cat of Washington DC


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31 Days of Ghost presents another story of mystery and terror.  Is it real, myth, or a complete fabrication?  You decide.

This one I actually found on tumblr, so I’m going to source and quote the entire thing.

via odditiesoflife:

The ghost cat or ‘Demon Cat’ is a popular story. This creature haunts the basement of the Capitol building at night, usually spotted around the hall between the Crypt of the Capitol and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Tourists can even see little paw prints on the floors of this hallway if they look close enough. The story goes that Capitol Hill, then Jenkins Hill, was once the home of a den of black cats, but once construction of the Capitol began (in 1794) the cat’s den was destroyed along with the family of cats. The mother cat now roams the halls of the basement of the Capitol building where presumably the den was located, searching for her young. Even though there are no unattended pets allowed in the Capitol, late night staffers and visitors have noticed an animal making quick dashes around this area of the building. The cat’s paw-prints beneath the Samuel Morse memorial can bee seen in the second picture.

Sightings of the creature have mysteriously been followed by tragic occurrences throughout the United States. One such account tells of a Capitol Police officer who noticed a quick black dash across the floor. As he moved closer to catch a glimpse of the animal, its shadow grew bigger and more menacing. Then, quickly, it disappeared. The next day, 1 November 1918, a story in the newspaper described the worst rapid transit system accident in New York City with over 90 deaths.

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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Of Trayvon and George


The murder trial of George Zimmerman is over and returned with a not guilty verdict.  I haven’t said anything regarding this trial in some time, not since the initial report of Trayvon Martin’s death were announced.

I’m going to be blunt, there’s just no way to say it.  George Zimmerman is a man living on borrowed time.  He got away with murder, and for as long as he lives, he should be reminded that it was a murder.  It wasn’t self defence, it was murder.
There is something I am very worried about.  It has nothing to do with anything that may have some form of retaliation against Zimmerman.  I’ll get to that in a bit.

I’m somewhat torn on the outpouring of support for Martin and his family.  I only hope that it doesn’t become commercialized as so many other things often are.  Like the commercialization of Che Guvera.  Or the commercialization of the hammer and sickle (ironic as it is to capitalize on a communist symbol).  Or the commercialization of Occupy Wall Street.  A while ago, there was a large group of people that got together through a tumblr announcing they “are Trayvon”.  The sentiment is sound, and for a lot of people, the killing of Trayvon was something they are all too familiar with.  Many face the fear of going out of the safety of their homes with the very real possibility of being attacked.

I took part in that show of support, but I’m sort of regretting the commercialized aspect of wearing a bunny hug and taking a selfie and sending it off to submit to a tumblr.  I’m not saying that justice shouldn’t have been found (for the record, it still hasn’t been found).  But I’m saying as a white, straight, male I cannot personally identify with the situation.  I can’t even identify because I’m Canadian, not American.  I don’t know what it’s like to live in a State or Province that allows common citizens to carry guns (for the record, we in Saskatchewan cannot carry guns on our person, ever, unless transporting them in a safe and visible way).  Because of that, because of my gender, my skin colour, and my nationality, I deal with a lot of privilege.  Deal is not exactly the right term.  I have a lot of privilege.  So it’s hard to relate to a situation such as what happened to Martin’s family.

Let’s also not forget, Martin isn’t just some anomaly that happened.  It wasn’t a rare case of a young man who was gunned down.  This is a common trend where a young, black man is shot and killed by a white, male citizen (and sometimes police officer) for the most lax of reasons.

Zimmerman said he was afraid for his life and the lives and property of his neighbours when he saw Martin.  Had Martin been, say, me, I’m going to bet Zimmerman wouldn’t have called the police, wouldn’t have gotten into his car with a loaded gun, wouldn’t have gotten into a scuffle with Martin, wouldn’t have shot and killed him.  The only difference is I’m white while Martin is black.

Zimmerman, as I said before, is a man living on borrowed time.  Someone is going to get angry enough to gun him down.  Either shoot him, stab him or beat him, Zimmerman is going to feel some reaction.  He’ll either end up in hospital or dead.  Part of me isn’t going to be surprised nor will I shed a tear for it.  Zimmerman is a sociopath.  He feels the need to feel manly and what better way than by killing an unarmed young man.  Part of me won’t be sorry if Zimmerman does get killed.  Because justice didn’t get served for Martin and the countless other young men who die needlessly at the hands of racists.  Let’s just call it as it is.  North America, both Canada and the United States, are run by racists.  People who want to continue the status quo and want to get rid of as many minorities as they can.  Zimmerman, to that point, is a victim of a patriarchal system that has built his mind up to believe that he’s white and he deserves everything just because he was born.

But make no mistake.  Zimmerman is also a murderer.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Life, randomness

 

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Teach your children


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I saw the above photo on my tumblr dash.  I’m not 100% sure, but I think this might be from the NYC Pride March.  It’s an innocent enough picture.  One could assume by looking at it that it’s two dads and their son (or daughter, could be a daughter) walking together.  Unfortunately, this photo came with a very disheartening quote.  It was posted through the tumblr The Unpopular Opinions.

[I] really hate seeing children at gay rallies. [I]n most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. [I] think most children are pressured into going to gay rallies by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in gay marriage.

I don’t get it, trying to say “believing in gay marriage” as though gay marriage were a thing that, if enough people don’t believe in it, it’ll disappear.  Much like what happened at the end of the mini series Merlin, when the people turned their back on Queen Mab and she just disappeared.  Sadly, things don’t work that way.

And why would this upset you.  That child is obviously in a good family.  They are being taught tolerance, love and compassion.  And that picture is a thousand times better than this one.

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Whereas the first picture teaches us that the parents of that child are showing him (or her) love and compassion, the children in the second picture shows the parents really want their kids to learn how to hate.  Hate and bigotry is something that needs to be taught.  It’s something that’s learned by watching others, in the case of children, their parents and any authority figure they look up to.

I’d rather parents teach their kids that love and understanding, friendship and tolerance, than watch as they destroy their children by teaching them how to hate.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Life, randomness

 

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Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships: Scientific American


Read this and had to share it considering I’m 100% in favour of space exploration and scientific progression through exploration as opposed to exploitation.  I say that, because that is exactly what happens now, in that the only scientific advancements we truly see, as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson said, are the ones that are attached to military funding, the ones that develop new weapons.  Read more.

‘The Fleet Advances’ by newcmd001

Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships

Side Note: To go where no human has gone before.. this may come off as a lengthy read but I would definitely recommend it to any follower who is either into futurism or at least has an interest in where our future ought to head. Scientific American guest blogger Steven P. discusses ways where science and our ever developing technologies can really take us into an age of space exploration. So give it a read or save it on the blog for later, I definitely enjoyed it myself. But then again I’m always up for some interstellar space travel.

by Steven Ross Pomeroy

In 1969, a great shadow was cast over the United States. That shadow, however, was not one of gloom. Instead of evoking the absence of light, this shadow caused us to look up in wonder at the brightness that created it. When the Saturn V Rocket propelling Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins dashed across the blue, cloud-splotched sky, we did not see a dark present. We glimpsed a bright future.

Elsewhere, however, truly ominous shadows were cast by rockets which never saw the sun. Nestled in silos and buried beneath barren landscapes, “Minuteman” missiles meant not to uplift man, but to deliver the end of man, shrouded much of our world in trepidation.

These two rockets, with two very distinct purposes, bring into focus a problem that has long plagued our nation. We spend far too much money on war, and not enough on science.

Considering that we are nearing the ominously titled “fiscal cliff” — a series of government spending cuts and tax increases that will automatically take effect if Congress and the President do not act to stop it — we have a unique opportunity to review Federal spending and ensure that we are investing our time and wealth to their most productive ends.

I argue that such a review – if guided by reason – would reveal that defense spending should be reduced in order to make way for a world-changing commitment to science and technology, a bold move that will put both the United States and the world on a path to a bright future.

As it stands today, the United States is clearly over militarized. Defense spending in 2011 was estimated at $711 Billion. That’s equal to the combined budgets of the next fourteen top-spending countries, over half of whom are strong U.S. allies. Moreover, a 2011 Government Accountability Office audit of defense spending found that a combined $70 billion was wasted in 2010 and 2009.

This over-the-top spending is indicative of a military-industrial-complex run amok, precisely the scenario that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, perhaps the most revered military commander of the 20th century, warned against in his farewell address. “Together, we must learn how to compose differences not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose,” he avowed.

I can think of no better way to fulfill Eisenhower’s vision than through the pursuit of science.

By intelligently, purposefully, and gradually drawing down the defense budget from 4.7% to 3.0% of GDP (from $709 to $453 billion), and diverting some of those funds to meaningful science projects of both national and global significance, the United States can accomplish the essential goal of protecting its citizens, while simultaneously making the world a safer, healthier place and reinvigorating our economy.

We can begin the funding transition at home by re-committing ourselves to NASA. If we double the space agency’s budget (currently at $17.8 billion), our space accomplishments in ten years will dwarf even the monumental success of this summer, when the Curiosity rover landed on Mars.

We can complete the James Webb Space Telescope, allowing us to peer farther into the Universe than ever before. We can go to Mars by the end of the decade, a mission which astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson insists “would reboot America’s capacity to innovate as no other force in society can.” And with the recent news that warp drive may be more feasible than originally thought, we can focus on researching and eventually engineering interstellar starships that could one day take humans to Gliese 581 g — a potentially habitable Earth-like planet — in a mere two years. Along the way we could solve a myriad of other problems, writes Space.com’s Clara Moskowitz:

“…if human beings can solve the challenges of interstellar spaceflight, in the process they will have solved many of the problems plaguing Earth today, experts said. For example, building a starship will require figuring out how to conserve and recycle resources, how to structure societies for the common well-being, and how to harness and use energy sustainably.”

In addition to funding NASA, we can make fusion energy research a top national priority. Fusion power – an unparalleled energy source that generates electricity by effectively creating a miniature star – has eluded scientists for decades, but researchers now believe that successful fusion is within mankind’s grasp. Before the year is out, scientists at the National Ignition Facility in California hope to fire the world’s most powerful laser into a small test chamber with pea-sized fuel pellets of deuterium and tritium inside. The two isotopes of hydrogen will fuse together and potentially create up to one hundred times more energy than was used to ignite the fuel.

This breakthrough could serve as our “Sputnik Moment” for energy production. If we can put a man on the Moon a mere eight years after deciding to do so, then surely we can master “star power” if we pledge ourselves to the task. Fusion produces no carbon emissions, could provide power for thousands of years, is estimated to be cost-competitive with coal, and is unquestionably the energy source of the future. Yet despite the impressive resumé, fusion energy research is only allotted a relatively paltry $474.6 million.

Why wait for the future to happen later? With additional spending freedom by making cuts in defense, we can fund fusion and make that future happen now.

Continue over at SciAm

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Life, randomness

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Boo Hag


Areas around the world have their own cultural names for things that go bump in the night.  In South Carolina, a cultural group called Gullah (African Americans in South and North Carolina that ranged from the coastal plains to the sea islands) had their own called the Boo Hag.

 

The boo hag, as legend tells it, was similar to a vampire.  However, they sustained themselves on the breath of their victims by doing what was known as riding.  Basically, when a person went to bed, the boo hag came along and sat on top of the sleeping victim, stealing their breath.  Boo hags are often known to not have any skin, and appear red because of this.  They hide themselves by stealing their victims skin, and wearing it like clothing, thus being able to walk around during the day without anyone suspicious of them.

Boo hags will hunt their victims, choosing them very carefully.  When they’ve found a suitable one, they’ll often gain access to the victim’s homes through some small crack or crevice in the house.  Once the hag is inside, they’ll ride their victim when they sleep, stealing their breath.  They don’t kill the victim, but send them into a deep, dream filled sleep.  Should the victim struggle, however, the hag will take their skin leaving them to suffer.  Once finished, the hag will leave the home, flying off with their skin before dawn.  If they don’t, they will be trapped without skin forever.

Most often when a person affected by the boo hag awakens they feel short of breath or very, very tired.  A common saying in the region is “don’t let the hag ride you” which may be similar to “don’t let the beg bugs bite”.

There is a way to ward off the boo hag.  Simply by leaving a straw broom beside the bed.  The boo hag will become so entranced by the broom, that they would have to count the straws, often this takes them until past dawn, saving the victim from having their breath stolen.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in 31 Days Of Ghosts

 

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Change.org: Sign the Petition to help Preserve & Officiate the Greenwood Historic District aka “Black Wall Street


The final draft of the Greenwood Historic District nomination is now available for download on the Tulsa Preservation Commission’s website.

http://www.tulsapreservationcommission.org/greenwoodnomination/

Please join us for an informational meeting on July 31st, 6-7pm. at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Avenue. For more information on the nominnations process please go to the web link listed above.

These nominations are long passed due…thank you so very much for supporting this.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Life, randomness

 

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