Mod: The appendix does serve a purpose. It’s a package of immune-system tissue which acts as a safe-house for good bacteria. It fights harmful germs, and helps protect the body from disease. Sometimes the bacteria doesn’t do as it’s meant to and the results can be dangerous. That doesn’t change the fact, though, that when it’s working as it was designed it’s beneficial.
Can a body live without it? It certainly can, as the appendix is simply an aid to what is already done in the various other systems. But, at the end of the day, it’s still lost a support.
That’s actually a great parallel to religion, now that I think of it. Kudos.
from the website description:
We’re calling for any Muslim who identifies as part of the LGBTQ spectrum to submit to this blog. Allies and supportive families of LGBTQ Muslims are also welcome and encouraged.
The theme for submissions is quite simply,
“I am not haraam”
(or “my son/daughter/lover/sibling is not haraam”).
We’d like you to share what it means for you to be an LGBTQ Muslim. You can tell us about your struggles, your everyday life, anything that makes you, you!
I bet heaven is just as miserable as hell
I just imagine heaven having uber strict RA’s that try to regulate your fun
if heaven is free of sickness, pain and all that why not do what we’ve always wanted? like bungee jumping or something
but no them fuckers in socks and sandals gotta be like no you need to sit down
*Nods* God’s probably all “You need to sit down and stop that before you hurt someone”
BULLCRAP YOU ARE GOD YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO FIX EVERYTHING JUST LET ME RIDE DOWN A HILL IN THIS DUMPSTER FULL OF TURTLES
JUST LET US HAVE OUR DUMPSTER RACE
GOD WHY YOU HAVE TO BE SUCH A PARTY POOPER
Fuck alladis “Love, peace, and petting zoo” nonsense. :I I want to do something interesting!
Isn’t it obvious why more people like cookies? It’s because they are fucking tasty!
Jesus was like. The dopest nigga out.
He was just like.
Love everyone. Swag.
But then humans were like.
Wow this nigga is too dope.
Let’s throw some shade on him.
And that’s how the bible was written.
black ppl u r 2 perfick sometimes
This is far too perfect to not share it. x)
These people, as well as some of my best friends, just give me hope. Y’all are what all Christians SHOULD BE
It’d be nice if we could all be more accepting of everyone else. (:
KONY 2012: Invisible Children Founder Admits Group A “Trojan Horse” For God
Jason Russell, the founder of the internationally acclaimed and criticized group Invisible Children, which released the viral video “KONY 2012,” was caught on tape calling his organization a “Trojan Horse” that will allow them to enter the secular world and introduce Christian fundamentalism, according to a report published today by Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen.
“This audio clip incontrovertibly shows Invisible Children’s invisible agenda,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “It is not simply about Kony, but being phony and concealing the motivation behind its deceptive campaign.” Besen adds:
Truth Wins Out has obtained exclusive audiotape from a 2005 Christian conference in San Antonio where Invisible Children’s co-founder Jason Russell calls his organization a “Trojan Horse” to introduce the secular realm to his group’s version of Christian fundamentalism. The audiotape reveals that that his organization is particularly focused on targeting youth in public high schools. According to Russell’s remarks (0:44):
“Coming in January we are trying to hit as many high schools, churches, and colleges as possible with this movie. We are able to be the Trojan Horse in a sense, going into a secular realm and saying, guess what life is about orphans, and it’s about the widow. It’s about the oppressed. That’s God’s heart. And to sit in a public high school and tell them about that has been life-changing. Because they get so excited. And it’s not driven by guilt, it’s driven be an adventure and the adventure is God’s.”
Invisible Children is the group that launched a viral video, KONY 2012, that reached millions of viewers worldwide and became an Internet sensation. The ostensible reason for the video was to highlight the brutality of Ugandan LRA leader Joseph Kony.
However, the group raised alarms after researcher Bruce Wilson showed the group was funded by the National Christian Foundation, a fundamentalist outfit that finances extremist right wing organizations and anti-gay groups.
Wilson also discovered that Invisible Children was intimately linked to The Family, the secretive and powerful American fundamentalist group widely considered responsible for Uganda’s draconian “Kill the Gays” bill.
The New Civil Rights Movement has reported on The Family many times. For those still unfamiliar with the shadowy Christianist political group, a quick review:
The Family, also known as The Fellowship, hosts the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. every year, at which the sitting U.S. President always speaks. Past and present political members of The Family are believed to include Sam Brownback, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Pete Domenici, John Ensign, Chuck Grassley, Jim Inhofe, Mark Sanford, Bart Stupak, John Thune, and Strom Thurmond.
The Family is believed to be one of the main principals behind Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill, and its author, David Bahati, is also believed to be a member.
Last month, well-respected investigative journalist and author Jeff Sharlet, who has written two books on The Family said Senator James Inhofe was “lying” when he told Rachel Maddow he was unaware of Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill.
KONY 2012 has had more than 100 million views on YouTube and Vimeo. The group, Invisible Children, today released “Kony 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous,” which purportedly addresses some issues critics have had with KONY 2012.
The Huffington Post notes today:
Invisible Children has released a sequel to its “Kony 2012″ film after more than 100 million viewers helped make the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony infamous worldwide.
The new film “Kony 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous” released Thursday comes in the wake of worldwide criticism that the original video simplified complex issues related to the years of conflict in Uganda. The sequel aims to provide a more in-depth look at Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, which turns children into soldiers and slaves as a means to destabilize the government.
In the video, Invisible Children offers what it calls a “comprehensive approach” to stopping Kony, which includes civilian protection, urging peaceful surrender, providing rehabilitation centers in post-conflict areas and arresting Kony.
Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, who suffered a highly public mental breakdown on the streets of San Diego, does not play a part in the film.
Remember Junias? He was the imaginary male apostle with the unique and implausible name. “Junias” was invented by patriarchal Bible translators and inserted into the text of scripture because those translators didn’t like what the text actually said.
The text in question, Romans 16:7, says:
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
Junia is a woman’s name and it just wouldn’t do to have people reading about a woman who was an apostle — let alone one who was “prominent among the apostles.” For patriarchal Christians who insisted on a male-only hierarchy, Junia was intolerable. So they got rid of her. They translated her into an imaginary man with an imaginary name.
Politics — specifically, the political desire to control women — shaped the translation of that text. The translators changed the words of the Bible to make it seem like it supported their political agenda. They changed the words of the Bible so that others reading it would not be able to see that its actual words challenged and contradicted their political agenda.
This is something that happens sometimes.
Let me share another, more recent, example. Junias was invented and inserted into the Bible a long time ago, but this alteration of the text occurred in my lifetime. As I noted earlier, this change in the words and meaning of the Bible is more recent than the introduction of the Happy Meal.
I wish things like this were not necessary but I’m grateful for the people who decided to put this up.
This is how all Christians should be behaving!
In 1979, McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal.
Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at conception.
Ask any American evangelical, today, what the Bible says about abortion and they will insist that this is what it says. (Many don’t actually believe this, but they know it is the only answer that won’t get them in trouble.) They’ll be a little fuzzy on where, exactly, the Bible says this, but they’ll insist that it does.
That’s new. If you had asked American evangelicals that same question the year I was born you would not have gotten the same answer.
That year, Christianity Today — edited by Harold Lindsell, champion of “inerrancy” and author of The Battle for the Bible — published a special issue devoted to the topics of contraception and abortion. That issue included many articles that today would get their authors, editors — probably even their readers — fired from almost any evangelical institution. For example, one article by a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary criticized the Roman Catholic position on abortion as unbiblical. Jonathan Dudley quotes from the article in his book Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics. Keep in mind that this is from a conservative evangelical seminary professor, writing in Billy Graham’s magazine for editor Harold Lindsell:God does not regard the fetus as a soul, no matter how far gestation has progressed. The Law plainly exacts: “If a man kills any human life he will be put to death” (Lev. 24:17). But according to Exodus 21:22-24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense. … Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.
Christianity Today would not publish that article in 2012. They might not even let you write that in comments on their website. If you applied for a job in 2012 with Christianity Today or Dallas Theological Seminary and they found out that you had written something like that, ever, you would not be hired.
At some point between 1968 and 2012, the Bible began to say something different. That’s interesting.
mbkm replied to your post: I like your blog and you seem like a cool person, but I don’t understand the cognitive dissonance that must be required for you to be christian. How do you rationalize being a part of a movement that in it’s own text, explicitly states that the way you want to live is evil?Thanks, cctcd. I’m often embarrassed to bring up that I still identify as Christian to my friends who are queer because of the lack of understanding of Christian diversity. Conservative Catholics and Evangelical Protestants are just the LOUDEST.
Yeah, I feel like many individuals fall victim to this behavior. They’re viewing groups of people as monolithic, as an aggregate of automatons who share ALL the beliefs and philosophies of the group’s loudest constituents. They’re forgetting that groups of people are just collections of unique individuals, each with their own independent sets of beliefs and perspectives. A group of people can be as arbitrary as geographic location. The only thing that a group of Christians can definitively have in common is the belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and is divine himself. That’s it. Just like there’s a huge range of diversity in GSD people, there’s a huge range of diversity in Christians, in any group of people, really.
I just keep repeating: the largest Protestant denomination in this country fought in favour of same-sex marriage, performed same-sex marriages before they were legal, endorsed Bill C-389 on trans rights, ordains openly and sexually active LGB people, and recently ordained its first trans minister. This isn’t to pump up the United Church; it’s to say that there’s nothing inherent to Christianity that requires Christians to be homo/transphobic, and therefore homo/transphobic Christians can’t actually use their religion as an excuse.
Seconding this. I’ve met a lot of really wonderful Christian people, including Fundamentalist Baptists and Catholics. And Quakers are usually really awesome.
Reblogging for my good buddy. c:
Some people may think it’s weird that I bought this shirt but I don’t. We also love Jesus in Islam too. To us he is a prophet and we wish peace upon him whenever mentioning his name. I’m tired of all the misconceptions and divisions between religions. I can wear this shirt and carry the meaning just as much as any christian person could wear it.
I know it seems kind of cheesy that I’m making a big deal out of this shirt because It’s just a shirt but I know for a fact we all know that seeing a hijabi with a jesus shirt on is gonna get some double takes.