If I remember correctly Adam and Eve had two sons and one killed the other so that’s straight parenting in action for you.
Can We Agree to Disagree?
I just don’t understand people who say, “don’t let politics get so personal! We can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Like… what the fuck do you even mean by that?
Maybe it’s just because I live in Oklahoma where they tried to reinstate DADT for the National Guard, declared that personhood begins the moment a sperm touches an egg, and banned Sharia law even though we have more cows than practicing Muslims, but I still feel like I need to get this point across.
Here’s a sobering dose of reality for all you “can’t we all just get along” folks - politics get personal.
Dear Internet Libertarians
You know what really gets on my fucking nerves? Those Internet Libertarians, specifically of the affluent white straight male variety, who think they’re so above it all when they say, “Democrat, Republican, who cares? They are basically the same. Two sides of the same coin. Two wings on the same bird of prey. Two components of the same stupid metaphor I am now employing because I took one political science class and I know the things. That’s why I’m not voting.”
Oh, enlightened Internet Libertarian whose basic human rights will definitely not be violated by a Romney presidency, please teach me to be more like you! I see now that I am but a sheep mindlessly following the flock over a cliff called American politics.
You are clearly more intelligent than I. That much I am not here to dispute. But do you think you could maybe answer a few of my questions first? Just a few. Yes? Maybe? Okay.
“Gay Rights Advocates will Bring About the Next Holocaust
WorldNetDaily columnist and regular Fox News guest Erik Rush warns that the protests against Chick-fil-A by gay rights advocates represent a reappearance of the Nazi Party’s tactics against Germany’s Jewish population. He said the left wants to use the issue of gay rights to distract from economic problems, turning Christians into scapegoats that are targeted for extermination: “the goal here is absolute power, the primary objective to supplant God with government. To achieve this, religious doctrine must be eradicated, and the chief impediment to that is Christianity.”
He claims that homosexuality is a tool to grow the size of government, arguing that “replacing normalcy with deviance and morality with immorality are simply methods toward disenfranchising Christians, resulting in the convenient byproduct of a populace that is governed by its basest instincts – and thus easily controlled. As we have seen, such populations become willing to tolerate – and even participate in – all manner of atrocities.” “It began with a boycott of their businesses” Rush writes, “and the rest is history.”
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Evangelicals: Less like Jesus, More Like Guys Who Crucified Him
American Evangelical Christians are a lot less like the apostles of Jesus, and a lot more like the guys who nailed him to a cross.
Now, I may be an agnostic homosexual (read: heathen sodomite), but I did go to Catholic school for what seems like forever. And I am from Oklahoma. And, yes, I have read the Bible. So when it comes to Jesus…. sure, I know the guy.
And you know what? He seems pretty cool. I like him. Why? Because, to me, Jesus was the kind of person who stuck up for the little guy. According to the Bible he was big on healing the sick and helping the poor. What’s there not to like about that?
Another thing I like is that he was willing to go against the status quo. He rolled with a posse of smelly homeless dudes and a prostitute. He had his own ancient Breakfast Club! He also preached against the evils of greed and violence. I mean, he was a real rebel! So much so that the Roman Empire, the biggest upholder of the status quo at the time, labeled him a threat.
Sure, Jesus has been painted in several different lights to fit several different religious and political ideologies. I get that. But from everything I’ve read, I think it’s safe to say that Jesus was at least a real mover and shaker. For me, he’s right up there with the other “radicals” like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Because, well, Jesus was a man who was interested in changing things.
Hmm… changing things. Let’s keep that in mind as we flash-forward to his modern day fan club.
Who is the church of Jesus today? Well, that’s difficult to say. There really are all kinds of Christians out there. There are Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Christian hipsters who frequent coffee shops… But you know what’s easier to answer? Who is the LOUDEST church of Jesus today? That’s easy, we say in unison - the Evangelicals.
And who are the Evangelicals? They’re the ones on your TV screen asking for money, first of all. Many of them are also fundamentalists. But beyond that, they are a large Christian group with a lot of power in American politics.
And what are their politics? We call it social conservatism: the idea that morality can be and should be regulated by the government. AKA the “small government” Republicans trying to regulate your bedroom activities.
This group often cites Jesus as the spiritual guide for their beliefs. In this way, they can justify being against certain things.
And, let me tell you, in the history of American Evangelicalism and Christian fundamentalism… they have been against a lot of stuff.
Remember when the super-duper Christian South realized slavery was against the teachings of Jesus and immediately freed all their slaves? No? Oh. That’s probably because they were against the Emancipation Proclamation.
Remember the civil rights movement in the 60’s? When Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference sought out “the promised land” and equality in this country? Yeah. They were against that.
Remember when two people of different races could finally celebrate their love openly and get married? … They definitely weren’t for that.
How about when feminists said women deserve the right to vote? Well, Evangelical Christians were kind of hoping they would just stay in the kitchen. You know. Where “God” told them to be.
And what about today? What about gay people trying to get equality and respect in a world that has historically oppressed them?
Even the president came out and said he was for that! But not Evangelical Christians. No. See, they would kind of prefer it if gay people just died out.
And, FYI, they’re still pretty shitty about racial issues and women’s rights.
Have you noticed a pattern here? No? Maybe? I think you do, but I’ll spell it out for you just in case.
Evangelical Christians are very interested in keeping things the same.
No matter how bad it might be for someone else, they are interested in keeping the status quo.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold on now! What’s the deal?!
If Jesus was in the business of changing things… why is such a sizable chunk of mainstream Christianity trying to keep things the same?
If Jesus was all about the poor and downtrodden, then why are Evangelical Christians all about oppressing them?
If Jesus was against the status quo, then why have Evangelical Christians become guardians of the status quo?
But, then again, when have people ever been interested in actually following the teachings of some guy in a bathrobe preaching peace and love?
Between the times of Jesus of Nazareth and today, there has been so much bloodshed and acts of hatred carried out in the name of Christianity that it would make your head spin.
So, yeah… maybe this is nothing new. Still, I can’t help but think that if Jesus had been alive today instead of back then, and he was still trying to meddle and go about changing things, then his biggest enemies wouldn’t be agnostics or atheists. They would be Evangelical Christians.
Take A Stand Against The Ignorance In Lenoir City
Some community members in Lenoir City, Tennessee are asking for an investigation of high school yearbook adviser James Yoakley.
What is Mr. Yoakley’s crime? He allowed an article in the 2012 yearbook titled “It’s OKAY to be gay.”
The student-written article profiled Zac Mitchell, a gay student who discussed bullying and coming out and how his family donates to pro-gay causes and breast cancer research. I know. Heinous stuff, isn’t it?
After the article came out, an email started circulating amongst the ultra-religious members of the community. They had this to say:
“It is time to take a stand for our faith. We aren’t being called to risk our lives and go before a king like Nehemiah – but our walls are broken down and our gates are burning.”
Wow! Who would have known that a call for tolerance and acceptance would be taken as an act of war by these supposed “Christians?”
Van Shaver, a board member in a nearby district, even went so far as to say that Yoakley should be fired and arrested.
“Arrested for what?!” You may ask. Child sex abuse, of course.
Shaver said that if Yoakley had asked about the sexual orientation about any child, then that must make him a sex offender.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough of the ultra-religious right’s war on gay teens in this country. They’ve helped pass laws that make it easier for bullies to target LGBT students. They’ve claimed that gay rights are an affront to their religious freedoms. And now, after one brave high school student shared his story in the yearbook, they are trying to criminalize the yearbook adviser.
Enough is enough.
Now here’s what you can do to help stand with Mr. Yoakley and the article of acceptance he decided to publish.
Like the Facebook page - Take A Stand Against The Ignorance in Lenoir CIty
The people trying to get Mr. Yoakley fired also made a Facebook page called “Take A Stand Lenoir City,” and I encourage you to go there and RESPECTFULLY disagree with the way they are handling this incident.
These people are certainly not acting very Christ-like right about now.
LGBT students in high schools across our nation are under attack, and they need all the help and support we can give.
Why Rick Santorum’s Momentum Is Good News
Stay with me on this one guys. Just hear me out.
Rick Santorum winning in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota is a good thing for those of us who oppose him.
“But JP,” you protest, “of course he’s unelectable! But would you really want to take the chance of him winning the general election? How could you risk a President Santorum?”
“Silence!” I respond, and then break out of dialogue format. Santorum is not only unelectable in the general election, he is also impractical for the GOP nomination in the first place.
The GOP knows this. Oh, they do. Right now, Santorum staying alive and well in the primaries just means Mitt Romney has to spend more money, Ron Paul gets more embarrassment, and Newt Gingrich must sit there with an unpleasant look on his face.
(this is that face)
Also, Sex-Obsessed-Santorum will bring homophobia within the Republican party to center stage. This, I’m hoping, will allow us to open up a dialogue with Republican moderates about how far their party has fallen.
So, in summary, yes I know that Santorum seeped out of a frothy orifice of pure evil… but that’s what makes this so good! He’s unelectable. Obama already holds the edge over Romney in the general election, imagine how he matches up with Santorum! Or don’t imagine because it’s right here.
In fact, I hope Santorum becomes the nominee. I don’t put it past the GOP to pull a Carrie on him.
For those of you who don’t know, this is a Carrie:
In which they declare Santorum prom queen and then dump a bucket of pig’s blood on him. Because I think the GOP knows as well as we do that Romney would be the more electable candidate, and they might just pull the rug out from under Santorum just to make Romney the nominee.
For now, though, trust me… just sit back and enjoy the theatrics.
Keep fetuses (and everything else) out of food
We’ve all been there before. You’re chowing down at your favorite fast food restaurant, maybe Wendy’s or Burger King, and then the unsettling thought creeps into your head… is there fetus in this?
Yes, the question of whether or not there are human fetuses in our fast food has been making Oklahomans nervous for as long as this blogger can remember. But just when we thought it was time to accept the grim reality that we may or may not be consuming the unborn in our Big Macs, one man decided to stand up and end our statewide nightmare. That man is Senator Ralph Shortey.
The Oklahoma City Republican has proposed a bill that says: “No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.”
Now, many people have called the bill ludicrous, unnecessary, stupid and even preposterous. But those people probably eat sand-burritos from Taco Bell. I ask you this, fellow citizen - do you really think a person who knowingly eats cat litter wrapped in a tortilla would care if they were eating human in their hamburgers? The answer, for this blogger, is no.
In fact, my only problem with the bill is that it doesn’t go far enough. Sure, there’s no real evidence that we are being fed fetuses with our fast food. But, you know what? There’s also no evidence that we are being fed puppies in our popcorn chicken. Where’s the ban on that?
There’s actually plenty of things I don’t want to find in my food: Kittens, the elderly, hypodermic needles, illegal immigrants, sharia law, ghosts, and the list goes on and on…
BAN THEM ALL, OKLAHOMA!
By preemptively banning gross stuff from our food, we can ensure that they will maybe never show up in our mystery meat. I say maybe because, well, you know, things just happen sometimes.
But I digest. We must stand behind Senator Ralph Shortey in his crusade against culinary horseplay.
(side-note, ban horse meat) I mean, either that or just sit there and keep on eating your god-knows-what from lord-knows-where… but don’t come crying to me when you find children in your chili.
I Am Different
It’s interesting to me that being a “misfit” or an “outcast” has become trendy. You have shows out there like Glee which sing the praises of individualism and “being yourself,” even if it means not fitting in with the cool kids. Then there are hipsters, of course, who operate on the virtues of originality and nonconformity. Marching to the beat of your own drum has become something to aspire to - in the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, and the people you associate with. It all sends out one message: I’m different.
Now for someone like me who has never felt like they truly fit in, you would think that this would come as good news. Finally, an era where being yourself and being unique are good things! Er, that is what’s happening here, right?
Wrong. Statistics say bullying is at an all time high, and the Internet has only provided a new and exciting venue for bullies to exploit. The suicide rate amongst gay teens remains to be much higher than their heterosexual counterparts. Moving away from the high schools, anti-gay bullying in colleges continues to be a thing.
What gives?! Isn’t that Dr. Suess quote saying, “be who you are and do what you do” in like everyone’s favorite quote section on Facebook? Are college students not walking around wearing nonprescription glasses from Urban Outfitters and totally quirky vintage rags from the thrift store?Have people stopped reading “The Communist Manifesto”to look intellectual and maybe slightly dangerous? ZOOEY DESCHANEL?!
In a time where it’s “cute” to be maladjusted to societal norms, I must ask… why does it still suck to be maladjusted to societal norms? Why is it that every time I post something about gay rights on Facebook, some girl wearing hipster glasses in her Instagram default photo leaves a comment saying, “I don’t really agree with gay marriage. Sorry, I just don’t.”
How come whenever I talk about how Rick Santorum is a homophobe with a history of highly disturbing anti-gay statements I get backlash from a guy saying, “wow, you want people to tolerate your lifestyle but you can’t even tolerate Rick Santorum for his views?” only to find out that this guy is a “Gleek?”
How come sororities will kick girls out during rush if they suspect them of being “a dike” but will turn around and wear oversized men’s shirts because they think it’s cute? Mind you, these girls probably all have that Dr. Seuss quote on their Facebooks.
And why is it that when I open my mouth and advocate a boycott of a business that is proven to be anti-gay, I get told to stop being so whiny and to not complain so much by another gay man wearing women’s jeans?
Why is it that everyone wants to be different, but no one actually wants to change anything?!
And so, as I try to sit at the same table with these people who claim to be “totally unique” and “individuals,” I realize something. That in this strange culture where being a loner and being a misfit are supposed to be cool, I am a loner and a misfit. Except I’m not cool.
The truth is… people are still the same. They may be wearing nonprescription Raybans, but they’re the same. They might watch Glee on a daily basis, but they’re the same. They might have twenty quotes on their Facebook about being unique, they may describe themselves as “different,” they may have a thousand tattoos on their body, have piercings in strange places, and might act as quirky as they come… but they’re the same.
Because “different” is just another label you put on. It doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. “Misfit,” “outcast,” yeah right. Have you seen the misfits on Glee?! How many misfits do you know that look like Finn Hudson?
(though more people looking like Finn Hudson would not suck)
I’m not saying it’s wrong to do any of these things… but I am saying this: don’t be fooled. We don’t live in an era where it’s okay to be different. We don’t live in a world where being “weird” or “quirky” or “eccentric” is encouraged. And we certainly do not live in a society where trying to change things is smiled upon.
And thus my rant is over. I am off to the thrift store to buy a grungy blazer while playing “Don’t Stop Believing” by the cast of Glee on my iPod.