Sunday, July 28, 2013
Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered? Although Mr. Putin may think he can control his creation, history proves he cannot: his condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians.
Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against. We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers. We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation. We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities. We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.
Why millennials are leaving the church
Just to clarify: marriage equality was not legalized across the country today. However, today’s supreme court decisions will strengthen marriage equality laws in states that have already passed them, encourage other states to pass pro-equality legislation, and almost certainly lead to an even bigger supreme court case in a few years that WILL legalize marriage equality nationwide.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Today is Loving Day, the anniversary of a 1967 supreme court ruling that struck down interracial marriage bans in 17 states. This month, the court will be issuing rulings on multiple cases regarding same-sex marriage. I hope equality wins now as it did then.
Monday, May 13, 2013
When a state that refers to itself as ‘the Land of Lincoln’ is unable to grant equal rights to all its citizens, something is wrong.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Must be a great day to live in Minnesota- unless you’re Michele Bachmann.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Why do I celebrate Christmas as a non-religious person? For the same reason Christians celebrate Halloween (a Celtic/Pagan holiday). It’s just plain fun.
Also fun fact: a lot of Christmas traditions we have today were originally Pagan in origin as well.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Someone I know shared this on Facebook. This is THE MOST RIDICULOUS ARGUMENT. God isn’t “allowed” in schools? Excuse me? Are we talking about the same omniscient being that can do and go wherever the fuck it wants? I think what they meant is that public prayer and other religious acts of worship aren’t allowed in schools- and for damn good reason. Also, isn’t it pretty damn blasphemous to pretend to speak for God like this shirt is doing?
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
It’s odd when people who aren’t religious use phrases like “Please pray for me” or “I am so blessed.”
There are other ways of saying these things without the religious connotation.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
There's some big thing on TV November 6th.
Spoiler alert: Obama wins.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
You know you’re in trouble when Joss Whedon rallies his troops against you.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Halloween evolved from the Celtic festival, ‘Samhain’, which marked the end of the harvest season and was believed to be the time of year when the veil between life and death was thinnest.
In a new Gallup study, 6.4% of Americans between the ages of 18-29 now identify themselves as LGBT.
This is a record high, and it is important to note that this number only reflects the people who PUBLICLY acknowledge to being LGBT. As we know, there are still many in the closet. This is also only one study to consider.
Halloween is about candy, costumes, and scary things- right?
Actually, Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhaim which marked the end of the harvest season on November 1st. On the night before Samhain, it was believed that the veil between life and death was thinnest, and the dead could return. People would leave food/make sacrifices to appease the spirits and wear masks to confuse/ward them off. The Christian church tried to do away with Samhain altogether by designating it All Saint's Day- a time to honor saints and pray for the recently departed. The night before All Saint's Day was named All Hallow's Eve (later shortened to Halloween). Despite their efforts, many Samhain traditions persisted (especially in Ireland and Scottland), and immigrants brought those traditions to North America (including the traditions of 'guising' and 'souling'- which would later evolve into trick or treating).