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necroticnymph:

briansandstorm:

That awkward moment when Diablo shows up to your religious protest

This reminds me of an old story I heard from a friend. One year, an anime con was being held the same weekend as a Bible Conference. This dude in an Ifrit costume, stilts and all, gets into the elevator, all hunched over, on his way down to the lobby. Before he could reach the lobby, the elevator stopped on another floor. Two old ladies clutching bibles were about to step on when they see this giant red demon-creature with glowing yellow eyes.

And in his deepest voice he says, “Going down?”

They shrieked and ran off to find another elevator.

giraffepoliceforce:

"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"

Jesus: Ah yes.

Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.

Jesus: What a shame.

christowitch:

satouusagi:

christowitch:

satouusagi:

just read something about how “dressing up like a nun for easter is bad bc nuns dedicate their lives to this religion dont appropriate easter or anything catholic!!!” or whatever and i just.

oh hon. catholics stole ostara and made it easter. catholic stole so much from paganism it isnt even funny.

Oh my sweet summer child…

……. Nope..no no no no  ..nope..nopers no sir..no mam…NO…

Easter is a Christian Holiday that is the first sunday after the full moon after the equinox. Ostara is March 21st or 22nd depending on the equinox.. This last year.. Easter was an entire MONTH away from Ostara.

Easter is Christian because it is entirely based within Judaic and Christian Tradition. The Passover is at the same time and was when God freed his people from slavery. The passover lambs blood was put over each door so that the plague would not touch them. Easter is about Jesus being OUR passover lamb and was so placed because his blood has saved us. 

The placement of Easter has nothing to do with Ostara or any Pagan holiday. 

Because it is a spring holiday..and when festivals first began happening you could only really decorate and celebrate with what was available in that season. SO alot of the “pagan” things in Easter..or more just a “nature” thing. Also pagan converts brought their own things with them.

Bunnies and eggs are not pagan..they are natural..you do not get to claim them. 

You can appropriate from  Catholics because it is a closed part of the Christian Religion and by taking anything sacred and making  it less sacred..that is appropriation.

Why anyone  would want to dress up as a Nun for Easter is beyond me…but “sexy nun” costumes are very inappropriate and very blasphemous. 

Please get your information right before word vomit causes alot of problems.

you’re christian so your argument on this is p invalid from the start 

the placement certainly has nothing to do with it, but the general idea was taken from paganism and twisted slightly. 

i know what the fuck easter and passover is dont treat me like i dont know. i went to a goddamn catholic school for most of my life. i’m aware of what goes on in this religion.

you cant appropriate from catholics, they’re a vast majority. its like saying you can appropriate from white people.

Oh…you’re one of THOSE people…

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gaywrites:

At Twin Cities Pride in Minnesota last month, an Evangelical group called Trinity Works deliberately pretended to be part of the festivities in order to trick people into being harassed about Jesus. 

The group set up a corn feed along the parade route where they invited Pridegoers in for food, drink and talking. That’s when they started interrogating people about Jesus and their LGBT identity. Some reports have said that the Trinity Works volunteers intentionally dressed similarly to Pride volunteers, created flyers imitating official Pride materials and even posed as medics in order to talk to people.

At the end of the whole, they proudly posted pictures and statistics on Facebook about how many people they prayed for and how many had “surrendered to Jesus.” They promised to return next year.

Trinity Works held a corn feed at 11th Street and Hennepin Avenue along the Pride parade route. According to OutFront, the support team had to counsel dozens who mistakenly thought it was part of Pride activities. “Pride-goers who went in, assuming it was LGBTQ-friendly, were surrounded by Trinity works people who said they would burn in hell because of their sexual orientation,” OutFront’s Monica Meyer said in a statement. “Our support team counseled more than a dozen people who unknowingly went in and left the corn feed shaken, crying and traumatized.”

The link above is to a piece I wrote about this for another blog, Friendly Atheist. I’m gonna repeat here what I said there: THIS is why LGBT people struggle to trust Christian allies. Because nobody who went into that booth is going to remember the pro-LGBT Christians who attended Twin Cities Pride; they’re going to remember the ones who terrorized them. I’m so sorry for those who had to go through this, especially those with Christian leanings who will forever feel a little less safe. 

Anonymous:
I find it offensive that you reblog posts that refer to non-Jews as "gentiles." How would you like it if Christians referred to you as a heretic?

hckleinman:

Gentile means “non-Jew.” That’s it. If you are offended by being called “not Jewish,” then I recommend you talk to a rabbi about whether or not Judaism is right for you.

plantfeathers:

speckldgiraffe:

I’m sorry, but if you don’t see that Vash is Christ and Knives is the Prince of Lies, you must be blind.

Mind if I throw another thought out there?  (And these are my personal interpretations, by the way, so anyone is free to say “Yes, you got it!” or “No, you’re crazy!” as they see fit. XD)

In the anime, I’d say this is pretty much it, yeah.  Knives hates humans and would like to see them all destroyed, just as Satan would like to see us all in hell, while Vash’s love and mercy ultimately prevail. 

But in the manga…

I actually see manga!Knives as a sort of… evil Christ.  A corrupted doppleganger to Vash’s Christ-figure.  There’s a greater emphasis in the manga on the idea that Knives’s kind are being mistreated by humans and that he wants to save them, giving the impression that, at least in his mind, he is rescuing the good and innocent from the clutches of the wicked.  He also has an airship that he dubs “the Ark,” which he intends to fill with the righteous plants while he kills the wicked humans.  Not to mention that he’s worshipped by Legato (who makes a good prophet for him) and others.  (The number of Gung-Ho-Guns in both versions of the story hover around the number 12, so that may or may not be a nod to the idea of 12 apostles.)*

So yeah, in my mind, anime!Knives = Satan, and manga!Knives = corrupted Christ-figure and Vash’s evil twin both literally and symbolically.

*Slightly spoilery comment on Wolfwood:  I’ve heard that some people view Wolfwood as a Judas figure to Vash’s Christ figure, because he hangs out with Vash but is secretly working for Knives.  If you want to view Knives as an evil Christ, then the role works both ways, because Wolfwood was working for Knives, but ultimately betrays him to side with Vash.

hummussexual:

brassmanticore:

themindislimitless:

gaywrites:

How do each of the major religions approach same-sex marriage? It can be hard to keep track of. Luckily, the Pew Research Center has put together a handy guide to the status of same-sex marriage in a number of the world’s largest religions. Read the full article about the Presbyterian Church’s approaching acceptance of marriage equality here

Many scholars and interpreters would actually say Islam has no clear position on queer marriage since in the Quraan itself homosexuality isn’t spoken of at all. One of the major ~condemnations~ is of the story of Lut and many scholars establish that is actually about rape/ childhood sexual assault, to be consistent with condemnations of those two things as repeated in the Quraan, and since queer existence is noted historically in that era and after, it’s not like they ~didn’t know about it~ simply that it was likely irrelevant.

There is reportedly an imam in my country (Oman) who marries gay men.  Many Muslim scholars don’t support gay marriage but that doesn’t mean the religion doesn’t.  Come on Pew Research Center, think it through and do the research.

Look at the nuances that Christianity and Judaism get. They are not lumped into one category like Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are. They are not seen as a monolithic caricature. They are divided in an attempt to add complexity and reflect how … not ‘black and white’ their picture is (they do a bad job at that as well, but regardless…). 

Even in Ramaḍān I am not allowed a reprieve on how US media portrays Islam as ‘The Other’.

alpacafurry:

mediapathic:

nextyearsgirl:

This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:

The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.

According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.

When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.

So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.

This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.

Also the fact that Jesus actually did help gay people. So fuck anyone who uses Jesus to excuse their hate.

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Was Jesus a racist?

This might be an uncomfortable question for Christians to ask, but, given this week’s lectionary text, I think it’s one we must ask. And we must ask it unvarnished.

Our immediate response likely is, “Of course not! Jesus couldn’t possibly have been racist!” But Jesus’ exchange with the Syrophoenician woman seems to tell a different story. In it, Jesus calls the woman, who was desperate for a miracle for her child, a dog, a dehumanizing ethnic slur common at the time. No matter what theological tap dance we might create to avoid this uncomfortable truth, eventually, we have to face this stark truth.

Jesus uttered a racial slur.

Part of the difficulty of this passage is that as Christians, we want Jesus to be the simple, easy answer to all our problems and to all of society’s problems. When faced with the complexities of personal and institutional racism, it is much easier to think of Jesus as transcending them all and loving all peoples regardless of skin color or culture of origin.

After all, that’s what our children’s song teaches us. Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in his sight.

But what of the little dogs? Does Jesus love them too?

The difficulty of this passage particularly for white Christians is that we want Jesus to be colorblind. We want Jesus to be colorblind because that’s what we want to be or think we should be. But, in truth, at least in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is anything but colorblind. In fact, rather than being part of the solution to racism or ethnic prejudice, Jesus seems to be very much part of the problem, according to this story.

So what does it mean, exactly, that the Son of God, the Incarnation, the Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, utters a racial slur?

Because that is exactly what Jesus does in his exchange with the Syrophoenician woman. When confronted with the gentile pagan in this story, he explains that his message and ministry are for Israelites only, a comment of ethnic exclusion and prejudice that calls to mind a similar refrain – whites only – that reverberated throughout the South not too long ago.

It wouldn’t be fair, Jesus explains, to take the banquet prepared for his people – the children, the humans – and give it to gentiles – the dogs, the less than human.

A number of scholars whistle past this ghastly put-down by explaining that perhaps Jesus called the woman a dog with a twinkle in his eye, as if he winked at her knowingly in order to say he didn’t really believe her to be a dog. Like she was in on the joke when he uttered this well-known racial slur. Others emphasize that the word for dog that Jesus uses isn’t the typical strong language usually associated with this racial slur. They explain that the word Jesus uses takes the diminutive form, implying perhaps a beloved pet or a lap dog, and therefore takes the sting out of the slur.

Of course, white Americans have had their own diminutive versions of racial slurs to imply endearment. Still unconvinced? Perhaps we can put this story in better context, my current context, the Deep South. Imagine the Syrophoenician woman as an African-American woman who comes to Jesus, a white male, seeking to be healed. In response, Jesus dehumanizes her, calls her an animal, a female dog, a bitch, even! Maybe he goes further, criticizes her for seeking a medical handout and labels her a welfare queen. He asks her why the good things meant for whites only should be given to the sweet little n*****s.

If those slurs are too harsh, choose a different one: a House Negro, an Uncle Tom, an Oreo. Boy. Dominant, oppressive cultures have a long history of assuaging their own latent guilt with terms of endearment for those they are abusing.

Do these diminutive forms, even when they have been used affectionately by whites, soften the sting of raw racism in the words? Clearly not, and I don’t think Jesus’ diminutive case of “dog” in this text softens the bite of his own racism either.

So what are we to make of this exchange? Clearly, racism is a sin, an evil, systemic sin which Christians everywhere should stand against. But how are we to do stand against racism when our own Lord and Savior has so clearly uttered such a heinous racial slur? Does it make Jesus a racist? Does it make him a sinner? How can we ever think of him the same again?

This, I think, is the great lesson of the Syrophoenician woman. It teaches us the dynamics of racism, of how even the best of humanity — the Incarnation himself — can get caught up in systems of oppression, in a culture of supremacy. As a good Jew, Jesus would have been reared to give thanks daily that he was born a Jew, not a Gentile, a man and not a woman. Jesus could not help but become entangled by such a sexist and racist snare.

Jesus, given his embedded culture, could not be colorblind. And neither can we.
But being caught in such evil, however, does not make one an overt racist. It is what happens in the moments afterwards that makes that determination. How we respond, when confronted with the narratives of the oppressed, reveal who we truly are. Do we continue to ignore or deny these realities of oppression? Mock them? Continue to brush them aside as dogs?
Or do we, like Jesus, do the miraculous and listen to them, be changed by the power of the truth of they are speaking?
When this woman, in boldness, confronts Jesus and his racist, sexist slur, Jesus listens, and hears. It is the only time recorded in the gospels in which Jesus changes his mind.
“But even the dogs get table scraps,” she replies, a complex response often required of the member of the “lesser race” who stands up to dismissive racism even while accepting its instituted, ugly, dehumanizing order.

Jesus is astounded, the holy wind knocked out of him.

A moment before, she was but a dog to him. In the next, the scales fall from his eyes as he listens to her and sees her for what she truly is, a woman of great faith, a moral exemplar, his teacher.

Jesus does the most difficult thing for those of us born into the unfortunate privilege of dominance or prejudice.

He listens. And allows himself to be fundamentally changed.

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prokopetz:

yasboogie:

James C. LewisIcons Of The Bible

The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."

"I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone."

For those who’d like to see the entire collection, “Icons Of The Bible” will on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

The funny part is that like half of the examples included in this post are historically plausible.

I was twelve years old when I came out.

2ndhalfoflife:

notalwaysluminous:

True story: 

I was told (by a priest) that I didn’t have a choice to be gay or straight; I was gay and I had a choice to be authentic about who I am or hide it, and that God was really proud of the choice I had made.

That’s literally how it should be for everyone, because that’s how God actually feels, I think.

And this, friends, is the proper Christian response to coming out. I am so glad that you had this support.

square-enixconfessions:

The subtext of FFX and FFXIII scares me i.e. defying the gods because it makes me wonder if Square has an agenda in regards to the idea of organised religion, like its some how ‘bad’. If you follow a religion that’s fine. If you don’t that’s fine, too but themes like these only serve to contribute to intolerance on both sides. I play Final Fantasy games as an escape, but some things just feel a little close to reality than fantasy, you know? Since when did playing video games get so serious?

Okay so movies, books, music, poems, paintings, etc, all featuring subjects in reality are cool, but OH NO NOT THE VIDEO GAMES, is that what you’re saying?

Video games are an art form just like movies and books and paintings and they deserve the chance to explore mature subject matter, too (in a hopefully mature way). Religion has been the subject of praise and criticism in art for as long as it has existed and video games should not be held to different standards just because they’re games. If anything, FFX and FFXIII prove that you can handle more serious subjects in your video game stories and make the gameplay fun as well. 

Don’t hold games back just because you’re afraid of faith being challenged in some of them. If you don’t believe faith can survive being challenged, you don’t have that strong a belief anyway, to be quite frank.

ashkenazi-autie:

baruchobramowitz:

Noah is a great example of why “Judeo-Christian” is a shit term

Conservative Christian commentators are flipping out because the movie isn’t literally Biblical. It doesn’t fit cleanly into the however many verses (90something?) Noah takes up in Genesis.

But the movie is chock full of Kabbalistic and Midrashic content. Extra-Biblical content? Yes. Does this extra-Biblical content always follow the letter of the Bible? No.

Is this extra-Biblical content still Jewish content, even though it doesn’t always click with the Biblical story? Yes.

I haven’t seen the movie? Can you talk more about the Kabbalistic and Midrashic content? I’m curious.

Edit: I found an article about it here.

"You know why LGBT people have such a bad impression of Christians? It’s not because of protesters with “God hates fags” signs. We know they’re extremists. It’s because of daily being dehumanized by the Christians who lecture and preach at us, treating us as issues instead of as human beings—and because of the Christians we know who stand idly by, thinking that if they’re not actively hating us, that counts as loving us."

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Crumbs from the Communion Table: You love gay people? That’s great. Prove it. (via azspot)

Every time I hear “Hate the sin, love the sinner” I want to scream.

My existence is not a sin. I’m not a sinner for existing. You do not “love” me if you feel this way.

(via fandomsandfeminism)

farorescourage:

literallysame:

what the actual fuck

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Even better! The school she was expelled from was a private Christian school who said the haircut made her look too much like a boy. Lots of bullshit all around.