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25 June 2016 @ 01:06 am
Just discovered this Christian progressive metal band from Sweden thanks to progrockandmetal dot net
24 June 2016 @ 08:15 am
I was thinking of the rainbow that appeared over Scotland's Parliament on the day the voted to legalize gay marriage and the rainbow (and 49 birds) that appeared over a vigil for the Orlando victims. Then it occurred to me. Who does Genesis 9:13 say puts rainbows in the sky?
19 June 2016 @ 02:05 am
I may not agree with how this guy feels about LGBT people, but I like what this guy says about the real definition of tolerance

18 June 2016 @ 07:56 am
This is why people run away from the religion of an angry, homophobic god and look elsewhere for spiritual answers. No, I'm not referring to the massacre of 49 people in Orlando. What I'm referring to are Christian pastors, God's ambassadors and spokesmen, NOT affiliated with the so-called Westboro Baptist Church, who are saying stuff about the massacre like 'that's 49 less pedophiles on the street' and 'they got what they deserved'.

I've used the plural for "pastor" because at my last count, it was no less than three who are saying this stuff to their congregations, and these are just the ones who have YouTubes of their sermons. How many more are there? How many times does an innocent person have to suffer violence either from a stranger, by their own family, or by their own hand because the message they get from you is they will never fit in with your 'Christian' ideal, or be loved by God? How many more times do the actions of a highly disturbed terrorist with an assault rifle be praised as fulfilling God's plan? Why are there not voices of outrage from other pastors drowning out the supposed few who have made these hateful statements? Unless of course maybe most pastors agree with the basic sentiments but just wouldn't have been so outspoken about it.

Some Christian congregations have given blood to help the victims (many devout Muslims have too, on Ramadan). One Christian in another state handmade 50 white crosses with the names and likenesses of the victims inscribed, and delivered them in person. But these are a few bright lights in the dark churning sea of indifference.

It's the pastors, the ministers, the leaders of the faith, the ones who supposedly have, or at least seek the mind of God, the ones who speak for Him, the ones to whom their flock and other believers look for guidance--the vast majority of them seem to have very little of anything positive to say about the victims and those in stages of recovery.

You pastors who supposedly know the Bible inside and out, where are an LGBT person's incentives for following your god when most of you think that everyone is born straight and cisgendered? What is their incentive for following your god when too many of you still believe that being gay is a choice, and that if the individual just prays and believes enough they can be straight again, and if they can't change then they should just be celibate? Why do you still stubbornly hang onto 7 scriptures which are arbitrary at best as your model for family and relationships, yet ignore "abominations" of eating shellfish and pork, and the scriptures concerning divorce? Why do you continue to use widely discredited data to try to bolster your flawed arguments against gay people, and why do you resort to using fear to keep your congregations in line? You use the threat of Hell as incentive to try to keep young people straight, but the only hell is the one you create for them in this life by withholding your care and pronouncing judgment.

The majority of LGBT people are outside of your church's dank walls, not because Satan drove them away, but because YOU did. But that's kind of okay with you because that way they won't infect your compliant flock.

You don't even try to exercise the smallest iota of empathy toward people who have different innate attractions from yours. You never allow yourself to question, because what if you've been wrong all along? -- it's easier to just repeat the standard lines. Gay people are only object lessons for your next sermon. Your god is truly as homophobic as you are.
17 June 2016 @ 10:19 pm
For 30 years, I have liked how this song is about helping those who are less fortunate than the rest of us, something that the Bible tells us to do

15 June 2016 @ 02:40 am
By the legendary Gaither Vocal Band


Also, I have a prayer request. Woke up this evening with a toothache in one of my wisdom teeth. I need prayer that it'll go away on its own. I really REALLY do not want to go through the expense or discomfort of having to get my wisdom teeth removed.