Exit, Pursued by a Bear

How evangelicals won a culture war and lost a generation – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

(Source: cubstearns)

Real talk: Between the anti-intellectualism of “God’s Not Dead”, the WorldVision will-we-won’t-we-hire-openly-gay-employees fiasco, Hobby Lobby’s fight against birth control, and the fact that apparently it’s okay to white-wash a story about Noah as long as we don’t sneak any environmental messages in there, I’m feeling particularly pessimistic about the evangelical Church right now.

mcguirkthejerk:

kristinethequeen:

jimmysnowvakk:

This is what pisses me off about Tumblr. You all say you’re so accepting and you don’t want to offend anyone, but then thousands of people reblog something like this because Christians aren’t the minority. You wouldn’t want to offend a Muslim, and if this were offensive to them or another minority, there’d be so many comments about it. But everyone is completely fine with offending a non minority. “You’re not oppressed, you can’t talk!” You know what? I’m a Christian and this offends me and my faith, but nobody’s going to care about that because I’m not oppressed. Tumblr is hypocritical and that needs to stop.

Amen to the comment

Oh my precious lambs:

Examine why you are being offended. Because this is literally how a sunset works. There is not room for debate on this question. There is less room for debate on this than there is on just about any other thing. We are not reblogging because Christians aren’t the minority, dear ones. We are reblogging because after the debate a few days ago, creationists were given the opportunity to pose a question for non-creationists. One of these questions was:

"How can you explain a sunset if their is no god?" (sp.)

Questions, we assume, are posed so that someone might answer them. And yes, there is an answer of how exactly one can explain a sunset given the absence of a divine force. Now, you can certainly posit that God is the creator of all things and so all things came from him including the sun and light refraction and anthrax and kittens and famine and all that jazz.

But you don’t get to deny that THIS IS HOW A SUNSET WORKS, and of the necessary elements of this equation (Sun + Atmosphere + Angle = Sunset), God is not one of them. That’s because everything else is an observable phenomenon, and God is not. You can explain a sunset without God. You can go ahead and believe that God’s part of it all. That’s cool. Lots of people believe stuff like that, and I encourage you to delve into the ways that people make science and their faith jive. But if you are offended by being shown the basic scientific principals behind a sunset, you must be offended by damn near everything. And that seems exhausting. 

In short:

This was never about offending Christians, because, as Bill Nye so respectfully pointed out, billions of Christians (and other religious people) around the world accept and understand science. This isn’t about Christianity; it’s about ignorance. And it breaks my heart that the two have become conflated (in no small part to people who give Christianity a bad name, like the first commenter).

(via cubstearns)

Apparently “Sukkot-style” Thanksgiving celebrations are becoming a thing among some churches.

STAAAAHP.

It’s bad enough that some people are trying to make Christian Passovers a thing. Passover is not about Jesus. It was never about Jesus. Stop trying to make it about Jesus. It’s a religious holiday that is still being celebrated by people who don’t think it’s about Jesus, and you can’t just come in and say all those people have been wrong about their own holiday for thousands of years.

I appreciate your desire to “get back to the roots” of your faith, but you can’t do that by coming in to an already existing faith and changing everything. If you want to appreciate Judaism, then appreciate it as Judaism, not as proto-Christianity-that-is-practiced-by-idiots-who-didn’t-realize-Jesus-was-the-messiah. It’s insulting and gross.

And there is far too long of a history of Christians (culturally and/or religiously) being assholes to Jews (culturally and/or religiously) for you to just waltz in now and stake a claim on the traditions you’ve enjoyed stomping on for centuries.

JUST ENJOY THANKSGIVING. Let Jews have Sukkot. OMG.

It’s too early for this.

Are you being persecuted?

thehashtagsupremacy:

conspiracytheorist79:

#EditorialCartoon by @DavidHorsey “What would Jesus say about Republican attack on food stamps?”

Jesus is great; it’s his fandom you gotta watch out for.

thehashtagsupremacy:

conspiracytheorist79:

#EditorialCartoon by @DavidHorsey “What would Jesus say about Republican attack on food stamps?”

Jesus is great; it’s his fandom you gotta watch out for.

(via sovietsiren)

“When we think of the people who suffer so much, do we think of them as though they were an [abstract moral conundrum], pure ideas, ‘but in this case … this case …’, or do we think about them with our hearts, with our flesh, too? I do not like it when people speak about tough situations in an academic and not a human manner, sometimes with statistics … and that’s it. In the Church there are many people in this situation.”

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- Pope Francis

Seriously thinking about putting this in my Teaching Philosophy.

Of Church, feminism, and safety

"Safety is a big thing for survivors of all kinds of abuse. It’s a big deal when someone confides their pain in another individual. And when that individual turns around time after time and clings to rules and regulations, idioms and cliches, proverbs and parables, it invalidates the experience and pain of the person who trusted them. It is a deep betrayal of trust. And when the Bible is used as a tool to shame people for their emotions, silence their pain, and brow-beat them back into line, all in the name of God…if that is not taking His name in vain to hurt the least of these, I don’t know what it is.

But you know what?

It’s been outside the church, among “godless” liberals and feminists, that I have been given the tools I need to heal. (I put “godless” in quotes, because I was always taught that liberals and feminists are godless, when in fact I’ve discovered quite the contrary.)

It’s been outside the church, among these liberals and feminists, that I’ve learned that it is okay for me to exist.

It’s been outside the church, among these liberals and feminists, that I’ve been allowed to grieve when I hurt, rage when I’m angry, dance when I’m happy, and experience human emotions fully for the first time in my life.

It’s been outside the church, among these liberals and feminists, that I’ve truly heard for the first time that there is nothing I can think, say, do, or wear that can possibly justify sexual, physical, spiritual, or emotional violence against me.

It’s been outside the church, among these liberals and feminists, that I’ve been told that my voice is important.

It’s been outside the church, among these liberals and feminists, that I’ve been told that my entire worth isn’t located in my vagina or connected to any activity that happens therein.

It’s been outside the church, among these wonderful, strong, brave, compassionate liberals and feminists, that I have found safety. Understanding. Friendship. Love.”

I want to adopt, fairly badly, so sometimes I go to adoption websites just to see what kids need families. Tonight I was looking through page after page of a national adoption website, and every. single. child. has a severe physical or mental disability, requiring a great deal of time and care from the parents who eventually adopt them. The kind of commitment I just can’t see myself being able to make until, frankly, I retire, or make so much money that Chad can stay home full-time.

Which leads me to this:

"You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless."- Exodus 22:22-24

"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute."- Psalm 82:3

"They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy."- Jeremiah 5:28

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” - Malachi 3:5

"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."- Ezekiel 16:49

The Bible is pretty damn clear about the responsibility Christians have to take care of orphans. And even the quickest search of America’s foster care system will make it pretty damn clear that what these orphans need is access to medical care, or adoptive parents who have access to medical care. As much as I want to adopt, for example, there’s no way Chad and I can take on the financial responsibility of caring for a child with these kinds of medical needs. And I’m sure we’re not the only couple in that position.

Plus, I’m wiling to be a GREAT number of these children have living parents who just couldn’t afford to take care of them when they found out that they were going to have disabilities, and either chose not to or were not able to abort the pregnancies. How many of these children could be with their biological families if access to mental and physical health care weren’t so cripplingly expensive in this country? How many more could find loving adoptive families that much easier?

But voting to create a universal health care system in the United States? No way. That’s socialism, and clearly fear of socialism trumps any and all commandments to do our part for the poor, or the orphans, in our society. After all, taxes are theft, and HOW DARE YOU STEAL MY MONEY SO THAT POOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE CAN HAVE A SHOT AT A BETTER LIFE?

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