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  1. Maybe the younger generations 'get' that Christianity is one of the roots for all the hate they've had directed at them. Why would they lend their numbers to such an institution?

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 4, 2011 3:56:55 PM


  2. I really dislike the discourse around Christianity and gay rights. The discourse acts as though all Christians are the same, which is simply not true. That discussion often turns me off of the gay rights movement because it is hypocritical. We hate when anti-gay forces act as though one gay person who does a bad thing represents all gay people. So why do we do the same to Christians?

    Can't we have a more nuanced discussion?

    Posted by: eric | Jan 4, 2011 5:53:25 PM


  3. I don't understand how anyone can go through life without a spiritual under-pinning of some kind. And I mean beyond existential humanism. This is especially true as you age.

    ...Young people gay and otherwise, do of course often live in the moment. And it is especially necessary to be very upfront and honest with them. Sugar-coating doesn't cut it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2011 6:15:43 PM


  4. the adventures of tom sawyer lambastes southerners, religious folk, and the institution of slavery

    the n word used in it is appropriate to twain's derogatory portrayal of slavery and the south

    Posted by: blah | Jan 4, 2011 6:24:48 PM


  5. eric

    there is a huge difference

    gayness is hereditary while religious nutz is chosen even if raised in it eventually you grow up and away from family so you eventually choose to embrace the insanity of boogedy boogedy sky fairies

    Posted by: blah | Jan 4, 2011 6:28:02 PM


  6. Tom Sawyer takes place in a specif place and time, and it reflects it. It doesn't reflect our post-modern, post-industrial, wealthy, first- world political correctness. Whenever I watch a movie that purports to take place in a certain place and time, and the characters are acting out-of-place and 'Modern' [because the producers must s*ck up to specific demographics who still go out to the movies en-masse] I cringe.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2011 6:32:54 PM


  7. Blah,

    It's that sort of intolerance of religion that simply ossifies tension between gay rights and religious groups, and puts religious gays in an awkward position.

    Just because you don't agree with something doesn't mean you need to be disrespectful. Of course, you'll reply, "Well they don't respect us!" Which, of course, takes my back to my very first point about painting Christians with broad strokes and acting as if all Christians are the same.

    Sigh...

    Posted by: eric | Jan 4, 2011 7:35:38 PM


  8. no eric I won't reply that way

    I will reply that "they" have massacred millions of women, gays, and non xtian indigenous people for millennia


    Posted by: blah | Jan 4, 2011 7:43:06 PM


  9. Hey Blah,
    I think Eric is trying to take note that not all Christians are hate-mongering idiots. I grew up in the United Church of Christ, the same church that ordains gay ministers, marries gay couples, and tried to get their acceptance commercials broadcast. When I came out, it really wasn't that big of a deal _because_ my parents were this kind of Christian. It's rare, but there are Christians out there that not only "tolerate" gay people, but sympathize with our struggle for equal rights. Are there assholes out there that use religious dogma as a tool of oppression? Hell yes. But to paint an entire category of people, to generalize to such a drastic degree does us and our community a great disservice. That's what assholes do. They ignore an individual's complexity and replace it with a stereotype. No one disagrees with you that a great amount of harm has been done to the gay community and the world at large by men wielding religion, but that is not an excuse to widely dismiss each individual associated to such a broad category of religion. Because while there are Inquisitions and Focus on the Familys, there are also Habitat for Humanities, Soup kitchens, and other forms of outreach. Hate on the haters, definitely, but make sure you can differentiate your enemies from your friends.

    Posted by: Henry | Jan 4, 2011 8:14:26 PM


  10. I refuse to play by the christianist (and religionist) rules that their beliefs must be respected. No. I have no more respect for mass delusion than I have for more idiosyncratic delusions like pink trolls living under rocks in someone's backyard.

    I also find it hateful that when this respect is not given then they make threats of "if you don't respect us we won't respect you". I don't want your respect. I want, and earn, the respect of rational people. What that threat really is is a majoritarian pronouncement that if you don't follow their rules then they, with their majority power, will punish you. It's not about right and wrong, it's about power and enforcement.

    So yeah, there are churches where their delusions are not manipulated to hate other people. Fine. Good. That doesn't make the delusions any less of delusions.

    Posted by: greg | Jan 4, 2011 8:35:56 PM


  11. There are some good, enlightened folks in the Republican Party too. But, I'm not going to go out and join the G.O.P. tomorrow.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 4, 2011 8:59:26 PM


  12. The priest is hot.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 4, 2011 9:20:50 PM


  13. I cringe with this annual Mark Twain controversy. I am black and I LOVE 'Huckleberry Finn'. Twain's entire point of using the word was to make a point about its true offensiveness, even in his time. Seeing Jim as a person and not a sub-human is one of the most beautiful moments in American literature, and it wouldn't be as powerful without the previous use of the word. Twain's art deserves respect and should be taught in full to highlight just how subversive and smart his book is.

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 5, 2011 1:09:26 AM


  14. @Ratbastard

    Obviously, you don't understand quite a lot. In the first place, your own inability to understand something does not mean it isn't true, which is something a large number could stand to learn. Secondly, what exactly is a spiritual underpinning and why the hell would anyone need one? Because the majority of society has been trained to believe that one is necessary for happiness?

    What a load of bullshit.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Jan 5, 2011 2:03:15 AM


  15. Regarding Huckleberry Finn, I think changing a classic tale to remove certain hateful words is inappropriate, and is basically a lie. Those was the words. They are in the books. To white-wash it (so to speak) does a disservice to anyone who reads the edited version. These books should be clearly marked as having been modified.

    It is appalling that the head of an English department at a university would even consider this (or refuse to say these words clearly written in the text, when reciting). It's like a math professor deciding that Pythagoras really meant to solve Fermat's last theorem, and therefore we should just assume he did.

    And does this rule work elsewhere? No. The Boondocks remains a great show, despite its liberal use of such words. If you removed the word, you wouldn't have the same show. It's integral.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 5, 2011 2:39:19 AM


  16. One ridiculous creation myth is as stupid as another. One pack of miracles is no different than some other pack of miracles, all based on ignorance and fear. My objection is not that people believe this stuff -- it's that they try to stuff down other people's throats. And insert it in schools. And base laws on it. And allow bigots to destroy the rights of a minority whom they hate for religious reasons. It's sick.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 5, 2011 9:58:15 AM


  17. Huck Finn taught me exactly what hate speech is and Jim's evolution from slave to human gave me the tools I needed to reject the evangelical extremism that was foisted upon me as I grew up. We ought not sugar-coat what *SOME* religion is: a self-centric, condemnatory, and self-righteous book club where many members don't bother to examine the context of the novel they're reading. And that goes for more religions than just Christianity.

    But applying that view indiscriminately to all religion ignores or belittles some of the greatest contributions to humanity made by religious people. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu... the list goes on and on. Active hate towards the philosophies and spiritualities of these individuals is unwise at best. At worst, it smacks of the very same prejudice that prevents history teachers in most states from taking an honest look at gay rights and people like Harvey Milk.

    Posted by: JDB | Jan 5, 2011 10:26:10 AM


  18. With respect to the continuing reduction of the "Faithful" that go to "Church" every Sunday, Saturday, or Friday, as the three great religions require, it would be so easy for "GOD" to let us know that he really exists, and which of the three religions he endorses. All he (or IT) has to do is to violate one of the laws of nature for ten minutes on the day of the week that he wants us to show our weekly veneration of his existence.

    What law of nature should he (or IT) pick? How about having it Snow over the entire planet for ten minutes with Red flakes that pile up to to a full meter regardless of the temperature at the time in any place on the planet. Or turn off all electric power in the entire world for ten minute without it having any effect on the operation of any electric power plant. Or cure every person on Earth of any and all illnesses they might have.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jan 5, 2011 3:36:27 PM


  19. Jerry6,

    I bet if you thought real hard, you might be able to come up with a few reasons why God could exist and yet not be obligated to reveal itself to us or act like some sort of all-powerful magician. I'll give you just a few possibilities to chew on.

    1) At some point, you have to step back and let your children learn and live on their own.

    2) An omniscient/omnipotent being might have a different set of priorities than you or I. Convincing a handful skeptical monkeys of its existence might rank pretty low on the celestial "to-do" list.

    3) God may not actually be a singular entity as is often conceived by human religion. God might instead be something like the Force or perhaps God is the collective "soul" of all living and deceased life on Earth (or the Universe as a whole) or maybe God is actually the positive emanations from some sort of enlightened existence, similar to the Buddhist concept of Nirvana.

    4) Then again, God could just be a cranky old shepherd who doesn't feel obligated to prove himself as such to one of his sheep.

    5) God could actually be a manifestation of our species' collective subconscious desire for an orderly and just universe, in which case he/she/it is a hopelessly schizophrenic wreck at this point. Thus, the simple act of noticing prayers might be a bit much to expect at this point, much less miraculous acts on a global scale.

    Not saying I believe any of these to be true, but trying to disprove God by lack of contemporary divine interventions that meet your criteria is about as possible as trying to prove that every single one of the stories told in the Christian scriptures actually happened.

    Posted by: JDB | Jan 7, 2011 3:53:06 AM


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