Posts Tagged: religion



"It annoys me that the burden of proof is on us. It should be: ‘You came up with the idea. Why do you believe it?’ I could tell you I’ve got superpowers. But I can’t go up to people saying ‘Prove I can’t fly.’ They’d go: ‘What do you mean ‘Prove you can’t fly’? Prove you can!’"

-Ricky Gervais, Why I’m an Atheist

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"I am emotionally invested in challenging the truth of Christianity and opposing its harms. I have every right to be. I was indoctrinated–brainwashed even–into Christianity and it tried to control my entire life. This is an institution of people that felt no compunction about manipulating me and domineering my entire sense of self and philosophy and politics and sexuality. The Christian churches and ministers I was exposed to were unequivocal, everything about me needed to submit to the faith. While a Christian I loved it, bought into it whole hog. It was a gut wrenching intellectual journey out of the faith. Emotionally I would have loved to stay. Were it up to my emotions, I would still be a Christian. But I had a mind and an intellectual conscience and they were swayed against my heart."


Why I Wrote A Bad Movie Review of God’s Not Dead

Once again, I find Dan Fincke writing something that feels like it could have been written by me about myself. Even though I was raised Catholic (and not Evangelical), I was highly influenced by an Assembly of God church in my town, which I got connected to near the end of high school via the Christian music scene. I bet 18 year old me and 18 year old Dan would have gotten along quite well.

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A quick PSA, because working in a New Age store I realize a lot of people don’t know this.  Keep in mind this is the simple version.

The fella on the left-hand side, that’s Gautama Buddha, the Buddha, the central figure in Buddhism.  Note that he is not considered a god, but a teacher and spiritual leader, the first to attain Enlightenment in his era.  Note also how thin he is.  This is because the Buddha fasted a lot.  He was born Siddhartha Gautama.  Buddha is a title, and not actually his name.

The fella on the right-hand side is not Buddha.  This is a common misconception in the West.  That is Hotai (or Budai or Hotei depending on the language), a Buddhist monk from China and folkloric hero.  Hotai is thought by many to be a Buddha, but he is not the Buddha.  Unlike Buddha, Hotai actually is revered as a god in Chinese folklore, although not in Buddhist practice.

This post is based on things I’ve been taught by my Buddhist coworker but if I forgot or mixed up something important and you are Buddhist and you notice, please let me know.

This has been an informational post.  Have a nice day.



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"If there is a God, his plan is very simlar to someone not having a plan."

- Eddie Izzard
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I waited a day to post this in the hopes that I wouldn’t be so furious.  It didn’t help much.

In order to avoid presenting any identifying information about this story, it does have to be vague.  I’m going to be talking about one my students, whom I shall now refer to as X.  X was my student last year.  He’s a very sweet student and an incredibly dedicated learner.  He wants to do well and tries very hard in all of his classes.  The problem is…well, we don’t know what the problem is.  That’s the issue.  He has a cognitive issue, clearly.  

X’s teachers have begged his parents to test him for special education.  Every year.  Since kindergarten.  I spent every parent conference last year literally pleading with his parents to allow us to test him.  This year, his new set of teachers asked again.   

And we found the real issue.

They won’t test him because, according to them, this is God’s will.  And in order to test him, they would have to get their pastor’s permission.  To test their own child.  To help him.

This kid has been floundering in school since KINDERGARTEN and they have refused to let us try to get him the extra help he needs BECAUSE THEIR PASTOR WON’T LET THEM.




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Russell Brand telling Westboro Baptist what’s up.

I will reblog this until my fingers bleed.

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"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."


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.

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Religious fundamentalists

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My religion is better than your religion

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*points at a bible* you made this up for notes

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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.

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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 there 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:

People getting butthurt over science, fucking love it.

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