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They can only win if they can get us to accept and internalize the second-class status they propose for us. To accept our own marginalization, to be quiet, to stand down and keep our heads down. To live in fear, instead of acting, with courage, out of hope.

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, opining about the “second-class status” proponents of LGBTQ rights are conferring upon Christians. 

You seriously think Christians are an oppressed minority? I’m sick of this shit.

I can’t even… You’re not, okay? You’re not.

No one has launched a war on Christmas. No one is proposing your churches be forced to marry same-sex couples. No one is suggesting Christians be second-class citizens. If you’ll notice, your operatives are allowed to testify before state legislatures on how horrible same-sex marriage will be, even though you possess no scientific evidence and distort the facts about the LGBTQ community in such a way that it’s purely hateful.

LGBTQ Americans are the ones who are being treated as second-class citizens. Not you. In fact, folks like you have a history of oppressing those who don’t agree with you or are different, but always out of ‘love’ and concern-trolling for their eternal souls. Mr. Brown and his NOM cronies have a twisted view of love.

I can’t even…

(Source: nomblog.com)

Filed under Brian Brown NOM politics National Organization for Marriage WTF? Christians Christians are not oppressed I can't even GLBTQ GLBTQ Rights LGBTQ Gay rights second class marriage equality same-sex marriage

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Iowa LGBT group targets Bob Vander Plaats for laughing at ‘fag’ joke

The largest LGBT advocacy group in Iowa has already collected more than 1,000 signatures demanding an apology from Bob Vander Plaats, head of the conservative Christian organization The Family Leader, only 24 hours after launching the petition.

ThinkProgress released video Tuesday of Vander Plaats erupting in laughter and saying, “That’s pretty good,” after someone makes the joke: “You know what my wife says? She says: Iowa, the state where you can’t smoke a fag, but you can marry one.”

His organization created the controversial marriage pledge, which was signed by Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.

The petition calls on Vander Plaats to apologize for his “hurtful and derogatory language.”

"The bullying tactics of Bob Vander Plaats and the Family Leader have gone too far," said Troy Price, One Iowa Executive Director. "The overwhelming response we have seen shows just how Vander Plaats’ actions have hurt loving, committed couples and their families across the state. This type of language has no place in the conversation about marriage. Bob Vander Plaats must apologize to the thousands of Iowans he has offended with his actions."

You know what to do, folks. Here’s the link to the petition.

Filed under The Family Leader politics Iowa Bob Vader Plaats asshat bigot bigotry GLBTQ gay gay rights Christianity? christians

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Southern Decadence protest leader booked with masturbating at Metairie park

A self-styled “Christian patriot,” [Rev. Grant] Storms led a small West Bank congregation called The Reformer Church and for 10 years hosted “The Reformer Radio Show” on WSHO. Storms has railed against the Roman Catholic church, calling it “satanic” and “demonic.”

He is especially known for arming followers with bullhorns, Bibles and picket signs to protest Southern Decadence, the three-day gay festival held in the French Quarter during Labor Day weekend. 

Imagine the hypocrisy of a man who criticizes gay people and engages in masturbation whilst watching little children playing. Total shocker.

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Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields": Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt’s threatened Christian community

Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.

“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea.

A beautiful showing of solidarity indeed, and a horrible reminder that violence in the name of a deity makes it a reality. 

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"What's Queer?" Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

What’s “queer”? Here’s one train of thought about it. The depressing thing about the Christmas season—isn’t it?—is that it’s the time when all the institutions are speaking with one voice. The Church says what the Church says. But the State says the same thing: maybe not (in some ways it hardly matters) in the language of theology, but in the language the State talks: legal holidays, long school hiatus, special postage stamps and all. And the language of commerce more than chimes in, as consumer purchasing is organized ever more narrowly around the final weeks of the calendar year, the Dow Jones aquiver over Americans’ “holiday mood.” The media, in turn, fall in triumphally behind the Christmas phalanx: ad-swollen magazines have oozing turkeys on the cover, while for the news industry every question turns into the Christmas question—Will hostages be free for Christmas? What did that flash flood or mass murder (umpty-ump people killed and maimed) do to those families’ Christmas? And meanwhile the pairing “families/Christmas” becomes increasingly tautological, as families more and more constitute themselves according to the schedule, and in the endlessly iterated image, of the holiday itself constituted in the image of “the” family.

The thing hasn’t, finally, so much to do with propaganda for Christianity as with propaganda for Christmas itself. They all—religion, state, capital, ideology, domesticity, the discourses of power and legitimacy—line up with each other so neatly once a year, and the monolith so created is a thing one can come to view with unhappy eyes. What if instead there were a practice of valuing the ways in which meanings and institutions can be at loose ends with each other? What if the richest junctures weren’t the ones where everything means the same thing? Think of that entity “the family,” an impacted social space in which all of the following are meant to line up perfectly with each other:

  • a surname
  • a sexual dyad
  • a legal unit based on state-regulated marriage
  • a circuit of blood relationships
  • a system of companionship and succor
  • a building
  • a proscenium between “private” and “public”
  • an economic unit of earning and taxation
  • the prime site of economic consumption
  • the prime site of cultural consumption
  • a mechanism to produce, care for, and acculturate children
  • a mechanism for accumulating material goods over several generations
  • a daily routine
  • a unit in a community of worship
  • a site of patriotic formation

This is a brief, yet excellent look at Christmas and what it means for queer individuals, and further, what queer means - holidays or not. Thanks to my friend Aneda who sent this to me.

Filed under Christmas Queer GLBTQ Family What is queer Christianity Christians Holidays 'tis the season

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seriouslyamerica:

stfubelievers:

I;m glad I live in a country where I can tell you to STFU.
(Thanks Maggie)

I love how this person, clearly a Christian, says “I don’t find it offensive!” Good, I was SO worried that you Christians would find some other bullshit reason to be all offended and victimized.

I keep seeing similar shit popping up in my news feed too. Yeah, we’re so lucky you “allow” us to bah humbug your savior. It’s like you expect us to be gracious or something…

seriouslyamerica:

stfubelievers:

I;m glad I live in a country where I can tell you to STFU.

(Thanks Maggie)

I love how this person, clearly a Christian, says “I don’t find it offensive!” Good, I was SO worried that you Christians would find some other bullshit reason to be all offended and victimized.

I keep seeing similar shit popping up in my news feed too. Yeah, we’re so lucky you “allow” us to bah humbug your savior. It’s like you expect us to be gracious or something…

Filed under STFU Christians This is not what Jesus would do Happy Holidays Merry Christmas War on Christmas

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fyeahprivilegedenyingdude:

[Picture: Background: 8 piece pie style color split with red and teal  alternating. Foreground: White, cisgender guy with glasses and light  shadow wearing a sweat shirt over a button down and short black hair.  Has a smug, arrogant facial expression and crossed arms. Top text:  “’Happy Holidays’? I’m offended” Bottom text: “You should just assume I’m Christian”]

fyeahprivilegedenyingdude:

[Picture: Background: 8 piece pie style color split with red and teal alternating. Foreground: White, cisgender guy with glasses and light shadow wearing a sweat shirt over a button down and short black hair. Has a smug, arrogant facial expression and crossed arms. Top text: “’Happy Holidays’? I’m offended” Bottom text: “You should just assume I’m Christian”]

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Disney has decided not to do any more animated fairy tale movies for awhile, a 73-year tradition that made it the top children’s and family studio in Hollywood.
Thus, TANGLED will be the last animated fairy tale movie for a long time.
The biggest reason cited for this change is that girls no longer view princesses and getting married to be the ideal.
“By the time they’re 5 or 6, they’re not interested in being princesses,” said Dafna Lemish, chairman of the Radio and TV Dept. at Southern Illinois University and a self-proclaimed expert in the role of media in children’s lives. “They’re interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values.”
This is also what happens when Christians forget biblical truth and let Neo-Marxist, radical ideologies like cultural feminism run the mass media and change Western Civilization’s traditional Christian, biblical values such as purity, modesty and monogamous marriage.
Such radical ideologies have been infecting mainline denominations for decades, and now they are infecting evangelical denominations as well.
The best way to take a stand against this decline of civilization is to support MOVIEGUIDE®’s efforts to redeem the values of the mass media and transform the culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Uh, ok then… Neo-Marxism and Feminism ruin everything, for sure. As my fiancé pointed out, the Disney gals (Hannah Montana, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, etc..) are marvelous paragons of morality. 

Disney has decided not to do any more animated fairy tale movies for awhile, a 73-year tradition that made it the top children’s and family studio in Hollywood.

Thus, TANGLED will be the last animated fairy tale movie for a long time.

The biggest reason cited for this change is that girls no longer view princesses and getting married to be the ideal.

“By the time they’re 5 or 6, they’re not interested in being princesses,” said Dafna Lemish, chairman of the Radio and TV Dept. at Southern Illinois University and a self-proclaimed expert in the role of media in children’s lives. “They’re interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values.”

This is also what happens when Christians forget biblical truth and let Neo-Marxist, radical ideologies like cultural feminism run the mass media and change Western Civilization’s traditional Christian, biblical values such as purity, modesty and monogamous marriage.

Such radical ideologies have been infecting mainline denominations for decades, and now they are infecting evangelical denominations as well.

The best way to take a stand against this decline of civilization is to support MOVIEGUIDE®’s efforts to redeem the values of the mass media and transform the culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Uh, ok then… Neo-Marxism and Feminism ruin everything, for sure. As my fiancé pointed out, the Disney gals (Hannah Montana, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, etc..) are marvelous paragons of morality. 

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Things that exist, part deux: Movie Mom reviews New Moon

And we have Lautner’s excellent abs, which play such a significant role they should have their own billing. Lautner also has an easy confidence and sincerity on screen that nicely leavens the intensity and drama of the Bella-Edward connection. The screenplay is seasoned with some humor and a reference to self-referential cleverness that is almost meta.

Oh, dear. Movie Mom, we have a problem. You sound like a horny 15-year-old girl. WWJD, huh? Pretty sure you’re breaking that one commandment about having other gods before that really jealous one.

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