So, you’re a Christian: That don’t impress me much.

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As a child, I found myself preoccupied with topics such as archeology, paleontology, and astronomy. One of the most influential of all perhaps, was Egyptian history and culture. Fascinated with everything Egypt from its architecture to its polytheistic belief system, it quickly became an obsession.  My family was never very religious to begin with, but the notion of more than one deity, especially to a child growing up in suburban southern California, intrigued me. I remember telling myself that the existence of more than one supreme being was complete nonsense. Continue reading

Why Won’t These Bigots Show Us Any Compassion?

 

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Author Andrew Sullivan of The Dish appeared on The Colbert Report yesterday evening, where he brought up an interesting point with respect to the growing phenomena of automatically labeling conservatives as “bigots.” In light of the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, due to his participation in Proposition 8, Sullivan argues that someone being fired from a job for a belief or political view (at least in California) would be illegal. Back in 2008, Eich donated $1000.00 to support California’s Proposition 8 which of course was designed to ban gay marriage in the state. Earlier this week, Eich’s role in Prop 8 resurfaced, and following surmounting pressure from Mozilla employees, gay rights activists, and developers, he decided to resign. While he wasn’t fired, the growing adversity left him little choice but to leave his post. Some activists call it a victory, but Sullivan asserts that we stormed the castle with pitchforks and torches; I concur with Sullivan. This is not to say that I agree with Eich’s actions or credence, rather, that our casual application of the word bigot to anyone who opposes the LGBTQ community with their own beliefs, is itself an act of bigotry.

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Special Rights: 5 Ways Gays Have It Better Than You

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Do you ever find yourself wondering why your life means so little? Why people don’t treat you with the respect you’re entitled to? Do you feel persecuted, isolated, disenfranchised, demeaned, neglected, shamed, or ridiculed? If you’ve answered yes to one or all of these questions, you’re probably not gay. According to a number of Republicans and Christian apologists, gay people are entitled to “special rights.” These rights essentially place gay well-being over the well-being of every other person in the country. As a non-gay, here are a list of special considerations to which you are not entitled:

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Bitter Tea, and the Art of False Equivalence

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“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” “The day flew by.” “Life is like a box of chocolates.” I consider myself a fan of metaphors and similes. These rhetorical devices are often useful in literary works to help a reader better envision the story the author is trying to convey. Speech writers, news anchors, and politicians also employ the use of rhetoric in order to make a point that an audience can visualize and relate to. Sadly, rhetoric is often misused to purposefully distort reality in an effort to rally people around, what i would argue are, misguided ideologies. Continue reading