The Mormon Church took an unprecedented step toward accepting gay people recently and though it is a positive move, it does not go far enough.
The church opened a website: mormonsandgays.org , which seems to be an attempt to reach out to Mormon gays and the gay community at large. The website’s official statement states:
“The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.”
I am glad that the Mormon Church has accepted the fact that gay people are born the way they are, which is a step in the right direction. What they do not seem to grasp, the same as Evangelicals and even Catholics do not grasp, is that gay people are not going to choose to live a life of celibacy because of whom they are. Read more
Back in December, 2010 a Gallup Poll revealed that approximately 40% of Americans believe that god created man exactly as we are now about 10,000 years ago. Literally. Not as a fable. Not as allegory. Literally.
Another 38% accept that man evolved from lower organisms but that god guided the process.
Only 16% accepted evolution as having occurred without divine intervention - an increase from 9% in a previous poll. The rest had no opinion.
The belief in "creationism" is strongly tied to educational levels. Among those with college degrees (!) The level of creationist belief fell to a mere 37% while those holding unabashed secular evolution beliefs rose to 21%. Read more
Volunteering for a voter’s registration drive this past weekend, I grabbed a handful of forms and a clipboard from the coordinator, believing it would be easy to get people to sign up, or confirm they already had. Wandering around the local mall, asking passersby if they were registered, I was surprised and occasionally appalled at the reactions. Voters’ apathy is something statistics document, but hearing people’s reasons for not wanting to register revealed why: a sense of personal powerlessness.
More than anything else, I now believe, breaking down eligible voter apathy is the cure for what ails our national, state and local politics. We must find a way to convince the legions of potential voters their voice counts...and their input is greatly needed. Read more
Growing up in a Christian home may have its benefits, especially if it’s a loving home with parents who are good people and love their God and their children. There are also children who grow up in very conservative so-called Christian homes where children are instilled with an indoctrination of fear and hate. Just take a look at all the parents who have let their children die or caused their child’s death because of religious beliefs. Read more
So it was last Sunday morning and the "news" shows and respected journalists were yammering about whether or not coming out for same sex marriage will help or hurt Obama’s re-election efforts.
"Sixty percent of those polled indicate his stance will have no effect on their vote; 16% said they are less likely to vote for him while yadayadayada." Read more
It struck me only after finishing the eBook and skimming it for notes that The Rude Guide To Mitt was dedicated to Seamus. Oblivious to the allusion during my initial read, the irony of the dedication seemed fitting in retrospect. You see, Seamus was the one time dog of Mitt Romney, that is, until Seamus wisely ran away after Mitt strapped Seamus to the roof for a 12 hour nonstop car ride which literally scared the shit out of Seamus. Alex Pareene effectively uses the anecdote in the introduction to highlight the basic premise of his eBook, that Mitt Romney is one helluva strange guy. Read more
I realize the title of this article may seem a little bit on the baiting side and it’s meant to be. Mostly because it’s time to put the shoe on the other foot and see how that fits. And, just because Evangelicalism is so popular in America, doesn’t make it right on that aspect alone. If you go to other countries in other parts of the world, other religions are more popular, such as in the Middle East. Islam is most popular in some countries and even Hinduism in others or Buddhism in even other more Eastern countries. Evangelicalism is popular here but it isn’t in most other countries. Read more
On the American cable channel Fox Business an inexplicable whooshing nose accompanies graphics resembling the opening titles of robot wars as a gray middle-aged presenter introduces his boss live on air. “Chairman thanks very much for joining us we appreciate it sir”, “good afternoon” replies the Australian media baron. Read more
I’ve never been much of a Glenn Beck fan, since I don’t particularly care for red-faced screaming one-note commentators (regardless of whether they are conservative or liberal), but oh, MY – this is b Read more
Storytelling has always played an intricate role in helping us to better understand the human condition.
In God We Rust
By Scott Mullin
Storytelling has always played an intricate role in helping us to better understand the human condition. Sharing stories with one another connects us, provokes thought, and offers a perspective on life. For thousands of years, mythology has been integrated into the fabric of a story. Although stories change from culture to culture and evolve from year to year, myths remain their timeless foundation. Read more