Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stop Breathing For Jesus

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Catching Up - Apple Is Totally Gay


So here's another bit of news where I'm a bit late to the party - Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he is gay. Amazingly enough, fire and brimstone have not rained down on Apple's headquarters. God is really slipping on this, it's like he's not there. I find myself doing the same things today as I did before Tim Cook made the announcement, because his sexuality is no concern of mine. In fact the only time someone else's sexuality is of my concern is if I want to have sex with them. Which is probly why I get really weirded out when people, usually fundies, seem overly concerned with my sexuality.

That said, he could have kept this private, but I'm glad he didn't, he had good reason not to. In his own words - "I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

I couldn't agree more.

As you might guess, conservative Christians are feeling massive butthurt over this. The Russians are so butthurt over it they tore down a monument to Steve Jobs. Tony Perkins is calling for a boycott with out actually saying the word boycott. Rather he did a write up about apps that advise you of the values of various companies so you can vote with your dollars. Bryan Fischer sent out a few whiny crybaby tweets. But were they from an iPhone, because that would be funny.

Have to admit I wish Christian conservatards like Fischer and Perkins would boycott Apple, along with MicroSoft, Google, Facebook and pretty much the whole rest of the internet. Not only would they be consistent, they would be less of a nuisance.

In case anyone is wondering, my opinion on Apple has not changed. Still last year's tech in next year's package being sold at a price that tells everyone you have more money than brains. I'm not running out to buy an i - anything. I can neither afford the price nor the reduction in entertainment and productivity. 

Relevant links:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2014/10/30/apples-tim-cook-says-he-is-gay-heres-a-reminder-that-not-everyone-is-pleased/

http://barbwire.com/2014/11/01/upsetting-apple-cart/

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Catching Up - Brittany Maynard Will Not Be Donating To the 700 Club


I wanted to do a video about this before Brittany Maynard moved on, Unfortunately I did not have the time. About a week ago Pat Robertson talked about her on the 700 Club and that's what I wanted to respond to. Let's listen to what he had to say.



I understand the problem old Pat has here. You can't tithe if you are dead. You can't donate to the 700 Club if you are dead either. Faith healers, like Pat Robertson, can only take advantage of someone in this situation is they are not only alive but have an irrational level of hope. And if people get the idea that they can be in control of their own death, then they might get the idea that they can be in control of their own life.

Now that I have that off my chest, I'll be serious.

This reminds me of a friend I lost many years ago. He had cancer. He beat it once. Nay, he kicked it's ass once. But it came back, and it came back strong. Sadly, not much could be done this time. It was going to kill him. treatments would have given him 6 months. Maybe a year. But that time would have been nothing less than torture. He looked in to other solutions. Alternative medicine and such. In the end, he chose quality of life over quantity of life. Chose not to take any treatments. Chose to die at home, naturally. Chose to die just as he lived, on his own terms. Yeah, I miss him. I would never say he committed suicide. I would never say he gave up.

What I have read about Brittany Maynard is similar. She just got more media attention. I think that's what the idea of dying with dignity needs. It needs a human face and it needs a human story. Not some geezer who is out to swindle people out of their money mischaracterizing those who are forced to make a decision that I wish on no one.


Monday, October 27, 2014

I wonder...

...if people I used to work with still read my blog.

Possibly how I should have ended it, so many missed opportunities. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

So-Called Hate Group?

Houston Pastors Subpoenaed, Must Be Persecution, Seems Legit

Starting to sound like fundies are flying off the handle while making a mountain out of a molehill. You know, being fundies. It does not bother me that the mayor did not know what was happening. What does bother me is that the city attorney did not know either. This case is kind of a big deal and relates to a controversial piece of legislation. He should have been more directly involved with this.

Wait. Did I say case? Yeah, there’s a court case that those subpoenas relate to. It’s not like the mayor’s attorneys did this on a whim or to try to nail pastors for hate speech or anything like that. It all starts back in May with the passing of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as HERO. This ordinance extends already existing federal anti-discrimination legislation to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. After HERO passed, those who opposed it began to collect signatures to put a repeal measure on the ballot. On July 3rd “more than 50,000” signatures were delivered to the city of Houston. A month later, the city determined those who opposed HERO were "2,000 valid signatures short of the 17,269-signature threshold" and that "most of the pages contained mistakes that invalidated the entire page of signatures." So out of an alleged more than 50,000, only 15,000 of them were valid.

On August 7th, HERO was put on hold after opponents of it filed suit against the city. These opponents were aided by a conservative Christian advocacy group that focused on opposing abortion and same-sex marriage. About a month later was when the city subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who not only opposed HERO, but were also connected to the conservative Christian activists who were suing the city.

Many of the pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed were actively involved with collecting signatures. The reason for the subpoena was to determine what instructions were given out in regards to collecting signatures. If the sermons were being used for organizing politics, particularly the politics of this case, then those sermons are relevant to the court case that these pastors were already involved with in the first place.

See what happens when you mix religion with politics? You ride a fine line between the separation of church and state and make it far too easy for either side to cross that line. I do feel that the city’s attorneys on this case used a poor choice of words on the subpoenas. Made it far too easy for Christian conservatives to do what they do best, twist it into something it isn’t. I also feel that City Attorney Feldman should have been more closely involved with this case. However, this could have been avoided if the pastors were not so directly involved. America is not a theocracy, stop trying to make it one. It’s shit like this that causes people like me to get the idea that churches should be taxed, well this and multi-billion dollar corporate mega-churches. Preaching politics from the pulpit is a bad idea. Pastors collecting signatures for a petition is an even worse idea in my opinion. I can’t help but wonder how many people signed that petition just because their pastor told them to and had no idea what they were signing.

I’m not saying that pastors should have nothing to do with the political process, but the more you bring your church into government, the wider you open your door for the government to come in to your church.

links:
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/houston-not-going-after-conservative-pastors.html
http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/houston.asp
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/robertson-houston-case-worst-history-mayors-lesbian-predilections-blame