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"I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that "we love the sinner but hate the sin." That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving lie designed to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement."

- Bishop John Shelby Spong

God Is Preventing A Cure For AIDS

nonplussedbyreligion:

“There’s a passage that I love in Romans 1 - I don’t love what the topic is - but it talks about homosexuality and it says that they will receive in their bodies the penalties of their behavior. And the Bible again, it’s right every time, and studies keep proving that and that’s why AIDS has been something they haven’t discovered a cure for or a vaccine for, because it’s the fastest self-mutating virus known to mankind. Every time they just about get a vaccine discovered for it, it transmutes into something new and they have to start over again. And that goes to what God says, hey you’re going to bear in your body the consequences of this homosexual behavior.” - David Barton, the most notorious liar in the Christian world. And THAT is saying something.

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(via nonplussedbyreligion-deactivate)

"But belief in blessing has an underside. If you believe in a God who blesses, you also believe in a God who curses, condemns. ‘Yes, we’ve been blessed”, people say, and now what I hear is: “God chose me’. For this Mercedes. For this big house on the hill. For this remission. And you? He chose poverty for you. And war. And a bomb on your child’s kindergarten playground. And a tsunami. And cancer. “God must have needed another angel.” “God works in mysterious ways.”"

- From the book, Breaking Up With God by Sarah Sentilles, this passage voices so perfectly what has always been my biggest problem with religion.

shortformblog:

Jon Stewart took to The Daily Show last night (11/10/11) to talk about the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, and gave a serious commentary about how people knew of Sandusky’s abuse and didn’t do anything, as well as the recent student rioting over the firing of coach Joe Paterno.

The very end of this is worth heeding for Penn State fans: “And just like with the Catholic Church, no one is trying to take away your religion, in this case, football. They’re just trying to bring some accountability to a “Pope” and some of his “Cardinals” who fucked up. So don’t worry, on Saturday, you’ll still get to go to ‘services’ against Nebraska. No one’s going to take that away. Because, obviously, you’re young. And that would be a traumatic experience. And we wouldn’t want that memory to scar you for life.”

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"Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies. The story of Eve and the serpent, and of Noah and his ark, drops to a level with the Arabian tales, without the merit of being entertaining; and the accounts of men living to eight or nine hundred years becomes as fabulous as the immortality of the giants of the Mythology."

- Thomas Paine, one of America’s Founding Fathers and author of ‘The Age of Reason’

I Have Been Hurt For The Last Time

I want to make this as clear as I possibly can:

If you, for whatever reason, feel that I am not deserving of ALL of the same rights you have as a straight person (whether I’m gay, straight, transgendered, or otherwise)…get the FUCK OFF MY FRIENDS LIST.

Put simply: I don’t give a rat’s motherfucking ass what “your bible tells you”. That shit is A BOOK, no different than Grimm’s motherfucking fairy tales as far as I’m concerned.

I’m sorry, but I want all of you religious fucks out of my life. I realize this will hurt a lot of you, but it is nothing in comparison to the hurt your religion has inflicted on me. I, seriously, want nothing to do with the lot of you. If any of you mention religion to me again, I will BLOCK you. I’m DONE. Step away from the angry faggot, I want nothing to do with you right now.   

September 29, 2010

In playing around with the new Facebook ‘Timeline’, I’ve been going through some of my milestone moments of the past few years.  Of course, the one date that I really went searching for was September 29, 2010 — the day that I saw Tyler Clementi’s body.  I’d like to share a post from that morning because I think it helps give some perspective to what was going through my mind at the time regarding the suicides of LGBT kids, and why I feel my being there by the river that day had a significant purpose.

So, it started with a share from Joe. My. God. (a fantastic LGBT blog that I highly recommend following, by the way) regarding a Christian group’s reaction to Billy Lucas’ recent suicide, saying: “Billy Lucas, who hanged himself, obviously because he was gay, and unable to endure the guilt that the words of others prompted in him.”  My anger and frustration spilled over into a bit of a rant while discussing this with Christian friends who were commenting.

See WHY I feel so strongly that we must start looking out for these kids?! And, before all you Christian folks jump all over me, I DO realize that these are extremists and certainly do not represent the views held by all Christians, OK? But…I will say this, a lot of folks do need to stop being so middle-of-the-road on these types of things. If there was such a loud group of Gay men out in the world trying to spread a message of hate & contempt for you Straights, you can be damn sure I’d be the loudest person yelling back at them and letting everyone know that those people don’t represent me. Maybe that’s not a good analogy, but…why don’t I see more of you as upset by these monsters who wrap themselves in your faith to defend such hatred?

I even considered taking this post down […] But, I figured: “You know what? I’m really upset. Any one of my friends here on the FB can see that, and they’ll understand that I’m just trying to vent some of the intense anger, hurt, fear & sadness I’m feeling.

It’s so hard to not want to scream, yell, & rant when I see these types of people. I mean…”Billy Lucas is in hell now because he was gay”?! That’s a 15-year old boy that man’s talking about! A 15-year old boy that couldn’t take it anymore and took his own life, and it’s because of guys like this that such intense hatred is out there in the world.

I’m sorry, but it’s true. Every anti-gay faction is out there full of hatred because of religion. DADT, marriage equality, ENDA…it all comes down to people who believe Gays are bad/wrong/broken because their religion has taught them that. […] And please…to everyone reading this…Please don’t think I’m pointing fingers and disrespecting anyone’s faith or religious beliefs. That’s not my intent. Everyone is allowed to disagree with me (respectfully, of course) and I truly welcome any and all discussion on this. I don’t want anyone to take my angry ranting personally.

Not only do I sometimes just need to get on my soapbox and give a little rant, but I feel that if there’s a tiny chance that somebody’s views are expanded, or they find their way to acceptance, from reading one of my tiny tirades…then it’s worth it. Besides, it’s not like I’m some close-minded fool who’s not interested in hearing contrary opinions, right? I’ve probably had too much therapy, but I feel like the only way to change things is through clear communication and honest expression. And there you have the Jim Swimm philosophy, in a nutshell!

The majority of that was posted at 9:35am.

At 1:44pm, I tweeted: “A dead body floated by on the river as we were sitting at the Inwood Hill Park Peninsula…for real.”