ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
( Jun. 30th, 2014 11:48 pm)
If I have to justify my rights to you, or "ask nicely" if I can speak, act or live, then you don't consider them rights at all, and we have nothing to discuss. If for you it's just "policy" or "debate", but for those like me it is life or death, I do not consider that you have a say in the matter.

Sure, you might claim to be "involved(a)", but if I'm "committed(b)", and you can just butt the fuck out.

Note: Think a ham and eggs breakfast. The chicken is (a)involved, the pig is (b)committed.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jan. 29th, 2013 03:11 pm)
Alternet, Mother Jones, and other reality based or liberal sources:

* Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria
Move over Welfare Queen. The Disability King is the new pet scapegoat for all that’s wrong with America.

* A Fetus Is Not a Person if it Costs us Money, Says Catholic Church
Forced to put its money where its mouth is, the Catholic Church backs off on the idea that the fetus is a person.

* Hillary Faces Down The Angry Men
From simpleton Ron Johnson to delusional Rand Paul, GOP senators swung at the Secretary of State and hit themselves.

* Obama's Failure to Punish Banks Should Be Causing Serious Social Unrest
A new PBS Frontline report examines outrageous steps Obama's administration took to protect Wall St. Wall Street from prosecutions.

* An Academic Smackdown: Refuting the Absurd Social Science Claim that "Poverty is in Our Genes"
* Personhood USA's Unhinged Response to National Advocates for Pregnant Women Study
* 4 Freedoms in America That Don't Exist Anymore
Freedom seems to exist more in our minds than in reality.

* A Girl Reads the New York Times: Why Are All the Front-Page Articles By Men?
The paper of record can't find any women reporters?

* When the Law Won't Call it "Rape"
If there's confusion among the public (and politicians) about rape, baffling, conflicting state laws make it worse.

* Fracking Boom Overwhelming Hospitals With Uninsured Laborers
* Read My Lips: Yes New Taxes
* The Way It Was
The Beatles ruled. The mini was in. I was seventeen, and pregnant. What happened next is what could happen again.

* Texas Public Schools: Still Teaching Creationism
* Bobby Jindal Thinks the GOP Isn't Right-Wing Enough
* A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year
Violence against women is incessantly overlooked, both in America and elsewhere.

* Boy Scouts Losing Big Funders Over Anti-Gay Policy
* No More "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice"
Op-Ed: It's time to abandon confusing and limiting labels and live dangerously in abortion's grey area.

* Coke: Wait, People Thought Vitaminwater Was Good for You?
* Top Earners Set to Pay Most, Especially Married People
* How to Avoid the Prying Eyes
* U.S. Still Suffering Depression Conditions: Paul Krugman
* The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck
The online peanut gallery can get you so riled up that your ability to reason goes out the window, a new study finds.
ravan: (single candle - dreamingcrow)
( Oct. 1st, 2011 11:04 pm)
I can't go to them. I set my alarm... and sleep through. One time I literally slept through the day. I misplace times, dates, addresses related - so unless someone else tracks them, I lose it.

I think my subconcious aversion comes from the type of Christianoid or religious stuff that goes on, plus the empathic overload from everyone there. I don't deal well with the way our society doesn't deal with death.

Have a wake, have a party, that's a little better. But usually, I'll drink at home, alone or with a couple friends, to the person's memory.

Needless to say, when I kick off, celebrate. Celebrate the fact that I lived past my 21st birthday, past my 50th birthday. Celebrate the fact that I have had fun times and good friends. Don't let the preachers near it, though. My soul and afterlife are my business, not theirs.

Also, don't kick yourself like I do if you can't get yourself to go. I'll understand.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Oct. 18th, 2010 07:48 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] ladyqkat pointed me at Things I Don’t Have to Think About Today by John Scalzi. He very nicely touched on racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ablism, and other privileges that those who have them don't ever think about. There are more good ones in the comments.
Go ahead, read the article.

Yeah, like that. As an Ex-Christian, I know the multiple varieties there are out there. As many as there are churches, even within the same denomination. The old joke about getting three Pagans together and finding they have five opinions about something? Originally was Baptists.

Fact is, Protestant Christianity is still the "default" assumption in this country. Even minorities and immigrants are assumed to be some flavor of Christian, unless they are "obviously Middle Eastern", then they are assumed to be some virulent, fanatical form of Wahhabi Islam. This is even in fairly liberal Silicon Valley, CA.

Fact is, I'd like to drive around my city without seeing some fundamentalist recruiting/religious sales crap posted up on a billboard. I am actually offended by the use of shitty billboards to push religion, or religious agendas (like anti-abortion screeds.) I don't care what it is you consider sacred, it shouldn't be hawked like banking services or underwear. People who are sold a religion because of a billboard need their fucking head examined, and a brain transplant, they are too shallow to live.
Christianity, Social Justice and Politics

This one took about 6 hours to research and write, just to remember and find the right quotes. It's been rustling around in my head for days already.

Read it, so I won't have wasted my time delving back into the theology of my childhood.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Aug. 11th, 2009 11:20 am)
Principle for life - "Don't Be A Dick" - DBAD
ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( Jul. 3rd, 2009 10:06 am)
From the Pulpit: Time for a Christian Revolutionary War

This whackjob is essentially advocating a outright revolution, overthrowing the Constitution, and establishing a theocratic state like they have in Iran.

Now do you understand why I will use terms like "Christian Taliban", "American Taliban", and "Christian Mullahs" for these traitors?

The fact that this crap is published as a serious opinion in a local paper means that it is just the tip of the iceberg.

But don't just listen to me. Do a Google search on things like "dominionism", "Army of God", "Joels Army", "steeplejacking", and "christian nation".

Then check your ammo.
A racist conspiracy theorist answered the dog whistle again: Security Guard Is Killed in Shooting at Holocaust Museum in D.C. The lunatic fringe of the American Taliban is out in force this year.

See Another Right Wing Nut Terrorist Shooting
ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( May. 6th, 2009 01:27 pm)
Vermont, Iowa, DC, now Maine. Why is Californika so backward? Massive political propaganda efforts by the LDS and Catholic churches.

How do I get a ballot prop to shitcan Prop 8 on the ballot in 2010?? Something like:

"SECTION 1. Title This measure shall be known and may be cited as the "California Marriage Equality Act."

SECTION 2. Change Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution, to read:

SEC. 7.5. All marriages between two consenting adults are equally valid and recognized in California. "

If this won't pass, then remove the word "marriage" from all California state laws and Constitution. If "marriage" is a religious institution to be "protected", then it has no business in US or State law, because of the First Amendment. If it's civil, then religious biases against it are moot.
The Great Repudiation: Why voters have had enough of conservative rule

True, we are not in any sort of liberal nirvana. And the Democrats who sucked up to the movement conservatives are just as much to blame as the Republicans.

But I am heartily sick of the "I Got Mine, Screw You" conservatives, the "My Moral Mythos Must Be Law For All" conservatives, and "Oh, Look It's A Terrorist/Liberal/Criminal/Drug User About to Ruin America™" conservatives.
Read more... )
ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( Dec. 18th, 2008 01:53 pm)
I have been reading articles about prop (h)8, the rule allowing religious bigots to refuse medical services, and now Obama picking Warren to give his invocation, and I'm getting really, really pissed, especially when reading the small minded, nasty "Christian" reader comments.

Will the fucking so-called Christians please realize that:
A) Christianity is not the only religion in this country,
B) Neither is the JCI monotheist religion set an absolute monopoly with the right to govern,
C) The United States has a mother fucking SECULAR government,
D) People here have the right not to be ruled by the fucking Christian bible,
E) The "Old Testament" advocates things which are abhorrent to a civilized society,
F) People who aren't enslaved to their nasty book are sick and fucking tired of being abused in its name,
G) People who don't buy into Christianity don't want to be fucking "saved" or any of that claptrap, and
H) People who aren't Christians have "heard the Word™" and want no fucking part of it.

Does this make it fucking clear?? Do you get the message now?

If you don't believe in gay marriage, don't marry a gay! Otherwise, butt the fuck out, assholes! Take your preacher propaganda prejudices and shove them up your Gawd-fearing asses. The rest of us neither need or want your childish, fear driven, rules to govern our lives.

Freedom of religion means freedom from religion, including yours.

Enjoy your religion and its strictures. It's your right. Wallow in it to your heart's content, but don't try to impose it on others, don't try to justify implementing your prejudices as law via your religion. It's really that simple.

Go ahead and link to this. I want people to get the fucking point.
Politically motivated "studies" that have been biased and loaded with a religious agenda have been trotted out for years to "prove" that abortions harm mothers, bah, blah. It's one of the few non-religious arguments that is used against allowing abortions.

But it's false.

The reality is the opposite:
Abortion not seen linked with depression, and
New moms at risk for range of mental problems.

Having kids is actually more likely to cause or exacerbate depression than having an abortion.
How do gay marriages take away the rights of straights?? They don't. They aren't "special", they are equal!

You don't have to approve of someone's marriage to allow it - I certainly have not approved of some of the straight marriages I've seen. It still is none of my business.

The reason that gay people want the same rights as straights is because of the financial and legal advantages of "marriage": hospital visitation, joint tax filing, social security survivor benefits, right to adopt a spouse's children, etc.

The fact that religious institutions have claimed domain over these civil benefits is what makes this whole thing a mess. I would be perfectly happy to have all civil (legal, financial) benefits of "marriage" eliminated for everyone. Then the state would be out of the picture of marriage. All of the former benefits of civil marriage would then transfer to civil unions, for everyone, as those would be civil contracts between two individuals, with no religious involvement.

Separate out the religious and the civil matters, and the problem disappears.

This means, of course, that all marriages would be voided in a civil context. Anyone "married" in a church would need to go down to the courthouse, fill out the civil union paperwork, and have it witnessed and notarized. The tax code would also need to be changed, because giving special tax benefits to people based on a religious ceremony would be against the 1st Amendment - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;..."

This "solution" lets everyone who wants the religious definitions of marriage within their creed to stand valid for their creed, but without denying civil benefits to anyone who does not share their creed.

Let "marriage" be religious, and then keep the state/government entirely out of it.
A "No" vote on CA Proposition 8 will annul no marriages.

A "Yes" vote on CA Proposition 8 will annul over 10,000 marriages (many with kids.)

Which vote is REALLY "protecting marriage"?

(NOTE: Each and every single vote WILL count. There is no "electoral college" for referendums.)

By the way, did you know that the Mormon church, by direction of its leadership, is the major backer/funder of the Yes on 8 campaign? How do you feel about a bunch of people from one religion, based in out of state, telling Californians how to vote and live? It would be like the Pope funding laws banning condoms and birth control!

I finally heard a "No on 8" ad on the radio the other day. Finally.

A strict reading on Prop 8 would either a) annul all prior homosexual marriages in CA, or coming into CA, or b) remove recognition of marriage entirely from CA, in order to satisfy both the equality clause and Prop 8. Either is a disaster for a lot of people.
Please, see and read THIS. I don't feel that a vocal religiously motivated minority should take away or remove rights from anyone.

Proposition 8 is a mean-spirited, malicious, bigoted piece of garbage promulgated by people who are so insecure in their own sexuality, marriage or religion that they want to enshrine discrimination into the California Constitution.


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