Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.

UN Whistleblowing

Kathryn Bolkovac (and Wiki’s article)

Remember all those news stories about UN Peacekeepers committing rape and murder and involved in sex trafficking during the 90s and 2000s?  No?

I do.  You perhaps do not.  Why?

Because

a)  Peacekeepers are immune from prosecution.
b)  Military Industrial Complex will lose money if their private contractors are held responsible.
c)  The victims are women and girls.  Who gives a shit about them?
d)  The Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) refused to accept this film as a nomination for Best Picture.  If they had, more attention and subsequent worldwide outrage would have been achieved.  However, there are financiers who are involved in “Hollywood” (Steve Mnuchin anyone? He financed a lot of movies, including Jurassic World–and the MFer is now in charge of our treasury) who also have a stake in sex trafficking’s money-making operations and they aren’t about to risk a light shone in their direction.

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e)  Barack Obama​ was directly responsible for criminalizing whistleblowing, despite a law that protects them.  Because of his influence, The Whistleblower was forcibly downgraded as an inferior film that no one should believe.

Because the Military Industrial Complex is so vast and corrupt, it is impossible for the UN to change, to remove immunity for criminals under their direct authority, and for their internal investigative efforts to achieve SQUAT.  When they breathe fire and aggressively condemn a country for human rights abuses, tell them that they’re no better than a contaminated government whose hands are dripping blood.

The Romanticization of the Marquis De Sade is Sick

Wikipedia’s Marquis de Sade

Wiki gets a lot of criticism for publishing inaccurate information.  One must understand that the entries in Wikipedia depend on user input, not the admin of Wiki themselves.

There are a lot of entries that aren’t misleading or just plain made up.  One has to do a lot of reading in your research of a subject in order to ferret out what’s accurate and what isn’t.

Enter Le Marquis de Sade, aka Donatien Alphonse Francois.  Much of the information here is accurate, but the page is horribly lacking in factual information and purposely, IMO, misleads the reader into thinking that de Sade was merely a sexual revolutionary and a man ahead of his time.

In one respect, this is true.  His beliefs on sexual liberation were indeed ahead of their time.  His attitude about religion and how it needs to be no part of government was also ahead of its time… on par with our own deist Founding Fathers, who were contemporaries.

HOWEVER.

“Sadism” was coined after him for a reason.  “Sexual Sadism” to be more specific.

Donatien was, IMO, the world’s most famous serial killer and serial rapist.  His acts personified the narcissistic personality disorder.  His “fiction” is a blueprint for depravity, and as a believer in sexual liberation, I can use “depravity” in its modern form, not its archaic(religious-based bullshit).

Now, when I say sexual liberation, I mean that I believe that consenting adults can do whatever they like as long as they do no harm.  If a “sadist” wants to punish a “masochist” (one who orgasms through the infliction of pain), to each their own.  I have no qualms with proper BDSM (Bondage Domination Sadism Masochism).  Consent is the requirement.  When consent isn’t freely given (without coercion), it’s rape.

Orgies are okay.  Sadomasochism is okay.  I don’t have to be into that sort of thing in order to “approve” of someone else wanting to do it.  It all depends on consent.  De Sade wasn’t about consent.  He was all about “do what you want to anyone you want and fuck consent, decency, and the outdated ideas about depravity”.  A bit much on the over-simplification, but it’s accurate.  And you have to put aside the idiotic religious and Victorian notions about decency and depravity.  For fuck’s sake, kissing in public was considered indecent, so let’s be rational.  And back then, being gay or anal sex in general was considered a depravity.  Hell, it was only 40 years ago when the psychiatric association took homosexuality out of the perversion playbook.  Morality, decency, and depravity have changed and become more specific and less judgemental, thanks to secular laws.

All that said, de Sade was, and will always be, a sick fuck.

If you can get past the archaic language of “The 120 Days of Sodom”, de Sade’s most famous and depraved fictional book, you’ll find that the content can turn your stomach.  I have a strong stomach so saying that means something special.  The story is, thankfully, written up in Wikipedia accurately.  It says:

It tells the story of four wealthy male libertines who resolve to experience the ultimate sexual gratification in orgies. To do this, they seal themselves away for four months in an inaccessible castle in the heart of the Black Forest with a harem of 36 victims, mostly male and female teenagers, and engage four female brothel keepers to tell the stories of their lives and adventures. The women’s narratives form an inspiration for the sexual abuse and torture of the victims, which gradually mounts in intensity and ends in their slaughter.

The fictional book was banned in several countries for two centuries and was only removed from the ban in the U.S. in the early 20th century (I don’t have the date, sorry).  Now, as perverted as the book is, it should never be banned.  If Mein Kampf can be sold, so can de Sade’s books.  To me, they both exhibit forms of depravity no decent society should condone. (It’s available at Amazon for .99 cents, believe it or not.)

Have you ever read or listened to Hell House by Richard Matheson?  A book ahead of its time, IMO.  It’s one scary and sickening tale about a house haunted by the ghost of a sadistic madman, Eric Belasco, who took pleasure in other people’s suffering at the risk of his own deviant sexual appetites.  (I don’t mean homosexual.  I mean deviant.  For example, sex with animals or corpses.)

Belasco was, IMO, Matheson’s supreme example of what a modern de Sade would be like, if the character had been real.  The thing is, de Sade was the purest example of all serial killers, most of whom are and were interested in sexual sadism, which included inflicting horrible pain while raping them as well as necrophilia (sex with corpses).  He may not have acted out most of what he’s written, but he believed that people should be allowed to sexually act in whatever way they wanted.

This is not a man who should be romanticized, yet this idiot of a writer in the Wiki entry does exactly that.  They aren’t alone.  Writers of books and Producers of film have done the same thing.

I have to ask.  WHY?   Why do people do that?  Romanticize evil?  Are they willfully ignorant or sick?  It simply boggles my mind.

What doesn’t boggle my mind is the fascination with this dude.