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Some guy going off on how witnessing to homosexuals to help them leave their lifestyle could be considered bullying under the proposed law.

Unfortunately, YouTube seems to have taken down most of the videos showing exactly what "Witnessing" to gay people looks like. So, I'll describe my experiences with it for those of you who have never been through it.

Imagine an older man with a megaphone screaming "Faggot" and "gay folks are going to hell" into said microphone as you walk by him. Imagine said person waving signs with Bible verses and slogans like "AIDS kills fags".

Then you come back to me and tell me how this is compassionate and loving ministry.

Tell me how this is following the example of G-d in his aspect of Jesus.

Seriously. Kiss my ass. Jesus loves me the way I am. I have a feeling if he incarnated in this modern age, he's be breaking that signboard over your head.
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In regards to Kim Pilkington's letter on Dec. 2 "Clear View of Scripture through Belief":

Let me preface this response by saying that I agree with folks on the message boards that the News-Leader editorial page is probably not the best place to conduct discussions on theology. However, since that is where this discussion started...

I'm not quite sure where to start replying to you; even a cursory glance of your response shows that you misunderstood and woefully misinterpreted what I was saying in my Nov. 29th letter.

Let's start with a place where we agree. All people are children of G-d. The difference here is you seem to suggest only those who follow the teachings of Christ are Children of G-d, rather than all of G-d's creations being G-d's children. If G-d created one thing, G-d created all things. Or as the Declaration of Independence states rather nicely, "all men are created equal".

Now then, by far the biggest issue I had with your response was you stating your personal views with a "We" in front of them. While I'd like to believe you were using the "royal we", I was left with the impression that you presume to speak on behalf of all practitioners of Christianity. Which I'm fairly certain you don't. A quick glance through the on-line comments to your letter disproves that notion.

In your letter you equate judgment with mercy and condemnation with forgiveness. While I'm sure that the government portrayed in in George Orwell's 1984 would be proud of that assessment, they are all four very distinct and separate concepts. It is your right to believe as you want. However, it is not your place to judge me, my faith, or my relationship with G-d.

You presume that I see myself as "a little G-d". I assure you that this is not the case. I do, however, see myself as an entity deserving of respect; the same respect I give to others, regardless of whether or not I agree with their beliefs and faith or lack thereof.

You say "[I] interpret to please myself" while "we seek the Truth". I say seeking the truth means finding my own meaning in what I read rather than regurgitating someone else's take on a text. In fact, I believe that was one of Martin Luther's biggest ideas with the Reformation. By publishing Holy Writ in the vernacular, he allowed everyone to read scripture and find the answers for themselves.

You claim at the end of your letter not to be judging me. However, after reading everything that precedes that statement, I respectfully disagree. It seems quite a bit like judgment to question the beliefs you assume I carry without stopping to think about a single word I said.

Had you read a bit closer, you would have seen that what I was really suggesting was not rushing to judgment about other people based on personal prejudices. Just because someone doesn't believe exactly the way you choose to does not make them a bad person. It's by expanding our horizons and challenging ourselves and our beliefs that we grow both as humans and as children of the divine.

Edit: After re-reading this, does it really sound like I swallowed a thesaurus?
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Letter to the editor found here.

The last time someone with dazzling charisma and an almost invisible resume achieved high public office the result was Sept. 1, 1939. The people of Germany were promised "change" and they got it.

If, as they say, history repeats it might be a good time to stock up on guns and ammo, or Qurans and prayer rugs.

Carl Greene, Nixa
gangrel_pri: (I needed a gay icon)
The following way the "GAY" letter of the week. We should get a "GOD" or "GUN" letter later this week.

Under the title "Amendment necessary to ensure gay marriage ban"....
Old man has teh stoopidz )
The article (including several pages of comments, and the sheer amusement of newspaper trolls) can be found here.
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It's taken me about a week, but I finally finished reading through this I'm not quite sure how I feel now. Ill, yes. Disturbed, yes. Blech.

Ths came courtesy of a comment left in [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid's journal.
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Ok, I got motivated and got my shit together long enough to write my review.

The Lambda Conspiracy by Spencer Hughes is quite possibly one of the most inflammatory novels I have had the misfortune of reading in a very long time. Thinly disguised as fiction, most of the characters within serve as either bullhorns projecting the views of the author, or as galvanized stereotypes refined further into stock bad people who no one could love. Every character in the book is flat and one-dimensional, serving only to illustrate an argument filled with circular logic and purple prose. Of course, the author would say I’m giving it a bad review because I’m gay, but I prefer to think I’m giving it a bad review because the book is horribly written and anyone with the IQ of a groundhog could see the logical flaws within.
18 things I find offensive )
This is why I have problems with the presentation of the subject matter. I haven’t even finished yet, but I assume it ends (based on reading the last two pages) with a heterosexual wedding and a national return to “traditional Christian values”.
There is no logic, just unmitigated hatred.

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