Gay? Why not go down to Christian Mingle

Think of what the shirt says… You will get it…

Clearly it’s a joke. Christian Mingle doesn’t promote “the gay sex”. It’s a Christian place for Christian people and clearly these Christians don’t think you can be gay, believe in Jesus and want to meet another man for romance. Not so for Haywood Bynum (the 3rd).

As I perused the internet in my duties as cultural protector, I came across a very interesting thread on internet website Reddit.com.  A poster’s good friend had bought himself a new shirt, heralding his new success with dating website ChristianMingle.com.  The shirt clearly reads ‘I met my boyfriend on ChristianMingle.com’ and for us stewards of morality, this should be seen as an ultimate danger.

Ultimate Danger? Gays fucking (with appropriate protection) is not an Ultimate Danger. Cardiovascular Disease is.

A good friend of mine lost his wife about ten years ago.  After much convincing, he finally went back onto the dating scene and has been using ChristianMingle.com to find a new mate that God will eventually introduce him.  But now he has to take great care, because the person he is meeting online, sharing juicy details about his life, heart and soul, may be dancing the fandango and grooming him for a homosexual encounter.

Jehovah works in mysterious ways. Often through the medium of internet dating.

Except that there are GAYS! Out to get the innocent Christian? This will not stand!

I don’t know how you would groom someone to fancy men. I don’t think men are attractive. I cannot see the attraction of having sex with a man. It’s probably due to me being straight. I think gay men probably think the same of my attraction to women. However at no point can any man say anything that would make me want to sleep with them.

When they meet for the first date, the big reveal will be that he’s fallen in love, online, with a man?  How confusing would that be, to find out you fell in love with someone from the same gender, just based on their conversation, humor and details of their life over time.

Or you know. Use Skype. Or you know, go on dates and stuff before declaring your undying Christian love.

Christians need a safe place to date and now that there is more temptation for homosexuality on ChristianMingle, only time will tell the true effects.

If you think Homosexuals are a temptation then you probably have some issues you need to work out. (HINT – You may be gay). It’s not them, it’s you.

Exam Update

First Exam Down… It wasn’t as easy as expected but I managed something. Hopefully it is sufficient for a pass… Social and Preventative Medicine is “tough as nails”.

For those who don’t know what it is, SPM is a field of medicine dedicated to vaccines and public health works. It is the field of epidemiology and statistics and plans such as “wear your seatbelts” and “eat more fruit” and “lose weight”. It’s the grand strategy of medicine with small changes that affect thousands of people to give you a result.

It’s not racism if it’s religious!

This is why the USA lags behind in education. Because rather than teaching from a centralised school system you get places like these schools in Texas. Oh don’t worry! It’s not racist! It’s divinely ordained!

Now a lot of the kids will be sent here to learn this kind of nonsense by well meaning parents but a lot of kids who will be subject to this will be innocent bystanders who just happen to be in class.

  • Instructional material in two school districts teach that racial diversity today can be traced back to Noah’s sons, a long-discredited claim that has been a foundational component of some forms of racism.

  • Religious bias is common, with most courses taught from a Protestant — often a conservative Protestant — perspective. One course, for example, assumes Christians will at some point be “raptured.” Materials include a Venn diagram showing the pros and cons of theories that posit the rapture before the returning Jesus’ 1,000-year reign and those that place it afterward. In many courses, the perspectives of Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews are often left out.

  • Anti-Jewish bias — intentional or not — is not uncommon. Some courses even portray Judaism as a flawed and incomplete religion that has been replaced by Christianity.

  • Many courses suggest or openly claim that the Bible is literally true. “The Bible is the written word of God,” students are told in one PowerPoint presentation. Some courses go so far as to suggest that the Bible can be used to verify events in history. One district, for example, teaches students that the Bible’s historical claims are largely beyond question by listing biblical events side-by-side with historical developments from around the globe.

  • Course materials in numerous classes are designed to evangelize rather than provide an objective study of the Bible’s influence. A book in one district makes its purpose clear in the preface: “May this study be of value to you. May you fully come to believe that ‘Jesus is the Christ, the son of God.’ And may you have ‘life in His name.’”

  • A number of courses teach students that the Bible proves Earth is just 6,000 years old.

  • Students are taught that the United States is a Christian nation founded on the Christian biblical principles taught in their classrooms.

  • Academic rigor is so poor that many courses rely mostly on memorization of Bible verses and factoids from Bible stories rather than teaching students how to analyze what they are studying. One district relies heavily on Bible cartoons from Hanna-Barbera for its high school class. Students in another district spend two days watching what lesson plans describe as “the historic documentary Ancient Aliens,” which presents “a new interpretation of angelic beings described as extraterrestrials.”

This is so intensely laughable as a subject that you don’t even need to make fun of what they write.

Age of Kali – Misandry in India from A Voice for Men

Well as you know A Voice for Men wanted to tell us about how India really isn’t all that bad for women.

They want to tell the hidden stories, because clearly India is not a terrible place for women despite all that you hear about gender selective abortion, bride burnings, caste systems, dowry and rape. No no no!

Amit has come to tell us what we got wrong.

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You are Judged by the Company You Keep

If you quote KKK quotes and hang out with a racist, we would assume you are a racist. Okay, the racist may be “family” but you know that you should speak out against it. You may even argue about it. You may even stop being friendly because you personally don’t think the Dutch are subhuman but your hypothetical sister does.

Because you are judged by the company you keep and by not speaking out. You may disagree with something but have to keep your mouth shut, but that just means you are supporting the thing you disagree with in the first place. If a child INSISTS on sticking his fingers into a electrical socket disagreeing with him but not telling him to stop is pretty much agreeing with him is it not?

You are always judged by the company you keep and I have slowly come to notice that the company that many naysayers against Free Thought Blogs and the like are not acceptable. The argument one individual from the slymepit made was “free speech”, well we have free speech here.

Watch this. I think Atheism Plus is heavily mishandled and it’s pure utilisation of safe zones makes debate and discourse impossible. In addition it takes a very very protectionist attitude to both culture and a purely western attitude towards feminism which is simply not universal or applicable in every situation. However due to the lack of any actual method of discourse there is no way to create active change through it. It is unfortunately a pure academic form of feminism and is unsuitable for punching out gender discrepancies in third world nations. It’s participants have little actual experience in field work and from experience are unwilling to defer to anyone who is outside the sphere of their security nor were they willing to grasp that principles are great if you can afford to have them. I have even spoken out explicitly against their cultural/race aspect of their movement because a lot of it tries to paint culture with a big fuck off brush rather than realising individual nuance.

Oh look! It’s a stance I have stated before I moved here. At no point was I ever hassled by the “FTBullies”. In fact my interviewer was Stephanie Zvan and when I specifically mentioned my apprehension with Atheism Plus we discussed precisely the above statement.

Oh look it’s genuine criticism of the movement. I have also disagreed with people like Taslima on Prostitution and Ian Cromwell on race. But the thing is through it all we have been specific about what we dislike about the other’s work. We haven’t stooped to personal attacks (Although I did offer to have a “shout racial slurs at each other till we both lose” contest with Ian),

I am not part of A+, but neither am I in the camp of the Slymepit because of the company they keep.

Stephanie Zvan survived sexual assault. But she was drunk. Oh noes! The Slut! When a Man is Drunk and Gets Laid He Taketh Responsibility! Right boys?

Many Slymepitters are represented at AVfM. Reap and Wooly Bumblebee and Astrokid who you may remember from my take on their work.

But because of free speech they get to say what they like. Free speech is fine, in fact that’s why I am examining a more flexible comment policy because I think I can do better (Hah! Suck it popular bloggers! My comments threads may be relatively empty but they will be elegant!) to give everyone the best of both worlds.

HOWEVER… The usage of this particular article by Wooly Bumblebee has crossed a line. In particular because THIS is precisely the same arguments people made when the young woman who was raped in Delhi. It was also made by AVfM. AVfM supports Indian MRAs who have blamed the rapes in India on women rather than the men.

“Coyote ugly.” It’s a phrase men use to describe the experience of waking up, hungover as shit, in bed next to a girl so ugly you’d rather chew your arm off than have her stir. Yep, another night of too many shooters and very poor judgement. Well played, tequila.

It must be Tequila’s fault!

Understand the difference between action and consent. You cannot give consent when you are drunk. You can barely order pizza yet are assuming you can give realistic consent? Yes both of you may be drunk but if both of you are drunk and want to have sex then both of you will have sex. What people who get drunk and are raped are discussing are women getting date raped through drugs like GHB or just plain old not being sober enough to put up a coordinated defence against a much stronger assailant.

You are however responsible for your actions when drunk. It’s just that simple.

I’m willing to bet that every single varsity athlete or high status (medicine, engineering, computer science) male on any given college campus has had the experience. Why? Because they get hunted. All the time. By women. You see these guys staggering bleary-eyed into the dorm rooms the next morning, bro-punching their friends and saying “Dude, how could you let me do that?”

Because women are all hungry like the wolf?

You want to know something funny? At no point has anyone ever thrown themselves at me because of my degrees. It’s always been because of my winning personality and sense of humour. I used to get women to sleep with me through the art of conversation, wit and being honest about things. It’s never been about me or my degree or my athletic skill. It’s always been because I am genuinely nice. Now I have noticed women who do sleep with these guys and if that brings them happiness then godspeed ladies, but more often than not it’s because they buy into the stupid Alpha male concept and forget that confidence isn’t arrogance. Real confidence is knowing what your limitations are. And we all have limitations. Real confidence isn’t denigrating other people but letting them shine too.

Whoever wrote that article is insulting to EVERY gender. No.1 Women aren’t Gold Diggers/Star Fuckers (Seriously? Doctor Hunting isn’t a thing), No. 2 that buys into the notion of Alpha Males which is just moronic as fuck because the “Alpha Stereotype” does poorly in medicine. It’s a team effort, if you hack your team off they will kill your credibility and your career. You can be an amazing doctor but you are nothing without your support. No. 3 you assume all men are dicks and cannot control their drinks nor who they fuck when drunk.

How could you let me do that is the hallmark of a man who cannot take responsibility for his actions. I am not your keeper, I will take care of you when sick but if you insist on doing things you consider distasteful then it’s your damn fault. I will try and field terrible decision fall outs but I won’t be held responsible for you insisting on doing something. Sleeping with a “ugly” person is not dangerous nor is it disgusting, it’s just you shagging someone who isn’t attractive.

The article goes on an on… Stephanie fields it much better than me. I would have sworn at people a lot more.

An Article Hiatus

It’s Exam Session for Avicenna, so he won’t be defending the text wall for the next 15 days. Wish me luck and sacrifice a baby or two to Tlaloc for good luck.

I will post smaller articles (I need summat to do during breaks) but the big rants are flat out.

Normal service to resume around the 5th of February. (I shall also write up personal updates of exams if people want to see what a paper is like and if you guys want to try your hands at it too).

Tomorrow is Social and Preventative Medicine, a leviathan of a topic. I have my first paper tomorrow and my second on Wednesday.

What a Rush – Don’t agree with Idiots, it makes you look like one too

I ran into the link at Patheos on Bill Blankschaen’s blog (Bill in the Blanks).

And he agreed with the incredibly moronic comment on Rush Limbaugh’s show. It’s so stupid that I have to warn you to sit down lest the stupidity strike you down with a vicious blow. This is weapon’s grade stupidity, pure baloneyium so refined that unleashing it at MENSA would result in the formation of a generation of Darwin Award winners. [Read more...]

Calvary and Ivory – Catholicism and Pachyderm Teeth

Apparently one of the “least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa” is religion. A lot of religion seems to use ivory in the production of holy goods.

Now this includes both legal and illegal ivory, a lot of cultures use it in particular the Vatican, it is believed that a stance against Ivory both legal or otherwise would drop the demand for ivory and save a few elephants. Check out Bryan Christy’s “Ivory Worship” article if you want to read more about it.

I agree with a lot of things in the original article, if we do cut out the demand for even legal ivory we could help alleviate the demand and stop the fetish of the teeth of elephants.

A lot of the usage of Ivory is symbolic and it is honestly elephant teeth, I am sure we can use cow or camel which are infinitely more common and whose bones are a by product of our meat consumption for the same purpose. I am sure unless you are some sort of elephant biologist, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

I am a firm believer of utilising all of an animal when you kill it and honestly? We can do better than kill elephants just for two massive teeth. We have cows whose bones are often wasted or broken down for calcium. If the ivory market is that massive we can use that as a substitute.

Many cultures already use camel and cow bone as a substitute for ivory, so why not the Church?

There is a petition on the National Geographic link at the top. Go show your love for the big grey beasties.

Of Bibles and Presidents

It’s no secret that Obama will go down in history as a turning point in American politics and probably as a symbol for black people in America that they can beat the inherent issues in the system and indeed the inherent mentality that comes from being oppressed for so long.

But prior to the swearing in ceremony Bill O’Reilly had his own little tussle with the Freedom from Religion Foundation involving whether or not it is acceptable to swear in on a Bible.

I personally think that it shouldn’t matter what you swear in on, If Obama choses to swear on a Bible or a Koran it shouldn’t matter so much as the person he is and what he stands for. I honestly do not care about his personal faith unless his personal faith makes him do stupid things.

Palestinian Comedian Dean Obidallah has more to say about it too.

A Slippery Slope

If you allow the distribution of Bibles in schools, it was only a matter of time before we showed to take advantage of that silly lapse in the law.

Oh yes, because the Bible is allowed to be distributed in 11 Orange County high schools in Florida, Atheists have started campaigning to distribute their literature there.

I think the most telling quote from the article is

But Daniel Koster, a 17-year-old senior at Wekiva High School, said there were adults and a student from theFellowship of Christian Athletes sitting at a table at his school, and he saw them talk to students. There were two tables, Koster said, one directly outside the cafeteria and one inside, near the serving line. Rodriguez said he would investigate.

“I should be able to go to class without being pressured by Christian groups to join them,” said Koster, who is president of the Wekiva Atheist and Secular Alliance. He said it was impossible to avoid the table. “It is being pushed on you because you have to go to school and you have to encounter it — unless you want to be hungry all day.”

Oh yes, they cannot approach you but they can make it hard for you to not approach them. A modern day rice conversion tactic.

And I agree with the article, if it were a Muslim group distributing the Koran there would be a ludicrous backlash.

It’s a terrible shame, the Bible doesn’t belong in the school, because the Bible was allowed the only way to keep things fair is to allow pretty much anyone who wants to flog religion there.

If the Bible is allowed in Schools, is Education allowed in Church?