Nominating Jesus: A GOP Conundrum

IMG_3175When Antonin Scalia died, the GOP lost its collective mind. Here was their champion of all things religious, dead. No longer did they have the most reliable vote on the Supreme Court, there to vote their way on abortion, gays, money in politics, health care, and anything else that helped the Republican Party to keep their bigoted boot on the necks of those they felt were different.

So they came up with all these foolish reasons why Senators should refuse to vet a Supreme Court nominee by Barack Obama. They made up reasons out of whole cloth, saying things like, “We don’t vet nominees in an election year.”

But a thinking mind understands that this is just tomfoolery. The GOP is hoping beyond all hope, that the Democratic nominee for President, falters and loses to the GOP nominee. They hope the country’s tide turns toward them. They don’t say it, but everyone knows they’ll come up with a new excuse, come November, when Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency. In fact, if the winds of obstructionism continue as is, we might be looking at an 8-judge Supreme Court for the foreseeable future.

Obama looked at the playing field and handed Mitch McConnell an olive branch – a moderate candidate. Someone that might be palatable to both sides, yet unacceptable to either end of the political spectrum. But Mitch dug his heels in. No Supreme Court hearings during Obama’s term. That was the mantra.

In reality, this has nothing to do with tradition. Nothing to do with a reason for not vetting a nominee, no matter how convincing the reasons are. No. It has everything to do with being against everything that a Democrat is for, regardless of what the GOP has been for, historically, even if they once found themselves on the positive side of what they are now against.

Consider Jesus.

Let’s say Obama was able to muster up the courage to nominate a figment of people’s imaginations. A man who once lived, allegedly, and is now dead, had he ever lived, hearkening back to the ‘allegedly’. An historical figure that religious tradition says rose from the dead and is now in heaven, looking down upon the masses, making sure we don’t masturbate. Yeah. One of the good guys.

I can hear them now:

Can you believe Obama? He nominated a man to the Supreme Court who is against capitalism, throwing out the money changers from the temple. In fact, if Jesus was in government, he would dictate what the church is and isn’t allowed to do.

Jesus was a wine drinker. He took perfectly good water and made it alcoholic.

Jesus said he came not with a sword. He would get an F rating from the NRA.

This man is not for low taxes, but requires the poor to pay what the government asks, regardless of overreach.

It would be fun to watch.

 

I’m An Atheist and You Do Not Know Me

EFD-00003-2Many a pundit, many a Religious Right yeller, many a preacher, many an opportunistic blowhard, many a pandering politician, declares what an atheist is, their words laced with conviction and passion. And as they do, they reveal their ignorance. I laugh heartily at their feeble attempts at defining who I am.

I am not angry at God. I did not choose to be an atheist because of the horrors of my childhood. Had people been better toward me, growing up, it would not change my position.

I do not treat morality as a crap-shoot, allowing anything and everything, with post-modern relativity. I have the same moral compass as a religious person – me. No matter how much one attempts to prove their moral compass is a book, or even some guiding sky fairy, they cannot get past the obvious hole in their arguments – morality must still be filtered through themselves. Yes. They are the final keeper of the moral gate.

I love sex. Yes, with my wife. I am married to exactly one woman. I don’t have sex with anyone that moves, just because I can – as can a religious person. I choose not to have sex with those who do not want to have sex with me because having sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with me is the most repulsive idea I can think of. Well…that, and drinking a cup of cold coffee.

I do have sex with other women. I do tell other women that I love them in whatever way love is defined between us. But that’s an entirely different subject altogether. It’s complex and very elusive to a hard definition.

I don’t spank my kids. If I can’t hit an adult, I don’t see why I should be allowed to hit a child.

I do yell at my kids. But they yell and swear back at me. I don’t like this about me, but I am proud of them for learning to stand their ground against a much smarter adult in the room. They’ll learn, one day, that I’m always right, and yet they’ll continue to debate me – simply to hone their debate skills.

I hate mowing the lawn.

I don’t drink alcohol to get drunk. I drink it for the taste. In fact, I have thought of quitting it completely, but I kind of like the social aspect of making people a good drink. I get drunk for the kids a few times a year, but aside from that, I’m not much into losing control.

I have never done drugs. I won’t do them. I just have zero interest in the idea.

I’ve never had an abortion. I’ve driven people to abortion clinics and acted as their escort. Once, I even felt like a woman should have continued her pregnancy, but ultimately, it was her decision.

I stole gum when I was a kid.

I have read the Bible from cover to cover at least 20 times.

I’m pretty normal, just like a religious person. I just have to blame my faults on myself and rely on me and those I trust to help me bribe the authorities to get out of a pickle.

 

Great Comments on My Last Transgender Post

In my last post, I highlighted the absurdity of transgender “bathroom bills.” Two people commented and made some very good points. I’ll let them speak.

Travis Chandler says:

The rule of fear has an astounding, and dare I say, growing power in the US. There is a disheartening tendency towards relying on base rhetoric and emotional appeal, flying in the face of logic, reason, and research when it comes to our self-governance. Having said that, allow me to continue the trend for a moment in saying this: When people go to the bathroom, it’s usually to go to the bathroom, not hunt up unsuspecting children to club over the head and drag off to sexually brutalize. It continually astounds me that the Abrahamic god could be completely nonplussed to traipse around day and night with Adam and Eve in the buff yet be so insistent upon modesty when it comes to common biological function in the 21st century. Perhaps the ultimate irony (and the last cheap shot I’ll take here, I promise) would be that the religious community (I’m happy that I’m exaggerating in lumping them in together here, knowing that there are a good number of sensible believers out there in regard to social issues) is so fervently up-in-arms about the fear of sexual assault of children in the bathroom from people who have no established propensity towards carrying out the crime for which they are being deemed guilty, yet are so silent and complacent in the face of the fact that the institution from which many of them derive their beliefs has been shown, time and again, to be guilty of the very thing they fear.

Vivec says:

Well, speaking as a trans person well, I personally like this sort of argument. It’s pretty much just a reductio ad absurdum. Even if there was this threat of bathroom predation, this bill would do nothing to fix it.

If the law is going to mandate that very masculine-looking afab trans people have to use the women’s restroom, it defeats the whole argument that “men will just put on dresses to sneak in”.

Why would they have to bother with the dresses, when the fellow in the picture looks the same as your average cis dude? The law is literally unenforceable without inspecting everyone’s genitals and would, if anything, make it easier for some cis dude to gain entry to the women’s restroom.

I adore my readers.

Putting Transgender Bathroom Bills Into Perspective

The true narrative:

I don’t want me or my child to have to be uncomfortable in a public restroom, when a man, who used to be a woman, comes in to pee, or the other way around. When people are different from me, I’m scared.

The fake narrative:

A straight pedophile or rapist will attack me in the bathroom, dressing as the opposite sex, just to do this terrible deed.

A picture of a person who will now walk into your female bathrooms, causing your delicate flower constitutions to necessitate the vapors:

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Didn’t think about that now, did you? No. You just thought that women-looking women would now be forced to use the female bathroom and…go ahead and fill in the blank.

Morons.

North Carolina’s Bigoted Bathroom Bill: Amended

The following is the text of the North Carolina House Bill 2, which provides clarification for “single-sex, multiple occupancy bathrooms,” along with employment regulation consistency. Only, I swapped out the words “single-sex” for “single race.” There is no difference.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SECOND EXTRA SESSION 2016

HOUSE BILL 2

Short Title: Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Bishop, Stam, Howard, and Steinburg (Primary Sponsors).

March 23, 2016

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR SINGLE-SEXRACE MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM AND CHANGING FACILITIES IN SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC AGENCIES AND TO CREATE STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN REGULATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.

Whereas, the North Carolina Constitution directs the General Assembly to provide for the organization and government of all cities and counties and to give cities and counties such powers and duties as the General Assembly deems advisable in Section 1 of Article VII of the North Carolina Constitution; and

Whereas, the North Carolina Constitution reflects the importance of statewide laws related to commerce by prohibiting the General Assembly from enacting local acts regulating labor, trade, mining, or manufacturing in Section 24 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution; and

Whereas, the General Assembly finds that laws and obligations consistent statewide for all businesses, organizations, and employers doing business in the State will improve intrastate commerce; and

Whereas, the General Assembly finds that laws and obligations consistent statewide for all businesses, organizations, and employers doing business in the State benefit the businesses, organizations, and employers seeking to do business in the State and attracts new businesses, organizations, and employers to the State; Now, therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

PART I. SINGLE-SEXRACE MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM AND CHANGING FACILITIES

SECTION 1.1. G.S. 115C-47 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
“(63) To Establish Single-SexRace Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Local boards of education shall establish single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities as provided in G.S. 115C-521.2.”

SECTION 1.2. Article 37 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
Ҥ 115C-521.2. Single-sexrace multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities.
(a) Definitions. – The following definitions apply in this section:
(1) Biological sexrace. – The physical condition of being male or femalewhite or another color, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.

(2) Multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility. – A facility designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time where students may be in various states of undress in the presence of other persons. A multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility may include, but is not limited to, a school restroom, locker room, changing room, or shower room.

(3) Single occupancy bathroom or changing facility. – A facility designed or designated to be used by only one person at a time where students may be in various states of undress. A single occupancy bathroom or changing facility may include, but is not limited to, a single stall restroom designated as unisex or for use based on biological sex.

(b) Single-SexRace Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Local boards of education shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sexrace.

(c) Accommodations Permitted. – Nothing in this section shall prohibit local boards of education from providing accommodations such as single occupancy bathroom or changing facilities or controlled use of faculty facilities upon a request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in the local boards of education allowing a student to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated under subsection (b) of this section for a sexrace other than the student’s biological sexrace.

(d) Exceptions. – This section does not apply to persons entering a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated for use by the opposite sex another race:
(1) For custodial purposes.
(2) For maintenance or inspection purposes.
(3) To render medical assistance.
(4) To accompany a student needing assistance when the assisting individual is an employee or authorized volunteer of the local board of education or the student’s parent or authorized caregiver.
(5) To receive assistance in using the facility.
(6) To accompany a person other than a student needing assistance.
(7) That has been temporarily designated for use by that person’s biological sex.”

SECTION 1.3. Chapter 143 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new 31 Article to read:

“Single-SexRace Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities.
Ҥ 143-760. Single-sexrace multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities.
(a) Definitions. – The following definitions apply in this section:
(1) Biological sexrace. – The physical condition of being male or female white or another race, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.
(2) Executive branch agency. – Agencies, boards, offices, departments, and institutions of the executive branch, including The University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System.
(3) Multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility. – A facility designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time where persons may be in various states of undress in the presence of other persons. A multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility may include, but is not limited to, a restroom, locker room, changing room, or shower room.
(4) Public agency. – Includes any of the following:
a. Executive branch agencies.
b. All agencies, boards, offices, and departments under the direction and control of a member of the Council of State.
c. “Unit” as defined in G.S. 159-7(b)(15).
d. “Public authority” as defined in G.S. 159-7(b)(10).
e. A local board of education.
f. The judicial branch.
g. The legislative branch.
h. Any other political subdivision of the State.
(5) Single occupancy bathroom or changing facility. – A facility designed or designated to be used by only one person at a time where persons may be in various states of undress. A single occupancy bathroom or changing facility may include, but is not limited to, a single stall restroom designated as unisexuni-race or for use based on biological sexrace.
(b) Single-SexRace Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Public agencies shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility to be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sexrace.
(c) Accommodations Permitted. – Nothing in this section shall prohibit public agencies from providing accommodations such as single occupancy bathroom or changing facilities upon a person’s request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in the public agency allowing a person to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated under subsection (b) of this section for a sex other than the person’s biological sex.
(d) Exceptions. – This section does not apply to persons entering a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated for use by the opposite sex:
(1) For custodial purposes.
(2) For maintenance or inspection purposes.
(3) To render medical assistance.
(4) To accompany a person needing assistance.
(5) That has been temporarily designated for use by that person’s biological sex.”

PART II. STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN LAWS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING

SECTION 2.1. G.S. 95-25.1 reads as rewritten:
Ҥ 95-25.1. Short title and legislative purpose.purpose; local governments preempted.

(a) This Article shall be known and may be cited as the “Wage and Hour Act.”
(b) The public policy of this State is declared as follows: The wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, and the well-being of minors are subjects of concern requiring legislation to promote the general welfare of the people of the State without jeopardizing the competitive position of North Carolina business and industry. The General Assembly declares that the general welfare of the State requires the enactment of this law under the police power of the State.
(c) The provisions of this Article supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce. This subsection shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) A local government regulating, compensating, or controlling its own employees.
(2) Economic development incentives awarded under Part 2H of Article 10 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes.
(3) Economic development incentives awarded under Article 1 of Chapter 158 of the General Statutes.
(4) A requirement of federal community development block grants.
(5) Programs established under G.S. 153A-376 or G.S. 160A-456.”

SECTION 2.2. G.S. 153A-449(a) reads as rewritten:
“(a) Authority. – A county may contract with and appropriate money to any person, association, or corporation, in order to carry out any public purpose that the county is authorized by law to engage in. A county may not require a private contractor under this section to abide by regulations or controls on the contractor’s employment practices or mandate or prohibit the provision of goods, services, or accommodations to any member of the public as a condition of bidding on a contract or a qualification-based selection, except as otherwise required by State law.”

SECTION 2.3. G.S. 160A-20.1(a) reads as rewritten:
“(a) Authority. – A city may contract with and appropriate money to any person, association, or corporation, in order to carry out any public purpose that the city is authorized by law to engage in. A city may not require a private contractor under this section to abide by regulations or controls on the contractor’s employment practices or mandate or prohibit the provision of goods, services, or accommodations to any member of the public as a condition of bidding on a contract or a qualification-based selection, except as otherwise required by State law.”

PART III. PROTECTION OF RIGHTS IN EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS

SECTION 3.1. G.S. 143-422.2 reads as rewritten:
Ҥ 143-422.2. Legislative declaration.
(a) It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap, yet allowing the discrimination of those not listed herein, by employers which regularly employ 15 or more employees.
(b) It is recognized that the practice of denying employment opportunity and discriminating in the terms of employment foments domestic strife and unrest, deprives the State of the fullest utilization of its capacities for advancement and development, and substantially and adversely affects the interests of employees, employers, and the public in general.
(c) The General Assembly declares that the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment is properly an issue of general, statewide concern, such that this Article and other applicable provisions of the General Statutes supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment, except such regulations applicable to personnel employed by that body that are not otherwise in conflict with State law.”

SECTION 3.2. G.S. 143-422.3 reads as rewritten:
Ҥ 143-422.3. Investigations; conciliations.
The Human Relations Commission in the Department of Administration shall have the authority to receive charges of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursuant to an agreement under Section 709(b) of Public Law 88-352, as amended by Public Law 92-261, and investigate and conciliate charges of discrimination. Throughout this process, the agency shall use its good offices to effect an amicable resolution of the charges of discrimination. This Article does not create, and shall not be construed to create or support, a statutory or common law private right of action, and no person may bring any civil action based upon the public policy expressed herein.”

SECTION 3.3. Chapter 143 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:
“Article 49B
“Equal Access to Public Accommodations.
Ҥ 143-422.10. Short title.
This Article shall be known and may be cited as the Equal Access to Public Accommodations Act.
Ҥ 143-422.11. Legislative declaration.
(a) It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all individuals within the State to enjoy fully and equally the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of places of public accommodation free of discrimination because of race, religion, color, national origin, or biological sex, yet allowing the discrimination of those not listed herein, provided that designating multiple or single occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities according to biological sex, as defined in G.S. 143-760(a)(1), (3), and (5), shall not be deemed to constitute discrimination.
(b) The General Assembly declares that the regulation of discriminatory practices in places of public accommodation is properly an issue of general, statewide concern, such that this Article and other applicable provisions of the General Statutes supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement pertaining to the regulation of discriminatory practices in places of public accommodation.

Ҥ 143-422.12. Places of public accommodation Рdefined.
For purposes of this Article, places of public accommodation has the same meaning as defined in G.S. 168A-3(8), but shall exclude any private club or other establishment not, in fact, open to the public.

Ҥ 143-422.13. Investigations; conciliations.
The Human Relations Commission in the Department of Administration shall have the authority to receive, investigate, and conciliate complaints of discrimination in public accommodations. Throughout this process, the Human Relations Commission shall use its good offices to effect an amicable resolution of the complaints of discrimination. This Article does not create, and shall not be construed to create or support, a statutory or common law private right of action, and no person may bring any civil action based upon the public policy expressed herein.”

PART IV. SEVERABILITY

SECTION 4. If any provision of this act or its application is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this act that can be given effect without the invalid provisions or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable. If any provision of this act is temporarily or permanently restrained or enjoined by judicial order, this act shall be enforced as though such restrained or enjoined provisions had not been adopted, provided that whenever such temporary or permanent restraining order or injunction is stayed, dissolved, or otherwise ceases to have effect, such provisions shall have full force and effect.

PART V. EFFECTIVE DATE 

SECTION 5. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies to any action taken on or after that date, to any ordinance, resolution, regulation, or policy adopted or amended on or after that date, and to any contract entered into on or after that date. The provisions of Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 of this act supersede and preempt any ordinance, resolution, regulation, or policy adopted prior to the effective date of this act that purports to regulate a subject matter preempted by this act or that violates or is not consistent with this act, and such ordinances, resolutions, regulations, or policies shall be null and void as of the effective date of this act.

One Reason Why America is a Culture of Death

83% of Americans claim they are Christian. This, from a poll nearly a year ago. So let’s examine some lovely hymn stanzas from this most wonderful of faiths.

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Blood. Christianity requires it, derived from the Jewish tradition of sacrifice. Jesus, the perfect lamb, spotless. Exactly what God required, but mankind was incapable of providing. But really, imagine this image: Taking the blood of a human being (let’s ignore the god-man for right now) and pouring it over yourself.

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

It’s your fault Jesus was brutally murdered. You sinned. You’re liking of stuff and also thinking that you’re a good person, you prideful filth. Calvary, here, for the 17% who don’t claim Christianity as their faith of choice, is the hill upon which the cross stood that Jesus was nailed to. His death was both predicted and necessary. You killed him. Not only did you kill him, but you are still the reason why he died. You aren’t accepting the wonderful gift he gave you by allowing himself to be mutilated for you. You must agree with this death faith and pour blood over yourself too.

Alas, and did my Saviour bleed?
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For someone such as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I have done,
He suffered on the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do!

I just had to copy that entire hymn. Imagine, if you will, rejoicing and dancing at the idea that someone was brutally murdered so you can be free of imaginary badness. Not only that, but the rejoicing is about that murdered person’s suffering! Not only was Jesus killed in the most imaginative way for killing someone, but he was forced to suffer while doing the dying. And this hymn rejoices in that suffering, even singing about the singer’s heart being continually happy, because of the death of Christ.

Aww. It were my fault I kilt’ ‘im. But damn! That’s awesome! Thanks Jesus!!!!

I’ll digress, but the point here has been made. Christianity is nothing without death. Sure, one can point to the fact that death was necessary for there to have been a resurrection, but that’s just a head-fake argument. Death was not necessary at all. You’ve been lied to.

We Replaced Our Saturn with a More Environmentally Conscious Vehicle, Etc.

VanIt takes E-85, has 15 seats for car-pooling, is white, requiring less AC usage in the hot summer months, and my kids have been using it as their bedroom, reducing our heating footprint in this most recent Minnesota cold snap.

 

 

 

 

ShoesAlso, I was going through photo memories and found this lovely one of The Freak (5) from last year, who dressed herself before we went out for steak. We took her proudly. I love that girl with most of my available heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UmbrellaAnother one of my daughters, Laura (12) was helping me design a new product line. We figured out the first prototype.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TonAnd here is one of my favorite religious -themed cartoons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HerFinally, I took my lovely bride (33) out to breakfast, just before we commenced with the grueling car shopping process. It was a wonderful day date. Spontaneous. She smelled damn good the whole time. And, as you can see, she mostly ignored me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UsBonus! Another #RedMyLips photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Penis is Proof that ‘Natural Order’ is a Farce

Penis flaps

When a baby boy comes out of the mother, emerging forth all slimy and hairy, ready to poop yellow poops (after the tar poops), a keen doctor will notice that he has a little flap of skin on his penis. This, for those who are otherwise uneducated, having never been witness to this terrible and useless collection of cells, is called the foreskin. This very foreskin is natural.

Yet…

This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant. – Genesis 17:10-14

So the Bible god created man with a curtain on his penis, but rather than maintaining the natural order of things, he orders that skin ripped from the man’s penile member.

Regardless of the reasons for the skin flap removal, the fact that the very god of those who claim that they are against the institution of same sex marriage, circumcision flies in the very face of the natural order argument. Pastors stand in the pulpit and preach circumcision as a necessary practice for the Israelites in the Old Testament, and then use the concept analogously from the New Testament, to impress upon Christians to be “set apart from the world for the Lord.”

Sin

Ah sin. That old concept that has been used throughout the ages to control people.

Don’t do that or you’ll [insert bad punishment here].

Many people have never experienced the delicious act of masturbation, never consensually had sex with a person that would mutually desire it, without the need to put a ring on it, and most importantly, have never done something crazy without feeling a pang of guilt. As a majority religious society, this makes sense. Everyone around you is applying social pressures to conform to what society deems is right and correct. But is refusing to stray from the perceived narrow path of righteousness natural?

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. – Colossians 3:5

So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. – Romans 7:14

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. – Psalm 51:5

These three verses are a small collection of a broader idea in the Bible – that the depravity of humankind was natural, a consequence of man’s own natural choices, unable to do anything different, except for an unnatural act of God to work it’s righteousness through the person who accepts it. That’s babble speak for concept of men and woman being utterly unable to not sin, had it not been for Jesus’ sacrifice.

Sin is natural. Not sinning is unnatural. Yet, never has a figure on the Religious Right advocated for living in sin, the natural order. They insist on the exact opposite.

In other words, being gay is natural, a desire of the flesh, yet we must be required to reject that natural for the unnatural rejection of that natural, which is somehow the natural order of things, but really isn’t because it’s the opposite of what is natural, making it unnatural…and around and around we go.

But we’re not supposed to think of these sorts of things.

 

 

Do You know where you’re going when you die?

“No.”

“Would you like to know?”

“Why yes! Yes I would!”

The gentleman gets a bright light in his eyes as he tries to hide the shocked expression on his face, fumbling for his mostly unopened Bible. His partner in crime shifts nervously on his feet, waiting for an argument and insults to begin pouring from my cracked Minnesota lips.

Ten minutes later, having marched through the highlights of John, Romans, a few verses in Ephesians, along with some scary references from 1 Thessalonians and Revelation, the speaker looks up from his Bible to see my relieved face.

“Thank you so much! I finally have my answer! I’m going to hell. Coffee?”

*splutter…

I turn on my heels to grab a few mugs and the pot as the partner stops shifting, letting a chuckle escape his well practiced smile.

“Sure. Black,” he says, gratefully, as his boss shoots him a murderous look.

 

 

Easter Screwed Everything Up

I had all these great plans for new series.

Sunday Non-Church Stories, where I was going to pick the best story in the comments and reprint it after maybe following up with the commenter, to get more info, pictures, and things. I failed at that. I’m not going to do that anymore – meaning, after 1 post.

Weekly Godless Check-In. I’ll still do this one, on a semi-weekly basis. But you’ll have to imagine me being godless on your own, for last week. Life was just too busy.

Easter was actually quite fun. I spent time with my wife’s family. They’re a deeply religious bunch and we had our moments of religious fervor, but it was mostly an evil celebration of eggs, candy, and the American tradition of stuffing yourself so full of delicious food, you complain about it until the next holiday.

And….Easter