religionism

Some people like boys.

Some people like girls.                                                                                           

Some people like both.

Some people are happy on their own.

Some people were born in the right body.

Some people weren’t.

Some people are white.

Some people aren’t.

Some people listen to metal.

Some people listen to pop.

Some people believe in God(s).

Some people don’t.

Some people are big.

Some people are small.

And some people are just, well, in between.

But you know what they all have in common?

They are all people and they deserve to be treated as such.

1. The lady at the counter scans my white wine at the register;
asks me what my plans are tonight.  
I tell her there’s a scary movie marathon on and she smiles, says getting drunk just makes fear funny.
2. I sip my morning coffee too indulgently;
french vanilla sin thick on my tongue.
3. It’s a cold winter.
We smoke out by the creek and stare up the pine tree’s branches; imagine the snow sounds like wind chimes.
4. My lover kisses me so deeply,
I don’t taste food the same way for two days.
5. I want to disappear the way water escapes from cupped hands.
6. My church leader won’t use the word “depression.”
He suggests I sign up for a gym membership,
to get those endorphins going.
Once I start trying, the sadness should go away.
7. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
I have searched for you in the sky,
wondered if Aquarius looked more like a throne.
If you see Him, tell Him I’ve been looking.
—  Schuyler Peck, Let’s Count the Ways I’m Going to Hell
What Do You Know About Utah?

Besides that there’s lots of Mormons and a weirdly salty lake, I didn’t know that much either. So here’s a facts list:

  1. Utah’s Great Salt Lake is about 4 times saltier than any of the world’s oceans. About 41% evaporates each year!
  2. The name “Utah” is derived from the name of the Ute Native American tribe. The name means “people of the mountains.”
  3. In 1824, Jim Bridger was the first Caucasian person to see the Great Salt Lake. He initially thought he had found the Pacific Ocean because it was so salty, but soon realized it was a giant salt lake.
  4. During the Utah War (1857–1858), over 120 unarmed settlers, including women and children, were murdered by a group of Mormon militiamen. The militia initially claimed Native Americans killed the settlers. The motives behind the massacre remain unclear.
  5. Approximately 62% of Utahans are Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is the most homogeneous state in the nation in terms of religion.
  6. The state is home to the country’s first department store, Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution. Today it is known as ZCMI.
  7. Polygamy was practiced in Utah until it was banned in 1890 as a condition of being granted statehood.
I'm thinking very seriously on renouncing Christianity

Christianity can deem a man molesting several children including his own sisters as okay, yet someone becoming who they truly are inside, or wanting to love whomever they want, they are demonized and branded a “sinner”. If this is what it boils down to, I want absolutely no part in it.

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And indeed We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self develops, and We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein (50:15)

Allah says: “Ask forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is Near, the Answerer (of prayers).” [Sūrah Hūd: 61]

“Say (O Muhammad): If I err, I err only to my own loss, and if I am rightly guided it is because of that which my Lord has revealed unto me. Lo! He is All-Hearing, Near.” [Sūrah Saba’: 50]

“And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am Near. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should heed My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 186]

Abū Mūsa al-Ash`ārī relates: We were with Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) on a journey. It was our habit when we descended into a valley to raise our voices in the praise and glorification of Allah’s name. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Keep your voices to a reasonable volume. You do not call upon one who is deaf or absent. He is with you. He hears you and He is near.” [Sahīh al-Bukḥārī (6610) and Sahīh Muslim (2704)]

4629) I wore a shirt and tie for church this evening, fully bound. I felt awesome and terrified. Got a few odd looks but mostly smiles. Best thing was an older lady from the choir taking me to one side and telling me I looked really handsome.