Religious Rallies


Queer people came out in force on Saturday in front of Stonewall Inn to protest members of the Trump administration like Betsy Devos and Mike Pence

Despite Republican arguments that Trump is in favor of gay rights, Trump has expressed support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which lets businesses decline to serve people for religious reasons. The rally also drew attention to Trump’s cabinet as some of “the most anti-LGBT nominees and appointees in modern history.“

Two men dressed as a church & a mosque hug at a rally in Lebanon for national unity

“I love you, my brother, whoever you are - whether you worship in a church, kneel in your temple, or pray in your mosque.

You & I are children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of the one supreme being, a hand extended to all.” - Khalil Gibran
Religious leaders plan rally in Washington as a moral rebuke to Trump’s presidency
The rally Monday comes on the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Rev. Al Sharpton organized more than 1,000 religious leaders from multiple faiths to rally Monday in Washington, saying he hopes to show that opposition to President Trump is not merely a political reproach, but also a moral one.

The “One Thousand Ministers March for Justice” in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will come on the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.

The rally was planned long before a deadly white supremacist protest earlier this month in Charlottesville, although Sharpton said the events in Virginia only intensified the mission of Monday’s march.

“Charlottesville gave it a new energy, and a lot of ministers called in saying that this is the time to make a moral statement,” Sharpton said. “The president called for unity, and we are going to show unity. The question is, which side is the president on?”

According to National Park Service permits, the rally will start at 10 a.m. near the MLK Memorial at West Potomac Park-Polo Field on the Mall.

Religious liberty is a rallying cry for many evangelical voters, and it has been popping up repeatedly throughout this presidential campaign. But in the current political climate, some conservative Christians are struggling with how to apply religious freedom to other faiths — like Islam.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made religious freedom a hallmark of his failed campaign for the Republican nomination. Now, presumptive nominee Donald Trump is picking up the theme.

“Religious freedom. The right of people of faith to freely practice their faith. So important,” Trump said in a June 10 speech in Washington, D.C., to members of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

On June 21, in a room full of evangelical leaders in New York City, Trump again promised to protect religious freedom. The presumptive GOP nominee said if he’s elected, “people are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

For decades, fights over religious liberty in the U.S. have mostly been about the religious liberties of Christians. Evangelicals have rallied around issues like prayer in public schools, and more recently, whether conservative Christian vendors should be required by law to provide services for same-sex weddings.

But now, as the nation’s small but growing Muslim population gains a higher profile, other questions are emerging, including debates in several communities over the right to build mosques.

Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom’ Includes Muslims

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‘92 Spin Magazine Interview

“Combat lines are drawn at clinics, and women must be escorted through trenches, which only adds to their trauma. This is not a game. This is not a religious pep rally. This is a woman’s future… There are people wary of the strength that young voters possess. Prove them right. Decide on the issues and vote – male or female – for this is not just a women’s issue. It’s human rights. If it were a man’s body and it was his destiny we were deciding there would be no issue. Not in today’s male dominated society.”

There was a guy at the Anti-Islam Rally who had a shirt on that said Fuck Islam, and while he was there he changed his opinion on the matter. He spoke to a Muslim on the opposite side and realized that not all Muslims are what he thought and said that they deserve rights too. 

The news is all over this mentioning how great it is, which like… yeah okay but how fucking isolated and ignorant do you have to be? Wow amazing people besides you/people like you deserve to be treated fairly. You were out here slinging slurs towards a group of people you knew nothing about. 

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (or We’re in a Tight Spot)

You guys are going to have to bear with me as I am on cold medicine, but I finally got a chance to watch the mid season finale yesterday and I have a lot of thoughts to share.

Also: TONS OF SPOILERS FOR EP 11.09 (Turn back now if you haven’t watched it yet!)

What’s In a Name?

We all know that the episode titles for Supernatural are carefully chosen, and I believe this is no exception. The relevance is manyfold.

1. While our first glimpse of either of them is of Sam by himself, this moment is part of one of his visions and in actuality the first time we see the Winchesters in the “real world”, they are together. This is truly only in the physical sense as they are set in opposition pretty much from the start of the episode. They argue about Sam’s interpretations of his visions and about what course of action they should take in dealing with the current dilemma they have in the Darkness. It’s no big surprise that Dean is not on board with any plan that puts Sam in jeopardy and it’s even less of a surprise that Sam feels duty to follow a higher power. Consequently, the brothers separate and both begin individual quests to find solutions. Sam chaperoning Rowena as she looks for a way to engage Lucifer without risking himself (the only way that Sam knows Dean will agree to his course of action) and Dean investigating the wake of Amara at the church in hopes of learning something there. So from the start, they boys are divided by belief and action and the title perfectly portrays a sense of despair at being divided and unable to create a unified front.

2. This episode sees the return of Lucifer who is the fallen brother of Castiel who was very noticeably missing this week. We can interpret the title to also reflect their relationship as Cas often wonders spiritually and morally how his brother could have fallen so low and has been known to internalize a comparison between his own fall from Heaven and Lucifer’s. In addition, Lucifer, knowing the relationship that his brother has with the Winchesters might very well be wondering where his brother, who could very well help to debunk Sam’s visions, has gotten off to.

3. Most importantly, we can interpret the brother mentioned in the title to be the brother of Amara, God himself. Her driving force throughout the entire episode is to simply get his attention and draw him out into some form of dialog- to force a confrontation. She tries everything she can think of to make him see her and the true question does become ‘Where is he?’.  

4. If you have seen the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name, you will be familiar enough with the fact that it is a loose retelling of the Odyssey. Interestingly enough, we see many of the elements from that classic story within the framework of Supernatural in this episode arc heading into the next episode:

- Odysseus (Dean) begins the story as a sex slave and prisoner to Kalypso (Amara)

- Odysseus (Dean) just wants to return home to his love Penelope (Castiel?)

- Odysseus’ men eat the lotus flower and forget everything including home (Correlation to Bliss?)

- Odysseus and his men must not be tempted by the sirens’ song lest they meet their death (Odysseus/Dean is the only one to hear the song and survive- possible reference to Amara’s seduction and his refusal?)

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