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The Indian Placement Program

From  1956 to 1996, the Mormon Church operated a program where Native American kids were baptized and placed in Mormon foster homes during the school year. The idea was fostering would “lighten” them. The Mormon Church teaches that Native Americans were originally white, but God punished them, and made them darker.

It began being criticized in the 1970s for weakening the children’s connection to their Native American families and communities, and causing psychological damage. And today the Mormon Church is being sued in tribal court for allegations of abuse while in their foster homes.

Probably the most exhausting argument to try to counter is ‘it’s just fiction, if you can’t tell it from reality that’s your problem!’ like fiction has no effect on the real world, like the real world has no effect on fiction, like fiction doesn’t come from and exist in the same minds that create and maintain and absorb social structures. People who think fiction exists in a super special sealed alternate reality where nothing that exists here can ever influence it and nothing that exists there can ever influence here are the most exhausting to argue with because they literally cannot conceive of the fact that fiction affects reality because fiction affects people. Fiction reflects reality, fiction affects reality. It’s not even a matter of opinion, it is a goddamn scientifically proven fact. People feel empathy for fictional characters in exactly the same way they feel empathy for other human beings. Science fiction has inspired a lot of scientific exploration and tech - look up the effect of Star Trek on the cell phone, the tablet computer, NASA’s funding. And more importantly, look up the effect of Nichelle Nichols’ casting on Star Trek on actress Whoopi Goldberg and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, who would go on to appear on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Hell, look up Aesop’s Fables. Fairy tales and fables have reflected the social reality of the people who tell them since time immemorial. They are wish fulfillment for people who couldn’t fight back against evil kings or corrupt government or church officials, and they teach the values of that society (be kind to the elderly, the poor, and the infirm; be clever and patient; work hard; and you will be rewarded). They show the world both as it is, and as people can hope to make it. As Terry Pratchett masterfully put it, “You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?”

Fiction. Affects. Reality. Because fiction reflects reality. Fiction reflects the imaginations of the people who create it, the taboos and the norms of their societies. And in doing so, fiction tacitly supports or challenges those norms and taboos, and tells people what’s acceptable and what’s not. This is why there’s such a huge goddamn push for representation in fiction. Because if fiction was completely seperate from reality, it wouldn’t matter. And if you have a problem with that, then maybe you should ask yourself why. Because if fiction isn’t reality and representation doesn’t matter, then you should take a long, hard look at why you’re so threatened by seeing people who don’t look and act exactly like you reflected in the fiction you consume.

Acceptance, Not Rejection

     I may be a Catholic but I support and accept the LGBT community. Many may believe that being a Catholic means being homophobic or going against people who aren’t straight because it states in the Bible that God created man and woman in His image. Yes, it is correct that God created man and woman, but it is wrong to assume that all Catholics are homophobic because of this reason. Homophobia doesn’t come from being Catholic; homophobia comes from cultural conservatism. Nobody is born homophobic. It’s not a matter of religion; it’s a matter of societal orientation and expectation.

     I have gay and pansexual friends and they’re very kind, loving, and smart people; we probably all have a friend who’s not straight yet we love so much from the bottom of our hearts. They are the reasons why I choose to not ignore this issue even if I myself am straight.

    Being an internet girl has made me learn so many things outside of school, including the beautiful concept that is Feminism. This concept has made me learn so much and has lead me to become one myself. I may lack knowledge on certain things other long-term feminists know very much about, but I have the heart and the willingness to learn and to grow as one, so that I may change my wrong viewpoints and influence people to do the same.

    Feminist accounts I follow online have influenced me to stop using certain words as a joke like gay and crazy. They’ve also thought me that people who dictate beauty standards are often people who body shame and are racist. There are so much more but it would take me too long to name all of these things. However, above all of these things, they have influenced me to speak up for those who may not be able to: LGBT in particular for this piece.

    Yes, some of them are accepted by their families and friends and can freely strut around with people knowing that they’re not straight, but it’s undeniable that most still suffer from the consequences of homophobia. According to some researches compiled by Fenway Health, 8 out of 10 LGBT students have been verbally harassed at school and 80% of transgender students reported feeling unsafe at school.

   Last June 24, just this year, a Pride Parade was held in Marikina here in the Philippines. Although homosexuality is still not fully accepted yet here in the Philippines, this is still a good sign and a good beginning.

    On the 28th of July 2013, uttered his famous words “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” On the 30th of September 2013, Pope Francis himself said that God doesn’t condemn LGBT individuals. In 2014, Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes said that he didn’t know if Jesus would oppose to same sex marriage.

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says that the Church teaches that homosexuals should be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity and that those who minister in the name of the Church should in no way contribute to the hatred and violence given to homosexuals.

    Ergo, being a Catholic is never an excuse or a reason to mistreat members of the LGBT community in any way. Just like us, they are also people and they deserve to be treated with respect since they’re human too. Some Catholics may be homophobic but their opinion does not represent their entire Church, as much as my opinion does not represent them. All I’m trying to say is, someone’s preferred gender does not equate to their value as people and must be given the same opportunities that heterosexuals have. They should not be assaulted whether verbally or physically, just because they chose to be truthful to themselves.

    They still have human dignity and they are still created by God just like us. If you’re one of the people who have hurt homosexuals for being such, ask yourself the following questions: Will God be pleased with what I’m doing? Does this give me more value than them? Are my actions justified because of my beliefs, or am I just being insensitive? If I’m citing from the Bible, am I sure that my interpretations are correct?

I have been thinking about trust…. depending on others. I am sure many will identify with the feeling of not wanting to be a burden on others.

Today I had to ask a friend to have one of his plastic spoons twice. Now, I was reminded by him that I actually procured the spoons for him earlier in the month, but I felt like a bother to ask. I am sure he was glad to share and didn’t see me asking as a bother at all.

When life is all about relationships and supporting one another, why do we try to do everything for ourselves and not share that we have needs? Perhaps because we are imperfect and accidentally hurt one another?

One of my friends is a pastor at a church and is teaching soon. His sermon is “Don’t Worry”….he reminded me that God has commanded us to trust him. Now, my idea of God is different than my friend. However, I could speak to his congregation for hours about Faith, Trust, and miracles. But teaching and doing are separate talents.

What helps to solidify that trust? I think it has to be given.. I can’t go to my friend and ask if I can trust him… I just have to Decide that I DO trust him and then let go.

That is easier said than done perhaps….but that is why we have forgiveness. 😁 Because we all make mistakes.

“Every day should be distinguished by at least one particular act of love.” ~Johann Kaspar Lavater

Sometimes that act of love will be Asking for what you need. Because serving is a joy…so allow others to serve you too.

anonymous asked:

I converted a few months ago, I'm gay, and I didn't realize how difficult and lonely it would be. When my SS teacher talks about the "gay agenda" and how "Satan works through gay people," I can't take it. I don't feel like I belong. But I just converted, and I'm in a new ward. I haven't gone in weeks b/c it's too difficult. I know I sound spineless. But idk how to say that I can't go anymore, no one knows I'm gay. But I can't just never talk to anyone from my home ward again. Am I a bad person?

First, nothing you said makes you a bad person. Not a single word of it! In fact, just the opposite. I can tell you’re sincere, conscientious, and hurting–that suggests a warm, caring person trying to do the right thing.

I’m glad you found me. There’s a wonderful community of queer Mormons on Tumblr, try doing a search for #Queerstake. In a way, you don’t have to be quite so alone anymore.

There’s some really wonderful things about this church. And many of the teachings are hopeful and powerful. Unfortunately it has a history of homophobic teachings (as do most churches). And while the rhetoric has softened, the restrictions haven’t. This church is still fumbling its way forward in regards to queer individuals.

I don’t consider you spineless. Especially if you aren’t telling others that you’re gay, that would make it difficult to explain what it is you’re having issues with at church. Avoidance is an acceptable strategy. 

You don’t have to go back. The Gospel is supposed to be “good news,” but if that’s not what you find, and the stress of it outweighs the good, you’re free to make a choice that works for you. You can opt to try again when you move away from your current ward

I understand the awkwardness that will happen when you run into someone from your former ward. They may not even ask about your new ward. You choose what you want to reveal about your decision to stop attending. Spend some time thinking about how you would answer questions from them. There are ways to turn the conversation, or to state the issue in very general terms. 

As your ward is new to you, perhaps you’re not familiar with a lot of the members, there may be some allies among them. I sometimes go on Facebook groups like Mama Dragons, Affirmation, USGA, or others (try searching for “lds lgbt” and numerous groups pop up). I look to see if there’s people in those groups who go to church with me.

If you choose to go back, and your heart ever tells you that something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it. In those situations, here’s 3 questions I ask:
1) Does this sound like me, do I resemble that remark?
2) Is this consistent with the God I know?
3) Does it fit with the two greatest commandments–love God and love one another?
It’s surprising how many things will strike out on all 3 questions. 

I wish you all the best. While not a convert, I have felt the things you describe. It’s not easy. You’re always welcome to contact me again, anonymous or otherwise. And I’m sure the same is true for anyone you find in Queerstake.

Learnings and Teachings

Be like Jesus. The goal is to be closer to God everyday and spread his grace. Allow his power to shine through you by letting him control your life. Stop trying to do things on your own by carrying guilt. Guilt is what steers us away from God. We feel that our sins are too awful for God to forgive or bless us so we give up on our relationship with him. God is constantly at work with us. Our lives were written way before we got the chance to live them so let’s find ways to include God in every chapter. Find your way back to him and be reborn. Release whatever’s holding you back and reach out to God. Ask God for a clean heart and start your journey. We don’t know what the future holds but it will all work out with God in control. Don’t stress, enjoy your life throughout the process.

hmtaniwha  asked:

HI there! I'm unsure if this is where I submit imagines and stuff but I really love your Werewolf!Dadsona one! It's so cool! I was wondering if you could write a imagine where dadsona is a YouTuber (you can pick what he does) and the dad's finding out. :3 you don't gotta do it if you don't wanna.

Hi, and yes this is where you can submits the asks. And Dadsona actually being a youtuber would explain so much. Btw I got too inspired.

You didn´t want to tell him. You were not ashamed, you loved what you did. But he went outside and worked hard to pay his bills and you stayed inside, in front of a camera and sometimes earned more than he did. But you knew secrets are best said in a relationship… Unless he comes and finds out by himself. That´s good too.

Robert Smalls

-You are a vlogger

-Amanda is a highly aclaimed invited star in your channel too

-You also add some reaction videos and challenges here and there

-Recently you´ve been considering doing a special video on the hunt of the Dover Ghost

“Heeeey guys! You good? ´Cause I am” You energetically greeted the camera planted in front of the couch. “So, I know I´ve been sort of absent and there haven´t been much videos recently, but, I have an excuse. Today I´ll be doing a QnA” You took out your phone and began searching for questions send from fans. Bless Amanda for showing you how to use Twitter.

Around half an hour passed with you trying to answer as many questions as possible, alternating from silly ones to more serious ones. The creativity from some questions astounded you. Sadly, you were having so much fun that you forgot that your sweet Bobert was coming over.

“Alright, last question. What is your favorite conspiracy theory? Well-”

“The existence of the Dover Ghost” A scruffy voice said and you let out a manly shriek. Your gaze shot to the doorway to see Robert looking confused yet grinning. “Uh… what are you doing?

“You know… My… job?”

-You explain the whole concept of Youtube and what you did

-Inmediately wants to join in on the vlogs, but he would act all cool and grumpy ´cause he´s Robert.

-He loves it

-Also makes you record all your cryptid hunts

Craig Cahn

-You do entertainment

-Like… I don´t really know how to put it

-I inmediately thought of Shane Dawson so idk

“Wow bro, what´s all this?” Craig had just come home to see you surrounded by papaer bags with random objects inside.

“Hey, I´m just working on a new video. I went to the dollar store and…” You shrugged while letting out a nervous chuckle. Craig smiled and joined in on the fun.

“Nice” He fished out a can then procceded to spray it around without knowing what would later happen, a catastrophe. You both groaned and waved at the air in front of you.

“What have you done, bro?” Craig turned to you with an offended look.

“Me? It was you who bought it!” You would later thank Smashley for taking care of baby River and the twins staying over with a friend so they couldn´t witness the disaster that were you two.

-You started your Youtube channel since college so… he knew

-When you began, Craig would do constant appearances in your videos

-He still does

-Fans love when you do boyfriend tag/couple challenges

-They also go crazy when River or Amanda do appearances

Brian Harding

-You do enterteinment

-Mostly skits tho

-You try to be funny and spontaneous, but not go crazy like some of the younger members of the community

-Your dad bod isn´t up for that

-You never mentioned this beacuse you couldn´t let Brian beat you at the job game

-Brian nor Daisy are into the internet so you´re not afraid of them finding out

You and Brian were watching some random movie that was on and, most importatly, cuddling on the couch. Brian had had a long day at work and wanted some relaxing time. You had just uploaded a new video and wanted to give some love to the cuddly bear. Amanda walked in by the middle of the movie nibbling on a waffle.

“Hey dad, there´s this guy that´s badmouthing you over on Twitter, want me to block him or you wanna say something?”

“Someone is insulting you?” Brian frowned as you began shaking your head. “I can go on… uh that thing and show them not to mess with you”

“No-It´s normal-”

“It´s normal? What do you mean by ´it´s normal´?”

-You end up having to come clean about yur career

-Brian dosn´t get it, but doesn´t think less of you because of it

-Before being a Rival Dad he is a Supporting Man

Mat Sella

-You are an animator

-You love to put up vlogs or if the creativity is high, then create your own little short

-And living with an aesthetically pleasing, beautiful, artistic boyfriend helps with that

-He had seen you drawing a couple of times and complimented your art, but always thought it was just a hobby

-He has also thought about posting some of your art at the Coffee Spoon

-Recently you´ve considered improving your content by adding original music and, who better to complete the job than your talented boyfriend?

You and Mat sat in front of your computer. He was watching your most recent work with a fond smile . You glanced every second to see his reaction everytime the frame changed. This was just so exciting. Once it ended he complimented the work.

“This is really neat (dadsona), I don´t know how you do it” You smiled and waved dismissively. “I bet people would love to see this”

“It´s nothing and actually they already do” He raised an eyebrow. You procceded to log in Youtube and search for your channel. You scrolled down your videos. “This is sort of what I do. For a living. And I´ve been meaning to ask if you could help me”

“But I don´t draw”

-You explained your plan and Mat started getting nervous about putting his music alongside your kickass animations

-Does it in the end and loves knowing he contributed

Hugo Vega

-You´re a gamer

-Oh yes, the highest status in Youtube

-You have a below average yet faithful community of fans

-It was actually Ernest who recognized you

He didn´t move once he saw you. He just stood still, frozen. Hugo didn´t understand, Ernest was everything but quiet. And he had already seen you, so why was he speechless?

“(Youtuber name)” His voice was barely audible, but you listened right and clear. ´He knows me!´ A smile started stretching your lips and you didn´t try to hide it.

“Woops, I guess I´ve been discovered” You step closer to him and hold out your hand. He moves his stare from you to your hand and numbly shake it. “Nice to offiicially meet you Ernest”

He stammers out a greeting that seems to wake him up from his daze, and then he hides his hands inside his sweater and looks away grumpily. Hugo looks from you to Ernest and back. “Am I missing something?”

-You tried to vaguely state what you did for a living

-Hugo wasn´t satisfied but decided on researching after you went home

-After all that, he was glad that your relationship with Ernest wouldn´t be so horrible.

Joseph Christiansen

-You are an arts and crafts/ cook youtuber

-And a good one at that

-Scarily good at it

-You quickly became a must in his bake sales. You just know how to make sweets that not only look great, but taste great.

-You never thought much of it so you didn´t mention it.

One day Christie invited you to bake some cookies with her and Joseph. She wanted to do the same chocolate chip cookies they always did. To change their pace a bit, you offered doing a recipe you had done already but didn´t quite remember. So, you checked the video for reference. Just then, Joseph happened to come in the kitchen to see you watching… yourself?

“Sweetie? Is that you?” You send him a charming smile and made way for him to see. You scribbled down all the ingredients and instructions while Joseph enjoyed the video. Once he ended he turned to look at you with shinning eyes. “Is there more?”

You softly chuckled and nodded, opening your channel´s main page. “Now you know the secret to my baking success”

“I guess. Wow, this is amazing. (dadsona), you could come to church and teach the youths some of this, right?”

-Opens a space at church just for you

-The twins love your channel after they found out

Damien Bloodmarch

-You are a beauty guru

-And it´s been tough

-At first no one took you seriously, being a guy and all, but with a lot of perserverance you managed to create a name for yourself

-Needless to say, you´ve mastered nail painting, make up, hair stylying, DIYs and costume making.

-And also make a certain young goth that just happened to live in your cul-de-sac, your fan

-You surprise Damien by helping him do his make up and helping him with his hair

-He becomes even more surprised when Lucien suddenly becomes a pro at doing his make up

Father and son were in the master bedroom, the oldest sitting down in front of a mirrior with his hair down and the youngest stood behind him. “Pass me a bobbypin” Damien did a asked and admired as his son started pulling braiding his hair into a crown.

“Where did you learn to do this wonderful hair style?” Lucien throws him this sort of confused face, but answers.

“From your (dadsona)´s Youtube channel?”


-He is bothered you didn´t tell him, but is super supportive and even lets you show him in some of your videos to try out whatever new idea you´ve come up with.


anonymous asked:

Jamie implies occasionally he visited a brothel “I didna think I should ever laugh again in a woman’s bed, Sassenach,” he said. “Or even come to a woman, save as a brute, blind with need.” A note of bitterness came into his voice. “I willna say that I have lived a monk,” he said quietly. “When I had to—when I felt that I must or go mad—”

Anon ask: I mean before his printing shop burns he says in the Moubray’s to Claire he was not a monk, if he had to, if he felt he was going crazy … ! But he didn’t say with whom ! Sorry, my english isn’t better and I have only a translated version of the book.

“I didna think I should ever laugh again in a woman’s bed, Sassenach,” he said. “Or even come to a woman, save as a brute, blind with need.” A note of bitterness came into his voice.”

This is a statement made before he has revealed any details of how he spent those 20 years. Claire doesn’t yet know of his marriage to Laoghaire. This statement is simple foreshadowing. His way of confessing to her that he had not been celibate in those years apart, broaching a difficult subject, without ruining the current moment’s bliss by giving her bad news.

Since we’re here and the Outlander topic de jour seems to be the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the sexcapades of the brutish and needfully blinded James, I will make the case for why there will be no fade to black, and why there should be no fade to black when he schools Geneva in the ways of the flesh.

First, recall, if you will, this conversation from Outlander:

“I always wondered how it was you stayed a virgin so long. Are the girls in Lallybroch all plain, then?”
“No,” he said, squinting up into the morning sun. “It was mostly my father was responsible for that. We’d stroll over the fields in the evenings, sometimes, he and I, and talk about things. And once I got old enough for such a thing to be a possibility, 👉🏻he told me that a man must be responsible for any seed he sows, for it’s his duty to take care of a woman and protect her. And if I wasna prepared to do that, then I’d no right to burden a woman with the consequences of my own actions.”👈🏻
He glanced behind us, toward the house. And toward the small family graveyard, near the foot of the broch, where his parents were buried.
"He said the greatest thing in a man’s life is to lie wi’ a woman he loves,” he said softly. He smiled at me, eyes blue as the sky overhead. “He was right.”I touched his face lightly, tracing the broad sweep downward from cheek to jaw.
"Rather hard on you, though, if he expected you to wait so long to marry,” I said.
"Well, the Church does teach that self-abuse is a sin, but my father said he thought that if it came to a choice between abusin’ yourself or some poor woman, a decent man might choose to make the sacrifice.”

A decent man might choose to make the sacrifice.

This is the foundation of his own personal sexual mores. Women suffer a unique set of consequences in regards to sex that men do not. He is always mindful of that due the teachings of his father and the experience of losing his mother to childbirth. He strives to be this decent sort of man with a respect for women that goes even beyond respect of his faith. Strives. However, no good deed goes unpunished.

He chooses not to seek the service of whores for two reasons.
1) The decent man covenant he set for himself: no right to burden a woman with the consequences of his own actions.
2) He’s been a whore. Sex with Jack Randall was the currency exchanged for Claire’s life. Sex with Geneva was the currency exchanged for his family’s safety. The consequences for his two acts of sexual submission were so severe, there is no way he would seek pleasure for himself outside of a loving intimate relationship knowing just how dark it could be for the person on the other side.

Personal mores aside, he really did not have the opportunity of whores anyway until he moved to Edinburgh. 7 years in a cave, 3 in prison, 4 at Helwater, maybe 2 more before going to Edinburgh fresh off his sexual failures with Laoghaire where he promptly takes up residence in a brothel.(I suspect partly because he has much in common with the ladies of ill repute.)

His escapade with Geneva taught him that his sexual deprivation had the consequence of leaving him vulnerable and weak to indecent behavior. He gave in to the blackmail partly out of his own sexual need and this leaves him feeling responsible for her death.

"Rage at her manipulation of him, and fear at the magnitude of the crime he was about to commit. But overall there was a terrible lust, a need that clawed at his vitals and 👉🏻made him ashamed of his own manhood, even as he acknowledged its power. Hating himself,👈🏻he lowered his head and cupped her face between his hands.He didn’t like the girl, didn’t want to be here, didn’t want to be doing this, but—it had been more than three years since he’d touched a woman’s body.”

A needfully blind brute.

He is a deeply flawed man suffering a particularly painful loneliness by the time he returns to Lallybroch. He was lonely for a sexual bond with a woman and in his mind the commitment of marriage was the sacrifice a decent man would make in exchange for what he hoped would be his sanity. A redemption for the sin of Geneva through the vow of marriage. The unfortunate events that followed his night with Geneva, when he put aside the heeding of his father, explain why he agreed to marry Laoghaire.

We will see the sex between Jamie and Geneva because it explains Laoghaire. It was a demeaning exchange and explains much of who Jamie is after Claire finds him 20 years later. It wasn’t the violent rape he endured by BJR, but it was a sexual violation and broke him in a way that only Claire can mend. And she does.

The Man Forgotten: A Brief-as-Possible Analysis of Two Key Themes of Final Fantasy Tactics

Orran Durai: I know not what brings men joy. Of what drives them to great deeds, of what legacies they hope to leave, I know less yet. But I do know this: The true hero of this tale was the man forgotten.

I promised a writeup of some of the arcs and themes of Final Fantasy Tactics before XIV 4.1′s Return to Ivalice raid, and here it is. I acknowledge that this is only scratching the surface of the stories and ideas that this game has to offer. That said, I wanted to provide as succinct and coherent of a summary as possible without losing sight of why this game is so relevant and meaningful, even two decades after its initial release.

The plot of Final Fantasy Tactics is rich and vast, and there’s no doubt that the game is meaningful in countless contexts and interpretations and lenses. For me, however, Tactics’s story is defined best by a couple of key themes: history and privilege.

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He says he’s Catholic, but does he...

Go to Mass every Sunday and on holy days of obligation (and why does he go? Does he feel like he has to? Does his family make him go?)?

Pray daily (and want to pray with you and for you?)?

Go to Adoration?

Pray the Rosary?

Go to Confession regularly?

Understand and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Believe in all that the Church teaches?

Support things that the Church is against?

Read his Bible regularly?

Read the Catechism?

Refrain from listening to music and watching shows that do not honor God?

Avoid using bad language?

Help others?

Apply his faith to all areas of his life?

Ladies, we need to think about these things. We need to choose who we date/court/marry wisely. This applies to our brothers in Christ, too. Gentlemen, find a woman who wants to honor God.


Mytho meme || 7 archangels - Michael

Michael ([mixaˈʔel]; Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, translit. Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl, lit. ‘Who is like God?'‎; Greek: Μιχαήλ, translit. Mikhaḗl; Latin: Michael or Michahel; Arabic: ميخائيل‎, translit. Mīkhā'īl‎) is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions, he is called “Saint Michael the Archangel” and “Saint Michael”. In the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox traditions, he is called “Taxiarch Archangel Michael” or simply “Archangel Michael”.

Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.

In the New Testament Michael leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as “the archangel Michael”. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches. Over time, teachings on Michael began to vary among Christian denominations.

most of us could go on and on about how badly the church has butchered the teachings and lifestyle of jesus but like at the end of the day the most frustrating thing is that i KNOW christians read these criticisms and they go “jesus told us the world would hate us because it hated him first, that means we’re good christians”

and that boils my blood like nothing else because it just lacks all semblance of intellectual honesty or cognition of the bible, or even just, basic human history?

the world hated jesus because he was a radical who condemned organized religion. like, do y’all know what a pharisee even is? do you literally not even know why they crucified the person you literally believe is the human embodiment of the living god like y’all literally cannot even understand WHY the world hated jesus!!!!!!!!

spoiler alert: they didn’t kill him because he told them they were going to hell or even because he told them they needed to repent, they killed him because he told them that they were self righteous, pompous, whitewashed tombs and a brood of vipers who mislead innocent people into following fabricated rules of organized religion that were actually misleading people from knowing god

which, like,WOW OH WOW does that sound like some people that i know
How Catholics Can Welcome LGBT Believers
By Cardinal Robert Sarah

From Cardinal Sarah:

The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community. This criticism deserves a reply—not to defend the Church’s practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lord’s disciples, are reaching out effectively to a group in need. Christians must always strive to follow the new commandment Jesus gave at the Last Supper: “Love one another, even as I have loved you.”

To love someone as Christ loves us means to love that person in the truth. “For this I was born,” Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “to bear witness to the truth.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects this insistence on honesty, stating that the church’s message to the world must “reveal in all clarity the joy and demands of the way of Christ.”

Those who speak on behalf of the church must be faithful to the unchanging teachings of Christ, because only through living in harmony with God’s creative design do people find deep and lasting fulfillment. Jesus described his own message in these terms, saying in the Gospel of John: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Catholics believe that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church draws its teachings upon the truths of Christ’s message.

Among Catholic priests, one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality is Father James Martin, an American Jesuit. In his book “Building a Bridge,” published earlier this year, he repeats the common criticism that Catholics have been harshly critical of homosexuality while neglecting the importance of sexual integrity among all of its followers.

Father Martin is correct to argue that there should not be any double standard with regard to the virtue of chastity, which, challenging as it may be, is part of the good news of Jesus Christ for all Christians. For the unmarried—no matter their attractions—faithful chastity requires abstention from sex.

This might seem a high standard, especially today. Yet it would be contrary to the wisdom and goodness of Christ to require something that cannot be achieved. Jesus calls us to this virtue because he has made our hearts for purity, just as he has made our minds for truth. With God’s grace and our perseverance, chastity is not only possible, but it will also become the source for true freedom.

We do not need to look far to see the sad consequences of the rejection of God’s plan for human intimacy and love. The sexual liberation the world promotes does not deliver its promise. Rather, promiscuity is the cause of so much needless suffering, of broken hearts, of loneliness, and of treatment of others as means for sexual gratification. As a mother, the church seeks to protect her children from the harm of sin, as an expression of her pastoral charity.

In her teaching about homosexuality, the church guides her followers by distinguishing their identities from their attractions and actions. First there are the people themselves, who are always good because they are children of God. Then there are same-sex attractions, which are not sinful if not willed or acted upon but are nevertheless at odds with human nature. And finally there are same-sex relations, which are gravely sinful and harmful to the well-being of those who partake in them. People who identify as members of the LGBT community are owed this truth in charity, especially from clergy who speak on behalf of the church about this complex and difficult topic.

It is my prayer that the world will finally heed the voices of Christians who experience same-sex attractions and who have discovered peace and joy by living the truth of the Gospel. I have been blessed by my encounters with them, and their witness moves me deeply. I wrote the foreword to one such testimony, Daniel Mattson’s book, “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,” with the hope of making his and similar voices better heard.

These men and women testify to the power of grace, the nobility and resilience of the human heart, and the truth of the church’s teaching on homosexuality. In many cases, they have lived apart from the Gospel for a period but have been reconciled to Christ and his church. Their lives are not easy or without sacrifice. Their same-sex inclinations have not been vanquished. But they have discovered the beauty of chastity and of chaste friendships. Their example deserves respect and attention, because they have much to teach all of us about how to better welcome and accompany our brothers and sisters in authentic pastoral charity.