equal in faith

last year me and my friend were in H&M going down the escalator and suddenly we heard this guy upstairs yell at this man behind us, who was apparently taking a video of us from behind (who then pretended to be on the phone when he got caught out) and within seconds, the man videoing us just legged it? He ran past us and out of the shop as fast as he could and I thought that was that thEN THE MAN WHO CALLED HIM OUT FUCKING JUMPED LIKE A BUNCH OF STEPS DOWN THE ESCALATOR AND CHASED HIM UP THE STREET AND PUBLICLY CALLED HIM OUT INFRONT OF EVERYONE and then came back once the other man had escaped and apologised to the store for the drama but “couldn’t bare to let another man get away with being so disgusting” and that day slightly restored my faith in men.

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Islam is NOT equal to hatred!!
Jay Mazini ❤

In Christ, no one is better than anyone, and no one is worse. We have all fallen short of His glory, and we have all been redeemed by His unconditional love. We are each created in His image. We are all given the same opportunity to accept or reject Him. We will all stand before Him someday. We are all radically loved. We are all equal in His sight. In Christ, there is no division. As I live in a world that is at war with each other, I’m thankful for this truth.

  • What she says: i'm fine
  • What she means: the finale of Les Mis is really powerful and important when the 'Do you hear the people sing?' theme returns and it really speaks to the theme of the book. In the early version of that song, the revolutionaries and Les Amis are hopeful and determined. They believe that they can achieve their goals of freedom and equality, and they have faith that the people of France will fight with them for the ideals of the revolution. They sing about tomorrow coming and they mean a future with equality and freedom, and they mean the same thing when they talk about a world beyond the barricade, a world you long to see- a world with equality, past the politics and the fighting. But then they die, and it is tragic and terrible, and worst of all, it seems pointless. The viewer is left asking along with Marius, what their sacrifice was for? The world isn't any better. They're just dead. But then, the finale comes. You have hope again, and you hear the inspiring theme begin to play.
  • This time, the revolutionaries are in heaven, but they're still singing about a fight and about a new world being the barricade. But this time, they're singing about the fight that is life. They counter the pointless despair of the people who gain nothing from life in 'at the end of the day'. They argue that there is a world beyond this barricade-a world beyond this life, with true freedom and happiness, that can only be achieved through the struggle and hardship of fighting for your beliefs. Tomorrow comes, the eternal tomorrow Victor Hugo references so often in his book. Because the true meaning of Les Mis is not that life is miserable, but that goodness, in the end will give you joy in the next life. The revolution is redeemed, and the viewer, along with Jean Valjean, suddenly understands and hears the people sing.

“Now open yourselves to loving as much as you want to be loved. No enchantment, no magical herb, no spell has more power to make you loved than loving. Love, then; trust those who love you, and those who love you will sustain for you equal measure of faith and love. Relinquish all suspicion, scorn, and contentiousness, and you will live, through love, happy and content.”
- Leon Battista Alberti’s ‘Ecatonfilia’

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Every year, preparing myself for June 25th gets even harder. It’s never easy for someone to tell himself that a person he’s admired ever since his first years on this planet has passed away.
You may be wondering why the pictures I’ve chosen to post only focus on the “They Don’t Care About Us” video. Well the reason for that is quite simple: in such times of trouble, pain, chaos, fear, hopelessness and war I’d like to send out a message of freedom and positivity. Nothing in life is free; you have to claim it yourself. Raise your fists in the air and fight for your rights, for freedom, for peace, for equality… Your voice must be heard!

anonymous asked:

Christianity respects not demeans women

Christianity respects women, huh? Okay…

I guess we should start with the Bible. It only makes sense to begin with the source of your religious beliefs and consult what it says about women. I’ve read many articles that try to claim Christianity is pro-woman and they mainly cite the actions of Jesus. They argue that because Jesus talked with women in public and treated them kindly that he was revolutionary or a feminist of sorts. It may be true that speaking to a woman in a crowd or caring to listen to their problems was more generous than the average man of antiquity, but did Jesus ever outright declare the equality of men and women? No. This is something that needs to be pointed out a millions times over. If Jesus were an eternal being sent to teach Human’s how to live and spread his godly wisdom, then why did he not outright profess equality, anti-slavery, etc. To say Jesus spoke kindly to women in public is a weak argument for respecting them considering the place of servitude they lived in during Jesus’ time.

In addition to the fact that the Jesus, the supposed savior, does not advocate for women’s freedom and equality, the Bible has a great deal to say about women’s place in society. In the very beginning, God tells Eve that because she was the one who took the fruit from the forbidden tree that he will inflict her with the pain of child birth (Genesis 3:16). The view that Eve took the apple and therefore cursed mankind is pervasive through the Bible and Christian culture. It has long been an excuse to hate and scorn women. In Ecclesiasticus 25: 19 it says “All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.” Then in Ecc. 25: 24 it states “Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” These are seriously hate inspiring versus. They plainly lay blame for all our suffering at the feet of women. (Note: This is from the Ecclesiasticus 2 that is omitted from the Canon)

These views that women are to blame for temptation and evil were profound in the witch trials. Thousands of women were murdered by angry mobs. While some men were killed too, the deaths were almost exclusively women. It’s not hard to see why, when you consider versus such as these and the fact that all the judges were men and women held virtually not important roles in society. I could go in length about witch trials, but this is going to be a long post already.

Let’s get back to the Bible. In Exodus 20:17 women are listed along with possessions of another man’s that you should not covet. It is a subtle statement that is consistent with the rest of the Bible and culture. For it says quite directly, “ 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man” ( 1 Corinthians 11:8-9 ). There’s no ambiguity here. It says women were created for men, period. This is not the type of view anyone in the modern era would consider respectful. This is joined by a direct order for women to serve their husbands as they do Jesus, “22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” ( Ephesians 5:22-24 ). There subservience to their husbands and in the pubic sphere was absolute and a very serious cultural belief until the modern era. For a long time women were literally not allowed to speak in some churches, as it says, “34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” ( 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ). As much as we think of women being active in church today, it was not always that way. Also, as much as we think of women as typically being school teachers, the Bible doesn’t agree, “ 11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner “ (1 Timothy 2:11-14). Notice here again the reference back to women being sinners because of the fruit. All these passages practically tell you to be angry at women.

The Bible doesn’t stop there though. The word of God is very clear that women are chattel for men to be used and controlled. Today women have the right to have sex with who they please. When the Bible was written, and as is mentioned, women were given by their fathers to their husbands. Their bodies were not under their own control. What would happen to a girl who has sex outside of marriage? In Deuteronomy 22:13-21 it spells out the rules and says that the young girl is to be stoned to death! Seriously, go read it. Even worse, just a little further in that chapter, it says that if a man rapes a girl and he is caught he only need marry her and pay the father. There is no punishment. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)

Are these passages relevant? Well, if you want to claim that the Bible carries the word of God, then they have to be taken seriously against the institution of Christianity. You can’t say the Bible is the word of God and say these passages, from the old AND new testament don’t apply. Furthermore, the original source of religion will always be a valid object for judgement despite how much cultural practices have changed, because the Bible is the foundation of your beliefs.

Whether you want to admit it or not, religious people and institutions have been the strongest opponents to women’s rights movements. People still strongly push the dynamic of the man ruling over his wife and family by authority of god. What changes have occurred cannot be accredited to religion because it is secular forces that pave the way for moral advancement and religion is dragged along kicking and screaming. Christianity today is still anti-feminism, anti-reproductive rights, anti-birth control, anti-working woman, anti-homosexuality. Only in some sects can women hold leadership roles in church. Opposing equality is hidden under the softer call for “traditional values,” simply meaning stopping progress.

If Christianity respected women then it would have from the beginning. The idea that an infinite god did not have better morals than ancient men is a joke. Religion did not change as much as it was forced into line by monumental shifts in societal culture.

So I’m afraid you’re quite wrong about Christianity and women.

(If anyone is interested. Check out my other post where I write about how women are not equal in Islam.)

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#Superman #WonderWoman #TrueLove #Trust #Faith

True love is having the trust to reach out and take your hand in mine and the faith to hold on no matter what happens.

Clark and Diana as friends and lovers showing the power and intimacy of reaching out to each other and holding strong together.

Buffy still means something to me, and it’s okay if you feel that way, too.

I need to add my two cents to the Joss Whedon discourse I see floating around. If you’re not aware, I’m referring to the essay his ex-wife, Kai Cole, submitted to The Wrap, detailing his track record of infidelity, as well as other recent bad press, such as the leaked excerpts from his unused Wonder Woman script, which included dialogue and characterization that many found to be problematic beyond understanding. 

I, personally, found the script to be problematic, too. I’m hesitant to jump on the condemnation bandwagon on the issue of infidelity, because I think our culture fosters white, male empowerment and encourages dishonesty and shame when it comes to sexual expression, and the issue is far too big to be tackled in a blog post. I’m not excusing his alleged actions, by any means. Dishonesty and infidelity and abuse of power are terrible, and people deserve to be judged for them. I understand why so many people are rushing to condemn this man who branded himself a feminist and then revealed himself to be deeply flawed in so many ways.

I’m not writing to criticize anyone for thinking that way, but I am extending a hand to anyone else who feels conflicted while considering this information.

I was ten years old when Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired. I didn’t even know the name of the man who created it, back then, and probably didn’t for at least a couple of seasons. If intimate details were available online about the showrunners and the cast at that time, I didn’t know to look for them. I didn’t read press releases about it. I didn’t spend hours sifting through blog posts dissecting every episode, critiquing every character arc and line of dialogue, if such blog posts even existed. I watched it, in the absence of all the noise and conflicting opinions that accompany the viewing experience today. And the show affected me deeply.

Buffy was the first fictional character I really saw as a hero. I understood that she was brave and selfless, despite being portrayed as terrified, and grief-stricken, and often deeply flawed herself. And she was a woman, who could beat the life out of pretty much anyone she met, if she so chose. She was powerful, all on her own, and she took that power seriously.

I’m not saying the show wasn’t flawed. It was. Deeply, at times. (Hopefully you’re starting to pick up on the trend here.) But it spoke to me. It taught me things. It stuck with me for years - the pain of it; the bittersweet victories; the early lgbtq+ representation; the images of Buffy killing the person she loved most in the world to save everyone else, or digging her way out of her own grave with her bare hands because her friends couldn’t face the notion of living without her. These ideas took hold in my heart before I cared about who created the show, or what that person might be like. And because of that, I’ve come to this conclusion.

Media can be both problematic and valuable.

Given what I’ve learned about Joss Whedon since I was an impressionable ten-year-old, I do believe it’s my responsibility to bring a more critical eye to the content he’s created. Shows I once loved might look and feel different to me, now, and they should. And I know I should be hesitant to endorse future creative projects by Joss Whedon, and to think more critically about his casting choices, his character arcs, and his dialogue, if I encounter media he creates in the future.

But I don’t believe it’s my responsibility to condemn every piece of content he’s ever created, just because he’s proven himself to be flawed as a human being. I can love Buffy, and what the show once meant to me, and still be critical of it. I can enjoy the ideas and the characters from Angel, and Firefly, and Dollhouse, and understand that they might be as flawed as their creator.

Media can be both problematic and valuable.

So if you’re like me - trying to reconcile your love and appreciation of this content with what you’ve learned about this man - please know that you’re not alone. You’re not bad because you were once inspired by these works. You’re not evil if you still find comfort and enjoyment in spending time with these characters. You don’t have to erase your connection to them in order to believe in equality, or to support feminism, or to encourage fairness and integrity in media. Joss Whedon didn’t turn out to be the hero we wanted him to be, and it’s okay to be disappointed in him, and critical of him. If you’ve followed his content, you’ve probably spent plenty of time being critical of his charactrs, too. Buffy certainly wasn’t a perfect hero. Neither was Willow, or Angel, or Wesley, or Mal. And their villain counterparts were equally multifaceted - Spike, and Faith, and DeWitt - flawed, seemingly beyond redemption, until they revealed themselves to be perfectly, disturbingly, human. 

Problematic characters are at the heart of good media. They force us to think critically, to adjust our views and expectations of ourselves, and of each other. And characters with this depth are often created by people who understand what it means to be flawed and conflicted - to be the hero sometimes, and to sometimes be the villain.

And this story isn’t a new one. “White Man Working in a Flawed System Possessing Immense Power Abuses It” - this should not be a surprising headline, anymore. I can’t possibly know all of the intimate details of his abuses, or his marriage, or his affairs, and neither can you, but yes, we should be critical. If you feel like your personal solution is to blacklist Joss Whedon and every piece of media he’s ever created, you’re entitled to do so.

But it’s not okay for you to tell me I have to do the same. I can condemn infidelity and misogyny and abuse of power, and still love the characters this man created. 

I can condemn the man, and still love the hero Buffy was to me.

Dont judge my eyes. You dont know what these eyes have seen and how much tears it has shed. Dont judge my skin color and race, you dont know how much wars and blood my ancestors had shed and injustice i have been through for us to come this far. Dont judge my religion, you dont know how much pain i had suffered, wounded and scarred, to finally chose and maintain this faith.

mcsa // you dont know our stories; you dont know my story.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

— Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the top Muslim lobby group in Washington

I had to break it down to a friend of mine who commented that she hopes I come back to Jesus some day...

Hey! I just wanted to say something in response to what you said about hoping that I can believe in Jesus again someday. I want you to know that I was in church every time the doors were open until I was 16 years old. I took it very seriously. Salvation was something that I thought about all the time. I wanted to make absolutely sure I was saved so I tried to learn about it and understand it as best as I could. I read and studied my bible and I when I was 14 I asked our youth minister questions about it. I remember parts of it bothering me really badly because I didn’t understand it fully and I knew that If I did not understand fully that I would not go to heaven. So I told my youth minister that I was having some issues and questions with it. I told him that It all seemed very mythical and strange and violent to me. I mean I knew the verse by heart
(For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)
So I understood that it was saying that if you truly believe the story of Jesus and excepted God into your heart that you would be able to go to heaven no matter what sins you had committed.
But I had a problem with a lot of it because that meant that the belief in the christians idea of a God was more important than being a good person. It plainly says WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM shall have everlasting life. That meant that you could live a life where you were a really awful person but as long as you believe in the Jesus story you would be rewarded with heaven. And it meant that you could be a wonderful person but believe in a different idea of a God or no God at all and be sent to Hell to be punished. I remember being taught that even if you were a child molester or murder or any other horrible thing like that as long as you believe the story of Jesus you would be forgiven and get to go to heaven. And that even if you were a kind compassionate wonderful person if you did not believe the story of Jesus you would not go to heaven.
So I asked our youth minister which was more important,being a good person or believing in the Jesus story,And he told me that believing the Jesus story was more important. That never sat right with me.
That seems extremely immoral. Just as immoral as in Islam where Muslims believe that if you do not worship their idea of a God (Allah) then you will be punished in hell. And they will be rewarded in heaven. Both ideas are equally as immoral and offensive as each other!!
Besides that part of it,Even if I was able to believe that there was someone named Jesus in that era I could not ever convince myself that he came to this earth by way of immaculate conception. It is way too far-fetched for me to believe that a magical supernatural being impregnated a young girl and she gave birth to a part human part God. The older I got in the more I studied and the more I learned and questioned about the whole subject of Christianity I came to realize that I do not believe in the supernatural.I came to realize it was all just as mythical as any of the stories of Greek gods or any other cultures ideas of gods. I do not believe in gods or demons or devils or angels or other realms that are meant to reward or punish us. I do not believe in immaculate conception or resurrection. I do not believe it is moral to think that there is an unearthly place meant to horrifically punish The millions and millions of people who do not believe in the Christian idea of a God. Just as I do not believe the teachings of Islam and the Quran are moral in their teachings that anyone and everyone who does not believe in their idea of a God will be punished for all eternity. Every religion holds a very strongly held faith and belief in their teachings. But that does not make them facts. Every religion is man made & based on the myths and legends of their geographical location. None of it is fact based and no matter how strongly any religion has faith in their beliefs faith doesn’t equal fact. If faith equal fact then every religions Ideas of gods would be real. The only things in this world that are proven facts are scientifically proven facts. This is what I trust in. My views on life are rooted in scientific facts and secular humanism. Secular humanism is all about morals. It is all about kindness and compassion minus any religious teachings.Secular humanism does not claim that anyone believing differently should be punished. It does not claim that mythical things are facts. It’s quite simply all about being a compassionate person because that is what’s best for humanity. This is what I believe in and I could never ever go back to believing in the stories of Christianity. I could never again convince myself that the story of creation or the story of immaculate conception or resurrection or heaven and hell are factual things. Just as I could never convince myself that any other religions idea of a deity is real. I appreciate all the nice things you said and I know that you only meant well by them. I hope you know I’m not trying to attack your beliefs or you!! I’m just trying to make it clear as to why I am an atheist. I did not become an atheist because I never learned about the Bible or Christianity. I became an atheist because I did question and I did read the Bible and I did learn what they had to teach. After reading and questioning and learning I came to the realization that I would be lying to myself if I said I believed in and agreed with its teachings. So please understand that anytime I bring up the subject i’m not trying to piss anybody off or be a jerk. I just want people to try and understand that atheist are not lacking of morals. The only thing we lack is the belief in the supernatural. I know that the majority of people around here have really awful stereo types of atheists.and I know that you and Brandi and Brandy Love people no matter what their beliefs are and that’s absolutely wonderful but it still does not change the fact that you follow worship and obey a religion that says anyone who disagrees with your beliefs deserves a fiery horrific torturous punishment. It’s hard not to be offended by the core teachings of the Bible. The John 3:16 quote is the Bible in a nutshell. Whoever believes in Jesus is rewarded with heaven and whoever doesn’t is punished with Hell. And that’s just a fraction of what I have a problem with in the Bible. I could list off several Bible stories that are incredibly immoral. But I’ll spare you from getting into all that LOL. I’ve already wrote you a damn novel here! I’m sure you’re tired of reading! Love you❤✌🏻