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As night falls on Devils Tower National Monument, it transforms from a place of darkness into a place of wonder. Thousands of twinkling, glittering stars dot the night sky over an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. Stay for nature’s night show at Wyoming’s Devils Tower – it’s worth it! Photo by National Park Service.

THESE ARE THE THINGS WE DON’T TALK ABOUT: my heart in your mouth / your foot on the brakes / the threesomes with fear / the dreams about drowning / crying in your apartment / holding hands in the hospital / your voice when you’re tired / and can’t / stop it / the poems that scream / I know you aren’t there yet / but I love you so much / how easy it would be for you to / leave / how easy it would be to pretend that you / didn’t / how easy everything about this is / until it isn’t / and my god / oh honey / it really isn’t

anonymous asked:

you realise st george was a turkish muslim right?

I actually didn’t realise that! Namely because none of it is true/accurate.

Islam hadn’t been thought up by that oh-so-loveable slave-owning paedophile yet (St. George lived from AD 280-303, Muhammad lived AD 570-632), so it would be quite an impressive feat for our George to time travel, convert to Islam and pop back in time to become a Christian martyr, now, wouldn’t it?

Let’s move on to your less blindingly ignorant but equally incorrect statements. Firstly, like the majority of early Christian saints, the truth of who George really was has been retold in stories and myths so many times and spun for myriad reasons over the intervening centuries that the stories we have inherited can be easily twisted to fit ones own world-view when not exclusively looking at the facts.

However, when we look at the facts we do have, your assertions begin to fall apart. Firstly, he was not ‘Turkish’, in George’s time the ethnic Turkic peoples were based to the east of Central Asia, in what is today a part of China. Now modern-day Turkey is situated in a region that was known in George’s time as Anatolia, whose population was neither Turkic or Arab and which wouldn’t become Islamic for a long time.

Furthermore, George’s parents were devout Christians, of Greek ancestry, his father Gerontius (Greek name, meaning “old man”) was a Roman army official from Cappadocia, and his mother Polychronia (Greek name, meaning she who lives many years) was a Christian and a Greek native.

To recap: He was not Muslim, not Turkish, not Arab.

I don’t really know why every year I get the same idiots spewing these seemingly deliberate misconceptions at me, does your white guilt run so deep that you can’t bear to think that our Patron Saint wasn’t secretly some anachronistic Arab Muslim?

Happy St. George’s day to everyone other than that anon.

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