Japanese boy missing in mountains after being left by parents as ‘punishment’:

(CNN)Rescue teams are searching for a seven-year-old boy missing for two days on a mountain range in Japan, after his parents abandoned him “as punishment.”
The area near Nanae-cho, Hokkaido, in the country’s north, is known to be home to wild bears.
The boy, Yamato Tanooka first went missing at around 4 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Hokkaido Prefectural Police.
He said police had received an emergency call from his parents at around 6 p.m., and were initially told that the boy had gone missing while on a day trip to the area with his parents and sister to collect wild vegetables.
The parents later admitted to police they had left the boy alone in the mountains while on the way home to punish him for throwing stones at passing cars and people

I don’t know where that pastor got any of that, but he got it wrong. He should read his Bible, if he has one. Though I highly doubt that a pastor really said this, honestly.

First reason why he (or whoever might have really written this) is wrong: The Bible doesn’t say anything about stoning the woman, even if she’s the one who wanted a divorce. Back in Old Testament times, if a man wanted to divorce his wife, he’d have to have a good reason for it (if she committed adultery, for example) and if he didn’t have a good reason, but still divorced his wife anyway and married a different woman, Matthew 19:9 says “whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” So in divorcing her without reason, he would have committed adultery. 

If the husband did have a legal reason to divorce his wife, he’d give her a certificate of divorce and send her out of his house, and then the woman was allowed to remarry. So was the man. Deuteronomy 24:1-4 gives more details on that. I haven’t found anything in the Bible that says a divorced woman (or man) was to be stoned.

Second reason: This “pastor” seems to have conveniently overlooked some very specific verses in the Bible that condemn a homosexual lifestyle and tell of the consequences for it. Take these verses, for example:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.“ -Leviticus 18:22, NKJV

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”-1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NKJV, emphasis added

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”-Romans 1:26-28

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” -Leviticus 20:13

Those are just a few verses. Here’s a bigger list. 

Third reason: When “pastor” says “time has proven that they’re inhumane and cruel”, he’s suggesting that the Bible (God’s very own Word) is corruptible. In reality, it’s not. The Bible is incorruptible. I know some people will say that a lot of the rules in the Bible (especially in Leviticus) are inhumane and cruel, but that’s just how they seem to us. There’s a reason God made them the way He did. 

In the Old Testament times, when all of Israel was united as God’s people, God set rules for His people to follow, to keep them from corruption. Yes, those rules were strict, and yes, the punishments for disobeying them were terrifying at times. Take Leviticus 20:13, for example. Anyone who committed homosexuality was to be put to death. He basically used the scare tactic to keep His people from wanting to disobey Him.

And you know what? It worked.

How do I know? Because there is no record in the Bible of anyone committing homosexuality and therefore being put to death for it. At least not until the fall of Israel (2 Kings 17). When Israel fell, its people had turned away from God and were no longer following His law. 

Some things this “pastor” got right: Yes, homosexuality is a sin, and like any other sin, anyone who commits it is guilty before God and deserves to go to hell. (The Bible also says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, making it clear that we’re all guilty before God. Not just homosexuals. We have all sinned, whether we’re Christians or not.) And yes, we are commanded to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31). 

But for Christians to support homosexuality “with a smile on our face” is to ignore the reality of God’s wrath toward that person and their sins. 

Now I’m not saying that homosexuality is the “worst sin”. There is no such thing as a “worst sin.” In God’s eyes, all sins are the same, and if anyone’s sinned, even once, they are guilty before God and will go to hell when they die. That is, if they don’t repent from their sins and trust in Jesus as their Savior. Who is Jesus? You might ask. Jesus is God’s one and only Son. God sent Jesus down to earth about 2,000 years ago to be crucified on a cross and to be resurrected three days later. Jesus did all that because of this: If you repent and trust in Jesus, Jesus’s grace will cover all of your sins and you will be saved from God’s wrath in sending you to hell upon death, and instead join your new heavenly Father (God) in heaven when you die.

Some may say I’m being hateful towards homosexuals. I’m not. To hate them would be to treat them unfairly, or unkindly. I tell everyone the same truth about their sinful state. I love homosexuals, as I love all people to whom I share the gospel. If I didn’t warn them about their sins and the consequences that follow, it would be like watching someone walk straight towards the edge a cliff they don’t see, and not warning them about it. What kind of a loving person would I be if I didn’t warn them of a danger like that? How would that be neighborly love? (x)

Brunei may soon allow death by stoning to punish gay sex

The Southeast Asian sovereign state of Brunei is planning to implement a law that would make sodomy punishable by stoning. Death by stoning. Seriously. 

Other offenses that could face the death penalty by capital punishment include rape, adultery, blasphemy, murder, “declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim,” “insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith," and "extramarital relations for Muslims.” Kind of runs the gamut in terms of extremity of the crime, doesn’t it? 

The revised penal code is slated to go into effect April 22, according to Gay Asia News and other media outlets.

“Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement. “We urge the Government to delay the entry into force of the revised penal code and to conduct a comprehensive review ensuring its compliance with international human rights standards,” he told a news conference in Geneva.

What is even happening here?! 


Polish legends: The Holy Cross / Bald Mountain in Poland - tales about the mountain’s pagan past and tragic history of the Christian monastery

The stone figure [pictured 1st] is one of the main attractions in the village of Nowa Słupia, standing close to the entrance to the Świętokrzyski (Holy Cross) National Park that covers the highest ridge of the Holy Cross Mountains (Góry Świętokrzyskie) in central Poland, one of the oldest mountain ridges in Europe.

According to local legends, the statue was once a knight. During a pilgrimage to the monastery that is located on top of the highest Holy Cross Mountain, he heard bells ringing from afar. Full of vanity, he smirked: “They toll in my honor!”, thus was punished and turned into stone. The legends also say that he’s still trying to reach the monastery and moves forward at a pace of one grain of sand per year and when he will eventually reach the monastery, the end of the world will come.

The mountain shares many other interesting stories. It was once an important pagan cult centre, most likely a place of pilgrimages dedicated to three Polish Slavic gods, what is specified in e.g. the manuscript “Annales seu cronici incliti regni Poloniae” written by the 15th-century chronicler Jan Długosz. He described it also as an ancient fortress which could have been built only by giants, due to the great size of the stones left on the hill. Local legends were also telling about a fearless woman who had a castle there and defended it with great courage, but after the victory she demanded to be worshipped as a goddess Dziewanna (Slavic equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana) and because of that she and the whole castle were destroyed by lightnings (which in the older versions of the legend might have been the Slavic god Perun), leaving only huge stones behind.

After the Christianisation of Poland, the old cult centre was being slowly abandoned and eventually a Benedictine Monastery [pictured 3rd] was founded on the hill around 11th century. It is one of the oldest of Polish monasteries and an important place of pilgrimages for the Catholics. The name of the monastery, the hill and the whole Świętokrzyskie Province come from the old story telling about a fragment from Christ’ Cross (Holy Cross - Święty Krzyż) which was supposedly enshrined in the monastery, gifted to the Polish king by St. Emeric of Hungary. 

The monastery’s history is very turbulent, just like the whole history of Poland. The complex was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the past millenium and its golden age is long over. The worst phases of destruction came with 19th century and the Partitions of Poland, after the Russian Empire took over the region. At first the monastery became an isolated place for the priests and monks opposing the secular authorities and in the second half of the century large part of the ruined complex was converted into a prison to hold the opponents of the Russian Tsar’s regime. It was said to be the worst prison on the territory of occupied Poland, but there are no precise sources to estimate how many Poles might have been kept there until the World War I. After 1918 Poland had regained independence and begun renovating the complex, heavily damaged by the Austro-Hungarian army, though a part of it was still being used as a prison by the new Polish government, holding many “criminals, spies, nationalists and communists” (up to 800 in total over the 1920s and 1930s). During the World War II the area was conquered again, this time by Nazi Germany, who bombed the complex and later used it as an execution site of the Soviet prisoners of war - it is nowadays estimated that around 7000-8000 people perished here in the early 1940s, killed by the Nazi troops. Since the end of the war the complex is a site of a Catholic missionary congregation again (who were brought here already a few years before the war for that purpose) and the buildings are being painstakingly reconstructed by the Poles - again.

Even though the mountain is called Święty Krzyż (Holy Cross) by many, a much older name Łysa Góra (literally: Bald Mountain) had survived, along with many folk stories of it being a place of witches’ gatherings. In the folk traditions of many Slavic countries (particularly Poland, Ukraine or Russia, but Lysá Hora can be found e.g. in Czech Republic as well) the notion of a “bald mountain” was strongly connected to the idea of a sabbath and the witches using the “bald” (deforested and stone run) parts of the mountains as scenes for their wild dances. Poland itself has over 30 mountains and hills called “Łysa Góra” and 6 called “Łysica”.

The only parts reminding about the ancient cult centre on the Holy Cross Mountain are the remnants of a mysterious U-shaped wall surrounding the higher parts of the mountain, with length of about 1.5 km (c. 0.93 miles), coming from 8th-10th centuries. According to archaeologists, the construction of the wall was stopped unfinished around the time of the baptism of Poland (late 10th century), thus it’s often thought of as having ritual purposes.

On pictures:

  1. The stone figure of a “knight”, 1960s [source
  2. An old postcard from the Holy Cross Mountains [source]
  3. The Holy Cross monastery with a transmitter station in the 1990s [source]

[stare historie o Łysej Górze po polsku]

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Kidney stones nearly cost Gordon his life.

In pain from the ailment,Gordon was prescribed Oxycontin.When that ran out, his cravings drove him to buy Oxy on the street.  It got worse – he robbed banks to feed his habit and was arrested and sentenced to 47 months in federal prison.

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The punishment for stoning to death is mentioned in the Quran a grand total of 0 times. The same is mentioned in the bible 13 times. But the way media talks about it, you would think it was the other way around.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'd like to answer your question about women that are anti feminists. As a woman I no longer feel feminists fight for wome, many countries in the west and outside already have given women their rights. Middle Eastern countries have a long way to go, they need first wave feminism, sharia [islamic law] says women need four male witnesses to prove rape, pre marital sex is punishable and women get stoned these are countries and feminists never speak about these things cause gasp 'islamophobia'.

Hey! Just a reminder: there is enough feminism for the whole world, and oppression is not a competition (I’ve said that like a million times today). Women in the Middle East can be oppressed. So can women in western countries. At the same time. In different ways. Yes, it’s possible. 

Unfortunately, many of the misogynistic factors of media Islam (the branches of Islam the media covers) are also present in Christianity. If you look at Sharia law, there are strikingly similar parts of that throughout the Bible. Like, scarily similar.  

My point is, different women all over the world experience misogyny in different ways. 

I can see how many people think feminism is becoming toxic today. Just a reminder that “female supremacists” are not feminists. TERFs are not feminists. Hell, I think even “white feminists” like Taylor Swift are not real feminists! (This is coming from a white person).

Feminism is equality. Simple as that. Anti feminists can deny it all they want, but in the end it’s just equality. 

The Night

Still a mystery,
I can’t figure out;
Race home from work,
Where life is without.

I race to see you,
And hold you to me;
My mind says you’re there,
And my heart won’t see.

I open the door,
It’s still a surprise:
You’re not there,
And tears fill my eyes.

I need someone,
Or call on the phone;
But nothing breaks the silence,
Of these walls made of stone.

I punish myself,
By refusing to eat:
Depression is silent,
I hear my heart beat.

Where can I go,
Or should I stay:
Shy to choose,
In bed I lay.

Time will pass,
And the dark sets in;
Laying there wishing,
I could still touch your skin.

Lying there hurting,
I wish I could die;
Missing you so much,
Again I start to cry.

Sometimes I wonder,
If you even know;
The way that I need you,
Would you still go.

I can’t sleep now,
Again a long night;
Are you this lonely,
Do you share in my fright.

© Gary R. Ferris 

Photo: “Thinking of You” by Kostas Halabalakis (aka DarkErebus)