Because of my overly religious parents, I only saw the first movie. My stepdad (who is the extremist) refused my mother from even watching the rest of the movies with me and I blame them to this day because I feel like I missed so much from never seeing the movies with everyone else. Not too long ago I binge-watched all of them from the beginning and then went to Potter World where I cried like a baby. Now I’m getting my little siblings into HP because I refuse for this mess to be repeated.
Despite the recent successes for gay and lesbian rights 2016 promises to be one of the most difficult years that the LGBT community as a whole has ever faced. Groups opposing equality are mobilizing. Exploiting the deep-seated confusion about who trans people are and the animosity towards us, these opponents have developed a simple, scalable, and easily replicated strategy.
They wish to capitalize on the anger of opponents of LGBT rights who feel defeated following last year’s Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality the law across the country. The model from which to push their agenda could be seen in full display in the effort that defeated a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston, Texas.
More than 3000 citizens of Sarajevo attended today’s peace walk regarding the resolution of High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council that banned wearing any kind of religious symbols, including hijab, in judicial institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Promoter of the peace walk was the Coordination of Bosniak Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), which brings together more than 50 NGOs of BiH. The main goal of the walk was pointing out the discrimination and violation of human rights, primarily the right relating to freedom of religion and thus the freedom of wearing religious symbols.
Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN — The Writing’s on the Wall,
According to Biblical history in the Book of Daniel, the Babylonian King Belshazzar once hosted a large feast while the city of Babylon was under siege by the Medes and Persians in 539 BC. The Babylonian Empire had previously conquered the Kingdom of Judah and Israel, and the Hebrew people were in exile. During the feast, King Belshazzar and his court were using treasures taken from the Hebrew Temple as decorations, drinking vessels, and dinnerware. Suddenly, in the midst of the feasting, the hand God appeared from the sky, and wrote in large Hebrew letters upon the wall, “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN”. Belshazzar has his diviners and magicians attempt to read and interpret the writing, but they cannot. So Belshazzar sends for the Prophet Daniel.
Daniel interprets the writing, “Number, number, weighed, and divided”. While cryptic, the meaning of it is simple. Belshazzar’s days are numbered, the Babylonian Empire has been weighed and found wanting, and the empire will be divided among the invaders. The next day the Medes and Persians breeched the walls of Babylon, Belshazzar is killed, and the empire fell. MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
One of the first characteristic results of this is enlightenment, illumination, as the ancients called it, a change of consciousness. New possibilities of consciousness then awaken. These already existed potentially in the system, but were unable to come to life until that moment. However, as soon as the new possibilities of consciousness become active, intellectuality recedes and wisdom is born.
Theocracies rely on insane violence…and the constant threat of insane violence (during the here-and-now…as well as in the pretend here-after…!)…because without that motivation…no one would be inclined to believe patently obvious religious insanity…or be moved to oppress/torment/destroy…the other…