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11 common misconceptions

Okay so In years upon years of the show existing I have seen few things that very commonly are misinterpreted by people who watch it.

  1. “Yang needs to absorb damage to get stronger bc Ruby said so!” - Okay, first of all, that is literally contradicted by show. Multiple times. Assuming it was badly worded is far more logical than ignoring all the times she activates it without getting damaged(Like in Vol3 against Adam). Yang’s semblance is tied directly to her emotions. The more pissed she is the stronger she gets. It activates via her gaining red eyes and her hair gaining a fire effect with it glowing gold at it’s strongest.
  2. Remnant has no religion and they worship dust!” - Again wrong. Religion is implied multiple times. If you did not have religion, you would not have graves, or praying at graves, or praying, or any sort of religious context. Rooster Teeth also did say that religions exist but they don’t want to directly touch upon them that much because of obvious reasons. Deities existing are also mentioned by Salem in the Divide song.  My personal theory is that continents might be named after deities.
  3. “If character likes opposite sex they are straight” - Again, no. There’s a wide spectrum of LGBT sexual identities. For example bisexuality exists. Its not just some ON/OFF switch between “Straight”/”Gay”. Also not everyone starts out knowing they are not straight. A person who thought who is straight can discover they are bisexual or gay for example. A coming out experience can be widely different.  Don’t assume anyone is “straight by default” - be it a show or real world. Being open-minded helps avoid toxic behavior and makes you a better human being.
  4. “Ruby’s petal things are weird and why are they even there” - Ruby’s petals are used to show her aura being very active in that moment. Most likely when she is using or activating her semblance.  It is why the purest and fastest form of her semblance takes shape in her turning into petals. The first time we see that is in Red Trailer when she uses her speed to dodge the first beowulf attack.  If you see petals floating around her, the indication is that she used her speed semblance in some way, just like fire and red eyes mean Yang’s berserker powers are active.
  5. Only Weiss uses elemental ammo” - Actually everyone does. All ammo in the world is dust-based. Yang an Ruby usually use varying degrees of explosive rounds. Ruby is shown using different rounds multiple times int he show too.  And actually Weiss does not use bullets at all. Her rapier contains dust containers that rotate and Weiss seems to use dust in it’s raw form instead of bullets.
  6. Sacrifice is Cinder’s  themesong!” - Actually no there’s no indication of that. In fact a lot of it seems to make it implausible and more likely option is that it is Raven’s as it seems to reference Summer’s death and plays literally before Volume 2 post credits scene containing Raven.
  7. Moon looking different in various trailers and episodes is a mistake” - actually no. CRWBY already stated that the moon of Remnant is not tidally locked. Most common logic dictates that is because whatever shattered parts of it essentially led to changing the speed of his orbit around Remnant. Since Moon is not tidally locked different sides of it can be seen from Remnant at different times of the year thus the moon looks more or less destroyed depending on from where and when you are looking.
  8. Faunus are animals” - Actually that is a racist assumption within remnant by those who want to discriminate against them. The truth is - faunus  have far more in common with humans than with animals. They are humanoid species who all have one animal part each. If they were more of an animal, creatures of Grimm would not pay attention to them.
  9. Ozpin is the Wizard from maiden tale!” - Actually Ozpin is the Wizard of Oz. And Wizard of Oz has one defining trait - he is a fraud. So unless the show directly states it, right now everything points against that theory and that theory is just a theory.
  10. Faunus represent people of color” - Actually no. Faunus overall represent discrimination in general. You can draw many parallels - WW2 and jewish people, slavery, transphobia, etc. You know what represents people of color? People of color. Shocking, I know.
  11. CRWBY does not care about ships. The show is not about ships” - Actually they very much do. Blake and Yang’s VAs openly ship their characters together(While Ruby’s VA expresses preference of Ruby being aromantic or at least demisexual). Rooster Teeth has showed again and again that they are aware of ships existing and admitted adding scenes targeting the shippers. Whether they actually commit to any of the ships or just queerbait, they are aware of the ships and acknowledge them. The show has plenty of romantic text and subtext. So claiming that is reductive and stupid.

I am sure there are more but that’s all for now.

when love, empathy, community, goodness and the like are aestheticized and romanticized and effectively defanged it’s no wonder that people don’t think they have utility for or a place within political life – but that isn’t because these things are inherently this way, but because they’re commonly understood as being this way and are enacted this way as a result

when we understand love, for example, as mere positive affect, as apolitical, as reward, and thus as a limited resource, as something to be deserved or earned… then statements like “love your enemies” (I’m using it outside of its religious context here, but I’m sure this would apply even within it) are justifiably seen as morally reprehensible – love is wasted on our enemies; love is stolen by them; love won’t change them, it only enables them to do harm

and you’d be right – this “kind” of love (scare quotes because I don’t believe it’s love at all) changes no one, not even the people who ostensibly “deserve” it; it benefits no one; it orients no one toward growth; it nourishes no one

but this isn’t a problem with love itself; this is a problem with what people have decided to name “love” – or rather, the ways we have been coerced into a particular understanding of what love is, namely something aestheticized, romanticized, toothless, and unequivocally positive

“loving your enemies”, in my opinion, has absolutely nothing to do with holding them in unconditional positive regard, which is how people tend to understand loving

I’m not sure I want to say more on the subject, mostly because I’m of the opinion that loving your enemies is necessary [albeit insufficient] for their transformation and change

anonymous asked:

You cant be gay and believe in god lol religion is the institution that has made being gay a bad thing in the first place how can you support that

Um???? Did I really just read this with my own eyes? Yikes. My rabbi was one of the first adults I came out to and she was the first adult to support me and embrace me fully. Every single person that I go to temple with is beyond accepting and loving. Also, Reform Judaism has a history of supporting LGBTQ+ rights and women’s rights since like, 1965, which is earlier than any other religious group, and many non-religious people. Religion did not make being gay a bad thing, idiots who take their religious text out of context make being gay a “bad thing”. Don’t attack me for my beliefs, I don’t attack anyone else for theirs.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I saw your post in the Pagan tag about stop putting in Virgin Mary and arc angels into Paganism (sorry if i spell anything wrong) could you explain a little more? Im slightly confused from never coming by it!! Sorry if you have already explained!

Basically, taking Abrahamic entities (such as the Virgin Mary, saints, angels, etc) or any entity from a closed/initiated culture/religion, and honoring/worshiping/praising them in a pagan context, is disrespectful, rude, and appropriative. They belong to their original religious context. so if you honored the Virgin Mary like you would a Hellenic deity, for example, that would be extremely disrespectful NOT ONLY to Abrahamic faiths, but to the Hellenic deities as well. 

Associating Abrahamic entities to a pagan holiday, and saying “This Saint is associated with Ostara” would be incorrect, because Saints are Abrahamic and don’t have lore in pagan religions. You can worship/praise/honor Abrahamic entities in an Abrahamic context, and you can worship/praise/honor pagan entities in a pagan context, because religions have rules and they generally tell you how to honor/praise/worship the entities that belong to that religion/faith.

This isn’t specifically @ you, but in general for everyone, this isn’t “policing” your spiritual or religious life. This is about respecting the deities and entities and honoring them in their correct context. Because if you take the Virgin Mary and call her a Goddess of Imbolc, you are no longer talking about the Virgin Mary, because that is not who Mary is. No matter how much more comfortable it is to praise/honor her in a pagan way, it’s stripping her of her actual religious context. And that isn’t right, because yes, there is right and wrong in religion, because religions have rules and guidelines.

anonymous asked:

can you please tag your religious posts as religious i know you tag them god but some people don't want to blacklist "god" as it's used in media in a non-religious context

hey! so God is a really important part of my life and also my blog (and i’m also consciously choosing to blog about it). if you really don’t want to see those posts, I respect your choice too. I won’t tag it as ‘religious’ since it’s much more than a religion to me, so I could tag it as ‘faith&love’? let me know :)

@dragonsguts replied to your post “dear pagan tag: STOP PUTTING ABRAHAMIC ENTITIES INTO YOUR VERY PAGAN…”

Well maybe witches don’t want to worship deities “within their correct religious context.” How a person wishes to honor their diety or entity is up to them.

this entire comment is embarrassing, im not sure where to begin. with the fact you mentioned witches (when no one else did), or the fact that you think religious appropriation is okay.

Just some clarification because I’ve seen certain confused posts in the tags today: 

Yom HaShoah (the Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day for Jewish victims, also observed by some outside of that country, observed the 27th of Nissan) 

is different from 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (day observed for all victims, internationally, on January 27) 

is different from

the Jewish fast days pre-dating the Holocaust on which Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other tragedies throughout Jewish history are traditionally remembered in a religious Jewish context.

Hellenic Polytheism 200: Moral and Ethical Guidelines

I’m going to preface this with a few disclaimers. One, the moral and ethical standards of the ancient Greeks were different in a lot of ways from our modern ideals. It was a different place, a different time, and a vastly different culture. That of course shaped their moral standards in a different way from how our societal moral standards have been shaped. Not to mention the fact that those moral guides came out of a vast chunk of land and were created over a long period of time. Which leads to the next point.

Two, there are a LOT of different sources that can be used to help define moral and ethical guidelines from a religious context that you can apply to your worship and life. You are going to find contradicting ideals, thoughts that are out-dated now, and frankly just a whole lot of stuff. These are not necessary for being a Hellenic polytheist. They are a supplementary tool which can be used to further shape your worship and how it defines your interaction with the world, but is NOT a hard-fast set of rules that must be followed 100% to a fault.

Three, these will not apply to everyone, they are not relevant to everyone, and it is okay if you have zero interest in using any of these within your practice. The general idea of all of them is “be a good person”, and the specific sources simply elaborate on how the ancients thought a person could go about being good.

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So when I tell pagans who are no longer in an Abrahamic religion to stop stripping Abrahamic entities of their religious context and making them into something they’re not, I get told “LET PEOPLE PRACTICE HOWEVER THEY WANT THERE’S NO WRONG WAY TO RELIGION !!!”

but when animal sacrifice is brought up as being a part of many beliefs/faiths/religions, it’s “THAT’S UNETHICAL AND WRONG AND PEOPLE SHOULDN’T DO THAT. THAT IS THE WRONG WAY TO DO RELIGION”

like… idk, can y’all just like, not.

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Christians wearing a pentagram symbol, despite maybe not being a witch? Or perhaps they just like it for the aesthetic? (This isn't meant to be negative by the way, apologies if it sounds like that)

It is a symbol that many use for their religious choices but also it can mean a lot of things. Wearing it just because you like the way it looks may not be the best thing.. if you want to wear it outside of religious context then learn what it mean in general out side of it. No point in wearing something without atleast learning about what you are wearing.
Also I wear a pentacle from time to time so I don’t see a problem with Christians wearing them.

Stephen King once wrote “Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.“ In a horror story, the victim keeps asking "why?” But there can be no explanation, and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest, and it’s what we’ll remember in the end.
— 

Alan Wake (fictional writer in the original Remedy Entertainment video game presented by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows)

Probably one of my all time favorite video games to date for the Xbox 360 platform. The game has an original story, compellingly rich visuals, fluid UI, and the atmosphere/environment provides a Silent Hill meets Twin Peaks kind of familiarity. 

Video game details aside, the above quote is absolutely brilliant and poignant in relevance to how our society approaches fear or questions of the unknown. Whether in the context of religious fundamentalism, climate change denial, political corruption, or scientific inquiry into the unknown itself, much can be gained from putting fear and logic under the proverbial microscope. 

30 Facts about - Islam

30 Facts:

1) “Islam” means “surrender” or “submission”. “Salam” (which means “peace”) is the root word of “Islam”. In a religious context the word “Islam” means “the surrendering of one’s will (without compulsion) to the true will of God in an effort to achieve peace”.

2) “Muslim” means “anyone or anything that surrenders itself to the true will of God”. By this definition, everything in nature (trees, animals, planets, etc.) are “muslims” because they are in a state of surrender to God’s will. In other words, they are fulfilling the purpose for which God created them.

3) Islam is not a new religion or cult. It is a universal way of life and civilization. Studies show that between 1.5 and 1.8 billion people in the world identify their religion as Islam. Along with Judaism and Christianity it traces its roots through Prophet Abraham and back to the first humans Adam and Eve.

4) There are five pillars of practice in Islam. These practices must be undertaken with the best of effort in order to be considered a true Muslim: A) Declaration of faith in One God and that Muhammad is a prophet of God. B) Formal prayer five times a day. C) Poor-due “tax” - 2.5% of one’s excess wealth given to the needy once a year. D) Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. E) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once, if physically and financially able.

5) There are six articles of faith in Islam. These are the basic beliefs that one must have in order to be considered a true Muslim. They are belief in: A) the One God. B) all of the true prophets of God. C) the original scriptures revealed to Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad. D) the angels. E) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter. F) destiny.

6) Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, economical, etc.

7) Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. To become Muslim, a person of any race or culture must say a simple statement, the shahadah, that bears witness to the belief in the One God and that Muhammad is a prophet of God.

8) “Allah” is an Arabic word that means “God”. Muslims also believe that “Allah” is the personal name of God.

9) Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation. Just because people refer to God using different terms does not mean there are different gods. Many Hispanics refer to God as “Dios” and many French refer to God as “Dieu” yet they mean the same God. Many Arab Jews and Arab Christians call God “Allah” and the word “Allah” (in Arabic script) appears on the walls of many Arab churches and on the pages of Arabic Bibles. Although the understanding of God may differ between the various faith groups, it does not change the fact that the One Lord and Creator of the Universe is the God of all people.

10) The Islamic concept of God is that He is loving, merciful and compassionate. Islam also teaches that He is all-knowing and the perfect judge of affairs, and will punish (or forgive) accordingly. However, Allah once said to Muhammad, “My mercy prevails over my wrath”. So Islam teaches a balance between fear and hope, protecting one from both complacency and despair.

11) Muslims believe that God has revealed 99 of His names, or attributes, in the Qur'an. It is through these names that one can come to know the Creator. A few of these names are the All-Merciful, the All-Knower, the Protector, the Provider, the Near, the First, the Last, the Hidden and the Source of All Peace.

12) The Christian concept of “vicarious atonement” (the idea that Jesus died for the sins of humanity) is alien to the Islamic concept of personal responsibility. Islam teaches that on the Day of Judgment every person will be resurrected and will be accountable to God for their every word and deed. Consequently, a practicing Muslim is always striving to be righteous while hoping and praying for God’s acceptance and grace.

13) Muslims believe in all of the true prophets that preceded Muhammad, from Adam to Jesus. Muslims believe they brought the same message of voluntarily surrendering to God’s will (islam, in a generic sense) to different peoples at different times. Muslims also believe they were “muslims” (again, in a generic sense) since they followed God’s true guidance and surrendered their will to Him.

14) Muslims neither worship Muhammad nor pray through him. Muslims solely worship the Unseen and Omniscient Creator, Allah.

15) Muslims accept the original unaltered Torah (as revealed to Moses) and the original unaltered Bible (as revealed to Jesus) since they were revealed by God. But none of these scriptures exist today in their original form or in their entirety. Therefore, Muslims follow the subsequent, final and preserved revelation of God, the Qur'an.

16) The Qur'an was not authored by Muhammad. It was authored by God, revealed to Muhammad (through angel Gabriel) and written into physical form by his companions.

17) The original Arabic text of the Qur'an contains no flaws or contradictions, and has not been altered since its revelation.

18) Actual 7th century Qur'ans, complete and intact, are on display in museums in Turkey and other places around the world.

19) If all Qur'ans in the world today were destroyed, the original Arabic would still remain. This is because millions of Muslims, called “hafiz” (or “guardians”) have memorized the text letter for letter from beginning to end, every word and every syllable. Also, chapters from the Qur'an are precisely recited from memory in each of the five formal prayers performed daily by hundreds of millions of Muslims throughout the world.

20) Some attribute the early and rapid spread of Islam to forced conversions by the sword. While it is accurate that the Muslim empire initially spread, for the most part, through battles and conquests (a common phenomenon for that time) the religion of Islam itself was never forced on anyone who found themselves living under Muslim rule. In fact, non-Muslims were afforded the right to worship as they pleased as long as a tax, called “jizyah”, was paid. During the Dark Ages, Jews, Christians and others were given protection by the Muslims from religious persecutions happening in Europe. Islam teaches no compulsion in religion (Qur'an 2:256 and 10:99). For more, read “The Spread of Islam in the World” by Thomas Arnold.

21) Terrorism, unjustified violence and the killing of non-combatant civilians (and even intimidating, threatening or injuring them) are all absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to a society whether its people are Muslim or not. The extreme actions of those who claim to be Muslim may be a result of their ignorance, frustration, uncontrolled anger or political (not religious) ambitions. Anyone who condones or commits an act of terrorism in the name of Islam is simply not following Islam and is, in fact, violating its very tenets. These people are individuals with their own personal views and agendas. Fanatical Muslims are no more representative of the true teachings of Islam than fanatical Christians are of the true teachings of Christianity, or fanatical Jews are of the true teachings of Judaism. The most prominent examples of such “religious” fanatics are Anders Behring Breivik, the 2011 Norwegian terrorist who claimed in his manifesto to be “100 percent Christian” and Baruch Goldstein, perpetrator of the 1994 Hebron massacre who is considered by some Jews to be a “hero” and a “saint”. Extremism and fanaticism are problems not exclusive to Muslims. Anyone who thinks that all Muslims are terrorists should note that terror groups like ISIS (or ISIL), Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram kill Muslims as well. Also, the former boxer Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most celebrated person of our era, was a practicing Muslim.

22) The word “jihad” does not mean “holy war”. It actually means “to struggle” or “to strive”. In a religious context it means the struggle to successfully surrender one’s will to the will of God. Some Muslims may say they are going for “jihad” when fighting in a war to defend themselves or others, but they say this because they are conceding that it will be a tremendous struggle. But there are many other forms of jihad which are much more relevant to the everyday life of a Muslim such as the struggles against laziness, arrogance, stinginess, one’s own ego, or the struggle against a tyrant ruler or against the temptations of Satan, etc. Regarding the so-called verses of “holy war” in the Qur'an, two points: A) The term “holy war” neither appears in the Arabic text of the Qur'an nor in any classical teachings of Islam. B) The vast majority of verses in the Qur'an pertaining to violence refer to wartime situations in which Muslims were permitted to defend themselves against violent aggression. Any rational, intellectual analysis of the context and historical circumstances surrounding such verses, often ignored by pundits or violent extremists, proves this to be true. Other verses of violence deal with stopping oppression, capital punishment and the like.

23) Women are not oppressed in Islam. Any Muslim man that oppresses a woman is not following Islam. Among the many teachings of Muhammad that protected the rights and dignity of women is his saying, “…the best among you are those who treat their wives well.”

24) Islam grants women many rights in the home and in society. Among them are the right to earn money, to financial support, to own property, to an education, to an inheritance, to being treated kindly, to vote, to a bridal gift, to keep their maiden name, to worship in a mosque, to a divorce, and so on.

25) Muslim women wear the head-covering (hijab) in fulfillment of God’s decree to dress modestly. This type of modest dress has been worn by religious women throughout time such as traditional Catholic nuns, Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary.

26) Forced marriages, honor killings, female genital mutilation and the confinement of women to their homes are all forbidden in Islam. These practices stem from deeply entrenched cultural traditions and/or ignorance of the true Islamic teachings or how to apply them in society. Arranged marriages are allowed in Islam but are not required. In fact, one of the conditions for a valid Islamic marriage contract is the mutual consent of both parties to the marriage. And divorce is permissible provided the Islamic guidelines are followed which protect the rights of all affected parties, especially women and unborn children.

27) Islam and the Nation “of Islam” are two different religions. Islam is a religion for all races and enjoins the worship of the One Unseen God who never took human form. On the other hand “the Nation” is a movement geared towards non-whites that teaches God appeared as a man named Fard Muhammad and that Elijah Muhammad was a prophet. According to orthodox Islam these are blasphemous beliefs that contradict the basic theology defined throughout the Qur'an and other authentic texts. The followers of “the Nation” adhere to some Islamic principles that are mixed with other practices and beliefs completely alien to authentic Islamic teachings. To better understand the differences read about Malcolm X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and his subsequent comments to the media. Islam teaches equality amongst the races (Qur'an 49:13).

28) All Muslims are not Arab, Middle-Eastern or of African descent. Islam is a universal religion and way of life that includes followers from all races. There are Muslims in and from virtually every country in the world. Arabs only constitute about 20% of Muslims worldwide. The countries with the largest Muslim populations are not located in the Middle East. They are Indonesia (over 200 million Muslims) and Pakistan and India (over 350 million Muslims combined).

29) In the five daily prayers Muslims face the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is a cube-shaped stone structure that was built by Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael on the same foundations where Prophet Adam is believed to have built a sanctuary for the worship of the One God. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba. It serves as a focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus and direction. Interestingly the inside of the Kaaba is empty.

30) The hajj is an annual pilgrimage to the Kaaba made by about 3 million Muslims from all corners of the Earth. It is performed to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam. The rituals of hajj commemorate the struggles of Abraham, his wife Hagar and their son Ishmael in surrendering their wills to God.

i just think that learning to love my jewishness has been one of the greatest gifts and blessings in my life and if it’s a part of yours (regardless if it’s a religious or cultural context) it deserves to live on and be passed down and embraced and allowed to thrive

PSA to fellow white reverts (and please PoC Muslims correct me if I’m wrong)

Nobody was:
-Saying abayas/thobes/attire used for modesty was appropriation
-Pushing you away from Islam/the Ummah

People WERE:
-Calling out white Muslims who appropriate clothing that is distinctly cultural and nothing to do directly with Islam
-Calling out white Muslims who appropriate cultural practices and use them in their own contexts rather than using them within a cultural/religious context (ie. holidays, weddings)
-Calling out white Muslims who blatantly appropriate cultural practices and deem it okay because of they’re Muslim now (c'mon, guys, your Zumba bellydancing fusion bullshit isn’t okay now just because you said the shahada and you should know that)

I understand alienation from the Ummah. I do. BUT. But. Alienation from the Ummah due to your conversion to Islam is not a precedent for you taking part in cultural appropriation of practices that have nothing to do with the deen.

Religion is necessary to keep women and their bullshit impulsivity/disloyalty under control but it's unpopular in the west now. Tbh, it's the lesser evil vs. feminism IMO.

Manslation: My hatred of women is actually strong enough to make me reconsider my smug, caustic brand of white boy atheism. Men have NEVER, EVER been impulsive or disloyal, especially not within the religious contexts I’d love to abuse if only it was more popular to do so (Judas who??????). So I think it’s obvious why I’d choose subjugating an entire gender under “religious” pretense as a lesser evil to acknowledging them as people. Check how qualified I am to make sweeping moral judgments!