Not always a good option, but that just makes the point of this statement all the more clear.
Can’t argue with the truth of this one, other than to mention that models are often so photoshopped in ads that they really can’t be called real anymore.
via The Other 98%
Respect for the Jedis. They can PROVE their shit!
As a Jew and a humanist, I take exception to this post .
Children are innocent.
This child doesn’t know any better.
The child’s parents and their culture of hate are to blame, he is as much a victim of that culture as anyone.
There are reasons why children are not locked up as adults. Children ARE freaking innocent!
Pantene shows the double standards placed on women.
The double standards illustrated here are true in far too many cases. :-\
Tis the season to remind everyone that dropping money in those little red Salvation Army buckets is giving money to an organization whose media relations director (Major Andrew Craibe) once stated in an interview that gay parents deserved to die.
The Salvation Army is staunchly against homosexuals, especially gay parents. They want to help families in need—as long as they’re not headed by homosexuals. So that bell you hear ringing is actually the sound of intolerance and hatred.
I ask you to think twice about giving any money to this organization, and that you share this with friends.
A good reminder. Instead of sticking that dollar in the bucket, here are some worthwhile charities to give it to this holiday season:
The Ali Forney Center (serving the NYC LGBTQ homeless youth population)
Feeding America (they currently have a $125,000 challenge grant from Unilever so your donation will be doubled)
Everyone deserves help this holiday season. Opt for a group that’s inclusive not exclusive.
Cool. I will aspire to live up to this.
(Rebloggable version of this reply, per request.)
Well, here’s the deal, anon. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian group, and they impose those beliefs on the people that they employ and the communities they serve. Here are a few examples:
They are so opposed to LGBT rights that they have lobbied multiple times for exemptions from Federal and Local anti-discrimination laws, and threatened to withdraw their services.
They refused to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple, unless they broke up and renounced their homosexuality.
They refused to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.
Speaking of gender, there was also this charming incident where one of their hostels refused to open the door for a 17-year-old victim who had just been brutally raped (or even call the police for her) because that particular hostel had a strict “men only” policy.
Children who can’t prove their immigration status are turned away.
The organization also disposes of any Harry Potter or Twilight related donations (rather than giving them to other charities), because they claim the toys are “incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs”.
During the Bush Administration (thanks to ‘faith-based initiatives’) they fired about 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Gay), simply for refusing to sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
So, that—in a nutshell—is what’s wrong with it.
i will never stop spreading the word about how fucking shady the salvation army is
think twice before you donate to the bell-ringers in your local mall this holiday season … i am planning on starting a dialogue with the ones that are set to station themselves outside the store i work in
also one time i volunteered with the salvation army around christmas time being an “elf” and helping parents pick out free donated toys for their kids
which was all well and good until they ESCORTED TWO MEN OUT OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THEY “LOOKED GAY”
this was a first-hand eyewitness account and i should have left then and there, but seeing as i needed to take the bus back to school…
And this is why I starting to donate to other charities around Christmas.
No more red buckets for me.
and theres also how in Australia they have teared apart native aboriginal communities to “christianize” them and make them part of capitalist western society, up until the late 60’s they assisted with the taking of aboriginal children from their families in the stolen generation and put the children into missions where they would follow strict pattern of work and christian education
The human mind is greater than any book. The mind sits in judgment on every book. If there be truth in the book, we take it; if error, we discard it. Why refer this to the Bible? In this country, the Bible has been used to support slavery and capital punishment; while in the old countries, it has been quoted to sustain all manner of tyranny and persecution. All reforms are anti-Bible."
William Lloyd Garrison, remarks at the 5th national woman’s rights conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 1854. (via deconversionmovement)
The line that stood out for me here was “What question was ever settled by the Bible?" Most of the questions that people have ever thought to be settled by the Bible turned out to be wrong (where the world came from), very wrong (the role of women in society), or very, very wrong (justifications for slavery).
sometimes I almost feel sorry for nph because he’s literally so perfect and that must be a lot of pressure but at the same time im like hell yeah thank you bless this man
So which parent doesn’t the child need? The mother or the father?
See, this is how you separate a hateful Christian bigot from someone who’s actually concerned about children. Given your questions, single parent households should concern you more than households headed by homosexual parents. There are more single parents than there are homosexual couples who are parents. Yet I’ve never seen you show the slightest concern for single parents. The conclusion is simple: you’re an anti-gay Christian bigot who only cares about the gay rights issue because his Bronze Age scripture says homosexuality is a sin.
— The Inheritors , TOL (via awakenedvibrations)
Yeah, but like I’ve said many times on my blog before, you kinda have to be careful with UU churches because they aren’t all alike. They call themselves a “liberal religion”, and that is pretty much true for all of them. But some are very much “God/Jesus” centered, and others are full of crystals and other varieties of woo hoo.
I’m fortunate that my local congregation is extremely secular and the minister is very intelligent and delivers many thought provoking lectures (I hesitate to call them sermons).
To me, it takes all the advantages of religious communities (such as having a group of caring people watch your back, a place for your children to make friends, a group of people to work toward common causes such as food banks and soup kitchens, etc.) without any of the dogma or pure BS generally associated with traditional churches.