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Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM PST

Against Chrismukkah

by Batya the Toon

Reposted from Batya the Toon by dirkster42

So let me start out with a disclaimer, in the spirit of fair warning.  This is a rant, and as such will probably sound less forgiving of other points of view than I generally am.  Most particularly as follows:

If you are by philosophy and choice a religious syncretist, one who constructs their own religious tradition by deliberately enfolding and including multiple sources, I can and will respect that.  But a lot of what I'm about to say is going to sound pretty anti-syncretist, especially towards the end, and especially if your two sources are Christianity and Judaism.  I can't really apologize for that, only ask you to please believe that I don't intend it as an attack.

Here's the deal: I've been fighting the War On Christmas all my life.

I wrote the original version of this back in 2007.  You can see it here if you're interested, but most of it is reproduced and considerably expanded below.

Follow me, if you will, over the orange sugarplum.

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Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
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The march kicked crosses Broadway at Pike in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood.
Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations took to the streets of Seattle today. The occasion was a show of support for approving Referendum 74 that would affirm LGBT couples' right to marry in the state of Washington. This was the latest in nearly 400 faith-based events that have occurred around the state supporting the freedom to marry.

Washington United for Marriage counts 115 congregations and over 450 leaders of faith among their current coalition that have signed on to endorsing approval of the referendum. Even the staunchly opposed Roman Catholic Church has seen vocal opposition from their rank and file. Over 1,000 "committed Catholics" signed onto a full-page newspaper ad that ran in Washington papers urging voters to approve Referendum 74.  

Marriage equality opponent Rev. Victor Langford told the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday:

"That was huge," Langford said. "The Catholics in the Seattle area are severely fractured. I have not seen that before."
After the fold, a diary heavy with photos and some impressions from the ground, as I've been in Seattle for a week.

Please note: It has occurred to me, the headline unintentionally may obfuscate there were definitely people of Jewish faith in attendance. Washington United's coalition includes Muslims and other faiths. I apologize.

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Christians of many stripes are scrambling to distance themselves, their religion, or their God from Republican comments about rape. Those Christians who see the Bible as an imperfect human document have the right to distance themselves. Those who see the Bible as unique and perfect revelation, essentially dictated by God to the writers, do not. The perspective that God intends rape babies and that such pregnancies should be allowed to run their course is absolutely biblical.

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Christian Right leaders are worried about Maryland and the three other states where there are marriage related initiatives on the ballot. And although African-American anti-marriage equality clergy seem to have been getting most of the attention, there are also plenty of African-American clergy who support marriage equality.  This is highlighted in a short You Tube video  by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, and featured by the United Church of Christ News.

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Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM PDT

A girl, or a Mormon Stereotype?

by Empty Vessel

Reposted from Empty Vessel by dirkster42

There has been a diary on the rec list all day that has troubled me greatly.  The title alone makes me wary, WHAT ARE THE MORMONS UP TO IN COLORADO?

Its not that the diary was written that bothers me, its that the diary has almost 300 recs. To my mind, it is a classic example of stereotyping and prejudice.  Let's start with some basic definitions via wikipedia.

Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination are understood as related but different concepts. Stereotypes are regarded as the most cognitive component, prejudice as the affective and discrimination as the behavioral component of prejudicial reactions. In this tripartite view of intergroup attitudes, stereotypes reflect expectations and beliefs about the characteristics of members of groups perceived as different from one's own, prejudice represents the emotional response, and discrimination refers to actions.

Although related, the three concepts can exist independently of each other. According to Daniel Katz and Kenneth Braly, stereotyping leads to racial prejudice when people emotionally react to the name of a group, ascribe characteristics to members of that group, and then evaluate those characteristics.

Possible prejudicial effects of stereotypes are:
1. Justification of ill-founded prejudices or ignorance
2. Unwillingness to rethink one's attitudes and behavior towards stereotyped group
3. Preventing some people of stereotyped groups from entering or succeeding in activities or fields

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Juan Cole on his website presents a video by Nouman Ali Khan in which he says the Qur'an tells Muslims not to react violently when someone attacks or defames the Prophet Mohammed.


Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM PDT

Women, Nuns and the Moon Landing

by gchaucer2

Reposted from gchaucer2 by dirkster42

It was very sad news to learn that Neil Armstrong, first man to step on the moon (for reals) passed away, at the age of 82.  For those of us who were compis at the time, the moon landing was the brief exhale moment for our decade of tragedy.  We had assassinations: John F. Kennedy,  Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy.  We had the murders and brutal beatings of hundreds of civil rights advocates.  We had a vile "conflict" which claimed our young in a foreign jungle and claimed innocents in and around that jungle.  We were about to get Richard Nixon as President.

And in all of that nightmare decade -- we had a grainy moment on teevee, with a tearful Walter Cronkite, showing us that NASA successfully landed men on the moon -- and Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon.  The sheer joy of that moment was recently shared with the sheer joy of the Mars landing.

Imagine -- it was 1969 -- and we had video from the moon.  I know young folks today don't find that amazing.  The oldsters among us are still gobsmacked.

And -- there were actually women and nuns involved.

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Stand down...get rational...and let's put our concerns about Islam into perspective.


Concerns about the dangers of Muslims in America is:

84%155 votes
15%29 votes

| 184 votes | Vote | Results

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Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM PDT

Brothers and Sisters: Sanctuary

by bmaples

Reposted from Bruce in Louisville by dirkster42

When you hear the word "sanctuary," what do you envision? What does it mean to you?

Tonight, let's take a few moments to consider sanctuary, and see how it applies to our lives. We may find some new meanings, and some new challenges.

Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
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Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM PDT

Whose Religious Liberty?

by CherryTheTart

Reposted from The Purple Pits by CherryTheTart

All health insurance plans in America must now provide contraception to women with no copay. For free. The article at the link below discusses political efforts the Roman Catholic Bishops are making to exempt Catholic institutions from this provision of the health care law. The article below is where you go to get facts. All the rest below the orange IUD is lapsed resentful recovering Catholic ranting and some thoughts about nonviolent civil/religious disobedience. So if you hate that, leave now.

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Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM PDT

Confessions of an Aspiring Buddhist

by swellsman

Reposted from Anglican Kossacks by dirkster42

I am an idiot.  I think it is important to get that statement right out there, from the beginning, so that anybody reading what comes next understands how amazingly dumb I really am.

I started reading up on Buddhism for the same reason I tended to do anything when I was younger – for a girl.  Well, okay . . . for a woman.  I was desperately in love (unrequitedly) with a woman for whom Buddhism had become very, very important, and I decided to learn about Buddhism so that I could understand better what she was thinking about.

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