I love that I have a snake around my neck in the photo above.
Everyone needs to hold snake to see how un-deceptive they are.
People have been submitting their Peeper Dees all day and I’ve been scrambling to throw together a DVD of a job I’ve been working on.
I’m finally getting that DVD out the door, so it’s time to post the PPDs of the day.
You can always add to this post or send one for tomorrow. Email here.
Picture shows a First Baptist Church Woodlawn van parked in front of an Adult Bookstore.
I wonder how many people from the church are shopping the $12.95 video aisle?
That sentence should read: “Religion endangers religious freedom.”
Do you know that God is completely silent on contraception, and yet America and her churches are all up in arms about being forced, coerced, held to the fire to include birth control through insurance to its employees.
And if the bible beaters are saying that this is a sexual issue, God’s pretty damn vocal about sexuality.
God does say not to pull out early or he’ll kill you:
“And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.” (Genesis 38:7-10)
My response to these voices flipping out over this one aspect of Obamacare is:
Show me ONE (just one) place your bible is clear on this topic, not silly traditions without any biblical basis, and I’ll show you 100 places where God is crystal clear on the most atrocious behavior known to humanity.
Let’s try boiling and eating your sons when there’s a famine:
“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son….” (II Kings 6:28-29)
If you displease God, he’ll show everyone your tits … oh the shame!:
“Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make the vile, and will set thee as gazingstock.” (Nahum 3:5-6)
“Look, I am against you!- declares Yahweh Saboath- I shall lift your skirts as high as your face and show your nakedness to the nations, your shame to the kingdoms. I shall pelt you with filth.” (Nahum 3:6, The New Jerusalem Bible)
If you displease YHWH, God will give you hemorrhoids:
“The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods (biblical term for hemorrhoids), and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.” (Deuteronomy 28:27)
“But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, [even] Ashdod and the coasts thereof” (I Samuel 5:6)
“And it was [so], that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.” (I Samuel 5:9)
God wants you to have incestuous sex.
“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:23)
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis 4:1-2)
“And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch…” (Genesis 4:17)
So Cain had sex with who? An unnamed sister? Or was it his mother? God had to start people off somehow.
For other examples of Biblical incest see Gen. 20:12 where Abraham married his half-sister Sarah; Gen. 19:30-38 where Lot’s daughters had intercourse with him; Gen. 38:16 where Tamar had sex with her father-in-law Judah.
Must I go on?
Religious Freedom is compromised by the very
insanity words written in the book held as sacred.
Rick Warren and all his whining bunch of Romans Three Twenty-Three-ers should quit bitching about what’s NOT biblical and bitch a little about what is.
Because then we wouldn’t have groups of people who think religious freedoms are oppressed by an oppressively ridiculous holy book without a shred of care for you or the person sitting next to you.
Among the many things in this video that will blow your mind, Pat says, “Burn that statue of Buddha.”
“Demons, these things are real,” He repeats over and over.
Uploaded by mediamatters4america on Apr 9, 2012
Roundup of things Pat Robertson claims are demonic, includes among others: yoga, karate, Twilight, homosexuality, tv shows about ghosts, young girls playing levitation games at sleepovers, and (sometimes) adopted children from other countries. More details on Robertson’s demon hunting here: http://mm4a.org/HXQcNe
Over at the Daily Wh.at, they posted the above video and wrote:
They also traveled that many places in 10 days.
I found the video inspirational and fun. It got criticism on YouTube. But screw them.
I also found this article called, Practical Tips from 4 Years of Traveling The World. You should read it.
There are 21 great pieces of advice, including this:
11. People are more alike than you think.
My preferred way of connecting to people is via food but regardless of your passions or interests, travelling will also open your eyes to the fact that we are all more alike than we think. Yes, there are cultural differences and traditions that differ – vastly – but the basics of human emotions and the kindness in a smile are omnipresent, and a beautiful reminder of our shared humanity. Be it the Laotian woman on my bus to Vientiane who only wanted to talk about how men in Thailand thought they were better than men in Laos, to the soldiers in the Philippines who wanted to know how we in Canada survived without growing our own rice, to the family in Bolivia who asked why tourists didn’t swaddle their babies on their back, Bolivian-style. Threads of common human queries – love, food, parenting, and many more – resurface again and again. Ask questions, encourage people to ask them of you. In the end, these knots of human connection are what makes the world go round.
15. Packing does not get easier.
I wrote a piece on long term travel and the things it doesn’t fix. In it, I talked about how, 2.5 years into my travels, I still hated packing. It’s now 4 years into my travels. Guess what? I still hate packing.
16. Not planning too far ahead leaves you the flexibility to need to take the wonderful opportunities that come your way.
I get quite a few emails asking if I opted for a round-the-world ticket or whether I plan as I go. I’ve addressed this in the resources page but I want to reiterate it here because I think it’s important: don’t plan too far ahead. Over and above the undeniable fact that I thought I’d be back in North America by now (and not still travelling), so many of the places I loved beyond belief are the ones that weren’t even on my initial, vague itinerary. There’s nothing wrong with planning, or doing research, or even booking longer-haul flights if you have a set schedule to follow. But leave as much as you can to as-you-go travel. You’ll meet people who wax poetic about a specific destination and want to go there; you’ll decide you need – NEED! – to go to the Philippines with your brother because you’ve become fascinated by a small primate that you need to see in person; you will find yourself and your mind expanded by the sheer impossibility of everything being available to you, if only you could choose where to go first.
It is a scary thing, to leave it open to the whims of your brain as you travel, but a worthwhile one.
My goal is not to be a stay at home photographer. It’s to travel the world endlessly with cameras on my back, exploring this great big earth that God created (honk).
And when I’m done or it’s done with me, I’ll measure my life in these things.
Let’s do this.
Yesterday, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviewed anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann, who wrote a book called, When God Talks Back. The book explores how people claim to have a personal
relationship with God.
Listen to the interview here.
The interview is fascinating, and Luhrmann’s perspective is valuable.
One thing that stuck out was Luhrmann’s apparent disbelief, but fear of admitting it. I think she needs to keep a certain distance from her subjects, while maintaining a closeness.
Tina and I sat listening to the interview while editing yesterday, and we both wanted to listen closer.
Luhrmann discussed how people devote time and even “dates” with God. They go on walks together. Have coffee or tea time. Time spent with God is like having an affair.
The first time I ran into Julie Ferwerda, I found a editorial in which she talked about dating Jesus and posted it here. She wrote (don’t kill me, Julie):
So how do you date Jesus? Here are some ways that work for me, but the sky is the limit for creativity—just like any true dating relationship. The key is to make it spontaneous, personal and a major priority. And then you’ll find that he begins showing up for dates—sometimes with flowers, love notes, and rainbows!
This is the stuff of Luhrmann’s book.
At one point, Terry Gross asked Luhrmann whether the language should be “imagined” God’s voice or “heard it.”
Luhrmann’s answer was surprising. She didn’t say “imagined” was wrong, because there is some evidence that old church leadership agreed that imagining God’s voice is okay. But the negative connotation that surrounds the word makes it hard for Christians to use.
Another interesting part was when Luhrmann told Terry Gross that parents telling kids to give up their invisible friends is not sound advice.
I grew up in an evangelical community, aka The Yeshua Fog. Like many, I thought I heard God’s voice. And when the voice in my head was negative, or sinful, namely with sexual sins, I decided that was Satan’s voice.
Looking back, I know I was sure about it. It was so crystal clear to me. But the more I looked into it, the more I hammered down that there’s NOOO way that God was talking to me. And if he were, how come he didn’t use a powerful voice and how come Satan didn’t use a voice conversion machine that made his sound evil?
I mean, why did the voice always resemble my own? Why did the voice always want what I secretly wanted?
The conversations I had with God, Jesus and Satan were incessant. We’d banter back and forth for hours. My imagination was — and still is — a difficult, fast-paced world of non-stop banter.
All that’s to say, go listen to real people talk about whether God’s voice is real or not. It’s amazing that this is even a valid conversation to have. But it’s worth getting into the mind of your friends to figure out what makes them tick.