Peeper De #240

Destination mouth by sunny lee

There’s never been a better day for Peeper Dee #240.

There is something in the air … and water … with today’s PPD.

I’m not sure where you’re photo is … or your mind. But they should be here.

Whatever the case, I’m not sure you want to miss the photos below the fold.

This might appear as yellow journalism.

And you’d be right … if this were a news source.

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In case you missed it, Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown: The Dinner Table Debate

I watched the first half of this debate between Dan Savage and Brian Brown, and keep meaning to finish it. So I’m posting it to remind me.

But if you want to watch it, go ahead.

Believers on the Internet agree, Dan won the debate. Witness here. Brian Brown tanked from what I saw.

Savage savaged him on biblical knowledge, that’s for sure.

But we sort of expect that these days. Nonbelievers know that book backwards and forwards.

Out of context of course.

 

I don’t need a wig, but if I did … make it a water wig

Check out these awesome photos from Photographer Tim Tadder. His description of the project:

We just finished shooting a new project we call Water Wigs. The concept is simple and it is another visual exploration of something new and totally different. We found a bunch of awesome bald men and hurled water balloons at their heads, to capture the explosion of water at various intervals. The result a new head of of water hair! We used a laser and sound trigger to capture the right moments for each subject to create just the head of hair that fit best with the face.

We chose to work with triads of colors to create images that are arresting and amusing at the same time. We feel the color helps transform the water into some more and adds greater visual interest.

Our favorites are “The Don King,” “The Conquistador,” “The Jesus” and “The Friar.” I am uploading the images today around the web. Please share and comment, and I will try to get to all the questions I can! This was fun, complex, technical, and totally worth exploring more. There are much larger images with more detail on our website; check them out at TimTadder.com

Thanks, Ryan!

 

Pop goes the weasel: Anti-Gay Activist and Prop 8 Donor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Boys

A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor,  and  elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys. Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has  confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” with authorities believe the crimes occurred between the early 1980’s and as recently as a week ago.”

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Rick Warren says the obvious and calls it profundity

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I saw this graphic floating around the Internet that reads,

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

Let’s examine this profound and lofty statement.

Rick Warren said that our culture has accepted two HUGE lies.

HUGE.

Lies.

These aren’t small lies. These are gargantuan.

What are examples of big lies? How about your doctor keeping a cancer diagnosis from you? How about a politician lying about his income? How about, a spouse not telling his or her partner about an affair?

Huge lies are NOT, “I’m going to take the trash out in a second, honey,” and then fail to do it.

These examples of lies are up there with lying to spouses and to the voting public.

These lies Rick Warren has for us are far, far worse.

These are HUGE. 

Rick Warren’s first HUGE lie is: “[I]f you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them.”

This is patently absurd. I disagree with a lot of people’s lifestyles. And I don’t hate or fear them. Not one bit. There are things my loved ones have done. There are things I’ve done, I’m sure. And people don’t hate me, nor I them.

I have friends who snort coke, drink way too much, are promiscuous in their relationships, spend way too much on extravagant items. Those are lifestyle choices that I don’t like, but I don’t hate or fear them.

I might even love them so much that I would tell them that science says X about the consequences of their lifestyle. And I might drift away from their friendship if I see that their lifestyle choice isn’t something I want to associate myself with. It has nothing to do with hate.

While they are being selfish or destructive, I’ll be selfish and productive. Done.

Perhaps Warren is referencing that outsiders view Christians who oppose abortion or homosexuality as hateful.

The hate or fear becomes a part of the process when people like Rick Warren claim that certain lifestyles — without a shred of evidence — result in an eternity of hellfire. The fear and hate come from establishing a hierarchy of sins, legislating these sins in politics, and likely being as guilty of these “sins” as the person who does them publicly.

So lie number one is simply culturally-specific to his point of view.

Ooooo, good one.

What’s behind door number two, Rick? 

“The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.”

I disagree with a lot of things my lovely wife believes and does. You and she may disagree with a lot of things that I “believe” or don’t believe. I may disagree with a lot of things my friends or family does.

Does that

Warren’s declaration at the end of the statement is the lie. “You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

Warren clearly doesn’t have friends or family. Because if he’s not making compromises, he’s not keeping friends or family close.

This is the evil of Christianity’s leadership 

Relationships ARE compromise.

Compassion is compromise!

Relationships are compromise. If they weren’t, we’d all be locked up in a room waiting for death to consume us.

If I forced Tina to stop thinking something higher is in control of the universe, we’d have a rift between us.

If every time I hung out with my family and they nagged me about atheism or if I nagged them about theism, it would create a barrier.

Warren’s own Jesus exemplified the idea that Compassion = Compromise. Supposedly, his death for your sins is the embodiment of compassion for sins that the “perfect” Jesus never committed. He LOVES you without condition. He loved you to the cross for sins he never committed.

That’s MORE than compromise. That’s going out of one’s way to support and love someone.

Rick Warren is a liar. A huge one. He doesn’t know what he believes. He doesn’t believe that Christ’s love and compassion is the same as compromising convictions, that’s for sure. He thinks he’s a leader? A leader of what?

And if you believe the bullshit that emits from his pen or his lips, you’re a sucker.