Military Industrial Complex to Blame for Pulse Massacre

The Orlando Massacre at Pulse Nightclub was a complex web of crazy. You know the story so I won’t re-hash the nightmare. In the vigils I’ve attended around The Castro in SF, articles I’ve read shared on Social Media, conversations I’ve had with a few friends, and videos I’ve watched on the interwebs this has been addressed far too little so I want to “Say it again for the people in the back!!”

First, the murder of those 49 people by Omar Mateen (and then his own suicide) was not merely about queer people and homophobia – sources have come out to say he had a complex relationship with his wives, Pulse was one of his favorite Gay Clubs, the Latin night was one of his favorite nights to get drunk and party, he was known to have a Grindr and sent sloppy messages to other men hoping to hook up with them. Continue reading Military Industrial Complex to Blame for Pulse Massacre

Leave Your Evangelical LGBT Welcoming Church

Evangelicals running around with book tours and t-shirts promoting their blogs about how they once were straight but saw the light and are now queer, make me want to vomit…but only because they do so parading God and their new found theology as if it’s any better than the one before. I hate to break it to you but it’s not. It sucks. It’s just imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchal theology, to steel some of Bell Hooks’ words.

Here’s an example: a female pastor from San Francisco at City Church named Laura Turner wrote this article for Esquire. It’s got a catchy title, I‘m Evangelical, My Church Welcomes Gays, and I’m Not Voting for Trump, and some great points so it’s been going viral.

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Make Every Day Earth Day

This essay is from a larger draft I am working on. 

On February 14, 1990 NASA engineers turned the Voyager 1 spacecraft back toward our home planet for one last look. Approximately 4 billion miles away and 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, Earth can be seen floating off in the distance as an infinitesimal point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels in size. It was this picture that astrophysicist Carl Sagan made famous, he saw the pale blue dot and reminded us,

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Sermon: Make America Great Again

First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.

Giant American flags were waving across the stage;
soldiers with fake guns came marching one by one into the building,
the children’s ministry came adorned with red, white, and blue ribbons of celebration. Hundreds of voices sang the Marine core anthem at the tops of their lungs. It was at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, in Lutz FL, where my best friend Morgan Clark and I were working. It was our 11am worship service and while everyone else stood to sing our many national anthems

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Keeping the Christ in Christmas, or something

In what will go down as “The Great Starbucks Cup Controversy of 2015,” a video posted on Facebook that went viral with millions of viewers, it was a man attacking Starbucks for its decision to remove holiday symbols from their cups.

Joining the video in its attack, Republican presidential nominee and reality TV star, Donald Trump was quick to rally a crowd of thousands,

“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks…maybe we should boycott Starbucks!”

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Teen Mom, Ave Maria

Ave Ave Ave Maria!
Hail Hail Hail Mary!

“I am 21 years old. My name is Danielle Vaughan I got pregnant at the age of 14; I was in 8th grade. I did graduate high school, but it was extremely tough! I did not pursue my dream at a four-year university out of fear that my daughter would feel abandoned. I work hard in dead end jobs, while attending online courses, living paycheck to paycheck. I was luckier than most, I received large amounts of support from my mother and my grandmother. Eventually, my luck ran thin and I had to move out on my own, with my daughter. It’s been she and I ever since!

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Just Be Kind

I’ve been obsessed with the subject of religion for about 8 years now and have committed myself to studying not only the Christian faith but also other Wisdom Traditions that offer a glimpse into the Great Mystery. I will soon be working on my PhD in Process Philosophy and will continue this geeky journey of religious studies for the rest of my adult life.

I’ve been enamored with the study of entheogens (psychedelic drugs often used in Shamanistic rituals), higher states of consciousness, Gaia theory, the ecological crisis, and other strange hippy-sounding ideas that are best discussed over marijuana.

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