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
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.
Continue reading Leave Your Evangelical LGBT Welcoming Church
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,
Continue reading Make Every Day Earth Day
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.
Continue reading Just Be Kind