I’m a better person than I used to be

I’ve come to the end of all the things I wanted to say when I started this blog.  I’m sure there will be other things that come up with interactions with my family over the next weeks and years.  And of course I’m working on a very special Christmas post.

One of the main goals I hope to do is discredit Christianity.  The zombie followers need to realize that their beliefs are hurting other people.  Jesus is probably rolling over in his grave from all the bad things people do and have done in his name.  And that’s the thing, Christianity makes good people do bad things.  Whether it was the Crusades or the Inquisition or Prop 8, the people involved truly believed they were doing the work of the Lord.  As a result I have begun to commit my life to opening people’s eyes to the many, many lies and inconsistencies contained in the collection of ancient popular literature that was collated into the Bible.  The truth is so much bigger than all of us can imagine.

Since the passage of Prop 8 I had much more focus in my life.  Before I was drinking almost every day, now I just don’t want to anymore.  I’ve been working out more and eating better.  I’ve also been more aggressive at work.  I know there will be consequences to speaking up and I am willing to accept them.

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GOD is Infinite

You may wonder why I use all caps when talking about GOD sometimes.  I break down the way people perceive deities into thee categories.

Small ‘g’ god.  For most of human history the predominate idea of deities was the pantheon of gods.  Thor, Zeus, Pele, Ra, Ba’al.  These and those like them were the face of god for almost everyone in ancient times.  I group the zombie god into this category.  The parallels to Jesus and ancient gods and legends are numerous.  Even Alexander the Great was thought to be of virgin birth.  There were many others but their stories were drowned out but the shrill cries of the zombie worshippers.

Big ‘G’ God.  When the big paradigm shift of monotheism happened, their one true God became capitalized in literature.  Of course I’m basing this on the English translation from only 400 years ago.  I don’t really know anything about ancient Greek or Hebrew so I don’t know if they started capitalizing God in the early text.  Even still Christianity is just barely monotheistic with all the saints and the virgin Mary that people pray to.

Big ‘G’ Big ‘O’ Big ‘D’ GOD.  But the most likely solution to the question of GOD is that of the infinite GOD.  GOD is infinite in space and time.  The vastness of space-time has only come into human consciousness in the past hundred years of so.  The writers of the various books of the new testament didn’t even understand the world wasn’t flat, much less understand the vastness of all of creation.  It is time for a new paradigm shift.  GOD is infinite and people can’t understand infinity just like the number 7 can’t understand mathematical infinity.  The more we try to understand GOD, the more we will fail.  There have been some amazing fortunate coincidences in my life I like to call miracles.  I don’t try to understand why, I’m just happy to be here.  Everything in my life has been leading me here to this blog.  If I said this is God’s purpose for me I’d have to downgrade to just the big ‘G’ God.  The infinite GOD can’t be justified or quantified.  It’s OK to say we don’t and never will understand.

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It’s an abomination

It’s true, Leviticus calls it an abomination.

Leviticus 11:9-12
These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Of course I’m talking about shrimp cocktail and clam chowder and fried calamari. If you want to throw Leviticus as your basis for being a homophobic bigot, never forget that shrimp gets FOUR abominations, while lying with a man as you would with a women only gets two abominations. So every shrimp is 100% more sinful. Yummy. It brings new definition to sinfully delicious.  Let’s propose a new ballot initiative to ban shellfish.

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Prayer doesn’t work, no wait yes it does

Prayer is a big conundrum.  If prayer really worked my career would be cruising along fine through these tough economic times.  My parents are continuously praying for me yet I’m still struggling to find new clients.  But yet we carry on.  Why?  Because (1) it makes us feel better and (2) we perceive results whether or not there are any results to be found.  The later works the same with fortune cookies and horoscopes as it did back with the Oracle at Delphi back in the ancient times and the writings of Nostradamus.  If something is vague, we can pull meaning out of it after the fact to match it with actual events.  In prayer we ask for something and then look at what we get and interpret that it was for the best.

But prayer works best in the way that it is presented in The Secret.  We don’t get something because God or the Universe magically gives us something we want, we get it because we are focused on it.  By praying hard on something we focus hard on that something and then we base more of our lives around achieving what we are focusing, or praying on.  So while prayer may have some magical yet unanswered cause-and-effect, it is effective in focusing people on achieving what it is they desire.

But then if praying to the zombie god is the only way, what of the billions and billions of people now and throughout history who prayed to other forms of God or their ancestors or polytheistic deities?  Why are their prayers answered?  The truth is everyone’s prayers are answered the same way.  Prayer for yourself works because it focuses you, prayer for others or things out of your control is just as likely to work as not work.  There was a study a few years ago where random people prayed for the safe outcome of other random people going through surgery.  Those getting prayed for actually had more complications than those who did not have anyone praying for them.  So praying for things out of your direct life is just a waste of time, except it isn’t because it will make you feel better.

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The consequences of gay marriage

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I found this pie chart recently. I think it sums things up nicely. Of course the zealots who want to stick their noses in our lives can’t be swayed by humorous logic. From reddit.com.

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Lose-Lose

My cousin Steve called me over the weekend. He actually called while I was in the middle of the protest at Volunteer Park. Even if I wanted to pick up then, it was so loud I wouldn’t have been able to hear him. I called him back on Sunday. We had a nice conversation. He told me about a new concept for me called Legalism. In Christianity that when people are way to caught up on following the presumed laws laid out in the bible and the completely miss the ultimate goals the are being taught. Kind of like when the Mormon church raises $25,000,000 to take away the rights of a minority group instead of feeding the poor or clothing the sick.

Anyway Steve at one point called Prop 8 a lose-lose situation. I didn’t quite understand what he meant by that at the time and we moved on to another topic. After the call I remembered that and understood what he meant. To me there’s no lose-lose aspect. You either support the bigots who want to take rights away from a legally defined minority group under California law, or you don’t. It turns out this cousin didn’t vote yes on Prop 8 like I thought. He didn’t vote no either. He left this one blank. For him, one side of the “lose-lose” is the same for me, he didn’t want to oppress other people. But the other side was supporting an unpopular opinion within his peer group. If he had stood up for the American tradition of freedom and equality, he would have to deal with all the bigots at his church telling him he is on the side of the devil or whatever other lies they make up.

While I give Steve A LOT of credit for actually getting on the phone and calling me personally, I still a little disappointed he chickened out on making to decent decision. By abstaining he can say he didn’t support taking away my rights without having to defend his decision to less enlightened people. It’s very hard to stand up to peer pressure so I understand. I just hope if there is another vote he will stand up to bigots and help them realize that allowing full marriage equality will have zero effect on the lives of any straight people. Eventually their position will look as out of place as George Wallace trying to physically block black students from entering the University of Alabama.  Segregation was very popular but luckily the activist judges did thier job and protected the rights of the minority. We are not going to go away so the quickest way to get this out of the news is to give in and let history take its course.

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Civil Unions are not enough

Several people have said to me that I should be happy with civil unions and we shouldn’t be trying for full marriage.  These people include: my cousin Jonathan, the Mormon women stuck at the light in the protest on Sunday, and Sir Elton John.  So first EJ, unlike Britain which distinguishes between civil and religious marriage, the US only had one type of marriage.  So while civil unions in Britain are fully legal equivalences of civil marriage, it is not the case here.  Civil unions include only a small subset of the rights afforded to the straight couple who can get married.  Second, civil unions aren’t universally available.  Only 11 states have some sort of civil unions and the federal government offers no recognition of such relationships.  If civil unions existed in every state and gave us similar tax and inheritance benefits from the IRS, then maybe we would be happy with it.  Since we don’t even have them, we can’t very well be happy with them.

And if we had them, it still wouldn’t be enough.  Should the black community have been happy sitting on the back of the bus?  They still got to where they were going.  Should they have been happy with separate water fountains?  They still got water.  We will not be satisfied until we have achieved equal marriage rights everywhere in the country.  We aren’t going to shut up about it.

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