Christian Persecution in the USAA lot of Christians seem to be fond of crying about the oppression they experience in American society. My first response is to laugh, but a lot of these people take themselves very seriously so I feel like I should give them a semi-serious answer to some of the claims I've heard. By "semi-serious", I mean I will include some facts but I will still have a deriding attitude. I can only try so hard. Now usually, I don't like formatting a question-answer session against an imaginary opponent since it seems unfair, but this isn't really an imaginary opponent. All of these statements or questions have been put to me before so, as far as I'm concerned, they are fair game.
"Christianity is becoming endangered."
Honey, this is America. Christians are the vast majority in this country. A 2007 poll places the percentage at 78.4% Christian . The vast majority of our politicians and even our president identifies as Christian. The fact that people were
Knowledge and Belief: Agnosticism vs Atheism?Knowledge and Belief: Agnosticism vs Atheism?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a public service announcement!
Is it possible for someone to be both agnostic and a theist? What about both agnostic and atheist? The answer is yes!
The terms 'agnostic' and 'gnostic' speak to a person's level of knowledge concerning the topic. Atheist and Theist refer to the topic - the belief (or lack thereof) in a god or gods. Here are a few examples:
Jerome doesn't know if there is or isn't a god, but he doesn't believe in it regardless. Jerome is an Agnostic Atheist.
Anika claims to know that there certainly is no god at all, and she does not believe in this god. Anika is a Gnostic Atheist.
Kiana claims to know with certainty that god does exist, and he believes wholeheartedly in god. Kiana is a Gnostic Theist.
Charles doesn't know if there is or isn't a god, but he chooses to believe in one anyway. Charles is an Agnostic Theist.
Here's a helpful video w
God is Not an American ValueLadies and Gentlemen of Congress, thank you for allowing me to speak today.God is Not an American Value3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I do not stand before you with a hate filled heart.
I do not stand before you today wishing to destroy anyone's beliefs or ways of life.
I do not stand before you today hoping to achieve a victory for one group while hurting another.
Instead, I stand before you today in the hope that you listen open-mindedly.
That is all I ask.
In 1956, "In God We Trust" was adopted as the United States official motto. This motto has been on our coins since 1864 and on our paper currency since 1957. In 1954, the words "Under God" where added to the Pledge of Allegiance. The question of whether or not these phrases are constitutional has been argued on all levels, from the dinner tables of average Americans, all the way up to the Supreme Court. I personally believe that these phrases are unconstitutional, but the arguments for it have been so overused that I feel repeating them would be beating a dead horse.
No, instead I will b
Popular Fan ArtThis has been bothering me for some time now, and I've seen this sort of behavior even before I joined dA, but some folks honestly need to stop acting like artists who happen to draw fan art or fan comics for "popular" series automatically makes them "cheap" or that they're somehow shallow people because of it. People can actually, you know, like a series that's popular and end up wanting to draw fan works because they want to. Popular or well-known works or series are going to have lots of fans, so it's not exactly unnatural that more people might be inclined to draw fan art for certain series. It's one thing if you're not a fan of something popular, because it's completely normal for people to have preferences, but when you're just being dismissive of someone else entirely or looking down on them just because the subject matter they choose to draw is "popular" then it makes you look petty and/or jealous. Because, let's be honest, there are people who get really pissed and uptiPopular Fan Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Loathsome ListLet me show you it.The Loathsome List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a short list of things that you can check yourself against to see if I actually loathe you! Let it be known that if you fill any single one of these criteria... I HATE YOU! And am not your friend whatsoever! You are scum of the Earth!
This is only a short list. I had a much longer one, but, I lost it.
 Last updated: Sept 23rd, 2014
- If you support infant/child and other involuntary circumcision aka forced genital cutting or forced sex (re)assignment, of any child
- If you are anti-choice/anti-abortion/”pro-life” and if you support crisis pregnancy centers
- If you are anti-feminism (if you are critical of White Feminism, that is different) or anti-sj. If you’re a radfem. If you say you’re for “real justice”. If you unironically use the term “politically correct”. If you’re against trigger warnings.
- If you promote abstinence, and if you think abstinence is bad because you have to “drive it be
Female VillainsAs you probably already know, I really like villain characters, but it sort of makes me sad how often female villains seem like they have this rule where it's like they're required to be ~*sexy*~ first and then villains second. Or they have to be voluptuous or seductive femme fatales first and foremost and then be evil and cunning second (the level of evil and cunning really depending on the character, but still). Having a "sexy" female villainess isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the fact it's so much more prevalent with females as opposed to males and feels more like this unwritten rule and obligatory mold for them still disappoints me. I notice a lot in superhero comics the villainesses will be far more likely (if not always) wearing something far sexier or revealing as opposed to the males, and even then they'll have the same cut-n-paste sexy body type (and sometimes even the same face shapes, eye, and lip shapes) while the males are usually more clothed and meant to have tFemale Villains3 years ago in Personal More Like This
you mean there's more to a work than PAIRINGS?!!1Putting it up because I think it applies to a number of things.you mean there's more to a work than PAIRINGS?!!13 years ago in Personal More Like This
In regards to this post: http://alexds1.tumblr.com/post/16330218225/there-is-but-one-step-from-the-grotesque-to-the
I think a number of things in regards to what the OP was saying were seriously taken out of context. I'm also going to say upfront that I don't really watch the Sherlock show, and, yes, I am fine with slash and femmeslash and all that on many occasions. That being said, I find their post, despite it being geared towards the SH fandom, to be incredibly applicable with a number of fandoms. While reading their post, I never once got the vibe the OP was saying anything remotely close to "slash is bad" or "asexuality is bad" or "you're not a real fan if you didn't read the original Holmes books." To be honest, I don't think they were even saying (or even implying), "you're a shitty fan if you like slashing these characters and you like porn of them."
Honestly, I think the main point of their post wasn't you're
special snowflake partyGetting pretty sick of the following:special snowflake party3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"other people/normal people: let's have sex and party and drink and do drugs lololol
me: gonna sit at home blogging and watching anime and doctor who and sherlock and snacking"
1) Despite masquerading behind a veil of this 'innocent' self-described "quirkiness" it's actually pretty haughty and pretentious when looked at from another angle.
2) It reeks of blatant and unabashed special snowflakism (almost in the same vein as those other posts with, "i would rather prefer to stay online and being a fanboy/fangirl than doin drugs or havin sex and party liek most kidz my age reblargh if u agree").
Actually, the entire mentality reeks of this really distorted idea that one can't be a partier or drinker/smoker and simultaneously be a frequent internet user or enjoy "nerdy" or "geeky" pursuits as well. Do you honestly think, given this day and age and how widespread and necessary computers have become, that you're the only one "addic
Where Do We Go From Here? Korra's Season 4Warning: It should go without saying, but there will be spoilers for Legend of Korra season three... actually, there will be spoilers for the whole show. You've been warned.Where Do We Go From Here? Korra's Season 44 months ago in Personal More Like This
With season three over and done with... I have to say... damn. Never has an ending been simultaneously so triumphant and uplifting... and so... soulcrushingly depressing.
The villains have been dealt with (for the most part), the Air Nomads have finally bounced back from near extinction, Tenzin decrees that unlike their ancestors the new Air Nomads should actively follow in Avatar Aang's footsteps and help everyone worldwide like they're the kung fu monk equivalent of Amnesty International, Jinora has become officially appointed as a true airbending master (and with her head shaved, has become the spitting image of her grandfather at her age)...
Korra has been emotionally, psychologically and physically tortured. She's devastated, reduced to a shell of her form
Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...Never be ashamed of what you love. If it harms no one and gives you joy, if it lifts your spirits and provides a modicum of comfort when you're feeling at your lowest, and if it especially helps when you go out and seek people to identify with over the mutual commonality of what makes you happy... never be ashamed.Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Are you a furry? Do you have such bizarre fetishes as "slime girls" or inflation (and may even fancy some furry porn)? Do you feel like you're under scrutiny for liking the Star Wars prequels and any associated media (i.e. The Clone Wars) without any irony whatsoever?
People who judge you as a human being based on something harmless and trivial you happen to take some joy in? Pardon my French, but they're douchebags, the sort of douchebags who want to feel any measure of superiority over their fellow man and so go for some real cheap shots. Do not take a single word of what they say with
Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded "thoughI was talking with a friend about how some fandoms are super fun to be a part of. And some...not so much. I regret to say, as much as I love Korra, it's not a particularly fun fandom for me. Neither was Avatar. (They're FAR from the only fandoms that suffer from the problems I'm going to be "talking" (word-vomiting) about, but they're the ones I've had the most experience with.)Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded "though3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fandom has become a dirty word. I have literally been accused of participating in fandom. Wait, accused of what? For me, the whole idea of "fandom" can be summed up in one word: excitement. Man, I love getting excited about shit. And I LOVE talking to other people who are excited about shit! And then our excitement spirals around each other's and then we make awesome creations with that extreme excitement. EXCITEMENT-BENDING! This is what happens EVERY time I post a fanart, and I c
Reverse Nice Guy SyndromeI'm just going to dub it "Reverse Nice Guy Syndrome" for now because I don't know if there's a proper title for it, but I've noticed that there's a peculiar little bug that hits various people (although certainly not limited to "guys") that causes them to genuinely believe other people (or certain individuals) "owe" them attraction. In short, it's basically like "Nice Guy" syndrome in that it involves a feeling of self-entitlement, but in this case it can sometimes be a somewhat backwards attempt at empowerment in that the "syndrome" causes people to believe that if another person does not feel attracted to them, physically or otherwise, it is automatically the other person's fault entirely, and they are labelled as "shallow" (or an asshole, jerk, bitch, haughty, etc.) simply because they do not have an attraction to or possess a desire to sleep with the "deserving" individual. Like the "Nice Guy," the person always feels like they are the victim in the situation, and in many cases isReverse Nice Guy Syndrome2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRSTWhat we're really excited to see is the courageous Princess Merida in Pixar's Brave, who challenges her family and country's customs while wielding a bow and arrow on horseback - now that's a real Disney princess "first."A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRST3 years ago in Personal More Like This
At first I thought this was someone being sarcastic, then I realized it it was something someone actually said.
Don't get me wrong, at some point I'll most likely be seeing Brave myself, and the idea of an animated Pixar film taking place in ancient Scotland is all kinds of neat, but come on. Even when I saw the trailer the whole, "MERIDA THAT IS NOT LADY-LIKE" had me nearly rolling my eyes. I'm really, really hoping the film isn't going to prop itself up on, "there is a young and feisty girl BUT SHE ISN'T LIKE OTHER GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE A WARRIOR AND DO THINGS ONLY BOYS DO AND EVERYONE THINKS IT'S WRONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT LADY-LIKE BUT BECAUSE SHE'D RATHER
Of Wolves and TrollsFor an animal that's consistently idolized as powerful, majestic, and fierce, the wolf has virtually the pussiest fanbase of any animal I've seen. I still come home from work to see angry wolf comments on my page, on deviations, and in notes from time to time, but I will say that if you're going to insult me for not worshiping your "pwecious wolfie" on my page or anywhere, you could at least have the courtesy and the genital fortification to not block me because you're too much of a little bitch to withstand a reply because you thought you could dish it but not take it (not that your insults are very good or clever to begin with). Then again, it's not surprising since you've already demonstrated that you're too sensitive to deal with that not everyone worships the animal you like. How very "wolf" of you. I've had people drop by and call me names or simply tell me I sucked despite my never having spoken to them before, but I suppose that's to be expected from people who've consisOf Wolves and Trolls3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a SurvivorI tried to kill myself.Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a Survivor3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I was nearly successful.
I had a loaded gun, and in the darkest moment of my life - at my absolute lowest, after a long chain of shitty life events after shitty life events - I stared into the barrel. I had thought about it for ages. I locked myself in the bedroom. The cats scratched at my door, they mewled for me. They cried for me. Thoughts raced through my head; regrets, broken hopes, endless self-loathing, feeling everything was eternally out of my each...
After long deliberation...
I pulled the trigger.
... Against all odds...
The damn thing jammed.
I'm not a religious woman, but that was a damn miracle. A one in a million stroke of luck. It was as if sanity prevailed, as I immediately came to realize, drowned in sweat and fear and pumping adrenaline as I was, "Dear God, what the fuck am I doing?"
I unloaded the pistol, locked it in my safe... and both cried and drank myself to sleep that night.
Why The Author Can't DieRemember awhile back I was talking about Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness? Or, more precisely, the problematic subtext - if not, at times, text - that underlines his entire bibliography? Well, I finished my re-reading of the book, all the while this very topic I'm about to lay down gestated and simmered in the back of my mind, taking form as I read every line and analyzed every contour of Lovecraft's... unique choice of language.Why The Author Can't Die3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Ladies and gentlemen, I put it to you... l'auteur ne peut pas mourir.
The topic of "Death of the Author" has always fascinated me. Its simplest definition? The writing is divorced from the writer.
Once the author has produced a body of work, it becomes a separate entity, not an extension. The argument goes that to read aspects of the author's life onto the text - to impose a biography, if you will, gleaned from his political views, personal experiences and so forth - "limits interpretation of text." Rola
Hellfire: A Loving God's PunishmentIs Hell Too Harsh?Hellfire: A Loving God's Punishment2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What is Hell?
Hell is a concept in Christianity and some other religions (such as Islam) wherein those who commit sins or who commit sinful unbelief (AKA: Rejecting Jesus) are tortured for an eternity in fire after they pass away.
Why do people go to Hell? Using the Bible to Answer the Hard Questions
Don't go to Hell! A Korean artist paints her "experience" visiting "Hell". Reasons for going to hell according to some denominations are lying, drinking or eating forbidden food, complain, cheating on your partner, worshiping other gods or idols, being gay, not believing, thinking for themselves, stealing, killing, raping, etc.
Hell - Roots (thanks Mephistophilez)
Internet Copyrights 101Since there was an app recently on Facebook which resulted in numerous copyright infringements and legal issues, I figured now would be a good time to refresh everyone on basic internet copyright rules. These rules are by no means complete, official, or set in stone, and there are always exceptions.Internet Copyrights 1013 years ago in Personal More Like This
Follow the TOS
This should be self explanatory, but please follow the Terms of Service agreements you signed for whatever website you're currently on. Not all websites have the same rules and restrictions in their TOS and you should treat each site individually and not expect that since you got away with something on one site means you'll get away with it on another. Most websites do not allow uploading of content that is not your own.
Ask permission first.
A lot of copyright infringement happens because people don't bother to take the time to ask the original creators if it's alright to repost. It usually doesn't take much effort to send an e-mail or note asking for pe
Do not say the Holy name.Okay so some of you may have heard about the Embassy attacks. Though the worst part is that the reason these riots started was because they released a trailer for a B-Movie based on Islam's Mohammed. Now I'm not going to talk about the riots because it's obvious that they're terrible and I mean my usual, "Religion is bullshit" theme. But I wanted to talk about a strange thing about Islam and to an extent Christianity, ah hell definitely Christianity. It's the use of generic terms when referring to Yahweh. This thing bugs me because when I hear these following things,Do not say the Holy name.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"How can you not believe in God?"
"I believe in God."
And so many others. This bugs me more with Islam but not because of it's followers but it's outsiders. They always talk about Allah this and Allah that. My problem with this is that it encourages misinformation. Islam's God's actual name is Yahweh, yes that Yahweh. OF COURSE YOU PRICK!!! Now in all seriousness you have to understand that many people
I'm a Monster! being married is not easy, but fun!SO I saw this cartoon & only thing I can think of.... if there was a cartoon sitcom was like this, it would be a riot... I love this piece & it is funny... Here we have just an average home life in a not so average family...I'm a Monster! being married is not easy, but fun!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
What do you guys think of this piece? I hope there is a sequel.
Left-footed complimentsYou know what I HATE seeing in dA comments?Left-footed compliments5 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Wow, I normally hate (x), but this is really cute/sexy/amazing!"
Where (x) is say, Furries, or Bondage, or Anime, or even Women.
They mean it to be a compliment, but I want to say to these guys "Gee, imagine saying 'I normally hate black guys, but you seem really cool' and see how far that gets you, or 'You know, I normally think cheerleaders are stupid, but I'd like to go out with you.'"
Face it, these comments start with an insult, and then fail to make up for it. "You suck, but this isn't too bad."
I really fail to see the need for the initial disclaimer. I GUESS they're trying to say that "This is so good, it gets past my normal prejudices", but really, isn't that more a comment about yourself than about the art? You know what, we don't care that you normally hate Furries, or Naruto, or Women, or Abstract Impressionism. If anything, it means that your praise is worth LESS because clearly you're