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.Christian Persecution in the USA2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"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
The sin of sexual attractionBeing raised Pentacostal meant adhering to the strictest possible modesty standards. Long before I had any idea of what sex was, I knew that it was a sin for women to wear pants, jewelry, modern clothes, cut their hair, or do anything else that might distinguish them from the illustrations in the “Little House on the Prairie” books I read. The reason given was “modesty” which I understood in the vaguest sense to be a way for women to not exalt themselves or draw attention to themselves. A loud woman was an immodest woman, by my reckoning. I’m sure the church would not have disagreed with me there.The sin of sexual attraction2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
At an older age, however, I was introduced to Josh Harris’ “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” series, and all of the toxic purity drivel that came with it. Suddenly I had a new idea of modesty. It wasn’t about the woman at all… it was about the man. It was explained to me that men would be caused to
Insidious gender roles It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a living defiance of gender roles. I’m not saying that to try to sound like I’m something special or that this is any great accomplishment; the world is increasingly open to women and men blurring the traditional lines that separated the genders. Nor was this defiance something I sought out. I simply am and have always been more on the stereotypically-masculine side of my culture’s personality spectrum. It’s not a big deal, I’m not proud or ashamed of it, and I don’t generally feel a need to point it out.Insidious gender roles2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
However, I have not always been so confident with this. I was raised in a sphere of Complimentarian beliefs, taught that men and women are created with a different “essence” and that the greatest fulfillment that a person can reach will be one within their gender roles. My own parents were not as strict with these
A Letter on the Young VoteDear Dr. ________ (in response to your article on facebook),A Letter on the Young Vote2 years ago in Letters More Like This
You suggested in your article that young people tend to vote for Obama because they believe "the purpose of the government is to supply my needs." This presumption, that the young are primarily motivated by selfishness in their voting choices, I think is misguided and a bit insulting. I don't presume to speak for all young people; I think we are in agreement about that. However, I think I might be able to provide some additional perspective since I am a young person, and I voted for Obama on November 6th. I have many, many friends who did the same or who would have if they had the chance. I think I can provide a lot of insight based on my own experience and the culture and friends I've been surrounded with. Let me lay out a few of the biggest influences on the young culture.
A) Young people are financially inexperienced.
I don't say this to be insulting to my demographic, but it is true.
I am not an objectThere’s something I don’t like about the phrase “rape culture.” It’s not that I think it doesn’t exist or that I want to turn a blind eye to the problem. Rather, I feel like it is a misnomer that breeds confusion and skeptism. Rape culture is not just about rape. In fact, most of the time it is not. It is about objectifying women. Objectifying of women can lead to rape, but more often it appears in the form of little acts of disrespect and harassment that strip a woman of her feeling of humanity.I am not an object2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I think a lot of people don’t realize how much these sorts of dehumanizing experiences can affect a person… especially if they’ve never been the target of one. But they shouldn’t be minimized, even if they never escalate. People seem to think that sexual harassment is “no big deal” so long as it doesn’t culminate in rape. “You got catcalled? Groped at a party? Leered a
Not Trans EnoughNo, no I'm not alright.Not Trans Enough2 years ago in Scraps More Like This
I thought I was okay when I thought I got over them. I thought everything was fine when I thought I knew who I was, but then they come in and tell me who I am and who I'm supposed to be.
But low, I'm not even Trans* enough.
I'm not Trans* enough because I'm apprehensive about taking T.
I'm not Trans* enough because I'm not constantly ogling over girls.
I'm not Trans* enough because I like to wear dresses from time to time.
I'm not Trans* enough because I don't work out at the gym.
I'm not Trans* enough because I like to Sew and Bake.
I'm not Trans* enough because I didn't 'come out' when I was 3.
I'm not Trans* enough because I'm not out to most people I know.
I'm not Trans* enough because I don't pack (and don't really want to)
I'm not Trans* enough because I don't have 'bottom' dysphoria
I'm not Trans* enough because my name is gender neutral.
I'm not Trans* enough because I've only ever had crushes on guys.
I'm not Trans* enough because public washrooms sca
Frustrated ChristianSometimes Christians baffle me. I'm talking about a very specific group of Christians... a group that is much more prevalent and numerous than I want to believe. They want to draw souls to themselves, but they sneer and spit poison when they think no one was listening. They dominate the charity scene, but they pick and choose which people are deserving of their help. Not content to just cling to their faith, they choose to cling just as tightly to their behaviors, insisting that God is leading them so their behavior is right, no matter what anyone says. If any of these describe you, my message is for you.Frustrated Christian2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
You are sent to mirror the image of God to the people of earth. Is that what you want people to think God is like? Do you want people to think God is a back-biter who gleefully jeers about the "bad" people among his elite followers and friends? Do you want people to think that He only picks people