Category Archives: Religion

Sunday sermon from Pope Francis

PeaceWhile I disagree with Pope Francis on many things, I find myself in agreement with him on many other issues as well; like war and who it really serves.

Both political parties in the US have been far too eager to rely on military might and while there are many reasons for our military involvement abroad, I firmly believe that Pope Francis has explained it perfectly. In our current political landscape, money talks and nobody outspends the US Military Complex. Check out this chart detailing the military industrial complex spending from 2007 – 2017.  Maybe it is time to rethink our military spending?  It looks like we have plenty of money to invest in things like infrastructure, education and even paying down our deficit.

Source: USgovernementspending.com

Source: USgovernementspending.com

An interpretation of the Bible that finally makes sense

Much thankMarijuana and the Bible Thought of the Days to BosGuy reader Dean who shared an interpretation of the Bible’s Old Testament that finally makes sense and even seems somewhat prophetic.

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For those who didn’t know, Washington State passed two laws, legalizing gay marriage and marijuana.  The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect Biblical sense. Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be  stoned“.  Apparently we just hadn’t interpreted it correctly before. 

Define war on Christianity

Religious FreedomJon Stewart uses wit and humor to point out the hypocrisy of those who claim that there is a ‘war on Christianity’ not to mention how providing legal protections to the gay community some how violate their religious freedom.

Ricky Gervais explains what privilege means

Ricky Gervais marriage equalityConsidering the US Supreme Court is expected to rule on Marriage Equality (again) in the coming weeks, and every Republican running for President inferring that gay rights are some how “special rights”, trampling upon individual religious freedoms, I thought it was time to revisit this quote from Ricky Gervais.

Why religious freedom argument is dangerous for Marriage Equality

Following the historic vote in Ireland on marriage equality, cultural conservatives in the US are licking their wounds and they should because the referendum in Ireland mirrors attitudes shared here in the America.  According to polling from Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of American Catholics support marriage equality (up from 34% when same sex marriage was legalized in MA in 2004).

Marriage Equality, same sex marriage, pew researchPew Research Center also recently reported that Millennials overwhelmingly support marriage equality (nearly 70%) and that is significant because this year Millennials will surpass the Baby Boomer generation as the nation’s largest living generation with approximately 81 million born after 1981.  These trends make even religious zealots realize that prayer alone is not going to turn back time (to borrow a line from a Cher song) so they are adopting new language (that can be more palatable to the public) to stem this tide of the pro equality movement.

This is why the bogus “religious freedom” argument is now talked about nonstop by conservatives (and why you’ll hear about “religious freedom” and persecution from Republican Presidential primary candidates ad nauseam). Social conservatives want to position themselves as the victim; this is a tried and true tactic from Conservatives when they lose in the court of public opinion.

Integration is a sinSame sex marriage isn’t the first civil liberty that was opposed based on “religious beliefs” and teachings in the Bible.

The next time you hear someone claiming their ‘religious liberties’ are being trampled upon by “legalizing” gay marriage be sure you address that line of thought immediately – ignoring this gives that line of thought credibility and emboldens those who make this claim. Let’s not forget that gay marriage isn’t the first civil liberty that was opposed based on “religious beliefs” and teachings in the Bible it just happens to be the latest.  Claims that everything from ending segregation to legalizing interracial marriages was against teachings in the Bible and people’s religious convictions.

Jeb Bush says Christian businesses can refuse to serve gay couples

Jeb BushWow, it didn’t take the Jeb Bush a Republican Presidential candidate and supposed “moderate” to dodge to the right.

Last week Jeb Bush said on CBN News that Christian business owners should not have to provide services for gay weddings if it goes against their religious beliefs.  By that line of thinking those same business owners should not be serving anyone who has been divorced; divorce is mentioned twice as often as homosexuality in the Bible. I’m not stupid and neither are you.  We all know that one’s religious convictions have nothing to do with denying service to gay couples because the list of those who could not / should not be served by this logic would extend to so many groups (Jews, agnostics, etc…) that it would never be allowed – let alone supported by a Presidential primary candidate.

What do you think people’s reactions would be if Jeb Bush said, “Christian business owners should not have to provide services for Jewish weddings.”

I’m not surprised – just disappointed. Many in my family see Gov. Bush as a moderate and reasonable candidate inspite of the fact that he supports issues like this which I personally find offensive, discriminatory and illegal.

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Thought of the day: Religion

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