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26Jun/110

Gay Marriage

New York has passed a law legalizing gay marriage. And a bunch of people are pissed. Because their old book says it's wrong.

The Bible against gays:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)

Sodom and Gomorrah punish sodomy (Sodomy is defined as any non-missionary style sex).

Crazy laws from the Bible:
Keep in mind, Christianity came after the Christ was born so the Old Testament applied to Jews. Like Jesus. Jesus was a Jew. Christians worship a Jew. Straight up, read Leviticus. In its entirety. It'll take ten minutes. That entire book is the Bible's Big Book of No. How many of those laws do you obey?

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 carcasses in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. (Leviticus 11:10-12)
I sure do love eating lobsters, oysters, and clams. Also, I love Hell since I am heading there for eating them.

Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed.(Leviticus 19:19)
Ever eat corn grown from the same field as strawberries? You will go to Hell.

Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee (Leviticus 19:19) (never mix fabrics, according to most translations)
Poly-cotton blends? Go to Hell.

Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. (Leviticus 19:27, 21:5)
Any man who has ever gone to a barber or shaves his face will go to Hell.

For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood [shall be] upon him. (Leviticus 20:9)
Hey Will Smith, "parents just don't understand"? No, you're a sinner with a passport to Hell. Anyone who has ever gotten mad at mom and dad will join him.

And the man that committeth adultery with [another] man's wife, [even he] that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10)
Every cheater ever will go to Hell.

And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. (Leviticus 20:18)
Sorry Detroit, no Red Wings allowed in Heaven.

Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. (Leviticus 20:25)
Ever eat beef, pork, or poultry? Probably going to Hell.

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them. (Leviticus 20:27)
Harry Potter is gonna be pissed. Because people still believe in wizards, right? Read a horoscope lately? I'm sure you'll read the next one in Hell, sinner.

A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, [or] an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife. (Leviticus 21:14)
Don't hate the player, hate the game. Women cannot have sex before marriage. Or they will go to Hell.

Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him. (Leviticus 21:15)
No masturbating or God's gonna be pissed.

Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death. (Leviticus 24:14-16)
Blasphemy has as much a clear definition as "bad." Blasphemy is "irreverence towards religion" in its loosest sense. Ever question God when something bad happens? Ever say "god damn it"? Ever claim land in God's name? Ever say "Jesus Christ" when not referring to the anointed one? You are all going to Hell.

For whatsoever man [he be] that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded; Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. He shall eat the bread of his God, [both] of the most holy, and of the holy. Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them. (Leviticus 21:18-23)
Ever meet someone who is not physically perfect and from the Jewish tribe of Aaron? Welp, they're going to Hell. And so are you if you didn't murder them on the spot.

Deuteronomy is a mess, too:

If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which [is] as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; [Namely], of the gods of the people which [are] round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 13:6-10)
Do you know anyone who isn't Jewish like you or has ever questioned their faith? Kill them. If not, you will go to Hell.

Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God [any] bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, [or] any evilfavouredness: for that [is] an abomination unto the LORD thy God. (Deuteronomy 17:1)
I hope you have never sacrificed any evil or blemished animals. If you have, you will go to Hell.

If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard [of it], and enquired diligently, and, behold, [it be] true, [and] the thing certain, [that] such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, [even] that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you. (Deuteronomy 17:2-7)
Have you ever met someone who isn't Jewish? If you haven't killed them, you will go to Hell. And anyone who knows they're not Jewish better be dead, or you'll go to Hell.

Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour. (Leviticus 25:44-46)
Remember growing up and inheriting your family slaves? I hope they never rebelled.

If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever. And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money. (Exodus 21:2-11)
Ah, sweet set of rules for slavery set forth by the Bible.

And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. (Exodus 21:20-21)
Straight pimping.

New Testament:
Luckily some guy came along about two thousand years ago. Yeshua bin Yusef. Joshua of Joseph. Jesus, the son of Joseph. Jesus, the anointed. Jesus Christ. This Jew came along and said that the past laws were pretty stupid and pretty complicated. So he said that since he was the son of God, you could just ignore the old laws. Everyone already ignores the dumb laws, anyways. He said this one little thing:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.(Matthew 7:12)
Jesus basically says, "Forget the old rules that don't apply anymore (shellfish, poly-cotton blends, slavery, sexual slavery, farm rules, gays, the whole nine). Just treat others the way you'd like to be treated." Hell, every philosophy is founded on this Golden Rule. Ignore how explicit the Ten Commandments are. Would you like to be murdered? No. So don't do it.

31Oct/100

Movember 2010

Know what sucks? Cancer.

Know what really sucks for guys? Cancer of the balls and the peepee.

Testicular and prostate cancers are big killers among men. Prostate cancer strikes one in six men and testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men under the age of 35.

That's where Movember comes in.

A "mo" is Australian slang for "mustache." A few years ago, some Australians got together and grew a "mo" in November. They drunkenly raised money and donated it to man cancer research. It became a global change. Nowadays, you start November clean-shaven and grow a mustache. As the days go on and people ask why you look like a creep with a mustache, you can start the conversation about man cancer and let people know how to contribute to man cancer research. You're literally changing the face of men's health. It's like wearing a pink ribbon under your nose all month.

Mo Bros aren't sexist, either. Mo Sistas can raise awareness, support their men, and help to contribute to cancer awareness.

Anyone willing to join my Movember team? Movember.com gives out prizes to cool parties to people who raise nominal amounts of money. If you raise $100, you get a free ticket to the Movember party in Boston. $200 gets you a second ticket.

Movember

21Sep/070

Should Congress pass a bill giving retroactive immunity to President Bush for possible war crimes?

Two words: Absolutely not.

Sadly, this bill will pass through Congress easily. This Democratic-controlled Congress promised to stand up to the Bush administration. This Congress promised to restore rights promised by the American Constitution like Habeas Corpus, and also to stop the war in Iraq.

CongressThis Congress has been consistent in one thing - failing the American public. I'm a twenty-five year old living in America. I'm at that point in my life where I still have hope that the people we elect to govern us will actually listen to those who elected them. But I'm also at the point where I realize that this is just a child's dream.

Democrats and Republicans are basically the same party. And I'm only echoing the millions who have already realized this in the past. Luckily, they understand one thing : this generation's apathy.

My generation has grown up where neighbors kill one another, teachers molest students(Clark, LaFave, Holt, ...), police kill innocents, and political leaders are involved in all sorts of scandals ranging from solicitation of sex with minors to cocaine possession to war-profiteering.

It's no wonder that my generation fails to trust anyone of power without them first earning our trust. Any time my grandparents hear that a police officer has abused his power, they think it is fake news. This is the America that my generation accepts.

Fortunately for the small group who are graciously given the power to govern the people who give them this very power, they know my generation's flaw; we are a generation of dispirited people who spend more time talking about problems than actually doing something to solve the problem. With Bush's approval rating at roughly 30% and Congress's even lower at roughly 25%, people in this country should be standing up for their rights.

But we do nothing.

CongressWe know that if we vote for the Democrats or the Republicans, that we are voting for the same party. Luckily for them, we are more worried about trying to afford a house in the current bubble, paying off student loans, or trying to make a living to be afforded the opportunity to worry about our current government.

But my generation has reached its breaking point. We all know someone who has had to suffer in Iraq without an adequate defense. We all know someone who has survived through several "tours" of the Middle East. We all know someone who has been murdered in this war. We all know someone who has had to nickel-and-dime their lives to pay for a family member's operations. We all know people in poverty.

It's time for the Elected to realize who has elected them.

There was this book written a few years back by Tom Paine called "Common Sense." I'm not sure if people have heard about it, but there is this one passage that reads, "That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices among Nations, it becomes the more unpardonable." In Common Sense, Paine wrote that the majority of colonists wanted a new America. They didn't want to live under fear of a King sending them to fight wars overseas in foreign countries. They didn't want a government that ruled every aspect of life; the smaller the government, the better. They laughed at Britain's government " a government set up without a system of checks and balances to keep the King from ruling without opposition.

In July of that year, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, [...] That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, " That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, [...] and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [...] The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."

CongressSee, there were some guys way back when who grew intolerant of the practices performed in their country. These men actually stood up and opposed the controlling powers. They fought wars, not by invading another nation, but by defending their homeland. These men were born and raised in a country which was then ruled by tyrants adamant on sending the troops to unending wars overseas, levying undue taxes, and taking advantage of the "working man." Even France understood that you can only bend the working man so much before he snaps.

The current Congress which promised a new era of peace and hope has delivered nothing but disappointment. Habeas Corpus, the Great Writ, the very cornerstone of Western law has not only been suspended but dismissed readmission by the Senate by more than 50%. This writ used to mean something. It used to mean that you could question why you were arrested and being put on trial. Now, it means nothing.

Luckily for our leaders, my generation has been known to do nothing. We'll talk to our friends about how corrupt our government is, we'll send emails to each other about how much we distrust our elected leaders, we'll blog to our heart's content, but we won't do anything.

This is changing.

My generation, roughly 30% of the voting public, is beginning to stand up. Sadly, few we have elected are standing up. We've realized this. My generation's distrust of people in power is actually becoming consequential. We only trust people who have earned our trust.

And, aside from a few outstanding individuals, we have lost all hope in our elected officials.

But we're being heard.


I'm urging everyone.

Write to your Congressman.

It sounds difficult, but it's amazingly easy nowadays. Click here to find your Representative. Congress has the power to impeach a president. Just click your state, type in a zip code, and tell your Congressman a message. If you want, feel free to copy and paste my message.

It literally takes seconds to change the world.

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