Totally random dispatches from a goofy lesbian Presbyterian who loves books, history, old-time radio and walking.
The Village Carpenter Mrs. Fruit's woodworking blog, filled with pretty pictures and words I've never heard of. I really don't know what she's talking about. There are also a few cute pics of our companion animals, because we're gay and it's a requirement.
This is from Saddleback's website. Would a pastor whose church barred any other minority group from church membership be invited to deliver the invocation at a government-sponsored event? Don't think so. Nor would those usually on the Left say "Get over it. It's no big deal. Try to see the other side of the issue." Is there another side--a justification--of discrimination?
I've heard it asked, "Isn't being homosexual something that a person is physically born with?" First of all, there are absolutely no facts to support this claim. From time to time studies have been reported in the news that seemed to indicate this, but every one of these studies has proven to be wrong. Secondly, even if some physical difference were discovered, it would be no excuse for sin. We know that some people can develop a stronger physical addiction to alcohol than others, but that's obviously no excuse for living an alcoholic lifestyle.
Finally, a word about being judgmental. It's not judgmental to say that what the Bible calls a sin is a sin, that's just telling the truth. Not being willing to talk to someone caught up in sin, or not believing that they can be forgiven, or thinking that you are not just as much in need of Jesus as they are ... that's being judgmental.
Because membership in a church is an outgrowth of accepting the Lordship and leadership of Jesus in one’s life, someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted at a member at Saddleback Church. That does not mean they cannot attend church – we hope they do! God’s Word has the power to change our lives.
I've seen very little coverage of this in the mainstream media, even in the Jewish pubs I read for work. Which is odd. I think it's ridiculous. This comes from beyondchron.org.
Mormons Baptize Jews Without their Consent
by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca, 2008-11-13
The arrogance and chutzpah of the Mormon church knows no bounds. Not only was this particular religious sect responsible (along with the Catholics and other conservative Christians) for the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state of California. Now comes word that the Mormons are continuing to baptize Jewish Holocaust victims despite an agreement 13 years ago that they wouldn’t do it anymore.
Unbelievable as it sounds, Mormons actually baptize persons posthumously because in their way of thinking these folks might then have the chance to convert to their religion in the afterlife. Their slogan might well be, “If we don’t get you when you’re alive, we’ll get you when you’re dead.”
That’s why the Mormons have such an interest in genealogy. Every Mormon is encouraged to add the names of dead relatives to the church’s database so that those individuals can be baptized posthumously. In addition, they amass the names of non-Mormons throughout the world and place them in their database so that they can claim their souls as well.
It’s a disturbing practice. One that was denounced by Jews in the 90s when it was learned that the Mormons were gathering the names of Jewish Holocaust victims and baptizing them as their own. An accord was reached in 1995 between Jews and Mormons that the so-called Church of Jesus Christ of the Ladder Day Saints (or LDS, not to be confused with LSD) would stop baptizing dead Jews, including Holocaust victims.
Now comes word that the Mormons are not living up to their promise. Holocaust survivors announced on November 10 that they have cut off all talks with Mormons because they feel they are futile. They plan to bring the matter before the world court of opinion.
Bernard I. Kouchel, writing on the Jewishgen.org website, said, “We don't want to be saved, redeemed, forgiven, reincarnated, resurrected, or enraptured. We just want to be left alone... We find the idea of Jews being posthumously baptized into the Mormon church to be deeply offensive in the extreme and cannot express our disgust, outrage and revulsion at this practice in strong enough terms.”
I concur. I’m not Jewish, but I am atheist and queer. I do not want to be baptized by the Mormons, ever! I do not want any of my ancestors baptized by the Mormons. I do not want the Mormons to come anywhere near my family tree.
LDS members say that they are only following their beliefs. But reaching beyond the grave to drag unwilling souls into their rite of baptism seems a bit overboard even for a religion that believes that after his resurrection Jesus visited the Americas and hobnobbed with the same Native peoples his followers would later slaughter.
Maybe their church should be called LSD.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italians Sailing Beyond Columbus, and editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, which will be published next year by City Lights Books. His website: www.avicollimecca.com
I read an obituary yesterday that described the deceased thusly: "She enjoyed ironing and dining out with her longtime lady friends." What-what-what? Twice this week I've heard of people who actually enjoy ironing. Our friend Scott told me that not only does he do all the ironing in his house (for 2 adults and 2 teenagers!), but he enjoys it. He even irons his jeans and tee shirts.
I despise ironing. I know we have one, and an ironing board, but I wouldn't touch either with a ten-footer. Mrs. Fruit tells me my wrinkled clothing is a sign of immaturity, an idea I find rather amusing. I've always considered that particular task an emblem of female servitude to The Man. Or, at least, a man. And you won't catch me doing that...
I hadn't thought about the porn theater trip (mentioned a few posts ago) for a long time. It has occurred to me just what a strange experience that was. Particularly because my roommate was a respectable, studious, preppy sort of girl. Not promiscuous, or wild, or even vulgar. She didn't even date during college.
I was also a preppy kid. I remember what I wore to see those horrifying images: a little navy blue cardigan, and oxford-cloth shirt, Weejuns, and navy chinos. That cracks me up...
I've read the Sunday Parade magazine since I was a kid. Walter Scott's Personality Parade is probably the source of my freakish knowledge of names of movies, movie stars and other similarly useless trivia. As an adult, and as someone who works peripherally in public relations, I recognize it for what it is: a shill for publicists angling to promote their clients' projects. One big, shameless plug.
Anyway, in this morning's Parade there was a four-page ad insert for Dell Computers. The headers were in a font similar to the one used on the Harry Potter covers. They said:
Page 1: Your child wants it. And you want to buy it for them [sic]. Page 2: The urge to buy is good... Page 3: Give in to the urge. Page 4: Don't think of it as technology. Think of it as a symbol of your love.
The tag line on two of the pages reads: "The computer is personal again."
What the hell? Now, I'm not naive. I know that the text, with its crappy grammar, is explicitly expressing what is usually implicit and even subliminal. Those sentiments undergird all advertising. But there's something really self-consciously ironic about placing them front and center. Or is it brilliantly subversive?
Craft Mentality Amber and Tasha talk about kntting, sewing, cooking, reading and Project Runway.
Craftlit Billed as a "podcast for crafters who like to read." Heather is a writer, teacher, mom, blogger etc. with great insights. Podcast ends with a chapter or two from whatever book is currently featured.
Russell Brand Alas, old Russ resigned from the BBC so his podcasts are no longer available, but here's a link to his youtube website. He's smart, articulate and damn sexy. And he knows that "drugs is bad."
Savage Love Podcast Profane, disgusting, entertaining and very educational podcast based on Dan Savage's sex column. I've learned about some things I rather wish I hadn't, but can't stop listening. Mrs. Fruit refuses to partake----too many F-bombs.
Stephen Fry's Podgrams Writer, actor, comedian, filmmaker, Mac enthusiast and really interesting podcaster. The worst thing about this podcast is that he doesn't do it enough.
The Archers My current, hopeless addiction. A daily podcast of the world's longest running daily soap.