THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ASTROLOGY and RELIGION

Spring is a time of renewal, rebirth and the resurrection of our mother earth.  This time of year is also known (to many Christians) as the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  My views on religion have changed significantly since I was a kid – my beliefs are more agnostic, I know that there is something much bigger than all of us but I don’t think that it is the traditional Christian belief of what God is.  I don’t have anything against the choices people make in regards to their religion, as long as their religion doesn’t infringe on the rights of those who don’t have the same beliefs.

I wrote a blog a few years ago about the relationship between astrology and religion and the similarities of some of the most well-known prophets, here are the highlights:

Horus (Egyptian Sun God) 3000B.C.

  • Born on December 25th of the virgin Isis-Meri
  • Birth accompanied by a star in the east, which 3 kings followed
  • At 12, Horus was a prodigal child teacher
  • At 30, he was baptized by a figure known as Anup and began his ministry
  • Horus was also known by other names such as; The Truth, The Light, God’s Anointed Son, The Good Shepard, The Lamb of God, etc.
  • 12 disciples
  • Was betrayed by Typhon
  • Crucified
  • Buried for 3 days and then resurrected
  • Performed miracles (healed the sick, the blind, cast out demons and walked on water)

Mithra (Persian God Of Mithra) 1200B.C.

  • Born if virgin on December 25th
  • Known as; The Lamb, The Way, The Truth and The Light
  • Performed miracles
  • Resurrected on the 3rd day

Attis (Greece) 1200B.C.

  • Born of a virgin on December 25th
  • Crucified
  • Dead for 3 days
  • Resurrected

Krishna (Second person of the Hindu Trinity) 1000B.C.

  • Born of a virgin on December 25th
  • Called ‘God’ and ‘The Son of God’
  • Was a carpenter
  • Baptized in a river
  • Upon his death, he was resurrected

Dionysus (Greece) 500B.C.

  • Born of virgin on December 25th
  • Performed miracles
  • Known as; The King of Kings, Alpha and Omega
  • Resurrected upon death

And finally – the most recent of the solar Messiah’s…..

Jesus Christ

  • Also known as Yeshua of Nazareth
  • “Christ” is not his last name; it is simply the Greek word for “Messiah” or “Anointed One”
  • Born on December 25th of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem
  • Birth announced by a star in the east which 3 kings followed
  • Was a child teacher at 12
  • Was baptized by ‘John the Baptist’ at 30 thus beginning his ministry
  • Also knows as; King of Kings, Son of God, Light of The World, Alpha and Omega, Lamb of God etc.
  • Betrayed by his disciple Judas
  • Was crucified and placed in a tomb
  • Resurrected after 3 days and ascended to Heaven

Jesus is a plagiarized version of the Egyptian Sun-God, Horus.  All these saviours have derived from the ancient civilizations belief and worship of the sun.  Like all other Pagan gods, Jesus was simply a mythical figure however, it was the Roman political establishment that sought to give life to the Jesus figure for social control:  The Roman emperor, Constantine convened the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) at which the Christian Doctrines were established and thus began a long history of Christian bloodshed and spiritual fraud.

The birth sequence of Jesus and other religious saviours is completely astrological.  The star in the east (Sirius) is the brightest star in the night sky.  On December 24th it aligns with the 3 brightest stars in Orion’s belt – which are called ‘The Three Kings’.  All point to the place of sunrise on December 25th, the birth of “God’s Sun” at winter solstice.  The sun is personified as the unseen creator or God, God’s son, The Light of The World, The Saviour of Human Kind.  The 12 constellations represented the places of travel for God’s sun.  The sun stops moving south (at least it seems to stop) for 3 days and during this 3-day pause, the sun resides in the vicinity of the Southern Cross Constellation (Crux).  After this time, on December 25th, the sun moves one degree north foreshadowing longer days, warmth and spring – a rebirth.  This is precisely the same sequence s the various ‘Saviours’ (Jesus, Krishna, Mithra, Dionysus, Attis, Horus).

The celebration of the sun’s resurrection wasn’t celebrated until Easter or the Spring Equinox – when the sun overpowers the night with longer days and the revitalization that spring brings.

What are people celebrating at this time of year (Easter) – is it the resurrection of their God, is it the Easter Bunny (the connection between the Easter Bunny and religion is unknown to me) or is it the celebration of chocolate.  What is the significance of this time of year?  As I said in my old blog post:

So what is it that we are celebrating during this time of year?  Are we celebrating the birth of  these mythical characters,  the spiritual fraud and Christian bloodshed, astrology or are we celebrating the beginnings of social control?  Does anyone even really care or is the modern-day commercialization of Christmas/Easter just another attempt to keep all of us distracted.  A distracted civilization is an ignorant civilization and the more distracted and ignorant we become, the more controllable we are.

What makes one religion the authority of all?  Shouldn’t we just instill compassion and love into our world?  Should we not be helping those who need help the most?  Should we not be proactive in healing our planet and having compassion for all that live within in?  Isn’t that what people did since the beginning of civilization?  We didn’t worship a God – we worshipped the planet.  The planet is what gives us the air to breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat.  It keeps us alive and how do we repay the earth’s generosity?  We deplete its resources by cutting down the trees of our forests – that help give us the air we breathe, we poison the lakes that provide us with clean drinking water and we instill cruelty on animals that fear and try to avoid us.

LOVE should be our religion and with LOVE, we can create so much positive change in the world. 

 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

“COMING OUT” IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO “COME OUT”

How many times have I heard the following statements?  “Why do gay people have to come out?” or “Straight people to come out.”  Those individuals who complain the most about any man or women that are finally able to embrace their gender/sexual identity and live authentic lives are the ones that protest the loudest.  As a gay male – who hasn’t really officially ‘come out’ explain why this process is a process that many in the LGBT community need to allow to happen naturally:

First, here is the reason that people in the LGBT community must ‘come out’……(using my own personal experience, which is very similar for so many people)….I have always known that I was attracted to men, it wasn’t confusing – I was attracted to men.  I didn’t wake up one morning and decide, “I think I’ll begin an emotional and physical attraction to men today” – that just doesn’t happen.  

There are many reasons that I didn’t decide to share my feelings in regards to being attracted to men, the most pressing was societies lack of acceptance towards people in same-sex relationships due to their religious beliefs.  Many so-called “religious people” who identify as Christian and God-fearing, justify their hate through their interpretation of the Bible.  They impose their religious ideologies and outright condemn homosexuals due to those religious ideologies and beliefs.  What if you don’t buy into those religious ideologies?  How do you justify not accepting a group of individuals as equal to everyone else?  Sounds very similar to what many black activists demanded during the civil rights movement, doesn’t it?  

I heard the many negative stories of people being kicked out of their homes and being disowned by family and friends after coming out.  I saw the harassment and bullying that many ‘out’ kids received in school.  Many were verbally, emotionally and physically assaulted – not only by their peers but by the school officials.  I wasn’t even out and was called, “faggot”, “queer”, “pussy”, “fairy” and so many other names that reinforced the lack of acceptance of people who were attracted to the same-sex.  This mistreatment wasn’t only experienced in public places – it was present in the home.  My uncle was gay – he has since passed but I remember that my mother loved him very much but no-one talked about his lifestyle.  It was kept secret and was a taboo topic of discussion because he was gay.  If family frowned and looked negatively upon my uncle’s homosexual identity – why would I make the decision to come out and open myself to further emotional turmoil?

There came a period in my life where I wanted nothing more than to find a partner and finally be free of living a double life.  But I knew that if that day came, my life would be an open book. 

I had many internal struggles and luckily found a community of people I could be myself with.  Many people like me – outcasts, freaks of nature, sexual deviants and predators as we were commonly referred to by those making the judgements.  I finally realized that my sexual identity didn’t define me and that I just happened to be a man who had attractions to other men.  There was nothing wrong with me.  On a warm night in Toronto’s gay community – I walked and pondered how my friends and family would react when I finally ‘came out’?  As I pondered this – a van squealed by and I heard several guys calling out to me; “hey faggot, wanna suck some cock”, “come and get it fairy” and eventually “die, faggot”  I had never been a victim of gay-bashing but I certainly came close that night – one of the guys in the van threw a beer bottle in my direction – missing me by inches, they then sped off.  This incident enraged me.  I was physically attacked because of where I was and for who I was even though these bullies didn’t know I was gay.

I was lucky – I finally made the decision to come out but only to myself.  I had to address and remove all the internal homophobia I had within.  I learned to love myself and I learned to deal with all the anger within me.  I met some wonderful people who looked death in the face but decided not to look at the world with hate and anger.  These people showed me that we had to stand strong and that we should not be treated as sexual predators or deviants.  We were brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters.  They showed me that we were teachers, policemen and women, doctors, lawyers, government employees, bank tellers, janitors or scientists – we were like everyone else.

I came out alright – but, I came out for the person it meant the most to – ME!  My ‘coming out’ wasn’t for anyone else.  It wasn’t for my father, mother, brothers, sisters or friends – if they didn’t accept me, I wasn’t going to take on their ignorance.  In ‘coming out’ – I made a decision that my life was going to be better for it.  Coming out would allow me to live authentically and positively.  So many of us in the LGBT community, want and need to be accepted by friends and family but, I learned that the only person that mattered in this process was me.  Coming out didn’t change the person I was.  I was the same Rob and this realization allowed me to see the ignorance in other people.  

The worst thing I hear from people now is – “I respect and love you but I don’t accept your lifestyle choice, it’s wrong” – I don’t accept that.  If you love and respect me as I love and respect you – there are no stipulations to that love and respect.  Imagine if I turned to a friend and said, “I love and respect you but your heterosexuality disgusts me.” It sounds just as ridiculous as, “I love and respect you but I don’t accept your lifestyle choice, it’s wrong.” 

Lifestyle choice….these words suggest that I made the choice to become gay.  That being said – if I can make the choice to be gay – then everyone can.  So, to all of you God-fearing people out there who are quick to reference the Bible on homosexuality, I dare you to make the same choice I did and become gay. 

We must thank those people who hold no judgements on others because of the colour of their skin, their gender, sexual identity, nationality or any other attributes that make them unique and different.  We must embrace individual diversities and allow people to live authentically so that we can all have a safe, inclusive and positive environment.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

GAY IS NORMAL…AS NORMAL AS STRAIGHT.

We all know that there are many religious ‘wing nuts’ that vilify homosexuality by saying that “it’s a choice” and that “if God didn’t want homosexuals, he wouldn’t create them.”  Well – I can tell you (as a homosexual man), I did not make the choice to be gay, I have always known I was attracted to the same-sex and (if there is a God), I am proof that He did want homosexuals because I exist.

Let’s take a look at some quotes made by those who hide their bigotry and hate against gays behind their religion:

“We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle.” – Jerry Falwell
 
“Homosexuality is against nature.  Sexual expression is permitted only within marriage, between man and woman, male and female.  Anything else is an abnormality and is against nature.” – Pope Shenouda III
 
“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.” – Carl Paladino
 
“But the Bible speaks against it, and because the Bible speaks against it, we allow rampant sin including homosexuality and lying, and to me lying is just as bad as homosexuality, and we’ve allowed this sin to run rampant in our nation.” – Reggie White
 
“You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don’t reproduce. You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church, it’s doomed, it’s going to die out because it’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve heard in a long time.” – Pat Robertson

“In fact, it’s the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.” – Bryan Fischer

Now, let’s take a look a some quotes that are not exclusive, biased and filled with hate and fear.  These are sensible (and sometimes funny) and intellectual quotes regarding homosexuality:

“Like a majority of Americans in recent years, I came to understand that fear of homosexuality was leading our governments – including the one I ran as Governor of Mississippi – to deny the equal rights to an entire segment of our population that are afforded all of us under the Constitution.” – Ronnie Musgrove
 
“I think people feel threatened by homosexuality.  The problem isn’t about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people.  People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters.  But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes.” – Hollis Stacy
 
“I don’t think homosexuality is a choice.  Society forces you to think it’s a choice, but in fact, it’s in one’s nature.  The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it.” – Marlo Thomas
 
“Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.  In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned.  I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married.” – Jimmy Carter
 
“Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men.  There is a three-year waiting list.” – Yakov Smirnoff
 
“What do you mean you don’t believe in homosexuality?  It’s not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn’t necessary.” – Lea DeLaria
 
“Homosexuality is like the weather.  It just is.” – Andrew Sullivan
 
“I have no problem with it (homosexuality).  I don’t look on homosexuality as an aberration.  It’s just the way they’re born, and how could any relationship between two people in a committed relationship be wrong, regardless of gender?” – Andrea Thompson
 
“Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.” – Dorothy Parker
 
“If religion is against homosexuality, then it is against the will and happiness of people.” – M. F. Moonzajer
 
That last quote is very profound because it suggests that many who believe the religious assertion about homosexuality is against their happiness as they were created that way in the eyes of God.  How can you condemn someone from birth?  You can’t judge someone based on their genetic make-up – it would be like condemning someone for being born with blue eyes, darker skin or without eyesight.  People need to stop interpreting religious doctrine to serve their own hateful and judgemental purposes.  They also need to stop trying to divide people based on their unique differences and accept people for those differences.
 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 
 

MY RELIGION

I am not a very religious person.  Does this make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.  I was raised Catholic but had no real idea of what that meant.  I only knew that Heaven was good and Hell was bad – if you were good you would go to Heaven and if you were bad, you would go to Hell.  There were various degrees of goodness and various degrees of being bad.  My parents really didn’t enforce going to church or praying – we didn’t really do anything religious until we became practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

My parents decided to practice the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness faith and things briefly changed in our house for a few years.  I really can’t remember the extent of that change but do know that we began at home bible study groups and were all of a sudden going to church every week.  Being a teenager at the time, I was not happy about these study groups or going to church regularly.  I can’t remember how strict our family was in terms of birthday/holiday celebrations – as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we were not allowed to partake in these festivities.  This phase lasted a few years and as we become older we were given the opportunity to continue these studies or not, most of us didn’t.

So, to recap….I grew up knowing little about the religious denomination my parents instilled onto their children – which was Catholic.  We then began practicing the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses – during this time, I attended a school that had a huge Jewish student body.  In any event – religion didn’t really become something I took seriously.  I came to the conclusion that religion was the cause of much bloodshed and was invented to keep society under tight control.  Do I believe the same thing today?

Today – religious ideologies have reinforced my beliefs that religion is a means of control.  Much of the negative news stories on television or in the news revolve around wars, death and destruction based on different religious views.  In North America, many people vote based on the religious beliefs of their members of parliament, which in turn can dictate policy based on those religious beliefs.  I believe that religious beliefs should not intervene with government/political policies.  I also believe that religion isn’t all bad – the only time I have a problem with religion is when it is used to incite hate and persecute those who don’t fit to the specifications of the various religious denominations.  Religion has enforced that we are all sinners but that some sins are much more serious than others.  To me, ostracizing women for wanting to preach the word of God is not really inclusive.  Eating shellfish shouldn’t be grounds for putting someone to death (even though I don’t support eating any meat what-so-ever).  The rules in the bible don’t give any clear definition as to why those rules exist – in my mind, they were written by men who wanted to have complete control of those who may have thought differently.

How can I function without any faith in a higher power?  I truly don’t know.  Whenever I think of giving myself a label in reference to whether or not I believe in God, I can only think of Agnostic.  I don’t really believe that there has been substantial evidence the supports the existence of God – the stories were fantastic and inspiring but very sensationalistic and meant to instill fear in people.  In the same breath – I am uncomfortable in saying that a God-like energy doesn’t exist.  There is much that is unexplained that leads me to believe that there is definitely something much bigger than all of us.  Call it God, call it Allah, call it Jehovah, the Divine, Energy, Ra, Universe, etc., whatever it is, it is all-loving, supportive, non-judgemental, compassion, kind and caring which is definitely not what most of today’s modern preacher’s are telling their parishioner’s.

My religion is based out of the simple teaching that we should treat others how we want to be treated, with LOVE.  LOVE is my religion and with love, we can definitely become beacons of positive change.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one! 

DID YOU KNOW…SOME FUN FACTS and RECORDS

Have you ever wondered what/where the world’s tallest freestanding structure was or what the all-tim best-selling non-fiction book was?  Do you know what world destination is the most visited?  What of social media – do you prefer Facebook, Twitter or Google+ Well, look no further because I am about to share some of the answers with you now.

ANIMALS

Elephant

The oldest elephant ever was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), who died on 26 February 2003 aged 86, at Taipei Zoo, Taiwan.

Grandpa Lin, as he became known, carried supplies through the jungles of Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the Japanese army, during World War II. He was even taken prisoner by the Chinese in 1943. Lin Wang retired to the Zoo in 1954. The average age of an Asian elephant is 60 years.

Snake

The longest snake in captivity is named Medusa, she resides in Kansas City, Missouri USA and is 7.67 metres long or 25 feet, 2 inches.  She weighs 350lbs.

LITERATURE

The best-selling non-fiction book in the world is The Bible

Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive book ever sold – $30.8 million (sold in 1994).  Bought by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates.  A 72-page document (and therefore not a printed book), Codex Leicester is a collection of scientific writing and gained its named from Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester who bought it in 1719.  The journal covers theories on astronomy, water, rock, air, the moon and the heavens.

Sources:

http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/25/top-10-most-expensive-books-ever-sold/

MUSIC

Billboard HOT 100 Top Group – The Beatles

Billboard HOT 100 Top Female Artist – Madonna.  Madonna is also Billboard’s Hot 100 top female artists.  She has had the most top 10 singles, a total of 38.  She has sold over 305 million albums worldwide and is the best-selling female recording artist according to Guinness World Record.

Best Selling Digital Artist – Rihanna 

Sources:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/8000/best-selling-female-recording-artist 

BUILDINGS/TOWERS

The tallest freestanding tower in the world is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The Burj Khalifa houses offices, residentials units and a hotel.  It measures 829.8 metres tall.

MOST TRAVELLED TO DESTINATION

Here are the top 5 most travelled to locations or destinations in the world (according to the Business Insider):

5.  Niagara Falls (22.5 million)

4.  Union Station, Washington D.C. USA (32.8 million)

3.  Central Park, New York City, NY USA (37.5 million)

2.  Times Square, New York City, NY USA (39.2 million)

1.  Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV USA (39.6 million)

FILM

The top 5 grossing films of all time are:

5.  Frozen (2013) – $1.2 billion

4.  Harry Potter and The Deathy Hallows Pt II (2011) – $1.3 billion

3.  Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) – $1.5 billion

2.  Titanic (1997) – $2.1 billion

1.  Avatar (2009) – $2.7 billion

TELEVISON

Here are the top 10 series finales in television history (US):

10.  Home Improvement – May 1999 (35.5 million)

9.  Family Ties – May 1989 (36.3 million)

8.  All In The Family – April 1979 (40.2 million)

7.  The Cosby Show – April 1992 (44.4 million)

6.  Magnum P.I. – May 1988 (50.7 million)

5.  Friends – May 2004 (52.5 million)

4.  Seinfeld – May 1998 (76.3 million)

3.  The Fugitive – August 1967 (78 million)

2.  Cheers – May 1993 (84.4 million)

1.  M*A*S*H – February 1983 (105.9 million)

http://www.etonline.com/tv/144979_10_Most_Watched_TV_Series_Finales_Ever_Gallery/index.html?page=MA==&itmCnt=MTg=

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook – Has approximately 1.15 billion users, 350 million photos are uploaded everyday and 751 million users access Facebook from a mobile device.

Twitter – Has approximately 500 + million users and approximately 20 million twitter accounts are fake.

Google+ – Has approximately 500 + million users of which 67% are male.

Pinterest – Has approximately 70 + million users of which 64% are female.

Instagram – Has over 130 million users and MTV is the most followed with over 1.2 million followers.

Linkedin – Has over 238 million users.

Technology has allowed the world to come together to witness some of the most amazing things in the world.  We have witnessed triumphs and tragedies across the world.  Revolutions were organized using social media.  We are able to receive instant messages of events happening across the oceans and throughout the universe.  With all the milestones we have witnessed – imagine the great things to come and the potential to create positive change around the world by sharing, following, favoriting, pinning and liking.

Together we can make the world a more positive one!

 

CONNECTING WITH SOURCE

I don’t believe in traditional religion.  I am always amazed at how those who are devout Christians always quote bible verses to emphasize their ignorance – but, they only emphasize the things that they are uncomfortable with – mostly homosexuality.  I have my own beliefs of the things that are written in the bible – I believe that it was written by men as a mechanism to control the general population by instilling fear.  That is my view – but I still do not wish any harm or mean any disrespect to those who believe a religious doctrine.

What do I believe?  I am not comfortable with the word GOD but, in the same breath, I don’t disbelief the concept of what people believe to be GOD.  I am more inclined to believe in what you can see, feel, smell and touch and not here say.  I also believe that there is something bigger than us – an energy or a source that can’t be explained.  I guess that is what people call GOD.  I believe that this is the energy that created us and the same energy that we go back to once we leave our physical bodies.  What happens after that – who knows?

What I do know about this energy/source is that it is a source of love, compassion and kindness.  This source has given us life, it has given us the air that we breathe, the food we eat, the trees, lakes, rivers and oceans.  It has given us pure beauty and we must reconnect with that love, compassion, kindness and beauty.  We must disconnect from negative thoughts, speak and actions.  We need to realign ourselves with the positive vibration of Source and we need to start with ourselves.  If we practice to be kind to ourselves – it will be much easier to be kinder to each other.  This kindness will then affect those around you and then connect and move forward in communities, towns, cities and eventually – the world.

Don’t surround yourself with negativity – stop watching programs that incite violence, hate and ignorance, turn off the television (and especially the news).  Remove yourself from those individuals in your life that are negative.  Live from love and your life will only bring you love.  Respect everyone, respect the planet including all animals.  When you respect and show kindness to everything – you are connecting to the Source that is ALL and that is LOVE.

This is what I strive to-day daily – live with kindness, compassion, love and beauty.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

DUCK DYNASTY’S PHIL ROBERTSON IS WRONG!

I am so tired of many Christian-American’s hiding their ignorance, racism, hate and intolerance behind their religious beliefs and freedom of speech.  I have read and seen many debates indicating that we should NOT infringe on people’s right to say what they want.  You can think whatever you want to think but when you spew hate in a public forum you should reap what you sow.

There is much controversy about a comment that Phil Robertson (of Duck Dynasty fame) made in reference to homosexuals.  Here is his quote from an interview with GQ:

GQ – What, in your mind, is sinful?

Phil Robertson – “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there.  Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

First, let me say this.  If he made a statement like this about a minority group like people of colour – the discussion would end.  Why?  Because as we have learned from the past – many celebrities who have been caught making racist comments destroy their careers because of their hateful words, i.e., Mel Gibson, Michael Richards and most recently, Paula Deen.

So why am I not a defender of ‘freedom of speech’?  Well – here are some reasons:  Adolf Hitler (Germany), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Kim Jong-Il (North Korea), Idi Amin Dada (Uganda), Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Nicholas II (Russia), Josef Stalin (Russia), Mao Zedong (China), Bashar al-Assad (Syria).  These ‘leaders’ were responsible for mass genocide for varying reasons such as political affiliation, dissident, race, gender and religious beliefs.  These dictators made people believe what they thought was right and justified their beliefs behind ‘hate speech’.  Today – we see world leaders pass laws that infringe on the rights of certain groups – The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is standing behind his government imposing a nationwide law banning distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”.  Under this statute, it is effectively illegal to hold any gay pride events, speak in defense of gay rights, or say that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships.   What has happened in Russia since?  Neo-nazi groups are preying on young men and luring them to ‘secret locations’ and then video taping them being tortured and beaten.  Uganda’s government wanted to pass a bill entitled “Kill the Gays” (which had much support from Conservative groups in America) – I don’t think I need to elaborate regarding what this bill entails….

When individuals make such offensive, racist and ignorant remarks – they directly (or indirectly) incite violence on those they are speaking of.  Not so long ago in America – people of colour could not attend the same schools as white people and were treated like second class citizens.  People of colour and those who supported civil rights, were often threatened with violence and many were even killed for wanting equal rights.  Today, people are making statements about homosexuals and are citing the bible as the reason why they can make their hateful and ignorant statements.  To those people, I ask “What makes what you believe to be the truth?”  I have never heard any argument that will satisfy or explain any story written in the bible.  Is my belief any more outrageous than those who believe in religious doctrine?  The difference between what I believe and what many of those who believe in religious doctrine is that I don’t incite hate towards others in my beliefs.  I don’t condemn a group of people because of the colour of their skin, their gender, their right to believe in religion or because they were born heterosexual.

When Phil Robertson made his comments – he may have just as well handed the torches to those religious fanatics who believe it is okay to beat or kill someone because they are gay.  Phil Robertson should sit with the families that lost their sons or daughters to bullies who felt that same way.  Would he blatantly tell these families that their kids are in hell because they were born gay?  What would he say to the parents of Matthew Sheppard, Tyler Clementi, Brandon McInerney, Philip Parker and the countless kids who are no longer with us because they were bullied or killed?  It is irresponsible to hide your ignorance behind religion.  I know many religious people who believe otherwise – they come from a religious belief system that is hopeful, inclusive, nurturing and most of all, loving.

So many Christian Conservatives are offended by those who are calling for the cancellation of the A&E show – Duck Dynasty.  Sarah Palin said the following on Facebook, “Free speech is an endangered species.  Those ‘intolerants’ hat in’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana.  The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.  I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV.  In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive.  But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.  In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.  It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”  Many Christian Conservatives say that it is the liberals who are infringing on their religious beliefs but what they don’t see is that many of their beliefs are inciting hate against others.

I don’t watch Duck Dynasty but I know of it now and I’m glad.  If this was a publicity stunt – then it worked, people are talking about it.  But more importantly – people know.  If you want to support ignorance and hate – you will stand behind Phil Robertson but not every one of us prescribes to the same religious beliefs as those who stand behind Phil Robertson.  I think more people are inclined to be kind, compassionate, loving and supportive.  I am no God – I can’t make statements based on a book that has no factual evidence.  What I can say is that I am willing to give everyone a chance – even Phil Robertson.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

THE BIBLE MYTHOLOGY

Every time I think of religion, my thoughts and visions are filled with violence, fear, anxiety, exclusiveness, and mythology.  I was raised Catholic, studied to become Jehovah’s Witnesses (my parents decided to try a new religious view), and went to a High School that had a mostly non-practicing Jewish student body.  I haven’t really had a big interest in religious studies – I only knew what my parents knew of religion and what I studied as a Jehovah’s Witness.   If I didn’t practice religion enough and don’t identify with any organized religion, is it fair of me to criticize those that do?  Before I answer that, let me tell you what I do know about religion and my personal accounts in dealing with those that have attempted to convert me into their following.

I was taught to have a fear for God and to ensure you follow God’s rules otherwise, I would end up in Hell.  Think about that for a moment – ‘Instill the fear of God’ into people.  Shouldn’t a God encompass values that He would like to see in His flock like love, compassion, empathy and patience?  Shouldn’t God be proud of His people’s desire to seek out the truth and to ask questions if they don’t understand or believe something to be true?  Well I had many questions – questions that never have been answered.  I have dealt with religious people who condemn me because of my homosexuality – as God made me.  I have been involved in endless debate about my sin being a much bigger sin than all others (again referring to my homosexuality).  I see so much hypocrisy in what I call the ‘celebrities of religion’ pandering to a congregation that funds their lavish lifestyle’s all in the name of religion and God (Jim Baker, Joel Olsteen, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, David Barton, Benny Hinn).  I have read and seen movies based on the wars brought on in the name of religion.  I have been outraged at how many religious institutions protect criminals who are known sexual offenders, rapists and pedophiles and allow this behaviour to continue.

Religion is mythology to me – I can’t distinguish the difference between the stories I have read relating to Greek mythology versus the stories that are noted in The Bible.  Is it no wonder that Costco was recently in the news for placing The Bible in their ‘fiction’ section of books?  The stories I read in the bible were great – they seemed to fill people with hope and to allow people to come together for the greater good of humanity.  There were also those stories that ensured people were obedient and followed God’s laws, scary stories such as;  the story of Abraham and his devotion to God (God asked Abraham to show his devotion by asking him to call his son), the story of Noah’s Ark and Moses and the ten commandments.  All great stories, but very hard to treat them as non-fiction.

Here are some things I have questioned:

  • If Adam and Eve were the first, and they had two sons (Cain and Abel), how was it possible for the world to become populated?  The only sense I could make of this is that Cain and Abel were not Adam and Eve’s only children.
  • How was it possible for Noah to retrieve a male and female of every living animal on the planet to save them from extinction during the great flood.  Was he able to get sea creatures, insects, amphibians etc.?
  • If all was perfect in the Garden of Eden and as God wanted, why would God allow Satan to entice Eve?  Why Eve?  Where was Adam when Satan lured Eve with the forbidden fruit?
  • Why did God create a garden that included ‘forbidden fruit’?

Here are some Bible passages and versus that further convince me that the Bible was written by man as a means to control what they did not understand and feared:

Leviticus 11:  7 -8

***In reference to eating pork***

And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud;  he is unclean to you.

Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch;  they are unclean to you.

As an animal activist and practicing vegan, this is great for the pig but, somewhere during history – Christians love for bacon, ham and pork sausages became less important than what was written in the bible.  Will pork-eating Christians not be allowed in the kingdom to come?

Leviticus 19:  28

***In reference to getting inked or tattoos***

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you:  I am the LORD.

So all those who have pictures of the ‘virgin Mary’ or of Jesus himself – if you are serious in your quest to enter the Kingdom of God, have your tatts removed!  Even if it’s an hommage to your religious heroes/heroines.

Leviticus 19:  27

***In reference to “rounded haircuts”***

Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Does hair really matter in the afterlife?

Deuteronomy 23:  1

***In reference to injured men/men with their sexual organs removed***

He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

This is discriminatory and not very supportive of those who have a handicap.

Leviticus 19:  31

***In reference to psychics/wizards/witches***

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:  I am the LORD your GOD.

In the name of Christianity – pagans were put to death for worshiping the land and anyone who had a different religious belief other than Christianity – were tortured and put to death for their beliefs.  Not very Christian is it?

Leviticus 19:  16

***In reference to gossiping***

Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale bearer among thy people:  neither shalt thou stand against the blood of they neighbour; I am the LORD.

Was this verse created so that people would not question religious doctrine?  Or did the men that wrote the bible not like those back-stabbing gossips?

Deuteronomy 25:  11 – 12

***In reference to a man’s wife assisting in a physical altercation***

When man strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets.

To me – this sounds like the men that are in conflict are showing weakness when accepting help from their wives.  How is that a weakness?  The statement is also very strange near the end “taketh him by the secrets” – sounds like that would hurt.

Exodus 21:  17

***In reference to children who curse at their parents***

And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Now, imagine a world where parents can kill their children for cursing at them.  If Christians took this verse literally – our jails would be overcrowded with those who deserved to be in there.

Mark 10:  11 – 12

***In reference to getting married after divorce***

Whosever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery:  and whosever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Are the huge spikes in divorce in the last 50 years solely instigated by those who are not Christian?  Or are Christians happily married to their life partners even if they are not in love with them so that they ensure a place in the kingdom to come?

Exodus 31:  14 – 15

***In reference to working on the ‘holy’ day***

Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you:  every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death:  for whosever doeth and work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD:  whosever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Having one day a week off is great – but you can only enjoy this day by worshiping the LORD – no ands, ifs, or buts!

Corinthians 14:  34 – 35

***In reference to women preaching the word of God***

Let you women keep silence in the churches:  for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home:  for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

I know many women who have a problem with the misogynistic verse.  Women are not allowed to speak in churches and must obey their husbands – it’s shameful for women to speak in churches????  How archaic.  They should all be removed at once.

Leviticus 10 – 11

***In reference to shellfish***

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 carcase in abomination.

Again – I support this passage/verse because it saves many fish from death.  Christian seafood lovers everywhere – be mindful and follow the rules or else you will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Deuteronomy 22:  20 – 21

***In reference to a women losing her virginity prior to marriage***

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die:  because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house:  so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

WOW – this is harsh.  Still don’t think the Bible was written by men.  Again, another misogynistic verse…God forbid that a women loses her virginity prior to marriage.  That should be rightfully taken away by a man in marriage.  Does this verse apply to men as well?  Shouldn’t the women have the right to stone their husbands to death if they are not virgins at marriage?

Leviticus 18:  22

***In reference to homosexuality***

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.

Funny how the misogynistic men that wrote this verse don’t say anything about women that lie with other women…….

All kidding and sarcasm aside….I don’t see how these passages are inclusive, compassionate and promote a positive community.  For me, these Bible quotes clearly support my notion that the Bible was written by men to control the population(s).  To ensure that people conformed to what would benefit those men in power.

I wrote this post today in hopes that people empower themselves to ask questions of those in authority.  Just because it is written doesn’t mean that it is TRUE!  Especially when the words that were written – were written in the blood of those who didn’t want to conform and live their lives in chains.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

GOD IS GAY!

I don’t really have any religious beliefs at the moment – I can’t honestly say that I believe in God in the way that the many religious view Him as.  I can’t imagine The Creator sitting in Heaven witnessing all these atrocities happening around the world.  The basic message of religion from what I gathered from my parents was;  if you were good, you will go to Heaven and if you were bad, you will spend eternity in Hell.  I grew up Catholic, until my parents thought we should give the Jehovah’s Witness faith a try.  I have read the stories of how the earth was created, Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, Jesus and horrors of the end days.  Although they are great stories, they never really resonated with me.

I know that there are many good people who believe what is written in the Bible – what I don’t understand is when people reinterpret that word and make it into something hateful.  If I did believe in the Bible and ‘the word of God’ – I don’t think that God was hateful and wanted people to instil fear and violence in His name.  I think that all the hate, violence, prejudices, judgements, etc came from mans reinterpretation of His word.

Who is God?  Many people have different views on who God is.  Fundamentally, most believe that we are made in God’s image.  Is it just the image or does this include our souls – our very essence of who we are in the moment?  If God truly is a representation of who we in both image and soul, than God is many things.  He is an animal, a tree, the sky, the grass, human, man, woman, child, gay, straight, bi-sexual, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, Hebrew, Catholic, Jewish, etc….God is everything.  So if God is truly everything – why all the hate, violence and judgements?  The answer is simply – Humanity.

For me – God is me.  I am a male who happens to be gay.  In being God, I have decided to show compassion for animals and have decided to exclude them from my diet.  I have also made a commitment to fight for the planet that was here long before I was, because as God, a have a respect for that in which I created.  I am compassionate and will fight for equality for those who can’t fight for themselves and will always voice my concern for the injustices that are happening all over the world.  As God, I have an obligation to spread my love and compassion throughout the world without any judgement.  I am God and I am gay.   If you have a problem with that than the problem is yours, so don’t equate your problem with me.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!