1. The most remarkable thing about the Pope is that what he is doing should not be remarkable. He is simply doing what Popes and Christians should do – care for the poor, critique inequity, interrupt injustice, surprise the world with grace, include the excluded and challenge the entitled.
     
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Supreme Court agrees to hear Holt v. Hobbs, deciding whether the Arkansas prison system’s ban on the wearing of beards by inmates violates the Constitution.

Just a reminder that while the United States is by no means—by no means whatsoever—a country that does everything right, it’s still a country where a prisoner can file a hand-written petition to the U.S. Supreme Court and they can agree to hear it.

It’ll be really interesting to see how conservative proponents of “religious liberty” line up on this case. Or does that only apply to wealthy white Christians?

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    Supreme Court agrees to hear Holt v. Hobbs, deciding whether the Arkansas prison system’s ban on the wearing of beards by inmates violates the Constitution.

    Just a reminder that while the United States is by no means—by no means whatsoever—a country that does everything right, it’s still a country where a prisoner can file a hand-written petition to the U.S. Supreme Court and they can agree to hear it.

    It’ll be really interesting to see how conservative proponents of “religious liberty” line up on this case. Or does that only apply to wealthy white Christians?

     
  3. Friend, your Facebook posts have been particularly enlightening lately and have caused me to reconsider my previously held beliefs. Your keen insight has brought up some interesting theological and philosophical points which I hadn’t previously considered. Thank you so much for your help in fostering my spiritual and intellectual growth. If it is all right with you, I would very much like to continue this conversation in greater depth in the future.
    — No one. Ever. In the entire history of the human race.
     
  4. While it’s true that Pope Francis hasn’t fixed everything that’s broken about the Catholic church overnight, I do love watching fascists like Andrew Napolitano cry about how the Pope is destroying Holy Mother Church by, you know, actually trying to follow the teachings of Jesus.

    I mean, they do realize that the phrase more Catholic than the Pope is supposed to be hyperbole, right?

     
  5. 09:43 10th Jun 2013

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  6. Did you know: applying a literalist hermeneutic to a collection of Bronze Age mythology is a stupid fucking idea?

    Saying that authors of the Bible meant for it to be taken 100% literally is basically saying that ancient Hebrews didn’t understand metaphors. I mean, you do realize that Jewish/Christian theology is built entirely around the idea of indirect communication?

    This feature certainly isn’t unique to the Abrahamic tradition (see: Socrates, Zen koans, etc.), but the collection of Hebrew mythology we call the Bible is a great example of using parables, proverbs, poetry and so on to communicate deeper truths.

    The sad thing is that many otherwise intelligent people often fall for the literalist interpretation. They get dragged into arguments with fundamentalists about the historicity and scientific accuracy of various Biblical stories, as if it really matters whether Jonah was swallowed by a whale or a “great fish.”

    The Bible itself seems to actively resist such facile interpretations. What exactly is the simple explanation for the multiple, contradictory creation accounts in Genesis? Or the oneiric nature of the prophecies in Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation? Or the fact that there’s an entire book in the Bible (Song of Songs) that’s just one long poem about fucking?

    The fact is that the Bible is a collection of ancient Middle Eastern stories, compiled over the course of thousands of years in order to communicate a number of moral and ethical lessons. Treating it like a science or history textbook misses the point entirely.  Regardless of your personal beliefs, if you want to understand the Bible (whether as a religious text, a piece of literature, a cultural artifact, or whatever), you have to accept the text on its own terms. Otherwise, it’s like analyzing “A Modest Proposal” as a cookbook.

     
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Art Young, cover of The Masses, December 1913

    Art Young, cover of The Masses, December 1913

     
  8. More on the Naked She-Pope of Carnegie Mellon…

    We should also carefully consider what it means to deem the nude female body “offensive.” Western culture is often termed a “rape culture” – and rightfully so. The misogyny integral to our understanding of bodies, sexualities, and genders devalues anything womanly, anything feminine. Women’s bodies, nude or clothed,  are viewed as sexual objects and non-intelligent targets of criticism. Even in Western art history, “the nude” – a desexualized, matronly, non-threatening female form – has been the preferred representation of the naked woman. Given this history, many people are frightened and shocked when they see an independent, thinking, powerful woman in the nude. Such an image tells us that women own their own bodies, not men, and that women have the ability to be the one who desires – not just the desired object. By deeming this student’s appearance “offensive”, you invoke a misogynistic, sex-negative, body-negative argument that continues a long, sad pattern of treating women as objects of shame, instead of intelligent humans in their own right. 

     
  9. Plays: 59

    Propaganda - “Precious Puritans”

    As if God only spoke to white boys with epic beards- you know Jesus didn’t really look like them paintings, that was just Michelangelo’s boyfriend?


    d/l the album here

     
  10. 10:07 8th Apr 2013

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America’s Most (and Least) Religious Metro Areas