Daily Archives: November 4, 2018

Cultural Representation: Would your life be different?…


Date: November 04, 2018

01) Would your life be different?

“Queer stories were not adequately represented (and still aren’t) in my cultural content when I was younger. I think that had a large role to play in my journey to coming out. I wonder if that representation had existed, if/how my life might be different?”

This is Lindsay Amer…She’s the person behind a project named Queer Kid Stuff

I became aware of Queer Kid Stuff pretty early on…and probably four months or so, before religious people started losing their minds over the channel.

Personally…I figured I’d wait and see how things played out, before venturing any type of comment on it…and I’m not going to give a comment here…not one relating to the fundamental project, for which Lindsay is now scorned by the zealots.

…But, I did want to write down a few thoughts, in response to this video.

While I agree partially with one of her commenters…that what goes on on the television [and media], isn’t the most critical [or even best] thing to judge yourself by…or pattern yourself after…

…I think that commenter misses a massive point…

…That being…a total absence of respect worthy representation in media [and culture], can have a severely negative impact on the person who is different…

So what, if we homosexuals are no more than ten percent of the population?…So what, if we were less than five percent of the population?…

…Why should this translate into any “justification”, that we be entirely wiped out of media [except in the worst possible representation]?…

…Why would anyone feel outraged, that we might finally get some type of good representation in media?

What’s going on with those people who are fighting it?…that they would object to any positive representation of homosexuals?…or people who are sexually different?

It does not decrease or degrade their own [presumably heterosexual] representation…It merely makes a place in media, for others who also live on this planet.

I think…and being an actual pedophile…yes…this is a long shot of a thing…but, I do think…that it would have made a tremendous amount of positive difference in my own life, had people like me been accurately represented in media.

I think I understand quite well, what Lindsay is doing here…It parallels what I have been doing, for well over a decade…striking out to help create modern identity and culture, for groups who’ve been deprived of such basic normality.

Even if I wouldn’t agree with Lindsay on everything she says…I have a ton of respect for her, in the stand she is taking…It is one hard stand…

Outsiders will never do for our communities…what our communities need to do, for ourselves…

…And it’s the people who forge the paths forward, who suffer the brunt of the abuse…

There is little reward in being a social healer…Countless people will hate you for it…even threaten your life…Some would murder you, if given the chance…

…But the people of our communities, who walk this road…who live this existence…

…we all know the life and death necessity of it…

We know the vital importance of what we are doing…even if 99% of the world, will never grasp it.


Jesus, the Law, and a “New” Covenant…

Date: November 04, 2018

01) Jesus, the Law, and a “New” Covenant

“The Department of Near Eastern Studies presented a Mendenhall Symposium at the University of Michigan – Law, Society, and Religion on October 6, 2016 at 7:00pm. Professor Bart Ehrman was the Keynote speaker, with the subject title: Jesus, the Law, and a “New” Covenant. The symposium took place at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Mendenhall Symposium and Keynote Lecture are made possible by the George E. Mendenhall Fund.

Jesus of Nazareth was a Torah-observant Jewish teacher whose followers, after his death, came to adopt a variety of attitudes toward the Law of Moses. Some of them insisted on strict observance; others argued that only parts of the Law needed to be observed; and yet others claimed that Law had never been part of God’s plan. These early Christian groups did, however, agree on one point: Jesus’ own words were to form the basis for his followers’ ethical and communal lives. This lecture will examine how the Christian faith moved from embracing the “old” covenant focused on Torah to adopting a “new” covenant centered on the life, death, and teachings of Jesus.

Program discussed on Bart Ehrman’s Foundation Blog:

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude.

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How & Why Germans Bought Hitler’s Pitch…


Date: November 04, 2018

01) How & Why Germans Bought Hitler’s Pitch

“This clip from a 1 hour PBS television documentary I made called ” How Hitler Lost the War.” The film takes a unique point of view. Rather than talking about who won the war, my colleagues and I explored what Hitler did that helped lose Germany the war. Although it happened so long ago, it is still a frightening story. Some of the interviews I conducted in this segment were fascinating to me and I hope they are to you as well.”


Voltaire: God Thinks…

Date: November 04, 2018

01) God Thinks

“Provided to YouTube by Entertainment One Distribution US

God Thinks · Voltaire & Aurelio Voltaire

Almost Human

Released on: 2000-05-31”

I’ve been searching for this song, for years…

I heard it the first time, on Humanist Network News…back in the early/mid two thousands.

I cant believe it took this long to find it.

Phenomenal song.