my bottle of holy water from the river jordan leaked all over my pokemon cards i’m gonna enter a tournament
How to know if an organization for autism is bad:
it’d be cool to speak like 20 different languages & keep it a secret from everyone & then during a time of crisis, u could speak some fluent russian to some russian guy holding a gun to your head & all your friends will be like daaamn
that’s the stuff my best dreams are made out of
if you use the bible as an excuse towards being anti gay dont forget that:
- torn clothes (like ripped jeans)
- wearing clothing made from 2 different fabrics
- cutting your hair
- and working on Sundays
are all listed as abominations in the bible as well
Please don’t try using this argument on people who actually know anything about Christianity.
All those things are part of the Levitical holiness code, a set of rules that Jewish people are still meant to follow (depending on branch of Judaism, situation, and so on), but which it is explicitly stated in the New Testament that Christians don’t have to follow. In fact, pretty much the whole point of Jesus (a figure who is quite an important one in the Bible, you may recall) is that he freed people from having to obey those rules.
There is a big, big debate in Christianity as to whether homosexuality is part of the code that Jesus freed Christians from obeying, or whether it’s one of those things (like murder, theft, and eating meat that has been sacrificed to a Pagan god) which are moral issues, rather than issues of ritual cleanliness.
This is because while male-male sex is one of the things that is forbidden in the Levitical holiness code, it also may be forbidden in the letters of St Paul. Paul used a word, arsenokoites, which no-one knows the meaning of any more. It is usually translated as “abusers of themselves with mankind” (the King James translation), but people have made good arguments that it could actually mean a variety of other things, such as “child molesters”, from its etymology.
So the Christian Bible does not forbid all those other things, but may forbid (male-male) homosexual acts. And any Christian who paid attention in Sunday School, or any non-Christian with an interest in what religions actually say that goes further than Dawkinsite New Atheist smugness, knows this.
LGBT+ rights are important, and we need to win the argument over them completely and decisively. And you cannot win someone over to your side by factually inaccurate mockery of their religious beliefs.
This sort of thing IS NOT HELPING.
As a smug, Dawkinsite New Atheist:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. ; For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
-Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 5:17-18, KJV
Incidentally, a lot of slave-owners in the past justified their actions by turning to Exodus and Leviticus, and I don’t know of any point where they debated which of the laws were moral and which were ritual. I understand that there wasn’t much public trepidation on that count, even though this was at least 1800 years after the original scriptures of the apostles were committed to paper, and an equally good while after Saul of Tarsus had that Damascus Road Experience, changed his name and wrote all these letters.
The fact is that the Bible does not mention that anything other than the sacrificial laws are being changed. The idea that Leviticus doesn’t apply was not something that happened after the Resurrection, it was an ad-hoc excuse for not believing certain parts of the Bible once society had moved away from them. Before people considered slavery to be wrong (excluding the slaves), no one was standing around seriously debating whether or not the Bible supported it.
And, separate from the useless trivia, here’s something actually important. I can tell you, having done my fair share of research (i.e. listening to a lot of very headachey debates), four important things in this area:
1) Unless you’re immune to the Gish gallop and appeals to faith, you are never going to decisively win this battle.
2) Telling people to take religion seriously and argue over minutiae is an inefficient, counterproductive path to human rights, which will yield a low success rate by virtue of point 1.
3) When universally equal human rights become socially accepted truths, the Church is going to wind up agreeing with them anyway. Whether its supernatural claims are true or not, Christianity is a brand, and to maintain its size and importance it has to do PR like any other.
And 4) Laughter is a wonderful thing. It’s healthy, good exercise, and prolonged amounts can give you endorphin rushes (though at the cost of your voice). Peter Carroll wrote in Liber Null that it was the only thing in an existence of binary qualities that you get for free, and he wasn’t far off. Hitchens called it “an indispensable thing” and the first sign of human emancipation. And, from my favorite belief system: the entire Trojan War was caused not by all of the butting of heads in the world, but by one well-timed golden apple with 8 letters on it. Mockery, blasphemy and absurdity are sacred things, and you do your goal a disservice by taking them so lightly.
- Sixth Doctor: If you have the time, my life's an open book.
- Alice: Chapter?
- Sixth Doctor: Prydonian.
- Alice: Never heard of it. Is it a comedy?
- Sixth Doctor: Oh, in so many ways.
Well, phew, that’s half of my Drafts cleared out.
Another One of Those Question Things
Send me a number, or numbers. You know the drill.
1. In the Tarot, what’s your favorite Major Arcanum?
2. Best-tasting mixed drink? If you don’t drink, best-sounding?
3. Describe your handwriting in three words.
4. Write the worst poem ever.
5. Pick a favorite microorganism.
6. What extinct mammal would you most like to own as a pet?
7. Best-named computer virus?
8. What’s your opinion of Duchamp’s painting, “LHOOQ”?
9. Which Greek Muse is your favorite?
10. Looking forward to any upcoming movies, games, shows or books?
11. Say something in a language unfamiliar to you.
12. What was the last dream you remember about?
13. What is your first memory?
14. Know any magic tricks?
15. What’s the best pizza you’ve ever eaten?
16. List four names you would never give your children.
17. Oldest TV show you like?
18. Choose an exact favorite color from Wikipedia’s list of colors.
19. Name your favorite standup comedian.
20. What’s your favorite song whose name starts with the letter “R”?
21. What’s something you’re sick of hearing?
22. You’re gambling, and you must wager your past, your future, your skill, your passion, your emotion, or your life. Which do you choose?
My Chess Strategy
(This isn’t an actual strategy or gambit, it’s just naturally how I play.)
Switch between white and black every so often- it isn’t important. From the start, move pawns, knights, and if possible, rooks. Move the queen only if there’s something important for her to do, the same with bishops.
Wait for the opponent to attack first. Do not go for an easy check if the opponent will just respond to by moving a pawn two squares up. Block pawns that should stay where they are and threaten any non-pawn pieces the opponent has out. Force them into transactions where capturing anything bigger than a pawn will cause them to lose a more important piece. If checked, block the line of attack with the least valuable piece available and in such a way that capturing it will lead to such a transaction.
Allow pressure to build. Move pieces into their area- especially their two personal rows- in such a way that they aren’t immediate threats but cannot be captured. Force the opponent to make decisions between having one piece captured or moving it and endangering another. If forced to make one of these decisions, leave the piece unmoved and move something else to threaten anything that would capture it. If possible. allow this to continue in a series of pieces-threatening-each-other until the opponent has to move something important, and then capture whatever that piece was protecting and slowly disassemble the chain of threats. If this becomes a game of endurance, stall for time by advancing pawns and by putting the opponent in meaningless checks.
In the latter half of the game, advance what pawns you still have to the other end of the board, and systematically capture all of their pieces one at a time. Using the queen to destroy a few pawns is not wasting her, it’s risk management. Think like the Evil Overlord list would advise you to. When there are almost no pieces remaining, or few enough that it doesn’t matter to the maneuver, back their king into one end of the board and perform a rook-rook or queen-rook checkmate. If this is not possible, perform any other available checkmate.
If checked later in the game, simply move the king. He isn’t very well-defended after a while, but most of the danger will be in the tangled web of pieces at the center and the threats to your opponent’s side, so unless they have a good chance of checkmating you, ignore it. Likewise, if the opponent moves pieces into your side of the board just to bug or panic you, treat them as irrelevant and use the time to capture more pieces instead.
If losing, try to give nothing away for free. Take time to make moves, and better-protect the king. Sacrifice pieces as the game demands, but try to get pawns to the other end of the board, and strike at the opponent wherever a hole in their strategy opens up. Keep pieces that could checkmate you away, or place other pieces in their path. Act with caution, but if caution will only slow your defeat, attack and hope to jar something!