finally done the story of the “virgin” mary and her immaculate conception for my sequential art final. very happy with how this came out/that it’s finished.
this is beautiful, good job!
This is actually how I said it probably happened.
|—||Amanda Marcotte (via anarchistmom)|
If you listen to the Slashcast news often enough, you’ll hear status updates of the Ugandan Kill the Gays bill and the state of LGBT equality around the world. Here’s something you can do and an update on the Kill the Gays bill, all at once.
Let me tell you what is happening in this picture, because you’d think the pope is just blessing a random believer. But no.
This picture was actually taken the day before yesterday and the Pope is blessing Rebecca Kadaga.
Rebecca Kadaga is a politician from Uganda. She promised to pass a anti-gay bill, also known and internationally condamned as ‘Kill The Gays’, which would punish homosexuality with death penalty. She’d like it to be a ‘Christmas present’ to her country. You can sign the petitions against the bill here and here.
But things got loud today, after the pope said that gay marriage “consists in an offense against human nature, a deep wound inflicted to justice and peace.”
This resulted in the very first collective reaction from Italians against the homophobia and pure, blinded hate spread by the church.
At the moment we’re trending #vergognasulpapa (shame on the pope) on Twitter and it is already the 4th top trend of the country.
They tell us Italy is a secular state, but it never acts like one.
Many people are really sick and tired, but just as many follow the church’s ‘example’.
Last month, Andrea, a 15 year old from Rome killed himself because bullies at school were making his life a living hell because they thought he was gay.
The Vatican website ‘pontifex’ (same name the pope uses for his Twitter account) wrote an article and suggested that Andrea ‘should have been cured’.
We still don’t even have a law against homophobia.
Please, join us! Use your own voice, spread the news, make a post, tweet #vergognasulpapa or write it in your own language…whatever you do, just don’t let this go unnoticed.
Hello all! Hope you had/are having a good holiday!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently living in China. My employers like to take us out to dinner at really Chinese restaurants (which are nothing like western Chinese restaurants) where they serve food that I am…really not fond of. Everything is usually very spicy or full of bones/heads/feet/etc or inedible (snails and chicken feet, anyone?). So last time the waitresses brought us this giant boiling pot of pork, which was really just bones that had almost no meat at all on them, and I just sort of gave up eating anything.
So later my boss apparently approached the other foreign teacher, who is also my friend, and asked if I didn’t eat the pork for religious reasons.
I got a huge kick out of that! Of COURSE. Why ELSE would I not want to eat it? Mazel tov!
If you’re unaware of Mike Huckabee’s comments about how our “systematic removal” of God in schools caused the terrible shooting in Connecticut, you can find the article here. Not recommend for anyone with high blood pressure.
I don’t even think I need to tell you all the things that are wrong with what he said.
So, by Huckabee’s reasoning, the separation of church and state is at least partially responsible for a gunman killing 26 people, including 20 children. There are a few problems with such a perspective.
Theologically, many Christians believe God is omnipresent, and can’t be “systematically removed” from anything. For that matter, there’s very little in the Christian tradition that suggests God punishes children when constitutional law hurts His feelings.
Politically, Huckabee’s comments — seeking to exploit a violent tragedy to push a bogus cultuyre war agenda — are reminder that the former Arkansas governor and failed presidential candidate occasionally just isn’t a nice guy.
And legally, Huckabee doesn’t have the foggiest idea what he’s talking about.
What Huckabee may not appreciate is just how many religious rights public school students currently enjoy. Contrary to myth, students can pray before, during, and after school, so long as it’s not disruptive to class. They can say grace before meals in the cafeteria, they can invite classmates to religious services, and they can form after-school religious clubs. All of this is legal right now, under existing law and court precedents, suggesting if anyone has tried to “systematically remove” religion from public schools, they’ve failed.
|—||Steve Benen (via sirrealism)|