LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends


LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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Comment by James M. Martin on February 12, 2009 at 3:08pm
Thanks, Buck. I'd write more, but the Beagle is setting sail and I'm seeing someone off.
Comment by Buck316 on February 12, 2009 at 2:47pm
I want to take a moment to wish a happy Darwin Day to everyone!
Comment by Bayne MacGregor on February 10, 2009 at 2:22am
"but what does atheism have to do with being gay?"

It's an intersection of two persecuted minorities for starters. And a large proportion of the persecution of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people has been via religion or under the guise of religion.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 9, 2009 at 6:32pm
Tedster's sense of humor is charming. All movie stars are idols, which is why gay filmmaker Kenneth Anger said that the invention of motion pictures was Satan's greatest accomplishment, but just look what the herd did to the Beatles when John Lennon said the Fab Four were "more popular than Jesus." Speaking of Wishaw, BTW, his last film, a remake of an old Masterpiece Theater adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. The bisexuality of the narrator, Charles Ryder, is much more pronounced (want to see Matthew Goode and Ben Wishaw kissing on the lips?), as is the main theme of Waugh: that Roman Catholicism poisons everything. (Ryder is an atheist, while all the Fythes, including Sebastian, are raving mackerel snaps.
Comment by Tedster on February 9, 2009 at 3:04pm
There both idols that we should worship.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 9, 2009 at 12:15pm
But what does this have to do with atheism?
Comment by James M. Martin on February 9, 2009 at 12:14pm
It all depends, Dallas. If he is not one's cup of tea, he might be a bit more beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think Ben Wishaw is a lot sexier.
Comment by Bodhi on February 5, 2009 at 9:44am
Hi james..Buddhism is not about doctrines or intellectual games. It is about action and guide us on how we behave as truly humane beings to the path of self-perfection which is called Buddhahood.

The teaching of "emptiness" is one of the difficult buddhist concept. Buddhism teaches that all things arise and cease depending on causes and conditions. When we say that everything is "empty," we do not mean that things do not exist. What we mean is that things are always elements in a process of change and interdependence. When we learn to see things as processes and not as isolated finite objects then we will see that to talk of something being "created" or "destroyed" is only true conventionally. The network of causes and conditions that bring any "thing" into existence is actually a never-ending process with no boundaries. So in this sense, Buddhism never speaks of "creation" or "destruction," "birth" or "death," "appearance" or "disappearance," because that way of talking about things misses the infinite open-endedness and inclusivity of the process which is the reality behind the "things" that we perceive and try to grasp. This is one of the reason why Buddhism does not speak of a creation or a Creator, because the reality of life, the universe, and everything defies such concepts.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 4, 2009 at 10:56pm
BTW, that quote from your profile, from the Dhammadapa, helped me stop drinking 14 years ago. I think that was the beginning of the end. To understand that there is No God, one must understand emptiness -- the whole concept of literally "nothing," a la Nagarjuna and the Prajnaparamita sutra.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 4, 2009 at 10:51pm
Hello, Bodhi. Are you escaping Buddhist cultic brainwashing or indoctrination? :-) If you are enlightened, could you please enlighten me?

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