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Touching video, pulls at my heartstrings.
Pope Francis, not surprisingly, rejected the French Ambassador to the Vatican, for being gay. After all, you can't have gay people in Vatican City.
This is the "kinder, gentler pope". Uh huh.
To Alex with the 18-year-old niece, it's not easy to challenge a religious believer's faith. Since Easter just passed, ask her if she's ever tried the Dan Barker Easter Challenge. This exercise alone may open her eyes to discrepancies in the Gospels. Then show her the Skeptics Annotated Bible website, telling her that the site has collected and tagged bible verses under various categories such as Injustice, Contradictions, Sex, and Homosexuality. Ask her to examine the site, especially the contradictions. Did she know that the Bible contradicted itself in so many places? Ask her how it makes her feel to place all of her faith in the book, knowing what it teaches in such areas as "Family Values."
In other words, get that girl a notepad, a pen, a bible, and a computer. and ask her to humor you by taking a look at your side of things. Ask her if she can at least see why you do not believe, based on the bible. You don't have to convince her to change her mind, just to understand and accept your position. And if she can understand where you are coming from, perhaps, she'll eventually go to where you are.
I was glad to read about a Dublin paper shop's "Shred of Decency" campaign, leading up to next month's referendum on marriage equality in Ireland. They recycle homophobic mailings and leaflets into heart-shaped confetti "made from 100% recycled lies"; proceeds go to Yes Equality.
(They'll even print and make confetti out of homophobic tweets that people flag by replying with #ShredThisTweet.)
Alex, the Socratic method Peter Boghossian advocates in "A Manual for Creating Atheists" might be useful -- asking questions to focus not on the irrationality of particular beliefs, but on "how we know what we know", or "why we're confident in our beliefs" and whether those reasons are justified. For example, to an absolutely 100% certain God-told-them-so Christian true believer: "Many Muslims believe just as passionately in the truth of their holy book. Do you think this makes them right?"
That makes me so very happy that I do not let my Insurance Co. pick anything for me. My Dr. is a Concierge doctor and I, not the Insurance Co pay her. It is not as expensive as mot people would think and when you need to see her she can even come to your home or office.
She helped me in every step of my transition and she always calls ahead to clear the way and make sure that any specialist I see is LBGT friendly. Then, if I wish she will accompany me on my appointment. Appointments with her always last at least 1 hour and when she sits and talks she asks the right questions to find those little things that you were accepting as just old age but in fact would turn into big things. Added to all that she is an out and open Atheist.
The only problem that came up all during my transition has been with Medicare where someone there decided they did not wish to change my gender marker even though Social Security had repeatedly told them to make the change. Every time a change notice was sent it seemed to just disappear. Finally a nice lady at SS decided enough and took it to the top and it got changed.
By having such a Doctor I have been accused of being rich but in fact I live on Social Security and also a small income of about $100 a week. My Doctor fee is $1500 a year and I have a Medicare Supplement. I get a kick out of the people who say that they could not afford to pay that while they are snuffing out another cigarette. For me it is about the best investment ever, especially as a person in their 80s. .
More almost-too-true-to-be-satire from from The Onion: "Gay Conversion Therapists Claim Most Patients Fully Straight By The Time They Commit Suicide"
"We’ve found that a combination of group interventions, narrative therapy, and cognitive-behavioral approaches fully eliminates homosexual urges before the individual takes his or her own life,”
Queers to Catholics: With your history, YOU'RE calling US predators? Seriously??
GC, that is a wonderful counter to the fear-mongering catholic meme. So true, so true.
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