Paper: Hailey Baldwin ‘Claimed’ Halloween For Christians

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You’re too late, you know. The Catholic Church already redefined Samhain for Christians hundreds of years ago. That’s how it was renamed Halloween in the first place. If you really cared about it that much, maybe you’d think past all the costumes and the candy and light some candles for your fellow Christians who’ve celebrated Halloween through the centuries. Show a little respect for the true meaning of this holiday season, whether Pagan or Christian, instead of just being a poster girl for all the candy companies.

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DeadState — Christian Pastor: Greta Thunberg Should Read the Bible and Stop Worrying About This “Imaginary Crisis”

Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress claims the climate change crisis is “imaginary,” and that young activist Greta Thunberg needs to just read the Bible.

“This Greta Thunberg, the 16 year-old, she was warning today about the mass extinction of humanity. Somebody needs to read poor Greta Genesis chapter 9 and tell her the next time she worries about global warming, just look at a rainbow; that’s God’s promise that the polar ice caps aren’t going to melt and flood the world again.”

Okay:

  1. Mocking “the 16-year old girl” for taking the climate change crisis more seriously than you do is completely inappropriate, especially when you’re several decades older than her and YOU are the one imploring people to take ancient mythology literally. (“Just look at a rainbow”? Are you fucking serious?)

  2. I doubt Greta Thunberg is much concerned with whatever the biblical god might or might not do. His actions or inactions are not the problem here; the climate change crisis is being caused by us and all the pollution we parasitic humans leave in our wake.

  3. In Genesis 9, Yahweh flooded the world with rain, not by melting the polar ice caps. I’m pretty sure if he wanted to, he can get away with doing the latter while still keeping true to his promise to Noah, assuming he would even want to melt the ice caps in the first place.

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Sermon: Dealing with the Abrahamic Pantheon

The following is an article I wrote a few years ago, and which I placed in my “To Be Fixed Up” pile while I was on hiatus in 2017. I’ve finally gotten around to making it presentable, so here it is—my personal opinions on certain figures from the Abrahamic pantheon.

Many Pagans simply dismiss Yahweh, Jesus, and other such figures as being “imaginary.” (Consider the time-honored disclaimer you will find in almost any Wiccan FAQ: “We don’t worship the devil, because we don’t believe in Satan.”) This position strikes me as being hypocritical, especially when it comes to Pagans who are polytheists. We have no more reason to doubt the existence of Yahweh or Jesus (or even Satan) than we do to doubt the existence of Set, Persephone, or Quetzalcoatl.

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CNN: The largest Presbyterian denomination in the US has ordained a minister of gun violence prevention

Congratulations to the Reverend Deanna Hollas, whom the Presbyterian Church has appointed as the nation’s first ever gun violence prevention minister. This is part of an attempt by Presbyterians to make their churches more active in preventing gun violence. Here’s wishing Reverend Hollas all the best as she blazes this new trail. I would love to see more churches (of all faiths) participate in this kind of program. This is no longer a partisan issue between conservatives and liberals, but a national crisis that is harming all of our children (including the ones who survive).

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MLive: Nine months later, ‘fugitive’ immigrant still holed up in Ann Arbor church

“Advocates for tight immigration enforcement argue that it shouldn’t fall upon Americans to provide medical care for chronically ill immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.”

Many of the people who share this sentiment are the same people who like to claim that America is a “Christian nation.” But would a truly Christian nation deport non-violent people who are ill and who will surely die if they are not allowed to stay in America? That doesn’t sound like anything Jesus Christ would support. It isn’t this man’s fault that he is ill, and it isn’t his fault that his home country can do nothing to save him.

Props to our good Quaker neighbors for providing this man with some much-needed safety and hope.

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CNN: Joshua Harris, a former pastor who wrote relationship book, says his marriage is over and he is no longer Christian

I’m sorry he feels he can no longer practice his faith, but I applaud ex-pastor Joshua Harris for having the moral fiber to admit he has been wrong about marriage equality for all these years. It takes a real strong person to go on TV and admit that everything you’ve been publishing for decades has been a lie. Here’s hoping Mr. Harris can find a way to renew his relationship with his god while continuing to make reparations to the LGBTQ community.

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