The Ominous Bird of Yore – Karma

b0a46307128f15e000c08ab4513d10e5For the topic for Feb 2009, we were asked to explain from our spirituality’s perspective why we think “bad” things happen to “good” people. A question I think every human asks when the “bad thing” is happening to them.

PanGaea Revisted – Why Do “Bad” Things Happen on the Pagan Path – Thru the Eyes of RavenHarte

“Why is this happening to me?” This is a question I am actually amazed that I hear as often as I do amidst people of my own spirituality – one that believes in the idea of karma, the “Three-fold Law” and/or work on Self. Usually this comes from an individual who as been working diligently on Self, living fully their chosen spirituality, attending ceremonies, correcting relationship mistakes, doing “everything right” and then something happens; they lose their job, or someone gets a grave illness, or their relationship ends, or worse someone dies. “Why me?” they ask. My first inclination is always to want to say “because that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” I never do of course. Its not helpful to say that when I person is drowning in their own fear and pain, but for me it’s the truest statement I could make to them. I believe we are the sum of our experiences. Look back on your life, look at every “horrible” moment in it and then see what changed for you right then. What decision did you make, or not? What people came into or left your life because of that issue? How did your steps from that incident create the life you are living now? This is often how I begin the process of getting myself through those moments in life. I tell myself “this too shall pass” and know with all my heart that on the other side of tragedy, I will be able to look back and see the whys. I think about the tragedies of the past and how better able I am to handle the NOW because of the THEN, and that gives me the resolve that I will prevail.

My own faith that I can prevail doesn’t come from thin air though, and you cannot teach people how to have faith OR how to trust in their own ability make it through. They must build those qualities for themselves. Most people build faith and trust by experience. A situation occurs, they live through the outcome, so next time they have a bit more trust in themselves and greater faith. However this doesn’t help us through uncharted territory. For that, we must turn to what we each formulate within ourselves about why we are here, what we are trying to do in this life, and why “bad” things happen in general, let alone specifically to ourselves. We have to have an understanding within ourselves about what responsibility we feel for our own life choices, what we believe others should be accountable for regarding their life choices, and what “life lessons” are all about anyway.

My personal ideology here is an amalgam of different philosophies and spiritual ideas. For starters, I believe in a Kabbalistic theory that suggests each of us, as individual sparks of the Divine, are the Divine’s way of better understanding and thus re-integrating Itself. We accomplish this through reincarnation and transmigration; our core soul returning to a “mundane” existence over and over as different forms to experience life as “matter”, with and without sentience or consciousness. Along side this I believe in the concept of Soul Groups; individual souls that work together taking on different physical vehicles at the same point in time to manifest the roles which will facilitate the growth of all the individual souls in the group. I also believe in the Law of Return, which simply suggests that whatever energy we put out into the universe, we receive back again, which is similar to the Hindu idea of Karma as found in the Vedas (different Eastern religions define karma in different ways), or a myriad of adages such as: “We reap what we sow”, “What goes around comes around”, etc. Since I don’t believe in linear time, this means that the energy that one of my incarnations might put out into the universe can as easily return to that incarnation as any OTHER of my incarnations – all the incarnations being MY core energy.

So when something bad happens, I look at all I profess to believe, and from that can draw many different theories as to why this thing has occurred. Such as: #1. Whatever is happening was already agreed upon by my soul within its group to provide us all avenues for exploring Self and evolving our core souls. #2. My experience of an event, and working through it, is an avenue for the Divine consciousness to experience more of Itself. #3. One of my incarnations has expended an energy which has created an imbalance, and that imbalance is righting itself. #4. My current incarnation is experiencing an imbalance, and this situation (usually illness or accident to myself) is a signal I need to work on Self to find the root imbalance. #5. I am collateral damage, experiencing the ramifications of another’s soul’s imbalance OR the work another soul group has manifested. Etc etc etc. Then of course there is just the achievement of Light itself. Christians might call it “grace”. In Kabbalah it is a time where the work you are doing on Self begins to moves you closer to the spiritual path or vibration you are supposed to be on. You’ll recognize it when it happens because all of a sudden there is boon and blessing, though you won’t think you’ve done enough differently to cause it. The flip side to this “grace” is that the bright Light you shine does tend to start to illuminate your deeper shadows, revealing the next layer of work to do, and the events that crop up to present you the mirror in which to see and face them, are not pretty.

Most likely more than one of these theories is true for me. However all of these postulations provide me with the same opportunity, to use the situation to facilitate my own growth, whether that growth is within my own human psyche or my soul as a spark of the Divine connected to all. So when a “bad thing happens” I am provided with a choice. Do I make a conscious decision to “walk my talk”, accept that any one or more of the postulations derived from my belief system could be in place, and hold onto that to see me through the hard work. Or do I “woe as me” and do nothing, by which I sink further into imbalance? Personally, I think you can’t say you believe in karma until something “bad” happens to YOU. You have to own your own beliefs and apply them even when the chips are down. So when the “worst thing” has happened to me, sometimes THAT is the only thing that sees me through; my stubborn resolve to continue to “walk my talk” and not just pay it lip service.

The Conscious Consumer

179e18f060734f09713c590d2c709638A friend sent me a link today to the org that used to be Miss Representation, which created an awesome movie about the exploitation of women in the media, body image issues we are passing to our girls etc. The link is to an app to help you identify which companies/products misrepresent women    http://therepresentationproject.org/notbuyingit  or you can search for #notbuyingit on Twitter.

However I think everyone could be a little more consumer conscious, and not just about the issue of sexism, exploitation, and gender stereotyping in advertising, but about all the behind the scenes issues we wouldn’t be thrilled to know we were putting money towards, and this email came right after I just finished listening to Dan Savage’s newest book “American Savage” (on Audible, and Dan narrates HIMSELF) which just nailed the point home in my head. I dont just recommend this book, I think it is a MUST READ to get some serious plain language, even if with a liberal slant, on marriage equality, gun control, healthcare, and a host of other current topics, including what’s got me going on conscious consumerism.

In his book, he explains in pretty clear details exactly how the owners of both Jimmy Johns (sub place) and Papa Johns (pizza) basically ensure their shop level employees don’t get enough hours so as not to have to pay benefits for them, and then lobbied against the Affordable Health Care Act because it was going to cost them $x per sub/pizza whatever because they would have to PAY FINES for choosing to not offer healthcare to those employees themselves. Both of those of companies will no longer be getting my business. Our country, one of the richest in the world, is at the BOTTOM of the list when it comes to healthcare for our people, BOTTOM. So Im done supporting businesses that DONT support humanity!

Think its hard? Its not. We can all be more consumer conscious in small ways. If you know you frequent a business, like say Food Lion, and you have specific cause you are passionate about, let say LGBTQI equality, just check out their policies on that subject. In this case its easy, a simple Yahoo search using “LGBT, Food Lion” gives me a ton of hits showing me their positive stance. However on the LGBT issues, the Human Rights Campaign makes it even easier. They started publishing lists, guides and studies on various topics. The full list is here http://www.hrc.org/resources  but there are so many more lists out there!!!

The HRC Buyers Guide is perfect for those who want to patronize LGBTQI affirming businesses http://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/

For the list of companies supporting ENDA (Employment Nondiscrimination Act) which would protect the LGBTQI in the workplace see here http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/business-coalition-for-workplace-fairness-members

For companies supporting diversity of all types check this out http://www.diversityinc.com/the-diversityinc-top-50-companies-for-diversity-2013/

For socially responsible companies, check out Maclean’s, which is a Canadian magazine report but has many US companies on it. http://www2.macleans.ca/canada-top-50-socially-responsible-corporations-2013/

For more social and environmental conscious companies see B Corps stamp of approval: http://www.bcorporation.net/

Climate conscious, here’s a list of those companies http://www.climatecounts.org/scorecard_overview.php

Glassdoor’s “Best Places To Work” list was created from employee votes! http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm

Wanna know the best companies for working mothers to work for? http://www.workingmother.com/best-company-list/146788

For companies supporting reproductive rights go to http://buycott.com/campaign/303/support-access-to-reproductive-healthcare

Incidentally Buycott.com also has apps for Apple and Android, where you can set what your causes are, and then scan the bar codes on items later to see if a product is on your boycott list or not. Its pretty nifty when you can get it to work. Ive had the app since it came out, but user load was killing them so they are in the middle of redesign, and at present I cant get it to work online consistently. But STICK IT OUT, its worth it!!! Here’s the story on them
http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2013/05/14/new-app-lets-you-boycott-koch-brothers-monsanto-and-more-by-scanning-your-shopping-cart/

So believe me if you WANT to be a conscious consumer it isn’t as hard as you think, and of course there are going to be companies which have high marks all around, so why not praise them on your Twitter, FB and blogs so more people will know? Oh and hey pick up Dan Savage’s book while you’re at it, he’s definitely worth supporting!!  Happy shopping!!!

DanSavage                                               ©RavenHarte 1/25/14

The Power Of Laughter

laughter-infographicWith the holidays upon us and so many people frustrated, aggravated, and down thought Id post my short article on laughter for you all to enjoy 😀

It was once believed that the human laughter was what set us apart from other mammals. We actually learned to laugh before we ever developed methods of speech, between 2-4 million years ago. However mammals in general are social creatures, more so than birds, fish, etc and so they PLAY just like we do. Following this logic  scientists have known for some time, like DARWINIAN time, that primates do laugh, and postulate that other mammals did too, just not the way we thought, and not always for the same reasons humans do.  In fact in the 90s it was proven that rats will “laugh” if you tickle them, but strangely not mice – they are more solitary creatures though. See the article/video at http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/tickling-rats-for-science/

, Laughter for humans also tends to be a “social” construct, and having a sense of humor does seem to differentiate us from other mammals, even other humans. We are 30x more likely to laugh in a group situation than alone, over the same subject matter. Which is why comedies have laugh tracs, to stimulate your funny bone.  Talkers laugh more than listeners. Women laugh more than men. Psychologically laughter is a way we as humans signal our empathy and understanding and share intimacy and like-mindedness with the “many”. Our voices will even achieve harmonic resonance when laughing in a crowd. And human laughter is complex, we have many  distinctive kinds of laughs with different meanings from amusement to embarrassment to contempt. See this article for some of those http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rats-laugh-but-not-like-human

It is also can provide an emotional bridge, so laughter in a painful or distressing situation gives the brain a moment to decompress and refocus. Of course the chemical benefits of laughter can be found all over the internet so I won’t go into that here, but suffice it to say that a sign a relationship is floundering, is when you are no longer laughing together.

Laughter can not only bridge human gaps though, it also connects us to other species. Remember those rats, well they more closely bonded to the humans that tickled them, trying to instigate play more often from them etc. So all those times you just knew your dog was laughing at you, or with you, it probably was, and you can learn to join in… See the articles, and go out and have yourself a good hearty laugh!!!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200911/do-dogs-laugh

©RavenHarte 12/21/13

Trans* Day of Remembrance 2013

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For Pagans, Samhain is the time of year where we honor our ancestors, honor those who were killed in the name of witchcraft (most of whom were innocent), and cross over those whom we  lost during the year. It is a time of remembrance that launches our tide of Geburah where we shed the outmoded, outworn, and useless to become something better in Spring. So it is the perfect time of year for us to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA brethren for Trans* Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is reported to have been created in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts .  Since the 1999 vigil held, it has continued on every Nov 20th to remember not only those who self-identify as transgender but also those who were transsexual, crossdressers, or otherwise gender-variant victims of violence due to their perpetrator’s phobia and/or hate against transgender people.

Communities hold Transgender Day of Remembrance events for many reasons:

#1. It helps raise public awareness about the issue. Hate crimes against the gender-variant are glossed over or ignored entirely by most communities, with the victims of the crimes often misnamed (birth name rather than legally changed name or AKA) or improperly gendered (birth gender rather than gender lived or in transition to) if there is any media coverage at all.

#2. It allows the LGBTQIA and Allies a way to stand united to mourn for friends/family they have lost,  for those who were killed for being “like them”, and for those who may have no one else mourn for them, since so many LGBTQIA are STILL cast away from blood family & friends due to our society’s puritanical ideologies.

#3. It reminds non-gender variant people that we of the LGBTQIA community are SOMEONE’S child, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, partner, co-worker, fellow parishioner, etc and as HUMANS are worthy of the same rights to safety, and freedom from persecution as every other human.

So before I list this year’s names for remembrance let me share with you the writings of Rev. Paul Langston-Daley  “As November 20th approaches, I will hold in my heart all of the transgender individuals who have made the brave move to be seen for who they truly are, as well as those who are still too afraid to be their authentic selves. I will hold in my heart the families and loved ones of those individuals whose bravery was met with misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and anger. I will even hold in my heart those who are unaware, ignorant and afraid, in the hope that they will understand and find compassion and love.”

UNITED STATES VICTIMS TO REMEMBER 2013

 *Died 1/1/13  Evon Young (age:22) Tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster.- Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Died unknown, found 2/14/13 Milan Boudreaux and her partner Akeem, both shot in the head Metairie, LA

*Died 3/27/13  Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age:23) Multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond. – Cleveland, Ohio

*Died 4/3/13  Kelly Young (Age 29)  – Shot – Baltimore, Maryland

*Died 4/11/13 Ashley Sinclair (age 30) – Beaten & shot in the head. – Orlando, FL

*Died 5/29/13  Wanda (Antonio Lee age 49) – Shot 5 times answering the door of the sick friend she was caring for – Tampa FL

Died 7/7/13  Unknown woman – Found floating in a gully – Houston, Texas

Died 7/12/13  Valarie (Jock Maurice McKinney age 50) – Gunshot to her lower body. Shreveport,Louisiana

*Died 7/14/13 Diamond Williams (age:31) Hacked to death with an axe, body parts thrown in a field. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Died 8/7/13 Islan Nettles (age:21) Blunt force trauma, removed from life support at brain death- Harlem, New York

*Died 8/20/13  Domonique Newburn (age:31) Multiple stab wounds. – Fontana, CA

*Died 8/30-8/31/13  Konyale Madden (age:34) Beaten to death – Savannah, Texas

Died 9/6/13  Terry Golston (age 44)  Shot 3 times  – Shreveport,Louisiana

Died 9/12/13  Shaun Hartley (age 31) – Beaten to death – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Died 9/9/13  Melony Smith (age:28) Beaten to death – Baldwin Park, California

*Died 9/24/13  Eyricka Morgan  (age:26) Stabbed – New Brunswick, New Jersey

NORTH CAROLINA VICTIMS TO REMEMBER

Died 4/14/09   Jimmy McCollough (stage name Imaje Devera / Image Devereux   Age: 34) – Stabbed and dumped near Club Emages in Fayetteville NC

Died 4/3/10 Toni Alston (age 44) Shot to death in front of her home – Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information on events in your area see  http://www.transgenderdor.org/

©RavenHarte 11/15/13

Dealing with Suicide

Lillith Grey and I share many of the same passions and platforms, and so after I met her at CatalystCon in March, I began following her more closely. This article is a perfect example why. Probably the best thing I have ever read about the experience of a suicide within a community in which you lead/teach/hold responsibility. In fact to me, most of it applies to any unexpected death or accident/incident for which people feel responsible. I encourage everyone to read it!!!

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Yesterday, in the middle of my workday, I learned that a member of our Leather family took her own life. Suicide is a choice that is exceptionally difficult to wrap our minds around, especially when the person isn’t around anymore to help us understand. It is the 10th leading cause of death in America, making it a serious threat to the well-being of people in our country. Because mental illness and mental health care are so stigmatized, and there is relatively little public dialogue about what suicide means and how it happens, it’s not a problem that is going to go away anytime soon.

The feelings that arise for survivors of suicide are complicated and uncomfortable, so if that’s the case for you, you’re not alone. You may be feeling responsibility, regret, anger, sorrow, guilt, or shame. You may be asking yourself “why?” over and over again, searching for answers…

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Nevermore Use the Bible Against the LGBT

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Im so tired of the NC Republican’s, and in fact the nationwide Religious Reich’s, platform that their interpretation of what they believe the Bible says about the Christian G-d’s view of the LGBT is some kind of “truth” we should ALL subscribe to and accept as a reason to deny the LEGAL STATUS called “married” to LGBT couples. First of all, according to Encyclopedia Britannica’s 2005 religious survey, Christianity is less than a third of the entire world’s population. Even if I gave them all three Abrahamic religions known to vilify the LGBT (Christian, Orthodox/Conservative Jew & Muslim) subtracting the rest of Judaism, plus the Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Friends General Conference (Quaker), Unity, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian Universalist denominations (since they have all become LGBT affirming worldwide) that’s still only less than a third of the world’s population you have left.

So seriously anti-LGBT Christians DON’T presume to speak for the rest of us. You don’t represent those of us who prefer to see the Divine as an entity that supports all love affirming human interaction, and you certainly don’t represent those who don’t believe in any kind of Divine figure AT ALL, let alone care about what’s written in an outdated ancient text. Actually, stop speaking altogether, seriously, because your ignorance is showing.

Here are some facts. There is actually nothing written in ANY sacred text specifically about “gay marriage”. Buddhism and Hinduism have NO religious doctrine against same sex union in any form. The Qu’ran references acts of homosexuality twice, giving no “laws” about it at all. Those all came from the Hadith and Seerah which are basically the opinions and decrees of Muhammad. Then we have Christianity, where the homophobic & bigoted faction within that faith has chosen *7* out of 32,000 verses in the Bible, repeatedly misquoting and misinterpreting them, to use as their weapon to justify their horrific treatment of the LGBT, and the argument to deny what is again a LEGAL STATUS. Oh and in case you subscribe to the idea that “G-d wouldn’t allow for misinterpretation”, go watch the documentary “Fish Out of Water” on Netflix and come back, I’ll wait…..

So why all this religious interference about their rights as basic humans to be afforded the same benefits & protections that any other human couple might have???? Basically it boils down to TWO issues all anti-LGBT religions like to cite. #1 That somehow any sexual persuasion other than heterosexual is wrong because it involves “sex that doesn’t create life”. (In Christianity that is the Genesis Adam & Eve argument) Well I hate to tell you, there are plenty of G-d-fearing Christian straight people just in the US alone who are in a heap of trouble with G-d for that then. Taking the fact that the majority of adults in modern countries have sex using some form of birth control, there are a TON of sex acts being performed by couples that WILL NEVER result in “life”.  Then we have the sky-rocketing numbers of people with infertility issues, and ahem what about all of we women in menopause or past it…. guess old Yahweh is pretty pissed at us too.  I won’t even begin to talk about masturbation.

So then #2. That somehow any sexual persuasion, other than heterosexual, is “unnatural”. If you are taking the word “unnatural” as meaning “not occurring in nature” someone needs to take a course in animal science, because there are HUNDREDS of species of animals that display homosexual behavior as part of their normal interactions. But we’re talking about religious context, and for this one it’s the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans that anti-LGBT Christian’s like to tote out. Let me begin by pointing out that this section of Romans is basically Paul’s rant about his disgust at the Pagan Graeco-Roman culture not acknowledging “the one true G-d” and so he’s listing the ways he sees them rebelling. It’s not about homosexuality, and in fact it’s probable Paul and the entire population of the time had no concept of homosexuality as we have been conditioned to regard it today. Paul was ROMAN remember, and the affection and partnership between males we label as some kind of “homosexual behavior” was pretty much a norm of the time.

The passage used to bash LGBT, Romans 1:18-27, is  basically a story about G-d having a little temper tantrum. “Bad Pagan don’t you know Yahweh is jealous and ticked off you aren’t revering him? Bad Pagan who reveres the earth, and all the things G-D GAVE YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE. Bad Pagan I shall punish you by “giving you over to the lust in your heart” and so what happens? The HETEROSEXUALS “exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural”. Ummm basically this is implying that the innate heterosexual peoples started having something other than penis in vagina sex, and in a ritualistic sort of way. But lets make a leap and pretend it specifically is saying the “unnatural function” for a heterosexual is homosexual sex. Who then would this verse apply to NOW, because if the sin here is “going AGAINST your nature” that tells me thousands upon thousands of homosexuals being forced to PRETEND to be straight, and have straight sex, are sure gonna have some ‘splainin to do Lucy!

And BTW if you are going to hypocritically use the *7* verses in the Bible toted out (which seriously if  G-d was that worried about it, wouldn’t there be more than 7?) then let’s look at the other five I didn’t mention yet too. Leviticus 18:22 – Ok so all of Leviticus is basically the list of ways these favored Jews were supposed to behave versus the other tribes. 18 is a list of “unlawful sex acts” but this particular verse 18:22 actually falls right after a verse forbidding Jews from the practicing the fertility rites of the Pagan gods Moloch and Ashtoreth, which pretty clearly tells me it is really about how the men in that particular Pagan ritual behaved. So again it’s going back to the same issues Paul was freaking out about. “Oooh noooes, don’t act like those Pagans.”  Leviticus 20:13  – All of 20 are the punishments for the acts in 18 & 19, and because the punishment is death for the majority of them, Christianity in general has already denounced these verses. Scratch this off your list.

Genesis 19:1-29  Sodom and Gomorrah, cities whose list of sins, according to the other books of the Bible, were: splendor, pride, adultery, lying, gluttony and the same “abominations” Ive already said had to do with the Pagan acts of sacred sex – NOT homosexuality.  So they must mean the story of Lot then, who basically offered his daughters up to be gang-raped, rather than betray the laws of hospitality. Daughters who then get their dad drunk to have sex with them so they can get pregnant? SERIOUSLY?!?  <eye roll> Scientific side note… archaeologists have claimed to have found the original site of both cities, which geological evidence is showing had a major earthquake that caused the petroleum deposits, sulfur, and natural gas to burst out of the ground causing a “raining fire”.  Oh so THAT’S where homophobic Christians get this “earthquakes are a punishment from G-d for homosexuality” bullshit from. Methinks we need a HUGE kick in the national education budget to increase the amount of SCIENCE people are required to have in this country!

Finally 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10  go together as they both basically are just reiterating Paul’s issues in Leviticus. Hotly debated are 2 greek words used in these verses: malakoi and arsenokoitai. In Corinthians we see a list of those who will not “inherit the kingdom of God’, which is basically the same already given repeatedly in the afore mentioned books, except now added are these 2 words. Ok so Im no Biblical scholar, but seriously did I not just say Leviticus speaks about the Pagan rites of Moloch? And no one has actually made the leap to consider “malakoi” might just be the word they used for the worshippers of Moloch??? No instead I see things like in Matthew and Luke the word is used to mean “soft clothing” so they interpret it here as a gay man. I call bullshit! In 44 different translations of the Bible, this word was translated from the Greek into some version of “weakling” 9 times before 1602, when it gave way to the word “effeminate” used 10 times (including in the King James, American Standard Version and New American Standard bibles) before in 1913 it changed to “catamite” (boy who has sex with men), spawning the use “of male prostitute” (7 times) and THEN in 1958 we see the word homosexual appear and now in the most current 6 re-translatons. Quite a leap from “weakling”, which incidentally wasn’t referring to being physically weak when first translated this way, it meant “weak willed”, or “easily led astray”.

Then we have arsenokoitai, a word never seen in print before it appeared in these Bible verses. So we’re making up words now Paul?? Separately translated arseno is “male” and koite “bed” so malebed turns into “homosexual”? WOW! I hate to think how they would define the word mandate or mankind then!!! Regardless at this point modern scholars have looked at the historical Greek use of the same or similar words, and generally all agree this term actually refers NOT to homosexuality, but to the temple prostitute, which then again goes right back to Pagan ritual sex.

What all of this shows me is that humans should not be toting ANY current version of the Bible as a valid list of G-d’s rules, let alone profess to have ANY inkling of what G-d’s actual will might have been about partnerships we call marriage. Not to mention have you actually READ the thing? Im afraid there are many many more “rules” in that book that humans have already decided are archaic and outmoded, and so no longer follow. Yet you want to use these *7* to restrict marriage from the LGBT? And before I get the whole, “well we follow the New Testament” argument from anyone, let me just refer you to Matthew 5:17-18 where Jesus flat out says he isn’t changing or doing away with ANY of the Old Laws. Read: they all STILL apply. But lets just say you subscribe to the notion that “the Old Testament was done away with Christ” because it was “meant only as a guide for the tribe of Israel”. Well then that knocks your Genesis Adam & Eve and your Genesis Sodom & Gomorrah arguments off the list, as well as both passages in Leviticus. Which leaves *3* verses in the New Testament you are using against the LGBT, and really to what end?

So while I think everyone is entitled to believe what they want, at the same time are we really supposed to listen to you so-called Christians use your interpretation of a handful of vague Biblical verses to condemn homosexuality and deny LGBT the LEGAL STATUS, and therefore the legal rights and privileges afforded by the term “marriage” (ahem separation of church and state) whilst we also watch you willfully trample all over “laws” very clearly and specifically defined in the EXACT SAME BOOK???? Call me crazy but that looks like all sorts of hypocrisy to me. Especially when per the New Testament, you have ONLY TWO LAWS to follow, and you are clearly willfully disobeying one of them!

Matthew 22:39 “Love They Neighbor As Thyself”!

©RavenHarte 9/1/13

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Because I am an ordained clergy member who ADVOCATES for the right of marriage to be extended to those of ANY gender combination I am reposting my dear friend’s blog post here. Her blog, The Trans Preacher’s Wife, is an amazing first person view of the struggles of an LGBT partnership and sooooo worth following! Thx, RavenHarte

The Trans Preacher's Wife

Magazine-illustration-1950s-colour-lithoYesterday Liam and I participated in our third We Do Campaign action for the Campaign for Southern Equality. You can read about our participation in two earlier stages here and here. Recently, clerks in such places as New Mexico and Pennsylvania have been issuing marriage licenses despite the fact that their individual states do not sanction same-gender marriages (New Mexico neither approves nor prohibits them and Pennsylvania is not legally recognizing the marriage licenses issued in spite of state laws). Here in North Carolina, we have added Amendment One to the books, in spite of the tireless lobbying against it. Amendment One makes any kind of same-gender union illegal in this state. The Campaign for Southern Equality seeks, in this stage, to engage a clerk of court, bring them into our experience, and encourage them to stand with us in an act of conscience and…

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