Feminism in Religion

The other day, I was listening to a Christian Radio station and there was a broadcast of what I assume to be a local church’s sermon. When i turned on my radio, the pastor was in the middle of saying “there was not 1 female angel”. He want on to say that there was a reason that the angels were referred to as “he”. I’m sure said preacher had a point but I didn’t continue listening to see where he was going with this. I do not know all about the Bible. I am still in the infancy of my faith. However, I do not believe that anyone knows for a fact that all the angels were males. A quick search tells me that only a few angels were ever mentioned by name in the Bible. There are possibly a few more mentioned in the Torah or Qur’an, which I doubt this pastor was referring to. Either way out of a “host” of angels having at most 10-15 names you can’t possibly know for certain that ALL the angels were male. The concept of gender, to be quite honest, might not even apply to angels. It reminds me of the male seahorse. Maybe just maybe, what you thought was a male is indeed a female and at that point you are just too ashamed to admit it. Happens to the best of us.
I will always wonder how much of the role women were given in the history of monotheism was because of male traditions at the time. When I was growing up my mother always taught me that women were not supposed to be preachers/ ministers/pastors, etc. but she never explained WHY. When I was younger and thought of God I always pictured a Sistine chapel, old, white, bearded God.sistine chapel god Then in high school, I liked the idea of Black Jesus with dreadlocksblack jesus. Now I much prefer an unknowable God. I like to think of a God too beautiful and terrible to look upon. I would like to believe that our concept of what God sounds and looks like, fail in comparison to who he really is. And if angels are the instruments which God uses to do his work, why couldn’t they be what our frail minds conceive of as “female”? Didn’t God work through Esther? Through Ruth? Through Mary?

What do you think? If I am wrong by all means correct me and let me know.

Lying to the Person You Love Most

I’ve been doing something I said I would never do. I’ve been lying to my daughter about Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy. You know what else? I don’t feel bad about it. Firstly, (not sure if firstly is a word, but don’t judge me) I’m not really lying by commission,Ā  I’m lying by omission. I’m not telling her that there is a Santa Claus or Easter Bunny, I’m just not refuting the fact either. Mainly because I don’t want to crush her little dreams and happiness. Just because I had a bitter, mostly Christmas-less child- hood does not mean that she should also. When Christmas rolls around I always tell her as I let her open a gift “look what daddy got you”, or “look what mommy bought.” Sort of subliminally letting her know that Santa didn’t have jack to do with her presents. santa_claus_doesnt_exist_post_cards-rcbcbf0b3eaa549d9b427da7f0eb47727_vgbaq_8byvr_512

Secondly, I am losing the war of parenting and marriage (like most men.) because as many times as I purposely try to omit the existence of a Santa Claus her mother is saying “Santa is coming” or “what is Santa going to bring you?” I can’t just step inĀ and say, “Santa is going to bring you shit!” Because then I am the bad guy, and no parent wants to be the bad guy. So I’m stuck between a rock and a fictional hard place. 34972463

Third (is there a thirdly? and if there isn’t, then I guess I can’t use Secondly), so …Thirdly I am one of those awful Christians who does not go to Church often. I’ve been stuck between churches ever since I moved down to New Orleans. I either do not like a church, most of the ones I’ve been to, or IĀ like it but it is too far to be practical. I digress, I still like to harp on the idea that Christmas should be about God/ Jesus (nevermind the whole not being born in the winter argument, lets save that for a later date) and so should Easter. In some ways I feel like the Bunny takes away from the sanctity of the holiday. On the other hand, there are atheists out there who would analogizeĀ my believe in God to my daughter’s belief in Santa/ Easter Bunny. To those guys I say: “Fuck You Buddy!!” I already said I wasn’t a very good Christian.santa_vs_god

Fourthly (that sounds plain stupid) my daughter watches entirely too much television. This is MY FAULT. The television is a bigĀ promoter of the Santa Claus/ Easter Bunny agenda. It is why my daughter’s attention spanĀ sucks.Ā (It is also part of the reason why sheĀ began speaking and counting at an early age.) It is hard to tell a Toddler no this isn’t real when every t.v. show she watches has a holiday episode that NEVER speaks about religion but features a heavy dose of SC/EB. (I can abbreviate Santa Claus and Easter Bunny without introducing them, I’m good like that.) You can’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore, it seems. Even “happy Holidays” seems to be headed for a downfall. pretty soon we will be limited to either “Happy Gift Giving Day” or “Happy see members of your Spouse’s family which you hate day”. When my daughter gets older she can be whatever religion/ non religion she wants but while she lives in my house she will be a Judeo/Christian/ respecter of Muslims.

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Mostly, I want to raise a nice respectable young lady, who does not end up as a stripper. If believing in Santa means that you keep your clothes on while talking to strange men, by all means, believe in him until you die. The only thing thatĀ irks me more than thisĀ whole Holiday lie situation is the inevitable birds and the bees. talk…

Te’o Soap Opera Continues

This Te’o shit is getting deeper and uglier. So now the dude who was perpertrating as a woman, and Catfished (you like how I used that as a verb hunh) Manti Te’o is saying that he may have been in love with Te’o.

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The first of McGraw’s two-part interview with Tuiasosopo will air Thursday on the “Dr. Phil” show. McGraw appeared Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, which aired two clips of the Tuiasosopo interview.

“There were many times when Manti and Lennay have broken up,” Tuiasosopo said, “but something would bring them back together, whether it was something going on in his life or Lennay’s life or in this case my life.”

McGraw said Tuiasosopo told him he fell deeply in love with Te’o and that for Tuiasosopo it was a romantic relationship.

“Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love,” McGraw told NBC. “I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’ And he says yes. I said, ‘Are you then therefore gay?’ And he said, ‘When you put it that way, yes.’ And then he caught himself and said ‘I am confused.’ ”

McGraw told NBC that Te’o “absolutely, unequivocally” wasn’t involved in the hoax.

One theory for the hoax is that Te’o was trying to cover up a homosexual relationship. In her TV interview with Te’o last week, Katie Couric asked him if he was gay.

“No, far from it,” he said. “Faaaaarrrr from it.”

Tuiasosopo told McGraw that as Te’o became more famous he knew that the online hoax he started more than two years ago was going to blow up.

Tuiasosopo said: “I wanted to end it because after everything I had gone through I finally realized that I just had to move on with my life and had to get … you know, my real me, Ronaiah … I just had to start living and let this go.”

McGraw said he spent time with Tuiasosopo and his parents.

“Ronaiah had a number of life experiences that damaged this young man in some very serious ways,” he said.

read the rest of this ESPN article here

read another article that I wrote about the Te’o soap opera here

Doesn’t Measure Up

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So, recently someone measured a Subway sandwich and found out it doesn’t measure up. The foot longs (12 inches in a foot) are really only eleven. Subway counteracted by claiming the bread wasnt cooked to their specifications. That statement didn’t cut it so they went to the legal jargon saying “footlong” is a product description and not a measurement. Now everyone is “Subwaying” – taking photos of their sandwich next to a ruler, yard stick, measuring tape.

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These photos are a Quiznos ad in the making. The biggest part of this in my opinion is the reaction from Subway. We all know when McDonald’s says quarter pound or Angus 1/3rd pound the fine print says precooked patty weight.

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For Subway to come out at first and try to say that that particular sandwich wasn’t up to standard was a low blow and they had to know other people would measure up. On the other hand, if they give you an extra inch of bread, their meat already comes in predetermined selections ( 4 meatballs for a “footlong” 2 for a 6 inch.) Is it really that big a deal? @Royal_U_G 1royalradio.com

Lyriqs Da Lyraciss vs Top Billion Beef

So recently some emotions got stirred up between artists Top Billion (@topbillion) and Lyriqs Da Lyraciss (@underdogcentral). Top Billion released a diss track available here Saturday Oct. 20th. Sunday Oct. 21st a battle ensued. Lyriqs claims (I wasn’t there I can’t confirm or deny) he won. Lyriqs also responded:

Now personally i find the situation amusing. I mean I do enjoy a good battleĀ . Ā But these dudes were just rocking together not too long ago:

as much as I enjoy the punchlines that come from diss tracks There’s something I enjoy more: Young blacks getting money. Working together will accomplish more than tearing each other down. Its all cheap entertainment for a while but what happens when that gets old? There’s more of an upside of working together and building the best product you can put out.

Selling Your Art

Most Americans have a hobby which borders on art. Whether it’s singing,dancing, writing and performing poetry or even burping. Some people actually try to make a living from these hobbies; and run into a huge problem. What price do you put on your art? If you write songs iTunes would have you believe your work is only worth 99Ā¢ ($1.29 if you’re Justin Beiber.) Ā If you are a painter maybe you think your work is priceless like Michelangelo but comes out looking more like this.

whatever the case it may be hard for you to ascribe a price to something you have worked so hard to accomplish. I have always been a fan of art setting it’s own price. By finding out how much others are willing to pay for certain items you set reasonable third party expectations. Also you avoid the awkward moment of realizing that your art is not what you thought it was worth by someone refusing to pay such a price.

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