Creation

I once read (and have since forgotten where or from who—please feel free to correct this quotation or provide a citation if you have one), that Creating is not something that gods do, it is something that they are. Elsewhere, in reading feminist interpretations of the bible (specifically, the time in Eden), I discovered a … [Read more…]

Worship

The Charge of the Goddess (a popular pagan prayer/poem written in the form of the goddess telling her people how to worship her) contains the following line: behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals There is much to love in the Charge, which reads as an affirmation of life and love and … [Read more…]

“a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and […] values”

This is how our president defined our country yesterday. Explicitly denying that it was a “Christian nation” and explicitly stating that this fact is one of our “great strengths”. It’s nice to be reminded of this—and by someone so high in the administration! It is vogue for politicians to exclaim “God bless America!” Whether or … [Read more…]

Sexual Identity & Faith: Growing Up Gay in a Christian Family

This is another lecture that was put on at my school, this time by the ACLU, in response to Prop 8. The California Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments about the Constitutionality of Prop 8 a week from tomorrow. In preparation for that, the local ACLU chapter invited to gay people who grew up in … [Read more…]

Mary in Catholicism: Close to my heart (Spark)

Two recent news stories impressed upon me the fact that I will always be some kind of Catholic. Even if it’s ex-Catholic. My first step in rejecting religion was exploring my own. This started as what I later knew to be feminist critique of Catholicism. The more I learned, the more it seemed clear to … [Read more…]

“Are you really an atheist?”

said the friend sitting next to me at Christmas Eve dinner, with a vague look of disgust on her face, like I’d just admitted to enjoying self-flagellation. I was in the company of a number of people who had escaped Western religion (all some form of Christianity) and landed firmly in Eastern religion (all some … [Read more…]

Sparks: I Couldn’t Keep Them to Myself

Obama’s first YouTube-Side Chat. I’d love to get the audio in podcast, since I have more time to listen than to watch. I’m so glad that he’s doing this (I’ve been saying for some time that the Fireside Chats need to be brought back, to increase trust and transparency; in this case, also to increase … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Still Alive

I’ve held off for as long as I could bear to, but it is now time to release this upon the MoF community. From the guy who brought us the classic office zombie song, Re: Your Brains and the classy May Day song, First of May, comes the geek classic Still Alive, the end-credits song … [Read more…]

the stupid things religion comes up with!

Sometimes, I’m really sympathetic of religion, having been there (sorta) myself and having many friends and relatives who are still there. But sometimes, there are just no words to describe the stupid depths to which religion drives people. First, we have the Anglican priest who believes that homosexuals should have warning labels (you know, like … [Read more…]

the Pulpit Initiative—or, should churches maintain their tax exempt status?

So Freedom Sunday has come and gone. I didn’t hear anything on the news this morning about whether or not major changes are in the works, but I’d like to hear from the MoF crowd about this. Should churches be tax exempt or free to use their spiritual influence to exert political influence (and pay … [Read more…]

Theocracy

*desperately trying to avoid typing “theoCRAZY!”* I missed this discussion at school, but have been seeing flyers for a forum on asylum law that state: HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR FREEDOM OF RELIGION? […] Come hear [asylum professionals] discuss asylum law and practice. In particular, they will discuss the plight of Christian converts in Iran and … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Personal Jesus

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Depeche Mode (the peach, with ice cream?) wrote a haunting offer to stand in for a missing element: [wp_youtube]KW3aEimWW10[/wp_youtube] Your own, personal, Jesus. A Jesus you don’t have to share with the rest of humanity. Someone who cares A wonderful indictment against an indifferent Jesus.