Posts tagged religious issues

musaafer:

This is important; keep this in mind when it comes to any sort of political, sociological, cultural, or anthropological discourse about the Muslim female experience that deliberately excludes Muslim women. Keep this in mind when everyone is in awe at a non-Muslim woman who played dress-up one day and then wrote about the Hijab and when she is given more of space, audience and importance than Muslim women who, time and again, have talked about their experiences that, shockingly, go beyond wearing a scarf on your head for a day, week, or month. Pay attention to the silencing of Muslim women. 

betterbemeta:

bramblepatch:

lalondes:

adolescentgambino:

lalondes:

believe me your oppressive patriarchal religion is much more offensive than an atheist saying “god is pretend”

okay but why does it matter to you what goes on in my religion/why is it necessary to knock what i believe in if you’re not participating in it i’m j/s

because your religion is the reason i can’t get legally married in all fifty states

My religion isn’t the reason we can’t get legally married in all fifty states. In fact, my religion works for a number of peace and justice concerns, including queer rights.
My religion tells me to care for the poor and advocate for the disenfranchised. My religion tells me that any act of kindness and support to the least of my brothers and sisters is an act of service to my God. My religion tells me to remove the log from my own eye before I attempt to remove the speck from yours. My religion tells me that the greatest commandment is to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and the second greatest is to love my neighbor as I love myself, and that all other teachings must be examined in light of these two commandments. And my religion tells me that my neighbor is any person I have the capacity to help, regardless of any aspect of their identity.
Yeshua ben Yosef was the son of an unwed teenage mother and the stepson of a manual laborer, and he spent his formative years as an undocumented immigrant in a foreign country. He not only socialized and ate with sinners, lepers, tax collectors, and sex workers, he built his inner circle of them. He lost his temper when he found the temple being used as a financial institution but he never said a word against anyone based on who they loved. He treated everyone with dignity and compassion, regardless of race, religion, gender, or creed, and he never said a word about sexual orientation, largely because his culture didn’t conceptualize that facet of human experience in the same way that we do today. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that, had it been an aspect of his culture, he’d have treated queer folk with the same support and dignity he treated literally everyone else who was not actively hurting another person. He did, however, condemn the actions of those who exploited other people, who made a show of their wealth or piety for the admiration of others, and who were so insistent on following the letter of the law that they hurt the people they were supposed to serve.
The hypocrites who hurt and oppress people in the name of a judgmental, narrowminded god are not representing or practicing my religion. I’m not sure what religion they are practicing, but their behavior has nothing to do with the life or teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
You don’t have to follow this or any religion, but please don’t use the actions of exactly the sort of people Christ most vocally disapproved of as an excuse to condemn Christianity. 

You know what? I am going to get hate for this, but I kind of have to say NO. I don’t often talk about religion, but now I am going to, for a while.

This post is a classic example of moving the goalposts. The OP was talking about a religious institution. As in, made up of leadership figures. Ones that engage in endorsing oppressive actions every day, either actively, or complicity. Not every leadership figure does. But it’s in the interest of many branches of Christianity (meaning: their leaderships, not their spiritual goals or dogmas) that LGBTQ+ people do not receive full social equality, that women do not achieve true equity, even that people of color lose what rights and social standing they have. It is in the interest of many Christian leaders that science education not be taught in schools in a reality-based manner, and that medicine not be applied or studied to some ailments, that birth control should not be endorsed, that various branches of Christianity keep multiplying in an attempt to, in dominionist fashion, convert the entire world.

This has nothing to do with your faith or your Christ or the peace-loving intent of your religious worldview. 

This has to do with religious leaders, the agendas of physical, real human beings on planet Earth. 

In the USA at least, various branches of Christianity enjoy enormous social privilege. The above post totally disregards that kind of social power and legitimacy (I’m sorry, HOW many of our presidents have followed some sort of Christianity, or forced to affiliate with Christianity to appear ‘electable’?  what’s that, ALL of them?) that various christian institutions hold. It disregards the amount of oppression it has brought upon people, the fact that huge amounts of people have been forcibly converted as an attempt at cultural brainwashing, in favor of saying ‘well Christianity isn’t REALLY like that, Christ would have condemned the people you are talking about!’

THEN WHY ARE THEY CHRISTIAN LEADERS? Why has nobody done anything about this, if leadership does not represent the views of the people it represents?  

This has NOTHING to do with what Christ would or would not have approved of. This has everything to do about earthly institutions. To say otherwise is to move the discussion out of bounds.

The above post is as nonsense as if somebody complained about the USA’s Republican Party starting a war in Iraq for fiscal gain, but somebody coming in and saying, ‘well, ACTUALLY, the Republican Party is all about small government and reduced spending. Stop complaining about people who aren’t ‘true’ republicans that Teddy Roosevelt wouldn’t approve of!’

It’s nonsense and changes nothing about the fact that bad things have happened. When you’re in a position of privilege, whether you’re white, straight, cis, whatever, even religious privilege, you are going to have to square with the fact that your identity has hurt other people and no amount of ‘but we REALLY stand for good things!’ can change the actions of your leadership.

And really, you should be enraged. People of your faith, who supposedly believe in good will towards all men and women on earth, stopping another human from finding happiness? That ought to make you scream! Before deciding to patronize about what Christianity is or is not to people who obviously have been oppressed by you, maybe you should begin explaining what is and what isn’t cool to people on your own side.

Wearing a hijab isn’t inherently liberating – but neither is baring one’s breasts. What is liberating is being able to choose either of these things. It’s pretty ludicrous to think that oppression is somehow proportional to how covered or uncovered someone’s body is. Both sides of this argument present a shallow understanding of women’s empowerment, which only drowns out the substantive challenges facing all women – issues that cannot be encapsulated in a debate about a piece of fabric.
salamseeker:

People need to stop creating victims out of us.Drawing by SalamSeekerReblog, do not repost. 

salamseeker:

People need to stop creating victims out of us.
Drawing by SalamSeeker
Reblog, do not repost. 

torayot:

captain-sonic:

Christian group books anti-gay ads to appear on buses

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

London buses have been booked to carry a Christian advertising campaign expected to start next week, which asserts the power of therapy to change the sexual orientation of gay people.

What the fuck. How is this okay?

what

I just

no

 #I feel like vomiting

This can’t be right.  If nothing else isn’t there a copyright issue?

:)

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whatpath:

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Coffee

Cameras


Experimental Physics


Chess


Soap


Shampoo


Perfume/spirits


Irrigation


Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons


Combination locks


Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)


Surgical instruments


Anesthesia


Windmill


Treatment of Cowpox


Fountain pen


Numbering system


Algebra/Trigonometry


Modern Cryptology


3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)


Crystal glasses


Carpets


Checks


Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

University
Optics
Music
Toothbrush
Hospitals
Bathing
Quilting
Mariner’s Compass
Soft drinks
Pendulum
Braille
Cosmetics
Plastic surgery
Calligraphy
Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.
It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.
It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.
It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.
It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.
It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.
It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey
It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.
It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.
The list goes on………..
Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!
Sources:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD
http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

whatpath:

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?

Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:

  • Coffee
  • Cameras

  • Experimental Physics

  • Chess

  • Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Perfume/spirits

  • Irrigation

  • Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons

  • Combination locks

  • Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)

  • Surgical instruments

  • Anesthesia

  • Windmill

  • Treatment of Cowpox

  • Fountain pen

  • Numbering system

  • Algebra/Trigonometry

  • Modern Cryptology

  • 3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)

  • Crystal glasses

  • Carpets

  • Checks

  • Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

  • University
  • Optics
  • Music
  • Toothbrush
  • Hospitals
  • Bathing
  • Quilting
  • Mariner’s Compass
  • Soft drinks
  • Pendulum
  • Braille
  • Cosmetics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Calligraphy
  • Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on………..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD

http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

ipsadixit:

always reblog

ipsadixit:

always reblog

superqueerartsyblog:

This picture was supposed to be an entry for this contest. To sum it up, it’s about inter-faith tolerance and acceptance. The theme was to draw two or more people with different faiths ”in a peaceful and friendly mood”. Knowing the importance of accepting others regardless of what they believe in, I decided to give this theme a try. I had the idea for this picture stuck in my head: two girls, one Muslim and one Christian, in love.
I wanted to erase the stereotype about ”all religious people hating gays” and similar prejudices.
But then I saw rule g; ”no nudity, sex, gore, yaoi, yuri, inappropriate things”. Now, I was not intending to draw any inappropriate stuff or nudity, but the terms ”yaoi” and ”yuri” confused me, as they are term for japanese gay porn, NOT gay relationships in general. So I asked if I could draw two girls in love.
I wish I had screencaps for this discussion, because it was rather disillusioning and offensive. The creator of this contest of TOLERANCE basically said zoophilia and homosexuality were the same.
”based on your logic, someone can also say he loves his pet animal and by this, zoophilia will be also considered love.”
He also excluded gay Muslims from their faith, and spoke as if they do not exist. I for sure KNOW that there indeed ARE gay Muslims, and I ALSO know that being a homophobe isn’t a criteria for being a Muslim.
Why on earth would someone hold a contest about accepting and tolerating others regardless of what they happen to believe in, when they do not tolerate other’s way of life? I know that many gay people are rather hostile towards Islam because they think that all Muslims hate gay people. This is a stereotype. Why reinforce it when you are trying to fight this kind of prejudice? It’s awfully ironic.
He suddenly blocked me during the discussion, abruptly ending the conversation while still getting the last word.
Now: I encourage you all to draw a shitload of gay Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hinduists, Jews - heck, people of every different religion ever. Religion does not equal narrow mindness. Please spread this message and be a better example than this guy I had the discussion with.

superqueerartsyblog:

This picture was supposed to be an entry for this contest. To sum it up, it’s about inter-faith tolerance and acceptance. The theme was to draw two or more people with different faiths ”in a peaceful and friendly mood”. Knowing the importance of accepting others regardless of what they believe in, I decided to give this theme a try. I had the idea for this picture stuck in my head: two girls, one Muslim and one Christian, in love.

I wanted to erase the stereotype about ”all religious people hating gays” and similar prejudices.

But then I saw rule g; ”no nudity, sex, gore, yaoi, yuri, inappropriate things”. Now, I was not intending to draw any inappropriate stuff or nudity, but the terms ”yaoi” and ”yuri” confused me, as they are term for japanese gay porn, NOT gay relationships in general. So I asked if I could draw two girls in love.

I wish I had screencaps for this discussion, because it was rather disillusioning and offensive. The creator of this contest of TOLERANCE basically said zoophilia and homosexuality were the same.

”based on your logic, someone can also say he loves his pet animal and by this, zoophilia will be also considered love.”

He also excluded gay Muslims from their faith, and spoke as if they do not exist. I for sure KNOW that there indeed ARE gay Muslims, and I ALSO know that being a homophobe isn’t a criteria for being a Muslim.

Why on earth would someone hold a contest about accepting and tolerating others regardless of what they happen to believe in, when they do not tolerate other’s way of life? I know that many gay people are rather hostile towards Islam because they think that all Muslims hate gay people. This is a stereotype. Why reinforce it when you are trying to fight this kind of prejudice? It’s awfully ironic.

He suddenly blocked me during the discussion, abruptly ending the conversation while still getting the last word.

Now: I encourage you all to draw a shitload of gay Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hinduists, Jews - heck, people of every different religion ever. Religion does not equal narrow mindness. Please spread this message and be a better example than this guy I had the discussion with.