Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
'No reason for religion to enter the public sphere,' says French far-right party, which won control of 11 municipalities in recent elections.
“The 11 towns in which France’s far-right National Front won majorities in recent local elections will no longer offer non-pork school meals for Jewish and Muslim pupils, party leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday.”
Disgusting, I hate France.
The student, known as C.C., was asked by sixth-grade teacher Rita Roark to answer the following question on a test: “ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” When C.C. failed to respond “Lord,” Roark responded “you’re stupid if you don’t believe in God.” She also frequently denigrated his Buddhist faith, as well as the Hindu faith, referring to both as “stupid.”
When his parents complained to Sabine Parish Superintendent Sara Ebarb, they were told that “this is the Bible belt,” so they should expect to find the Christian God in the classroom. Ebarb advised them that if they wanted an ungodly classroom, they should transfer C.C. to a school where “there are more Asians.”
Judge Elizabeth Foote of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana sidedwith C.C. and his parents, citing that Roark’s behavior — and the school’s decision to defend it — clearly violated “the Free Exercise and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
With regard to the specific behavior of Roark, Judge Foot wrote that “[t]he District and School Board are permanently enjoined from permitting School Officials at any school within the School District to promote their personal religious beliefs to students in class or during or in conjunction with a School Event.” Furthermore, “School Officials shall not denigrate any particular faith, or lack thereof, or single out any student for disfavor or criticism because of his or her particular faith or religious belief, or lack thereof.”
She also ordered that all members of the school board, as well as all faculty — both current and incoming — be trained by an attorney approved by the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana as to their responsibilities with respect to the First Amendment. The training will emphasize the “the psychological and developmental impact of religious discrimination on students.”
The School Board suggested they go to a school “with more Asians”…
This hasn’t been getting as much attention on tumblr as it should. Look up the situation in quebec - seriously. - Sam
For those who are seeing this for the first time, there is a provincial legislation in the works in Quebec that would ban any public employees from wearing “obvious religious attire” (that’s not actually a quote), including the hijab. So that police, post office, school teachers, I’ve guessing medical professions, firefighters, government employees, etc. Thankfully, there is a resistance, and one member of the party proposing the bill has left the party because of it. Everything I just said is a summery, based on recollections. I suggest researching the details over just taking my word for it.
Check this shit out.
Symbols that are okay:
Symbols that are not okay:
Yeah. These jokers want to ban Jewish employees from wearing yarmulkes. Need to wear a turban, headscarf, or similar covering? Fuck yourself, that’s forbidden. You should just wear a tiny ring or earring instead, because you can totally just trade in highly significant religious observances for kitschy jewelry like that.
Also note that they’re not taking down the crucifix in the National Assembly or the giant assfuck cross on Mount Royal, on the grounds that they’ve been around so long that they’re integral parts of Quebec’s history and culture and are basically totally secular you guys.
So yeah, this is 100% straight-up xenophobic bigotry. Dudes are basically trying to ban every religious thing except for Christian religious things, under the clear assumption that “Christian” doesn’t constitute “religious” because it is the baseline and the norm and other religions are simply deviations from it.
Hey. Reblogging this because this is important shit—I have plenty of friends in Quebec, and this is in no way a reflection on any of them (that I know), but crap like this shouldn’t stay quiet.
Consider a wedding ring—it is a symbol of your commitment to one person forever—you wear it with pride, every day, as a symbol of the vows you made—even if you are single and never plan on getting married, you understand and respect that as a right of the person wearing it. Now consider the various religious coverings as listed in the ‘not okay’ image in part of the reblogs—they are also all symbols of life-long commitments to an individual’s beliefs. Now imagine that all of the single people in Quebec are uncomfortable with you flaunting your marriage and attempt to take away your right to wear that symbol at work. Get it?
Even if you don’t believe what they believe or feel compelled to wear the same religious paraphernalia, it should be really fucking easy to understand that this is a PERSONAL thing for them, and that you have zero right to take it away from them because you don’t understand what it means or represents for them.
I know they’re trying to make it look equal by throwing giant ass crosses in there, but that only works if thousands of Quebec residents normally wear giant, fist-sized crosses to their government jobs. I have NEVER seen anyone wear a cross that big outside of church (and I went through 15 years of catholic school and all the church that goes along with that), so I’m guessing that it’s a non-issue; they may as well be trying to outlaw giant foam hands with the pointer finger as a cross (Do those even exist? Does it even matter), because you’re just as likely to see people wearing those everywhere. This thing they’re trying to pass is a thinly veiled attempt to make racist white Catholic people more comfortable. I’m not saying that all white Catholics are racist, but if you’re a white Catholic who lives in Quebec and supports this bill, you’re absolutely racist. Get the fuck out, guys.
There are similar bigoted laws in France. Just reprehensible.
i thought i would share this
This is really interesting.
It’s important to remember that the Bible has about 10x as many words as the Qur’an. This means that the negative words are about equal, by percentage, and the Qur’an has way more positive words.
(Also the RS nerd in me really wants to know which translations were used, and how these particular words were decided on.)
I’m so fucking mad I can’t even
An atheist group set up a “god graveyard” on campus, to celebrate the “deaths” of gods once worshiped and now considered “only mythical”
In an excellent display of their cognitive dissonance what they are really celebrating are the murder of believers and the destruction of cultures, perpetrated by monotheistic imperialism.
THEY HAVE GODS FROM LIVING RELIGIONS ON THAT LIST. THEY’RE JUST BROWN PEOPLE RELIGIONS THAT AREN’T WELL KNOWN. THEIR IGNORANT ASSES ARE SHITTING RACIST SHIT ALL OVER THE CAMPUS.
"WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET VANDALS" they post "THESE GODS ARE DEAD" I’m not even going to fight for neopagan religion to be taken seriously. That’s not even the important fight. I’m thinking the chances are high that there are UW students who follow at least a little bit of traditional religion. If one person felt afraid to speak out because they are - surprise of surprises - less powerful compared this group, WILL END THESE PEOPLE.
That’s all I can pull together tonight, I’m just mad and sad.
and mad and mad and mad and mad.
gods bless whoever put down the mead and roses.
I’d definitely do something. Put up counter signs nearby, or do as whoever left the mead and roses did. Any sign that no, these gods are definitely not dead. Maybe even soapbox about it to whoever will listen.
they have a facebook page here. we’ve been leaving messages. they dont seem to care, they seem to only want to hear the positive messages.
I mean, I think “doing something” public like that is a mistake. The signs are down now, it won’t be that durable in people’s minds. What I want is to get those officers in a room sitting still while I explain kindly and compassionately to their faces, with my best outreach hat on on that they need to pull their pants up over their white asses and start fighting the powerful - religious groups do cause a lot of problems in this society, and I am with political atheists on so many issues - rather than stomping on the less-powerful or crowing over “victories” they didn’t even have anything to do with.
I think this offends me the most because it’s just shittiness. It’s little, petty shittiness, and it isn’t even relevant to shit.
and i know they said they didnt put gods up from cultures that were still living (i think the one with the Krishna sign is actually from a different display) but seriously, how do they know? did they ask? or did they just google “popular religions” and put everything else there?
There are way too many people on my dash who are calling it ‘ingenious’ or ‘cool.’
I sort of get what they were going for? But it’s still messed up.
I mean, in one of the photos, you can see Tom Hiddleston as Loki on one of the ‘gravestones.’ I mean, yeah, Tom is what most people think of when they think of Loki nowadays now that the movies are so popular, but they couldn’t have been for something a little more traditional? Is Tom’s Loki the only one worth remembering?
Quite frankly, I’m just waiting for one of the gods to do their stuff.
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Preface this by saying I’m a resident of Quebec so you’re getting a bonfide Quebec opinion with this. In case you’re wondering where we actually weigh in.
Let’s begin, shall we?
I want you to look at a poster. It’s a very simple poster, no bigger than 20 inches wide, yellow in colour, and printed on thin cardstock. It features an image of a six-pointed star, the Star of David or magen David (“shield of David”). It reads, in German,
Jude: Wer dieses Zeichen tragt, ist ein Feind unseres Volkes ("Jew: who bears this mark, is an enemy of our people")
This poster was a propaganda piece produced by the government of Nazi Germany in the 1940s. The Star of David was then an identifying symbol of The Other, those individuals who walk among us, but are not one of us. And, of course, those who were forced to wear it were later gathered up, removed from society, and forced into brutal death camps, where survival was a miracle often won at the cost of one’s humanity.
Now I want you to look at another poster: and this one comes to you not from 1940s Germany, but from the modern day, in the Canadian province of Quebec. This one is digital: Adobe Illustrator was the likely medium. The design is flashier, and the variety of “marks” has increased; but it uses the same essential rhetoric: those who bear the mark, are enemies of our people.
The top reads, in French, “A province neutral in your service,” before displaying three permitted symbols: subtle crescent moon, cross, and magen David jewelry. Below, and this is the far more sinister part, are displayed “ostentatious” religious items of clothing, items such as the Muslim hijab and burka, the Sikh turban, the Jewish kippah, and a large Christian cross, that will no longer be permitted in the Quebec public sector.
When Westerners on Tumblr speak of “institutionalized racism,” we’re using alluding to something vague, nebulous, and/or impossible to pinpoint, but rarely do we, in the age of Twitter and Doctor Who gifs, see a bonafide racist legislation introduced in our own countries. Well… here it is.
The first clue that would tip you off to the fact that this is embroiled in anti-immigrant rhetoric is when you learn that the large crucifix in Quebec parliament will remain unscathed by this assault; as will Christmas trees, both of which the Quebec government claims have been “secularized” and do not have religious significance anymore. The assertion that a crucifix, for two billion Christians the very symbol of living faith, could ever be secular is preposterous. But more importantly, it reveals that white privilege, and the normalization of Christianity, as well as racism, sexism, and xenophobia, are the dominating factors at play here: hatred of other societies, much more so than any desire to preserve one’s own.
Quebeckers need to ask themselves: who will be affected by this new legislation disproportionately? If you answered “Muslim women,” then you just answered the $64,000 Question. Muslim women, who have already experienced persecution in the province, are by far the most visible believers targeted by the law. Their hijabs are full head coverings, as opposed to the smaller kippah and cross. Schools will be hit hardest by this move (let’s keep those immigrant fuckers from teaching our kids, oh, diversity and tolerance), and we all know there are way, way more women in the public school system than men, and a lot of North African teachers in Quebec schools. See where I’m going with this?
This legislation, which flies in the face of every major international rights charter since… well, since ever, is a travesty, and it doesn’t represent Quebec values, or Canadian values. Ever been to the cultural tapestry that is Montreal? Or Toronto? Or… any Canadian city? So, when you guys see this on the news, please don’t think all Canadians are xenophobic. We’re not, no more than we all live in igloos (though to be sure, some of us do), own pet beavers, or club baby seals for pleasure. We are fighting this every fucking step of the way.
Just today, I contacted my teachers’ union, and they were exceptionally sympathetic to my complaint, and they took an official opposing stance against the new legislation, following suit after several other major teachers’ unions. Quebec needs to realize that true secularism means freedom and equality of religion. This isn’t “Harrison Bergeron,” anymore than it’s Nazi Germany, no matter how convenient the parallel. Thankfully, democracy is there for those who want it in this country, whether Idle No More and my province’s Nishiiyuu Walkers, or some kid with access to Tumblr.
What do you think? Will this legislation pass?
"My life was spiraling out of control in a hurry," Phil said. "It’s literally what Jesus said, ‘from darkness to light.’" After he became a Christian, Phil gave up drinking and "with a clear head" went back to Louisiana with his family and bought a house on the river. He then started working as a commercial fisherman while he built his duck call business from the ground up.
Phil, who blames the ’60s generation for the social problems the United States is facing today, said at the same event, that: “You can only run sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll so far. The bottom line is what came out of that movement is what you’re now witnessing. They had little innocent names; they called us ‘hippies’ and ‘flower children.’ That movement lured 60 million babies out of their mothers’ wombs. What came out of that are universities that take our children and warp their minds – the ungodliness is literally rampant. All of the diseases that go with immorality, all of that stuff came out of my generation.”
Part of Phil’s mission today is to “try to make amends, and go forth and tell people about Jesus and what he’s done for us on the cross. I’ve repented, and I’m trying to get my generation to do the same thing.”
He told Meeuwsen that he noticed A&E’s production team was taking Jesus’ name out of the show when he gave the family’s dinnertime prayer. He later asked them why they were doing that, and they replied they didn’t want to offend their viewers.
During the next taping of the dinner scene, he prayed: “Father, thank you for the good food, thank you for our children, thank you for loving us and saving us. And I pray that you give these people that are filming us time to repent before you burn them for not using your name in a prayer.” That ended the battle and brought Jesus’ name back into the show.
Wow what the fuck.
Hi producers of the show that made me famous! You’re all going to burn in hell! But I’m totally not for being on this show on a network that encourages all of those “ungodly” things nope nope nope!
Talk about cognitive dissonance, geez.
Also, there are a lot of things wrong with the university/college system, especially in the States. LEARNING IS NOT ONE OF THOSE THINGS.
If learning things makes you lose your faith, then your faith isn’t very strong. If you need to be kept ignorant in order to believe in something, that belief is probably wrong.
Marcus Aurelius (via chloesthinking)
IT’S THE TRUTH.
My philosophy in a nutshell.