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The Fine Line Between Belief and Bigotry : (My 2 cents on the Duck Dynasty Fiasco)

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Written by: Montre Bible

So today in the news, it seems that everyone online is talking about  Phil Robertson (ya know the backwoods guy who looks like a red neck Osama Bin Laden) and his comments about homosexuals (and might I add) African American people (since they both involve me and these comments are coming from a heterosexual Caucasian man and his thoughts on the matter) .  Of course, he said nothing that I wouldn’t expect from someone in his demographic. I wasn’t surprised. If you didn’t hear about his comments that later suspended him from his TV show, he claimed homosexuality later leads to bestiality, that vagina is better than anus (is he saying this from experience?)  and went on to further say black folks were happy during segregation and weren’t as unhappy as people say they were blah blah blah ( a bunch of ignorant talk) I will post the article here read it later: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/19/showbiz/duck-dynasty-suspension/ .

Last time I checked, I had a boyfriend and no way desired to have sex with my dog and even though I was born during a different time, I can safely say that African Americans are better off now than they were during the Jim Crow laws. People now are jumping on the bandwagon and saying that good ol Phil’s freedom of speech rights are being violated because he was basically taken off air because of his comments. It’s gotten so politically heated that Sarah Palin is jumping in to offer her support to allow Phil Robertson to say what he feels. So… here’s me… expressing my freedom of speech about Phil Robertson’s freedom of speech (it’s the American way) :

I could care less about what Phil Robertson thinks about homosexuals. Yes he has the right to express what he says but , when you are a public figure (ie. on televison) you are representing a brand. It’s like if you are work (Mcdonalds, the Gap, or maybe you work customer service at AT&T or something) and you say something offensive to a customer, well.. your job may be on the line. You have freedom of speech to say you don’t like this that or the other for whatever reason; but if the Brand doesn’t represent your thoughts or actions and you put their reputation on the line, they have the right to let you go.

Now the problem I find is that people have a hard time understanding how to express their beliefs without expressing bigotry. This is because they haven’t been taught nor felt the need to do so because it’s only recently that the world has moved from isolated societies to a melting pot of human thought because of the internet and cable TV. So with that, let’s define bigotry or what a bigot is:

big·ot

noun \ˈbi-gət\

: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

Full Definition of BIGOT

:  a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
— big·ot·ed  adjective
— big·ot·ed·ly adverb

Examples of BIGOT

  1. He was labeled a bigot after making some offensive comments.
  2. <an incorrigible bigot who hasn’t entertained a new thought in years>
  3. “It’s scandalous,” he said, in the tones once used by Colonel Blimp, Britain’s best-loved bigot, who adorned the pages of the Evening Standard throughout the 1930s. —Nicholas Fraser, Harper’s, September 1996
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Origin of BIGOT

French, hypocrite, bigot

First Known Use: 1660

Related to BIGOT

Synonyms
dogmatistdogmatizerpartisan (also partizan), sectarian

bigotNow a lot of people may not think what they are saying is out of hate. In fact, they believe they are just expressing their beliefs out of love (I would hate to see how they talk to people they actually hate) . But his comments about his belief went as far as much as saying, “I’m right and whatever you are is wrong” goes into being a bigot. Once you say  ”you’re wrong….” you have cast a judgement.  The better way is to say, “ I believe in Christianity so homosexuality isn’t for me, I don’t understand it, but I don’t judge those who do it.”  Even the Pope took a way better respectful way to express his religious belief regarding homosexuals.

I don’t expect a heterosexual, practicing Christian to understand homosexuality. I’m surprised if they do! But you can not hide bigotry behind religious belief. People are members of a particular religion to consult the “divine” to be better people. When you take your belief to express your distaste for something you are not…especially if it relates to a group of people to basically belittle them then don’t be surprised that they don’t just “bend over and take it” but decide to fuck you over instead . Your freedom ends where my mine begins. Phil Roberston is welcome to believe whatever god he wants, talk about how its made him a good straight man, and how he loves keeping Christ in Christmas. I could care less. That’s his freedom. If he wants to express bigotry and get support, then he should own his brand, start a blog, get on Youtube.com and gather like-minded bigots together (*cough KKK) . But hey, I don’t watch the show any how. He doesn’t represent me or any group I’m in. He represents …the good old south Bible believing Christians. If anybody should know how to “not judge” and have “unconditional love” is should be Christians.  Ah well, the struggle continues.

I’m Not Mad at Them: Costco Sells Bibles Labeled As Fiction

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See full story at Costco Apologizes For Selling Holy Bibles Labeled As Fiction | Bossip.

If You’re An Asshole And You Know It Read This Blog!

FreeBlogging: The Internet Is A Breeding Ground For Assholes, Including Me!

I wrote this weeks ago as I was going off on a tangent. I’ve debated publishing it because I don’t think it’s written very well. Then I said, fuck it, I’m a free writing asshole!

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The internet is a breeding ground for assholes! They’re more commonly called trolls and I also call them internet gangstas. Everyone has an opinion (including me) about everything under the sun and I think we have a right to express it without being dogged unless we’re clearly asking for it. If I don’t agree with what you’re saying I take a moment to decide whether or not I want to get involved in the discussion or the drama that may occur. When I do express my opinion I try my best to do it respectively and without pissing anyone off…on purpose. But, there is bound to be one person that feels the need to put me in my place by responding with a superior tone.

I also make it a point to try to see things from perspectives that are different from mine and I try to share my perspective to induce understanding. The major issue with online and oftentimes offline communication is that many of us aren’t open to understanding other people’s perspective or ways of life. We need to be more tolerant and acceptable of how other people see the world and chose to live in it. It doesn’t mean we have to like it or agree with it, but we need to come away with a better understanding of why people are the way they are and respect them for it. For example, if the way they live their live doesn’t negatively or directly affect you, live and let live.

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It doesn’t mean there is something deeply wrong with me if I think it’s OK to smoke weed and you don’t, or I think abortion is a woman’s rightful choice and you don’t, if I think homosexuality is normal and you don’t, if I’m Agnostic and you are Christian. We’re all conditioned from babies to act and think one way or another and we are all raised different culturally from household to household, so what makes us so sure that our way is the only way or the right way? What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. There’s more than one road to any destination.

I often forget that when people see me they only see a woman, and not only that, a Black woman who lives in the Flint, Michigan area AKA The Murder Capital, so I already have these boxes that people think I should fit in and some people are hell-bent on keeping me boxed. Plus, my pen-name is Dangerous Lee…and because of that some people initially think I’m a man! Or that I will cause harm. Do I have an identity crisis or what?!

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My mother raised me to be a free-spirited, strong, independent person but I was also raised under certain religious beliefs. As I grew up and experienced and learned certain realities of life some of the things I was taught to believe in didn’t vibe with my spirit.  I realized that the way I felt and thought about things was okay and actually very normal and not a sin or something to be ridiculed. Many people I love are religious, and although I am not, I have been positively  affected by certain religious beliefs because of how I was raised. I don’t subscribe to religion because I am a free-thinker. I also have the mentality that allows me not to care if you don’t like or agree with my beliefs or how I live my life. It’s my life. Not yours. Worry about your own  salvation. As Jill Scott says; I know what I know.

I speak from a place of learning. I’ve always considered myself non judgmental, and for the most part I am, but I have a few areas I need to work on. I sometimes judge people negatively that think differently than I do on certain topics, but to my credit I also base my judgments on their overall word combined with their actions. We’re human, we judge, but I don’t have hatred for anyone who can’t understand my perspective. I do have hope that people’s minds will open further to understand where I am coming from, but I won’t hold my breath.

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Not generally speaking, but White people get on my damn nerves. A White male friend of mine contacted me recently and stated that he agrees with Charles Barkley’s thoughts on the George Zimmerman case. I think Charles’s ignorant ass statements only help to hurt race relations and give certain White people something to latch on to validate their misguided opinions on race. I simply told my friend that based on our different life experiences and perspectives I understood why he thinks that way. White people will NEVER understand issues related to race or racism, so I don’t even know why they think their opinion is valid or needed on the topic. The saying, “It’s a Black thing you wouldn’t understand”, applies here. It would be great for White people to get a better understanding of racism, but it’s natural that they don’t fully get it. Having said that, White people need to stop thinking they are the authority on racism and that they can dictate how we feel or how we should feel, but White privilege is a bitch. That’s it! White People Homework: Research White Privilege.

As a Black woman I understand the injustice in the not guilty verdict because of this country’s issue with racism and classism. Zimmerman had no right to approach Trayvon in the first place. Had he not done so, Trayvon would be alive. However, I’d like to think that if I were a White woman, like Alexandra Allred, I would also understand the injustice based on the public facts.

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I am beyond sick of discussions concerning Zimmerman and Paula Deen. Both conversations suffer from people not being fully informed on the facts of each case, but people have very strong opinions towards anyone who dares not support these two people. I had a White woman (who claimed she knew all the facts) actually tell me that I have hate in my heart and that I need God along with a few other choice words on Pinterest because of this article I wrote about Paula Deen. I told her to fuck off and that she needed God more than I did along with some common sense. Granted telling her to fuck off was harsh, but her comments, which she has since deleted, were also harsh. I’ll never understand the phenomena of speaking your mind and deleting the comments once you have been challenged. I believe in giving as good as I get. If you can’t handle the backlash keep your damn opinions to yourself. If you decide to share you opinions try not to be an asshole about it because then the Asshole Calvary is open for business!

Sometimes I know if I leave a comment expressing my opinion on someone’s personal post that it will only agitate the situation, but I don’t get off on conflict, so I avoid leaving my thoughts most times. There’s nothing wrong with a good debate, but arguments piss me off so I often skip the opportunity to discuss certain topics unless I feel like the statement being made attacks me or my personal beliefs. There are lots of controversial things I’d like to discuss, but I don’t because I don’t feel like dealing with the people who don’t get it, don’t want to get it, and just want to be…assholes. Internet assholes are only interested in their feelings, opinions and beliefs. Social media has also made sharing our opinions a way of life. Everyone’s opinion counts online, but it’s all in the delivery. Research: Nicety.

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I am who I am and you are who you are because of all that we have seen and experienced in life. This includes things that have happened to us unwillingly and choices that we have made. I’ve met all kinds of people along the way in my 38 years who have similar experiences to mine and those who’ve lived lives vastly different from mine and the one thing we all have in common is that we are all flawed.

The next time you want to leave a smart-ass comment at this website or elsewhere on the web, understand that not everyone sees the world as you do, has lived the life you have, or has been conditioned to think the way you do. Choose your words wisely because you’re not the only asshole with an opinion.

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Breaking News: Nicholas Maze’s New Book “Deleting God” Examines How Christian Culture Is Changing

Deleting God: Distractions, Misunderstandings, & Misinterpretations, by author Nicholas Maze, was released on May 21st, 2013.

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In Deleting God, Nicholas critiques the state of the modern church and brings attention to the many overlooked issues that exist. He discusses how churches are changing and the reasons why.

“Having served as an usher for several years has allowed me to experience the church from a different perspective,” said Nicholas. “Ushers are required to be in the church far earlier than the rest of the congregation and are supposed to stay long after the church has adjourned. I observed situations that the average Church attendee may not see.”

Societal change is occurring, and is whittling down moral values, causing churches to start, ‘Deleting God.’  This change is shown in increasing divorce rates, people consuming more worldly entertainment, and less time spent reading the Bible.

“Many people attend church faithfully, but are misguided as to who God really is. Simply going to church on Sundays is not enough. If you do not read the word of God you will not know God,” said Nicholas. “Our culture may change, but the word of God never changes.”

Deleting God examines how the modern church is falling away from God, due to our traditions and ever-changing culture. Nicholas argues that the church needs to return to its biblical foundations. He provides readers with solutions to bring God back into the center of preaching, worship, and devotion.

Nicholas L. Maze was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Nicholas proudly holds the title of Treasurer and Deacon at his Church, Kingdom First. He currently resides in Alpharetta, GA. For more information, please visit www.nicholasmaze.com.

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Ask Dangerous Lee: What’s your say on matters of religious delusion?

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Name: Theodore Shwantz
Email: thebastard@godlessbastard.com
Question: Belief in any personal god is mind-numbingly stupid. This all sane people know. What’s your say on matters of religious delusion?
Location: Costco

I am not a religious woman, so I do not like organized religion of any kind. However, I do have a certain level of respect for religion because I understand the numerous reasons why people follow it and religion can be a very useful and life centering tool for some people. Delusional? Insane? Well, I will say that many people tend to follow religion blindly and I think that’s a big problem, but that’s what religion requires in most cases. Doesn’t it?

I am a spiritual person and I identify as agnostic because I believe that there is no way for us to really know who or what God is or if there really is a God that “watches over us”. It’s also my belief that we won’t know the truth about God, where we come from, and why we’re here until we die. I do not subscribe to the teachings of the Bible because they are written by man and I believe that they are fictional stories written to control us and make us feel guilty about the very human ways that we want to live our lives.

On the other hand there are some fundamental teachings in the Bible that do make common sense, such as, not killing, not stealing and all that jazz, but overall I believe that it’s a work of fiction. At the end of the day I think the Bible tells us that God is an alien and Jesus is his half alien son, so that makes us all descendants of aliens! I actually don’t have a problem with that theory.

In my opinion, religion is a tool that divides us all and causes us to kill and fight each other over dumb shit that none of us are sure of, so I want nothing to do with it. I believe in coexisting and loving everyone. When I was made to attend church and Sunday school as a child I hated it! I’ve managed to be a pretty decent person to myself and others without religion or church being a guide in my life as an adult. I have a conscience that guides me, I know right from wrong, and I Keep it Dangerous!

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Black History Month Spotlight: Odette Hooks – Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach & Author

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Name and occupation?
Odette Hooks, Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Author

What do you love most about being a Black woman?
If the question were asked what do you love about being a woman than the answer would have been simple. However, in order to tell what I love the most about being a black woman, I would have to speak to you about the black woman’s past in order for you to appreciate my answer. If I simply told you what I love about being a black woman without the back-story, one would probably think that my answer was average and unappealing. So allow me to stir an image in your mind. The black woman: extracted from her native country and brought to a foreign land to be enslaved as a servant and used to breed more slaves. She was raped, beaten, and physically separated from her children due to slave trade and financial gain, not allowed to show forth her beauty and essence, nor to be educated or given the right to vote, but rather judged unworthy simply because of the color of her skin. This leads me to why I love being a black woman. I love being a black woman because I can apologetically be me – a wife, mother of three, entrepreneur, sister and friend. I can live my dreams, hopes and ambitions; love, laugh and truly be happy. I have the opportunity each and ever day to be a positive example to my 23 year old daughter teaching her that as a black women you can achieve an education and own your own businesses. Happily married for 21 years, I can show my daughter that a black woman can have a successful marriage and raise her children to be anything they can dream to be. I am honored that God chose to endow me with the color of strength and I do not apologize for being who I am because I love being me, a woman of color.

Who or what inspires you?
Living in a world filled with so much turmoil, senseless killings, lying and cheating to get ahead, stealing, and so many other saddening statistics, finding a source of inspiration can be challenging; I like to focus on the good. Those good things are happiness, joy, laughter, times of peace, love, family and friends, helping and empowering others. Therefore, I read a love letter everyday to inspire me to choose to enjoy the good things this life has to offer me. This love letter is inspiring because it’s written to me therefore it is very personal. In these beautiful letters I gain strength, find new joy, greater peace, and longer happiness. I learn better how to love myself and how to love others. The intimately warm feeling that comes daily while reading my love letters makes me wish that all individuals could feel like this everyday. These love letters come to me from the uncompromisable words of God in his Holy Bible. They are the most inspiring words I have ever read.

What advice do you have for other Black women or men?
In the society we live in there are so many expectations of what we should like, how we should look, what we should wear, who we should date or be friends with, etc. The greatest advice I can give to anyone, not just black men and women, is to love yourself unconditionally. There are so many people in this nation, especially people of color, which demonstrate actions that would lead one to believe they do not love themselves. When love is not nurtured within ones being how then can love be given out to someone else, not to mention receiving love back? Love is the strongest force on earth in my opinion and we have to give it to ourselves first in order to give some to others. It’s like karma; what you put out comes back. Therefore, love yourself so you can love others and they can give it right back but in abundance

Anything else you`d like to add?
Live life to the fullest. Know who you are and your worth. You are worth more precious than diamonds, rubies, pearls, silver and gold; you are priceless. www.willandodette.com

Why It’s Important to Question Your Existence

There are a vast range of different belief systems and religions out there, and all kinds of varying explanations for why we’re all here and what we were put on this Earth to do. Many of these revolve around a God or Gods of some sort, and each of them has its own take on reality and on duty that comes from this. All of these beliefs are valid of course, and all of them help many thousands of people around the world. While we may not necessarily agree with all of them, it’s certainly important that we are sympathetic to them, and all of us can understand that need to learn more about the world and to have a sense of purpose.

What’s harder to understand though is those people who never give any thought at all to the reasons for their existence. Some people it seems are content to exist on the planet without ever questioning why or asking questions about the nature of the universe. If you’re one such person then here we’re going to have a little muse on the subject and why it’s so important.

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Even if you have never really been religious or subscribed to any one belief system there is a chance that you will at times have been hit by a sudden sense of awe at the size of the universe and your place in it. And when you think about it it is pretty incredible to even think about. The universe is not only billions of light years across, but constantly expanding. Scientists say that it’s expanding not just at the edges but all over – like a balloon being blown up which means that the very space we exist in must be getting stretched too? And if the universe is expanding, then the age old question of course is what is it expanding into?

Likewise the question then follows – why is it expanding, and where did it all start? Simply trying to conceive of an absolute nothingness is almost impossible due to the way our brains are wired, and it goes against everything we’ve learned on Earth to think that at some point something came from nothing. Why would a ‘big bang’ suddenly erupt in a vacuum? And if a God willed itself into being this begs the question who is God? Or who are these Gods? And how did they become sentient?

Then this begs the question of what the whole purpose of this is? Even the Bible doesn’t necessarily shed light on why God created man or what he plans to do after judgement day. Or if you don’t believe in God, and if you believe that you simply cease to exist once you’ve died, then this begs the question – is there no point to any of it?

Why It’s Important

The reason these questions are important is not only because it helps to drive forward human inquisitiveness and thus technological advances, but also because it makes us think about who we are. And once you have an idea for why you think you’re here, you can start thinking about how you are going to make the most of that time. If you believe in God, then how can you better serve him? If you don’t, how can you find deeper meaning and purpose?

It doesn’t matter what the outcome of these thoughts are, it just matters that you have them.

Author Byline: Edward Walker is a writer, blogger and more importantly a spiritual person who believes that every should be asking questions like who is god and why I exist.

Why Water Is Often Thicker Than Blood

“Blood is thicker than water” is a German proverb (originally: Blut ist dicker als Wasser.), which is also common in English speaking countries. It generally means that the bonds of family and common ancestry are stronger than those bonds between unrelated people (such as friendship).

Family (relative) bonds are sometimes only stronger out of obligation. Many people do not get along with or like certain members of their family, but will be there for them when the chips are down. For me, that’s what “Blood is thicker than water” really means. There is also a saying that goes something like, “friends are the family we choose for ourselves”.

What’s at the root of some family issues? Religion.

I’m Not Religious…So What!

re·li·gion

[ri-lij-uhn]

noun 1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

ag·nos·tic

[ag-nos-tik]

noun 1.a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.

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I am agnostic. There are so many unknown truths in the world, and in my opinion God is one of them. I honestly believe that people use religion for bad more often than good. Think I’m lying? Check history. Check the present. Read a history book or watch the news!

I’ll focus on Christianity for a minute since that is the religion I am most familiar with. Everyone interprets the Bible differently, but because it is thought to be the word of God people feel as if they should be judgmental and hate others because of what they think the Bible says to them or what they have been taught to believe the Bible means. My belief is that the Bible is not the word of God, it is the word of man, and because man is not to be fully trusted with anyone’s word I believe the Bible is laced with lies. It’s a work of fiction, folks! There are of course many relevant lessons and teachings within the Bible, but I do not think one has to be religious to understand or live by these very basic and common rules, such as The Ten Commandments.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against religious people. I allow my daughter to attend church with her grandmother (my mother) whenever she wants. I embrace everyone, but those who are for religion seem to have a huge problem with a “heathen” such as myself that does not prescribe to any religious teachings.

 I could go on and on about this, but I’ll let this priest take it from here:

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