Monday, April 28, 2008

Iranian Official Wants To Ban Barbie

O.K. I am getting really bored with the election here is the most interesting news story I read all day. An Iranian official has called for a ban on Barbie (Did you know Barbie's real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts?). I had everything Barbie growing up every single doll, car, motor home, grandma really spoiled me. I guess she (Grandma) was trying to introduce me to western culture. I also had a complete western set with horses, wagons, and dolls (including General Custer). Barbie went to visit my western village alot. This same Iranian official also doesn't like Batman.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

National Day of Silence - Lawrence King

This article brings up the horrific subject of Lawrence King the 15 year old student who was shot and killed by another student at school for being gay. How horrible that one student would hate another so much he would commit murder. Why aren't we more outraged as a society?

Capps Speaks on Slain Oxnard Student for National Day of Silence
Day Recognizes Plight of Oppressed Sexual Minorities
By Bianca Licata
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Expressing her support for the gay, lesbian and transgender (LGBT) community, Congresswoman Lois Capps spoke to House representatives yesterday to commemorate this year’s National Day of Silence to the death of Lawrence King, the 15-year-old Oxnard student who was shot at E.O. Green School on February 12 and died on February 15. Since King was gay and it appears that his sexuality prompted his murder, prosecutors have been treating the case as a hate crime. Capps’ district includes both Santa Barbara and Oxnard.
“I rise today in recognition of the National Day of Silence,” said Capps in a written statement. “On April 25th, hundreds of thousands of students around our country will observe a day of silence in memory of Lawrence King.”
The Day of Silence, held this Friday, recognizes the violent anti-gay hate crimes committed throughout the United States. Often, participants will not speak on this day in an effort to symbolize what they perceive as the silenced emotions, thoughts and fears of thousands of homosexual and transgender individuals.
During his life, King enjoyed drawing, studying bugs, singing, and crocheting despite the incessant anti-gay harassment of his peers. In the end, it was a 14-year-old classmate who shot him in the head. Capps reminded the House that King’s violent death was a harsh reminder of the numerous anti-gay hate acts that go unnoticed.
“Larry's death is incredibly tragic. It is also a sad reminder that pleas for help— from our young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population—are often met with silence,” said Capps. “I commend the courage of every student participating in the Day of Silence. I know that your efforts will bring much needed attention to the plight that students like Larry face every single day.”
Capps is not the only person to speak about King on National Day of Silence. CNN personality Larry King, noting that he shares his name with the slain student, has recorded a public service announcement in which he shares his views on the matter.

Bianca Licata is an Independent intern.

Modern Evangelism In The United States

This picture demonstrates the depths to which evangelism has sunk to in the United States. Can you believe this guy actually won Iowa?

Why A Different Church

What am I trying to say?

I took a quiz and I am still an Evangelical/Baptists in my way of thinking to some extent, but on the bright side at least I did not come out as a fundamentalists that would have been chilling ( However, this is not surprising since I was raised as an Evangelical/Baptists, but I hoped I had gotten somewhat beyond this mindset. So please have some patience with me, because sometimes I have these attacks and start thinking like an Evangelical/Baptists and it can be kind of strange. There is still this thought process in the back of my head that if I do not answer certain questions correctly (How old is the world?; Should the Bible be taken literally?; etc…) I may be falling into some type of serious error. This may sound silly, but it is true. So now I am trying to expand my way of thinking by being around some Christians who think differently and being exposed to different teachings. There has to be something more to Christianity that is what my heart is telling me. I think the first step to do this is to attend a church, unlike the one I was brought up in, and hear some brand new teachings on Christ. This is a far better option than the last time I got fed up with evangelism and stopped attending church all together. I went to the movies on Sunday morning instead

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Church On Sunday

Church was really good on Sunday I actually received something for the first time in a long time (To be honest I have been getting really bored at church lately. I just have been going because I feel like I should.) Why at this church and why at this time I don't know. The church is more formal than I am use to and the service is more traditional. I have been getting bored at some churches because I feel like I am being constantly entertained (Which is really starting to turn me off). This is the only type of churches some people like and that is alright for them; but I feel I am being led to a more formal church right now. This is the third time I have been to this church and I felt comfortable and at home. I feel like I have been wandering for the last three years and maybe it is over. I have been going to more charismatic/pentecostal churches so going to a more traditional/formal church is suprising.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

It Is Time To Totally Change Churches

I am going to a more progressive church tomorrow. This may seem perfectly normal to some people but I was brought up as an Evangelical Christian so a lot of friends and family are going to think this is pretty strange (And if it turns out to be serious an intervention will be planned.). I just want to get another prospective on Christianity. I am really tired of going to churches that almost everyone thinks God is a Republican and the Christian right wing is not questioned. I have been going to non-denominational churches and some of them are just totally out of control. I went to a conference at a church around a month ago and someone was actually passing around a political petition. I don’t want to go back to the denomination I was brought up in, because although I did learn and grow a lot I don’t want to be forced to fit into a mold. I find some churches very limiting and if you can't be yourself it is hard to know God.