Monday, June 27, 2016

SEX IN AMERICA

We are so immature; we're all a bunch of puritans who are upset by sex, obsessed with sex, and in fear of sex. By making it so taboo, we've made it too exciting.  Other countries are comfortable with topless beaches, but in America we've made icons out of the breast and the genitals. I am raising sons and am so embarrassed that they are growing up in this era where every TV commercial is about drugs for dirty old men who can't get it up!  What do our kids think of us? 


Our culture's fascination with porn, nudity, youth, and sleaze is creating an entire generation who have only one thing on their mind: graphic, faceless, mechanical, and sometimes violent forms of sex. Not romantic, loving, monogamous sex. We don't even seem to enjoy the excitement of mystery. It seems to be all about flesh, body parts, and the objectification of youth. 

Our children crave and deserve innocence. They deserve to have their childhoods back — a world in which imagination is more important than knowledge. I am mentoring teen girls in our neighborhood and I've never seen such rampant abuse and pedophilia of the mind. 

I am hearing things you cannot believe on a daily basis that are going on in our middle school. The herd will always flock to porn, gossip, horror films, trash and conflict. 

If it bleeds it leads. The more horrifying, the better the ratings. 

I've been thinking about the root of hatred lately — and it's obvious that "evil" is always the same regressive, self-centered fear-based bigotry that the Great Peacemaker fought against and that has been here since the beginning of civilization: the ancient dark force of fundamentalism (the pharisees whom Christ thought of as hypocrites. Narrow-minded provincialism; small minded "us versus them" thinking. The same mentality that burned women as witches at the stake in Salem. Fear is the fuel of evil. 

I do not believe in evil as a force of its own. It has no objective reality. There is, of course, no power in hatred. 


The law of love, the spirit not the flesh, how we treat our each other, how we treat our enemies. "Turn the other cheek. Love your enemies." There is no substance in matter. Christ was offended by the Pharisees with their rules, gold, robes and rituals. So much focus on ritual and "material" rules and complex food laws that bogged down the spirit. Remember he said "It's the spirit of the law and not the letter" meaning "It's how you LOVE ONE ANOTHER that matters to God."  


Again, it's the dark force of primitive fundamentalism that puts more faith in fear than in God; that condemns sinners instead of bringing the light of love and forgiveness, as Christ taught; that controls others with lengthy rituals and icons of idolatry.  This very same force is responsible for the current economic crisis. Style over substance.  Fundamentalism, materialism (greed) and consumerism.   


 It's all LOVE. 

God is love. 



THE REAL MEANING OF PRO-CHOICE

THE ABORTION ISSUE 

Let me start by saying that I don't know anyone who likes or condones abortion. The term "partial-birth abortion" does not exist in medical terminology. It is a political term deliberately designed to foment anger by sounding exceedingly gruesome. 


'Partial Birth Abortions' Are Illegal and Late-Term Abortions Are RareWhy Do They Keep Dominating the Reproductive-Rights Debate?


There is a reason the womb is encased in the separate individual body of the woman. A woman is an individual human being.  The word 'woman' comes from combining two words: 'womb-man.' In the United States of America, a woman's womb is not community property.  As far as I know, there are no public womb farms with rows and rows of external wombs planted like rows of cabbage and protected by armed guards. This is not a state or government issue. No bureaucrat, government agent, policeman, moral judge, religious tribe, fanatical fundamentalist — or any other human being has the right to dictate what a private citizen does with her private parts.  They can legislate things like suicide, but it's hard to convict a suicide victim for taking his own life. It's hard to put a dead person in jail. 

'Partial-Birth Abortion': Separating Fact From Spin NPR

Right-Wing Media Keep Pushing Myth Of "Partial-Birth" Abortion ~ Media Matters


Every God-fearing Christian must at least know this: that the bible is God-inspired, but it is also history book about the wandering tribes of Israel. It is about their journey out of the bondage of slavery from Egypt. From the macro to the micro, it is about the Israelites' journey from captivity, their search for a spiritual homeland, and the soul's search for salvation. The whole point of the Bible is the soul's journey toward freedom, salvation, and finally uniting with God. 

But the choices we make form our character.  We are not robots. Every adult human being in a civilized society must have the right of free will — or there is no point to the journey or lessons in the bible. 

FREE WILL means each person can choose to make a mistake (for which her/his soul may suffer the consequences) and they can then grow from this. The weapons are not carnal but spiritual. Every story in the Bible concerns deeply flawed humans who made terrible mistakes, but were forgiven and redeemed if they turned to their Father, God. Without free will, they could never have this journey or learned these lessons. The whole point is love, forgiveness and redemption.


The ONLY thing that concerned Christ, the Prince of Peace, was human kindness. He only cared about how we treat one another. Christ's most important law is the Golden Rule, or how we treat our fellow man.  But before you say "How we treat a fetus is more important than how we treat living, born human being" you are decidedly WRONG. This is not what the Great Peacemaker taught. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  Nowhere is this subject mentioned in any of his teachings.

To Christ, the only 'sin' was unkindness. He had no opinion about sexual sin or anything to do with the body; it wasn't even on his radar. But sexual sin and what other people do with their bodies — seem to be the only kind of sin certain Christians think about.  When the townspeople stoned the adulteress woman, he said: "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."  Jesus did mention divorce, but oddly you don't see Christians lined up at Courthouses protesting divorce.  

This seems to be a blind spot. Political modern-day Christians judge their fellow man and obsess about sexual matters, yet stock-pile guns out of fear, and promote war against enemies, completely ignoring Christ's admonition to "not fight their enemies." 

Is flesh really man's most important quality?  It is absurd to think that a piece of prenatal tissue that may or may not be viable, and that is the genetic result of a supremely private act between husband and wife (or tragically, between rapist and victim) -- and is part of a distinctly separate human woman with free will, living in a land of freedom, with privacy rights and civil rights — to think this is worth killing a born, living, breathing,  human being over is the ultimate evil. And by the way, in the USA, we live in a secular society that does not mandate a particular religion.

For these un-Christian, pro-death extremists who call themselves "pro-life" and would murder a living human being to save an unborn abnormal or defective fetus -- for them to think that a "potential life" that is ensconced within the separate, free, individual body of a woman, a private citizen — is more important than the living, the born, the mother's own life is a political tool and unconscionable. 

Yet with the same breath, they think nothing of retaliation in the archaic Old testament ways of "an eye-for-an-eye" "a tooth-for-a-tooth" and defending gun rights. They think nothing of war or the death penalty or the victims of our illegal  bombing campaigns, our soldiers, the Iraqi children, the homeless, the poor, the orphans, the destitute or even one's enemies such as Dr. Tiller — is un-Christian, immoral, and against everything Christ himself taught.