Tolerance is a two-way street

I came across this well-written article that absolutely nails what I think regarding the issue of today’s “tolerance” trend. I’ve never seen this site before and have no idea what they are, but the article hits it on the head. To read the original article, click the link at the end.

One of the most eye-opening features of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial – the trial where a few people in California are trying to redefine marriage for the entire nation to include homosexual relationships – was its near daily insistence on attacking foundational Christian moral beliefs.  On a regular basis, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Position Statement on Sexuality or the Catechism of the Catholic Church – both of which, like all orthodox Christian teaching on the subject, recognize homosexual behavior as sinful – would be pulled out and subjected to ridicule.  Worse, these Christian teachings were used as evidence that the recently-enacted California definition of marriage was irrational because it may have been based in part on religious teachings.  In other words, if you vote your faith, your vote shouldn’t count.

As disturbing as such a direct attack on religious belief is, it is also instructive.  For a long time, proponents of homosexual behavior have argued that their cause was also about “tolerance.”  But it never has been.  For them, tolerance is a one way-street, where their actions must be tolerated, but your beliefs cannot be.  Perry makes this clear: normalizing homosexual behavior requires marginalizing your religious beliefs.

It’s not just Christians who are seeing this, either.  Chai Feldblum, President Obama’s new head of the powerful EEOC, has admitted that when religious liberty and homosexual behavior conflict, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”  Hear that, pastors?  Your ministries, your churches, your sermons – they’d better get in line or get out of town.

Perry is just one of the recent examples of the attack on Christianity from homosexual activists.   Catholic Charities in both Washington, D.C. and Boston were run out of the adoption business by aggressive city officials who wanted to force them to place children with same-sex parents.  A church campground in New Jersey was punished by the state for refusing to use its property to host same-sex “commitment ceremonies.” A Christian student in a public college in California was verbally attacked by his professor for respectfully speaking out in support of traditional marriage.

Here’s a link to the original article:

http://blog.speakupmovement.org/church/religious-freedom/when-good-becomes-evil/

I spend a lot of time on the Internet and I’m sick and tired of being insulted & ripped a new one because I choose to believe in God or the Bible. It’s not like I go around quoting scripture or trying to force my views on others… but any time that belief comes up in a forum discussion or other online conversation, all of the “tolerant” people out there suddenly become very intolerant.

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A new use for that old TV

News outlets this morning are all a-buzz with reports of a man in Michigan who stabbed a woman 54 times and then dropped a TV on her.

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man authorities say killed a woman by stabbing her 54 times and dropping a TV on her head in southeastern Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder, torture and other charges.

My comment… now THAT’S how you end an argument.

Dredd vs. Dredd: Who got it right?

So last night I finally saw the new Judge Dredd film starring Karl Urban as the titular “Punisher w/a badge” we all love. My personal choice for Dredd would be Ray Stevenson, the man who IMO nailed Frank Castle in 2008’s Punisher: War Zone. Anyway, as one of the few fans who liked the 1995 Stallone version of Dredd, I thought I’d post my two bits about the new film and who I think did a better job portraying Mega-City One.

*** Major spoilers for those who haven’t seen one of the films discussed ***

You’ve been warned, but keep reading if you’ve seen ’em both or just don’t care about spoilers.

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R.I.P. Hostess

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I personally felt the impact of Hostess going out of business. I’ve never cared much for Twinkies, but I absolutely loved their orange-flavored cupcakes & their Ding-Dong cupcakes. This morning I had a craving for cupcakes or donuts for a breakfast snack, but both CVS and my normal two convenience stores had no stock at all – the area where cup-cakes/donuts normally are was completely empty. I never realized that ALL such products they carried were Hostess brand, I had simply taken it for granted that there was some Mrs. Baird’s or something mixed in there. Not so, however – I had to go to a convenience store I rarely visit just to find some Mrs. Freshley’s cupcakes.

For those not familiar with it, Mrs. Freshley’s is kind of a generic Mrs. Baird’s knock-off we see a lot down here in the South. The taste & quality is nowhere near what you’d find with Hostess, and apparently Mrs. Baird’s just doesn’t have the coverage down here that Hostess had. Long story short – I’m really gonna miss those Hostess orange cupcakes…

Not a good sign

It amazes me that our country is in what I would consider a “state of crisis” – with thousands of people across the nation calling for election recounts and signing petitions for their states to leave the union… and yet the top news stories of the day all revolve around a general who cheated on his wife. How messed up is that?

25 Days to Mists of Pandaria

Less than a month to go until Mists of Pandaria comes out! I’m so excited – I haven’t looked forward to a WoW expansion this much since Burning Crusade back in 2007. When World of WarCraft originally came out, one of the first things I thought was “I want a Pandaren Brewmaster”, and now – finally, 7 years later – I finally get one. Look for a review after I get it. Maybe a while after I get it, since I’ll be too busy playing to post 🙂

 

Mists of Pandaria logo

Mists of Pandaria – why the hate?

There has been a lot of discussion within the WoW community over the next expansion called “Mists of Pandaria.” The expansion takes World of WarCraft into the mysterious land of the Pandaren, so far only represented in lore by Chen Stormstout, a character in the Horde campaign of WarCraft III. A lot of the discussion has been negative, with the expansion overwhelmingly being called a rip-off of “Kung Fu Panda.” Even my wife has joined the hate, doubting whether or not she will get the expansion for this reason.

I really don’t understand this attitude, since Chen & the Pandaren were introduced in 2002, vs. “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008. If there is any relationship between the two other than coincidence, I would say the film’s character was inspired by the WarCraft III character, not the other way around. Either way, I am excited about the expansion. When World of WarCraft was first announced back in 2004, I told my wife I wanted to make a Pandaren Brewmaster since I thought the character of Chen was pretty cool. I was actually pretty disappointed when I found out that you wouldn’t have that option. Now, with the “Mists of Pandaria” expansion, we will.

Anyway, just my two cents worth on the topic. Below is a Blizzard image of Pandaren concept art, with an inset of Chen’s in-game portrait from WarCraft III.

 

Pandaren Comparison

Product Plug: MiO Water Enhancer

So, I’m trying to lose weight now, which means cutting back on the sodas. Unfortunately, the only thing I have available to drink at work all day is coke or water. And I hate drinking water – even the bottled kind. My wife suggested the little packets of tea/punch that you add to water, but I’ve tried the Crystal Light stuff and it was horrible. But… since that was a few years back and I really do want to get skinny again, I decided to try again. Continue reading