‘Children of the Rainbow’

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“Together we will live / every sister and every brother

“Imagine you find out later in life your daughter or son or niece or nephew or grandchild is gay and they remember, or are told, that you either voted for Amendment One or remained silent and did not protest the Amendment.”

“The clincher for me is the lack of love and dual spirit of pride and condemnation that I hear in religious appeals to vote for Amendment One; this just doesn’t represent my understanding of how we Christians are supposed to treat our neighbors, and I will not be a part of it.”

“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

“We stare at the clear words of Jesus that challenge our well-established social patterns and community dynamics, and we flinch.”

“So, let’s take a look at some of the rules in the Bob Jones University Student Handbook …”

“I was talking to my husband about why I am loving crossfit and it made me realize that they are some of the reasons I love church.”

“How are we as a community to respond when the millstone of clergy sexual abuse is placed on the neck of a child?

These glaciers are melting fast.”

They have no problem lying to women—telling them that abortion causes breast cancer and depression, that it will ruin their fertility.”

“Rallying behind him are adherents of the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement, many of whom fear that shadowy forces are gathering to take away power from the people and concentrate it in the hands of a ‘New World Order.’”

“The president is ‘discovering the one benefit of a Republican Congress dominated by true believers,’ by ‘making the crazy work for him.’”

“If we were simply to rehire those fired schoolteachers, go back to the kind of employment that we should’ve had on a normal track at the state and local level, right there, we could add well over a million jobs.”

“I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing ‘Disco Inferno’ than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.”

Heatmap of earthquake, tornado and hurricane hazard areas (U.S.). (via)

This is a cool list.

I would buy one of these.

E.O. Wilson cites Billy Sunday — as a role model.

John Shore’s petition for Christians affirming “that same-sex relationships are not inherently immoral” is nearing 1,500 signatures.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    “Rallying behind him are adherents of the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement, many of whom fear that shadowy forces are gathering to take away power from the people and concentrate it in the hands of a ‘New World Order.’”

    For more than a decade now the game Deus Ex has been out, and I have been playing off and on for most of that time.  I love that game with a possibly unhealthy passion and should probably get back to writing about it since my written trek through it hasn’t left the training level yet.

    Anyway, in it the ‘patriot’ movement is right.  In fact that’s more or less the entire premise.  The UN really is part of a plot for New World Order, FEMA really is preparing to kidnap a lot of people at the drop of a hat, shadowy forces are manipulating world events in order to take away our freedoms.
     
    When one approaches the end of the game forces that had united as a result of a common enemy start giving conflicting directives and you’re forced to choose whose side you’re really on and what kind of a story you’re really in.  One of the options is to side with the movement.

    I keep on going into more detail than is really merited, but the important thing is that you can give them what they want, you can make it so the largest government possible is at the local scale, there’s no one bigger than that to regulate them or push them around, they have absolute control over whatever they can capture/defend with their guns, it’s a libertarian paradise, fiat currency all goes up in smoke, so on and so forth.

    I never do that.  Even in a universe in which they’re right in everything they say about the government, I still wouldn’t hand them power.  Even if Agenda 21 were leading us down the road toward New World Order and shadowy forces were working to take power from the people, I wouldn’t put power in these people’s hands.  Not even in a game, certainly not in the real world.

    If they were right in all their conspiracy theories, that would make them at best temporary allies one was forced to side with due to a common enemy.  It would not make them the good guys.

  • Innis Mirage of Deceit

    Ah, Tracer Tong. He means well, but that doesn’t really amount to anything, now does it?

    You know, I hate to (derail?) a thread like this with something completely unrelated to Fred’s post, but I’ve always really wanted to hear a theist’s opinion on the Helios ending. I have my own opinions on it, naturally (I use the term “The best of three bad options”, and that was before the only sequel to DX, Human Revolution), but I’d like to know what someone coming at it from the perspective of someone who already believes in a Supreme Being would think.

  • Daughter

    Love, love, love the Stephen King article! (This one:  “I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing ‘Disco Inferno’ than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.”)

  • Lori

    Oh lord. I went and read some of the comments at The Field Negro again. I have got to stop doing that because they sort of drain my will to live.

    The book pocket woman wants an alarm to go off if she tries to leave the house without a book. I want an alarm to go off (or maybe for the browser window to automatically close) when I start reading comments at The Field Negro.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Yeah. Stephen King makes the good point that wealthy people ~magnanimously paying more~ doesn’t fill the gap anywhere close to what higher mandatory tax rates would do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    From The Field Negro’s list:

    38. Jesus Christ

    39. Hideo Kojima

    I suddenly envisioned a religion that hold the Metal Gear games as sacred texts, and the many schisms and sects it would swiftly develop into.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    I suppose I should point out that I also see the Helios ending as the least bad option before I move on to other things.

    I remembered reading a review by a Christian reviewer way back and looked it up, unfortunately there’s not a lot there.  The big thing that seemed to come up was antichrist.  The reviewer, who liked it*, thought that Bob Page had the potential to be the Antichrist.  One commenter thought that choosing the Helios ending would make JC the Antichrist (and dismissed the game as a result.)  Another commenter considered the game to be the rise of the Antichrist’s kingdom, but it was left up to the player to decide who ruled it, that commenter liked the game.

    And that’s about it.  You can also see how some people react to other parts of Deus Ex, for example two commenters (one of whom think that Hong Kong and Tokyo are the same place) were scandalized that non-heterosexual people exist**.

    Anyway, that can be found here, but as I said there’s not much there.I think it’s hard to find Christian perspectives because the Christians who would be most likely to play a game like that are the Christians who would consider themselves reviewers or commenters or what have you instead of Christian reviewers or Christian commenters or Christian what have you.

    I know that plenty of people, no idea whether or not any were Christan, saw a degree of Christian allegory in the Helios ending.  This guy conceived via unconventional means who isn’t above hanging out with people like prostitutes and trying to improve their lots ends up becoming the human element of a divine force that will lead the world out of darkness.  (And is totally capable of multiplying loaves and fishes, just look at those UCs.)

    And then for the next game they had ApostleCorp.  I never actually played that game.  It wouldn’t be useful for interpreting the original anyway.  IW and HR both make storytelling choices that make it literally impossible for them to take place in the same timeline as Deus Ex.  I get the desire to be unhindered by canon, but it makes me wonder why they bother using the name Deus Ex.

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    * But apparently couldn’t be bothered to pay attention based on his inaccurate descriptions of things like the setting, the situation with Sandra, and the number of endgames (I’m guessing on that last point he was tricked by the file name of the dance party easter egg.)

    **  Total non-heterosexual content in Deus Ex (unless I’m forgetting something): two women are talking to each other, while dancing the most restrained dance in the history of dance, which doesn’t involve any physical contact or indeed closeness, and their conversation doesn’t attempt to hide their mutual attraction.

    That’s it.  Just: if you’re eavesdropping you might notice that they like each other.  Oh the horror.

    [Edited to restore paragraph breaks and apologize for making the tangent so long, the plan was for it to be much shorter.]

  • Benjamin Lee

    I always took the Helios ending, but my views on God didn’t really enter into it.  There’s a world of difference between the distant, abstract God of my religion and the immediate, physical machine-god which is produced by the Helios ending.  And any consideration of that was itself overshadowed by the fact that I just didn’t like the Illuminati and thought a new Dark Age was a really stupid idea.

  • http://thatbeerguy.blogspot.com Chris Doggett

    From the “Patriot/Antigovernment” link:

    “You think that I became a sheriff thinking that I have no power?”

    Yup, that’s the kind of attitude I like to see in persons in positions of authority.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    From the same:

    “The people fear a police state,” Christopher said. “When you erase the
    lines of sovereignty in the county, you open the door and basically
    deliver to the agenda itself the ability for the federal government to
    come in and basically take over.

    “Sovereignty” in a county?

    I expect this is not total ignorance of what the word “sovereignty” actually means (the federal government is not erasing any “lines of sovereignty in the county” because no such lines exist under the USA’s federalist system).

    Judging from the rest of his speeches, I’m pretty sure this is instead intended as a dogwhistle for “sovereign citizen” types.


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