The way to find a certain something

The way to find a certain something October 15, 2012

Faith is not about certainty; it is about vulnerability.”

“Love isn’t something that needs to be fixed or healed or redeemed. It’s already the highest law.”

“Without any more distinction of Colour, Nation, Language, Sexe, Condition, all may bee One in him that is One, and onely blessed for ever.”

The Bible is not a manufacturer’s handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.”

“When your position is that the Bible (and your highly questionable interpretation of same) is a ‘manufacturer’s handbook for how to run all of public policy and everything in society,’ any distinction between religion and politics has obviously been obliterated.”

“The biggest problem with David Barton is not bad history or proof-texting. The biggest problem is his version of Civil Religion, wherein the nation displaces the church, and America emerges as the new Israel with whom God has a special covenant.”

These monsters are an important part of who we are and, by the way, are quite a bit more terrifying than the thing you only thought lived under your bed when you were a kid.”

“Discovering that these promises, that Jesus makes us happy all the time and that everything in the Bible is always exactly right, are empty and false nearly destroyed my faith. I cannot allow these ideas to infect and destroy my children.”

“Many would recognize evangelicals for their anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-family stances today.”

Being a pro-choice evangelical is a bit niche, isn’t it?

Being gay for a year saved my faith.”

“So it’s somewhat shocking to find all of that turned on its head in your lifetime.”

We feel the bishops are abusing their power in attempting to direct Catholics on how to vote on this civil matter and impose their position on all citizens, Catholic and non-Catholic.”

“If you ask me to respect your faith, your beliefs, then all I ask is that you do the same for everyone else.”

“The only time you need to worry about what’s in your neighbor’s bowl is if you’re checking to make sure they have enough.”

“But even the good are not really good, just like you and me.”

“As we laid our baby girl down for a nap in her crib, Clinton declared then and there that Miss Coco Peru would forever be Elizabeth’s fairy godmother.”

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  • Tom

     Fair enough – but among most of my straight friends I’ve never encountered the level of entitlement you are talking about.

    Sure – I know it exists… and is scarily common… but I’m sure you realise that there’s a large number of gentlemen in the world who don’t think like this at all!

  • EllieMurasaki

    I’m still not being very clear, am I. The starting point of this discussion is a straight man who does think like that, projecting his own attitudes onto the men who try to flirt with him.

  • Tom

     Of course… apologies.

    Now I get it!

  • BaseDeltaZero

    … that attitude isn’t real fun when on the receiving end.

    That’s true, but it does cut both ways… I’m no expert, but I’ve experienced unwanted, persistent flirting (both from women and other men) a few times.  It… wasn’t exactly *frightening* for me (well, a bit, but then I’m a scaredycat), but I can say that it was definetly aggravating.  An especially awkward consversation that refused to end – not dangerous just unpleasant.  It may not be as bad, but I can still understand why he’d want to avoid it.

    If it was just a matter of ‘Flirt?’ ‘No Thanks.’ ‘Okay.’… then it’d be one thing.  But I mean… by the time he did the ‘fake boyfriend’ thing, he’d already been (I’d say) sexually molested

  • Tricksteron

    I don’t know, if it’s a standard poodle wrangling one of thiose, especially if it’s not in a cooperative mood would take some muscle.  And miniature poodles are all psycho.  Only time I ever got bit was by a minature poodle.