In Montana, a gay couple who have been together for more than three decades have been told that they’re no longer really welcome in the Catholic parish where they’ve been worshiping together for 11 years.
This happened last month, in the town of Lewistown. By all accounts, these two men, one of them 73, the other 66, had done no one any harm. They hadn’t picked a fight. Hadn’t caused any particular stir. Simply went to Mass, same as always. Prayed. Sang in the church choir, where they were beloved mainstays.
There was only this: In May of last year, without any fanfare, the men had traveled to Seattle, where they had met and lived for many years, to get married. And while they didn’t do anything after to publicize the civil ceremony, word eventually leaked out.
So in early August, a 27-year-old priest who had just begun working at the parish summoned them to a meeting, according to local news reports. And at that meeting, he told them that they could no longer be choir members, perform any other roles like that or, for that matter, receive communion.
If they wanted those privileges restored, there was indeed a remedy, which the priest and other church officials spelled out for them over subsequent conversations. They would have to divorce. They would have to stop living together. And they would have to sign a statement that marriage exists only between a man and a woman.
Translation: Renounce a love fortified over 30 years. Unravel your lives. And affirm that you’re a lesser class of people, barred from the rituals in which others blithely participate.
With those little tweaks, the body of Christ can again be yours.
so this housewife decided to rewrite the harry potter series into christian books so that her kids wont be reading about witchcraft and i just cant eveN BREATHE BC THIS IS SO HYSTERICAL
read it here:
Dear god I hate these assholes.
only a troll would come up with something like this
Anti-Zionists should just call themselves anti-Israel. Israel is a political entity with specific policies. Zionism is the belief that there should be a Jewish homeland. They are not the same thing. To be against Israel is to be against a specific state. To be against Zionism is to be against ANY Jewish state, founded anywhere under any circumstances. The use of the term “Zionist” to mean “Supporter of Israel” or to say “Zionism” when you mean Israel carries much different connotations than many well-meaning pro-Palestine gentiles might intend. Here are a few things critics of Israel have said and how the message gets garbled by their misunderstanding of the meaning of Zionism.
Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is Racism.
Jew Hears: The belief that we should have our own state is inherently racist.
Jew Thinks: Are all nationalisms racist or just ours? If it’s just ours this person sounds awfully anti-semitic.
Gentile Israel Critic Says: Anti-Zionism isn’t anti-semitism
Jew Hears: The belief that Jews shouldn’t have their own state isn’t anti-semitic.
Jew Thinks: Do you have that being anti-America doesn’t inherently mean hating Americans? I can understand the distinction, but you’re walking a fine line and you’re on notice.
Gentile Israel Critic Says: I refuse to be friends with Zionists.
Jew Hears: This person will not be friends with a person who thinks Jews should have a state.
Jew Thinks: So this person will only be my friend if I completely renounce all notions of a Jewish state in any form whether or not I believe the current state of Israel should even exist? And they think they’re not anti-semitic?
Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is bad for Judaism.
Jew Hears: The belief that a Jewish state should exist is bad for the practice and survival of our religion.
Jew Thinks: So having a country that will be explicitly Jewish is bad for our belief system in what way exactly? And who the hell are you to tell me what is good and bad for an ancient system of belief you don’t share?
Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is settler colonialism.
Jew Hears: The belief that there should be a Jewish homeland inherently requires behaving like a colonial power.
Jew Thinks: So even if the Jews find a way to get a homeland that doesn’t involve displacing, exploiting or attacking an indigenous population you are still against it.
Gentile Israel Critis Says: Anti-Zionist Jews are the only good Jews.
Jew Hears: The only good Jews are the ones that oppose the idea that we should have our own state.
Jew Thinks: So the only good Jew is one who believes that 2000 years of diaspora and being at the mercy of hostile populations who don’t full accept us was a good thing?
Gentile Isral Critic Says: Zionism = Nazism
Jew Hears: The belief that Jews should have our own homeland is identical to the political movement that murdered six million Jews.
Jew Thinks: Fuck you, you disgusting anti-semite.
Gentile Israel Critic Says: Dismantle Zionism
Jew Hears: Dismantle the dream of a Jewish homeland.
Jew Thinks: Wow. You must REALLY want us to suffer!
The selection of the term “Zionism” as the ideological battleground over Israel is fraught with problems. Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism considered countries other than Palestine as a potential Jewish home. Uganda was seriously considered at one point. Yes, Israel was selected, but the movement was primarily driven by land purchases at first. The location of Israel was determined with certainty by the Balfour Declaration. There are other ways it could have played out. The fact that it played out as the current state of Israel means that anti-Zionists are against Israel, not the very idea that a Jewish homeland should exist. If someone is an anti-Nationalist, and they claim to be also anti-Zionist, I have wonder why they feel the need to make that distinction. Why are they singling out Jewish nationalism and not French nationalism or Chinese nationalism?
The use of “Zionism” is an incredibly slippery slope. Your message’s intent and how it is received are misaligned. If you are against Israel, say you are against Israel. Otherwise you run the risk of implying that Jews deserve to be homeless guests in foreign lands.
Do you understand how this language could be profoundly alienating to even the most anti-Israel of Jews? And if you don’t, think long and hard about how much you want Jews to think that of all the people in the world, you are singling out the Jews as deserving to be homeless regardless of how a theoretical concept of Jewish nationalism plays out in reality.
It’s really weird trying to explain the differences between Catholicism and other branches of Christianity to people who aren’t religious because it ultimately ends up, “Well this is Catholic, this is Catholic classic, this is Catholic-lite, this is diet Catholic, this is new taste less calories not as popular Catholic, and this is I can’t believe it’s not Catholic.”
The latke sighed. ‘Presents aren’t really a big part of Hanukah,’ it said in a voice hoarse from screaming. ‘There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts to loved ones, of course, but it’s more important to light the candles for eight consecutive nights, to commemorate the miracle in the temple and the miracle of victory even when you are thoroughly outnumbered, so you shouldn’t give up hope.’
'Plus, Santa Claus,' said the pine tree.
The latke was too exhausted to scream. ‘Santa Claus has nothing to do with it,’ the latke said. ‘Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things.’‘But different things can often blend together,’ said the pine tree. ‘Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals.’