Quote of the Day: “Life isn’t all beer and Skittles!” – the character Puddle from Radclyffe Hall’s “The Well of Loneliness”

Time for a crash course on Liberal Quakers!  There are Moderates, Evangelicals, Conservatives, Liberals, and everyone in between.  I’m just going to stick to Liberals because it applies to me and it’s what I know.  But what I explain here doesn’t apply to all Liberal Quakers since it’s so loose.

Liberal Quakers believe that God (which is not a gendered term) is within all living things.  Therefore, most Quakers are pacifists.  A lot of Quakers are vegetarians, too, and I was for a few years; I came to believe that being an omnivore is part of the evolution process and is not a spiritual issue for me.  I won’t eat meat that involves torturing the animal such as veal, duck foie gras and kobe steak.  Killing people isn’t part of evolution, therefore it’s immoral.  And most Liberal Quakers are very politically active, especially with civil rights issues, because we should all be socially equal since we’re all spiritually equal.

There are Christian Liberal Quakers.  The Society of Friends started as a Christian denomination but it’s not a requirement to be a Liberal Quaker to believe that Jesus was a/the savior.  I believe he was just a really wise guy, but no more or less special than anyone else.  There are Quakers from all backgrounds and they may or may not integrate anything from Islam to Confuscianism into their beliefs.

The Society of Friends has no set dogma, no hierarchy.  There are meetinghouses in which there are weekly/quarterly/etc. meetings (and some of those might have a pastor).  People come and sit together in silence.  They’re supposed to be having a spiritual experience, reflecting on God within them.  If someone feels that God wants her/him to speak, she/he does – but most Quakers actually prefer silence.  I have yet to attend a meeting and I would like to eventually . . . but I don’t see why this spiritual experience has to be at a certain time in a set building.

There’s no set belief about the afterlife.  I think that our bodies and individual selves die, but the strand of God in us just goes back to this ephemerial God and then just goes back into another living being – Universal Soul reincarnation rather than individual soul reincarnation.

The general belief is that there is no evil being or force.  People just do bad things for psychological reasons and natural disasters are just part of meteorology and plate tectonics.

I’ve come a loooooonnnngggg way from Conservative Catholic to Agnostic/Catholic to NeoPagan!!  The difference here is that I followed what these religions taught because it’s what they taught.  I quit all that, I got away from the hierarchy and the pointless details that come between the individual and God (and I’ve had too many spiritual experiences to believe that God doesn’t exist) and formed my own personal beliefs.  It just so happened that I discovered that my personal beliefs were those of Liberal Quakers.  I joined because Liberal Quakers fit me, I haven’t had to fit into them.

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Quote of the Day: “It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” – Delores Ibarruri

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately since I FINALLY watched the fifth season of The L Word. Don’t worry, no spoilers here! An issue that comes up in the fifth season is that gays are a target audience and anything appealing to them will be less likely to appeal to the general public. In general, not just with LGBTs, that’s . . . pretty true. Most tv shows, movies, magazines, and media farts in general that are mostly about a certain race, religion, political group, etc. will be popular amongst those groups but not to people outside of them. For example, compare BET’s viewership amongst African Americans versus amongst the population in general.

A big difference between racial groups in the media and LGBTs in the media, though, is that LGBTs aren’t included in the “diversity quota” required of tv shows, commercials, movies, etc. There isn’t a “token gay.” There have been breakthroughs in the media such as “Will & Grace” and Ellen, but their ripple effect across the media has been minute.

This YouTube video was recently shown to me by a friend of mine (HI DORENE!!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzJYhQ6svrM Apparently there are still companies, even ones as wild and open as YouTube (owned by Google), that don’t want to become a product of target marketing.

Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has committed the following abuses of power.

  1. Article I – Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.
  2. Article II – Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.
  3. Article III – Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.
  4. Article IV – Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.
  5. Article V – Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.
  6. Article VI – Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.
  7. Article VII – Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.
  8. Article VIII – Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.
  9. Article IX – Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor
  10. Article X – Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes
  11. Article XI – Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq
  12. Article XII – Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation’s Natural Resources
  13. Article XIII – Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries
  14. Article XIV – Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency
  15. Article XV – Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq
  16. Article XVI – Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors
  17. Article XVII – Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives
  18. Article XVIII – Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy
  19. Article XIX – Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to ‘Black Sites’ Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture
  20. Article XX – Imprisoning Children
  21. Article XXI – Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government
  22. Article XXII – Creating Secret Laws
  23. Article XXIII – Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
  24. Article XXIV – Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment
  25. Article XXV – Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens
  26. Article XXVI – Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements
  27. Article XXVII – Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply
  28. Article XXVIII – Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice
  29. Article XXIX – Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  30. Article XXX – Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare
  31. Article XXXI – Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency
  32. Article XXXII – Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change
  33. Article XXXIII – Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.
  34. Article XXXIV – Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001
  35. Article XXXV – Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

http://www.impeachbush.tv/progress/dk_aoi_bush/

Quote of the Day: “Love is not enough.  It must be the foundation, the cornerstone, but not the complete structure.” – Bette Davis

Apologies for having fallen out of blog-touch!  This past weekend was Milwaukee’s Pridefest!  This was my . . . fourth . . . or fifth?  I’ve lost track, but it was definitely the best I’ve had.  There was a tornado warning on Saturday, it allegedly touched down, and a thunderstorm most of Sunday.  That just meant that everyone danced closer together!

*dances* I was checked out!  Whee!  And it was awesome to be there with people who actually wanted to be there, as opposed to my first two years 😛  This was Ashley’s first Pride and the first Pride of a few friends who were there with us

On Saturday, during the thunderstorm and when there was a supposed tornado, everyone crowded into the dance pavillion since that has a roof and can fit hundreds/thousands of people.  The Chicago Boi Tois were performing, but the sound system had to be shut off.  The kings led everyone in singing “I Will Survive” and then scolded us for being bad gays for not knowing all the words!

I’ve been reading “Gender Trouble” by Judith Butler but it’s such a difficult read that I can’t find the motivation to keep going.  I always feel a lil guilty when I put down a book for reasons other than it being a waste of paper and ink.  I’ll probably pick it up again in a few years