Let me lie on this floor
Until all my blood is gone
Let me walk into the shadows
Of my mind
Never to come out again
Let me feel the pain of the world
Until it envelops me
Numbing my senses
Let me hold you
Let me love you
Let me make love to you
Let me put you to bed at night
Let me exist for you
Because of you
For I cannot exist for myself.
To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.
November 27th 1978: Milk and Moscone assassinated
On this day in 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by Dan White. White was angry that Moscone had refused to re-appoint him to the Board of Supervisors and that Milk lobbied against his re-appointment. White went to San Francisco City Hall to meet with Moscone and make a final plea for his re-appointment. When Moscone declined, White pulled a gun and shot him. White ran into Milk on his way to his former office and shot and killed him. The bodies were found by Supervisor, and current US senator, Dianne Feinstein. Milk was the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, making his death a symbolic blow to the gay rights movement but also making him a martyr for the gay community.
35 years ago today
Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and i would like to dedicate it to the untold victims of conflict: women and children, who are tortured, killed, and raped in unbelievable numbers. They are there behind every conflict and every oppressive government.
Sunday wisdom from a former President of Planned Parenthood…
Faye Wattleton was the first African-American and youngest president ever elected to Planned Parenthood.
I have had quite a few discussions over the past few weeks on religion. It’s been building up inside of me and I guess it’s about time to put it all together in a post.
I am not religious. I did not grow up in a religious family. Despite the fact that my parents are atheists they accommodated fully my brief foray into religion around the age of 11 and never tried to steer me away from it. Thankfully, I outgrew it.
As I grew up I became increasingly atheist though reading books and listening to people. I have taken more than 6 years of religion at school so I am intimately familiar with Christianity and quite a few other religions. What did it for me in the end is that it makes no sense. Logically, historically it simply does not stand the test of reason.
But religious freedom is important and everyone should have the right to exercise their religion. Yet, my religious beliefs, or lack thereof have transcended the stage of “I don’t believe but it’s awesome that you do” to the stage of “I don’t believe, I will always support your right to believe, but religion is harmful to society.” That is a pretty bold statement to make, especially in the United States but I stand behind it 100%.
Religion indoctrinates people from a very young age, in effect shaping their minds. It robs individuals from the chance of choosing for themselves what they want to believe. Even more the thinking required of religion is for me the biggest issue here. Faith. Belief without facts, belief without proof. While science has been wrong, multiple times, and scientists are the first to acknowledge that, science changes in the face of evidence to the contrary. Yet, that fundamental aspect of human progress is at odds with religion. Religion, by definition, is sticking to a belief system, without questioning its fundamentals, is sticking to it despite evidence to the contrary (in fact you are more faithful in those cases as “your faith has been tested”). The sheer amount of contradiction that exists in religious teachings is enough to turn any person who grounds their life in logic and reason away from it. I maintain that such thinking, the kind that takes things for granted without testing them, spills into other aspect of people’s lives and it impedes their ability to think clearly, and honestly.
It is true that religion helps people on an individual level. While I acknowledge that I believe there are ways to get the exact same benefits without supporting an institution that has killed millions of people, tortured even more and is, in its core untrue. I could write a dissertation on all the things wrong with religion but I will refer you to Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” a great book that is truly eye opening. Personally, I prefer to lead a life filled with compassion, love, and reason and I refuse to support an idea that is unreasonable, without proof and ultimately, has done more harm to the world than good.
Here’s the link to Richard Dawkins’ website. Check it out. It’s worth it: http://www.richarddawkins.net/
Tim Minchin on religion in America. Truly awesome.