acroyear: (coyote1)
"I pledge to continue to represent you all to the best of my abilities without regard to race, creed, religious beliefs, national origin or sex.  That's the kind of Sterling Americans you all have been for me and for our community and I pledge to continue to be that kind of Sterling American for you." - Roger Delgaudio, Sterling/Loudoun, "There is no place in Sterling for hate" (from his monthly newsletter to us residents)

Yeah, that's right.

Roger Delgaudio is a man so Conservative he hasn't even caught up to the fact that most of the country, and most of his subjects, considers discrimination and prejudicial writings against people on account of sexual orientation is Hate.

Some of his choice quotes (as 'public policy spokesman for a pro-family group', as he brushes off) he WON'T put in the electorate newsletter, but loves to put in that sidelines business, "Public Advocate" (which he operates on government resources, which is why he is under investigation...I note his letter didn't say a thing about the actual charges in the slightest)
  • "The homosexual lobbies fully support the invasive body cavity searches of elderly citizens, small children, young women and the absurd and dangerous X-Ray machines that scan the human form in minute detail— anybody and everybody for little security reasons whatsoever." - October 24, 2012
  • It was worse than I ever imagined. Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling. My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. [...] Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.
  • [An open Letter to Mitt Romney on who should be his VP candidate] “Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Joe Farah, or Chuck Norris would be a great pick from just ten top conservative leaders,”

Another (very specifically fundraising) letter he wrote mentions dangerous legislation like

  • 1) The Homosexual Classrooms Act, requiring every school — even private and religious schools — to teach appalling homosexual acts.
  • 2) The Offense to Marriage Act, repealing the Defense of Marriage Act which has stood for over a decade against the Homosexual Lobby.
    If passed, wedding gown-clad men smooching before some left-wing clergyman or state official is just the beginning.
    You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.

  • 3) The Gay Bill of Special Rights, granting special job rights to homosexuals. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
    Radical homosexuals will terrorize day cares, hospitals and churches.

culminating, of course, with "In fact, if I’m to effectively defeat even one of these bills, I’m going to need an immediate influx of funds." - Fear-mongering, hatred, and an annoyingly active imagination unable to see reality in the slightest, and his flock should give him money for that. 

How detached from reality is he? He even made a post (I think a tweet, but I can't recall now) about how "his" Sterling so overwhelmingly voted Republican in November (facts? Obama took 65%, Kaine took 68% - both contributing to their late-night wins once the votes were counted - and within Sterling, Wolf was in the minority, though he took his district thanks to Fauquier and Winchester, not Loudoun which went 50/50).  A few hours later, he took that one down.

By the way, the mailing list of people who love to read that kind of stuff?  In the months prior to the election, he sold it.  To Bachmann, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, likely more.

He personally takes home about $171,000 a year writing this stuff, according to analysis of public tax filings.  And this is a 'non-profit' advocacy group, btw.  And that's on top of his PACs, his investments, and his income from the Loudoun Board.  He actually primarily lives in Falls Church (ironically because it has better schools for his kids, who knew?).

And no, I have NO intention of linking to to those pages...but he clearly owns it, as shown by the whois records for the domain.

But no, he's not one who "hates" and there is no "hate" in Sterling, except against him.

Really.


acroyear: (coyote1)
So let’s recap:

1. If a hurricane hits Place A, God is sending a message to them — a message that just happens to confirm all the preexisting bigotries of the people decoding the message.

2. If the hurricane doesn’t hit Place A, it’s because they prayed it away to hit another place.

3. If the hurricane hits Place B, the fact that large numbers of local residents were also praying for the hurricane not to hit them is meaningless to the inhabitants of Place A.

4. No matter what happens, residents of both Place A and Place B will continue to believe the same thing about eventualities 1 and 2.

Faith — keeping people impervious to logic for thousands of years.
CBN: Isaac Prayed Away from RNC | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
acroyear: (weirdos...)
Chicken or the Gays: Make a Choice About Eating Chick-fil-A:
If you'd really like to support gays and lesbians in a world lousy with Chick-fil-As, how about this tactic instead: From now on, don't fucking eat at Chick-fil-A if you are a person who believes gays are equal to you and deserving of equal treatment under the law. No equivocating and no buying back karma with pity donations to gay-rights groups. Simply avoid the chain for as long as it upholds its homophobic ties. Full stop.

Is this really that hard to do? Is Chick-fil-A so delicious that people are willing to ignore their most cherished principles in order to eat a couple handfuls of its sodium-drenched chicken wads? I haven't eaten Chick-fil-A in about a decade, but the last time I did, I don't remember it being all that spectacular. The meat was average and the buns were soggy, soaked through with butter and brine from anemic pickle discs. It certainly wasn't good enough food to get me to forsake my belief that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry. Which is why, when I found out Chick-fil-A's Southern Baptist leaders believed otherwise, I stopped eating there and started eating at the thousands of other places that serve greasy, hastily made, inexpensive sandwiches.
I made the decision to do exactly that. I don't miss it.  At all.
acroyear: (fof good book)
Romney Leading Mormon Takeover of America! | Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
[...] on the list of groups I worry about taking over our government, the Mormon church falls somewhere between the Girl Scouts and the surviving cast members of the Apple Dumpling Gang.
acroyear: (space 2 ring)
Paul Wallace: Intelligent Design Is Dead: A Christian Perspective:
For a person of faith, ID is not just an unnecessary choice; it is a harmful one. It reduces God to a kind of holy tinkerer. It locates the divine in places of ignorance and obscurity. And this gives it a defensive and fearful spirit that is out of place in Christian faith and theology.

Looking upon the new star in September 1604, could Kepler have envisioned stellar evolution, mass-transfer binary stars, and explosive carbon fusion? No, and so he remained silent. His humility, his belief in the richness of creation, and his expansive faith allowed him to admit ignorance while leaving the door of causal science wide open.

ID denies its proponents that freedom. Having opted to close the door on science, they steal from themselves the opportunity to see nature more deeply. In so doing they dig in their heels, refusing to be drawn, Kepler-style, closer to the creator God they all believe in. This is the great irony of ID.
acroyear: (literacy)
War on Christmas? Sign This Minister Up. -:
Today, Christianity is the dominant culture. So, instead of story of a olive skinned middle-eastern, unwed, pregnant mother, who was seen as little more than property, giving birth to what the world would surely see as an illegitimate child who was wrapped in what rags they could find and placed in a smelly, flea infested feeding trough in the midst of a dark musky smelling animal stall… instead of that story, we end up with a clean, white skinned European woman giving birth to a glowing baby wrapped in impossibly white swaddling clothes and laid to rest in a manger that looks more like a crib than a trough in the midst of a barn that is more kept and clean than many of our houses.

So, “War on Christmas?,” sure sign me up. I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the elimination of what our modern “celebration” has become to the increasingly white-washed version we hear every year.
acroyear: (fof good book)
...and it isn't just the whole "Thanking God When We Win" (as if God really cares who wins a football game).
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.  So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:5-6:9)
The problem isn't that he is a Christian.  The problem is that he is going out of his way to make a display of the fact that he is a Christian, and then he is reaped praises by the evangelicals for his display of faith.  Yet these same Evangelicals would condemn a player in the harshest of terms if he happened to be Muslim and decided that in the middle of a game he was going to make a display of praying towards Mecca.

This is not true Christianity.  This is wearing the label of Christianity on as a badge of honor, praised upon by others in a show of pure, raw tribalism.

This is what God truly commanded us NOT to do when we were ordered (by those very Commandments these people want to put up in every American courthouse, in spite of the dubious Constitutionality of them) to "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.".  That is what he and others are doing, they are wearing God's name as a vanity (the true meaning of this term), and as such he is in my opinion setting a bad, very UN-Jesus-like example to his fans.

And yeah, I have a problem with that.  People like him are the reason I have overtly declared (in spite of my faith, such as it is), that I am not a 'Christian' anymore.  I refuse to wear the same label as they choose to own and control and wield as a tool to control others.  They can have it.
acroyear: (yeah whatever)
Here he is, this supposedly "principled" person, playing the "just a theory" card for the sake of the idiots that will decide the Republican primaries.  Apparently, trust that scientists who work with this stuff on a daily basis to actually solve problems and really know what their doing, is simply illegal in the Republican Party these days.
acroyear: (don't go there)
So there's this piece of the WTC framework that "looks like a cross", and it is right now part of the government-paid memorial as part of the site, intentionally because it looks like a cross and thus has God's Blessings over the site.  An atheist group has filed suit claiming establishment.  I think they have a case, only because (just like creationists on school boards) the words of those who put it there show that it clearly was put up BECAUSE it was a cross, with all the religious implications.

In a comment on FB, I didn't explicitly support the atheists but at least defended James Madison and tried to get the pro-cross type to reconsider why she felt it was necessary for government (or "majority") endorsement of Christianity.  That, of course, got ignored.

What she said that pissed me off?

"this is about putting a part of the building that remained standing back in its original location and it happens to be in the shape of a cross. If that does not tell you that God was looking over them, then what would?"

My answer that I didn't write, but was fucking obvious to me:

"The towers still standing."
acroyear: (each must dance)
Archbishop Bans Pop Music at Funerals - NYTimes.com:
On Thursday in Australia, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne announced a ban on the playing of pop music at funerals, which, he said, are not to be described as “a celebration of the life of” the deceased.

According to the new guidelines published on Archbishop Denis Hart’s Web site:

Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported that the theme songs of sporting teams are among the most popular requests fielded by Australian funeral directors. The newspaper added:

Other popular songs included, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and Bette Midler’s version of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”

A list of more unusual songs played at Australian funerals, according to a cemetery contacted by The Herald Sun, includes: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Highway to Hel,” by AC/DC and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The guidelines also address secular readings, which are allowed, within certain limits: “an appropriate poem or reflection may be read after the eulogy, provided it is in accord with the Christian hope of eternal life.”

A spokesman for the Catholic Church said the ban has received a mixed reaction in Melbourne, the BBC reported.
Dear Mr. The Archbishop.

What you want, or don't want, played at *your* funeral is your own damn business.

What is appropriate for anybody else's really is not, regardless of what building it is happening in. 

That a funeral isn't, in your eyes, a "celebration of the life" merely means we need fewer funerals and far more celebrations.

Trust me, when you go, we will be having a "celebration".  'Til then, go back to your rock and hide under it.

For myself, I want my wake to be held where most of my friends' have been these past few years: in a pub.
acroyear: (this is news)
Mormons and the Manhattan Islamic Center : Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
"Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree." - Mitt Romney, 2007

"Governor Romney opposes the construction of the mosque at Ground Zero. The wishes of the families of the deceased and the potential for extremists to use the mosque for global recruiting and propaganda compel rejection of this site." - Mitt Romney's spokesperson, Eric Fehrnstrom, 2010
I guess religious tolerance is a shallow principle. Can't refute logic, you know...

brilliant

Aug. 19th, 2010 04:47 pm
acroyear: (this is news)
slacktivist: Please forgive me for the actions of extremists I have never met who commit acts of violence that I have never advocated:

As a white male Baptist, it is my duty today to denounce the violence perpetrated by Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, who yesterday attacked the police headquarters in McKinney, Texas, in a heavily armed but ineffectual assault involving a high-powered rifle, road flares, "gasoline and ammonium nitrate fertilizer."

I understand that this denunciation must be swift and unambiguous and that, in the absence of such denunciations made by and on behalf of every and all white male Baptists, others are entitled to assume that every white male Baptist is fully in agreement with the actions of Patrick Gray Sharp and to therefore deny white male Baptists the rights others enjoy.

So I denounce this attack and state unequivocally that we white male Baptists do not believe in this kind of violent extremism. I beg you all not to condemn all of us for the actions of this lone member of our community, although of course I will understand if you decide that you must do so and will humbly accept whatever restrictions on our full participation in society that you see fit to impose. That's only fair.

[...]

UPDATE: Boy is my face red. This is so embarrassing -- I totally skimmed past the fine print on the unwritten rules and completely missed the exemption for hegemonic classes. It turns out that we white people, males and Protestants never have to worry about extravagant displays of vicarious contrition. As a white male Protestant, apparently, I don't need to promptly denounce every evil act committed by any and every other white male Protestant.

This is awesome. Do you realize how much time this is going to save me? Plus just the relief of no longer having to watch the news on pins and needles, worrying every time there's a crime or a gun-nut on a spree that it'll be some white male Protestant guy and that everyone is going to assume we're all like that. What an enormous relief to be judged only as an individual and not prejudged according to the worst thing ever done by anyone ever claiming to belong to my faith community, or sharing my gender or my ethnicity. It's not just a relief it's a ... oh, what's the word? ... privilege. Yes, that's what it is -- a fantastic privilege.
acroyear: (wondering)
Dumbass Quote of the Day : Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
And why is his focus solely on this Islamic center? After all, those evil Muslims attacked the Pentagon that day too. And guess what? We've got Muslims worshiping openly at the Pentagon four days a week!
acroyear: (perspective)
slacktivist: To bigotry no sanction: George Washington:
The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
The Government has, of course, failed to live up to that ideal time and again, though in time has often corrected itself.  To the revisionists who would restore the non-existant "Christian" origins to this country, let them reconsider their decision to place Mr. Washington on their side.  He surely would not be.  This letter, in full context defending the non-interference of Government in the religion, was written to a Hebrew congregation in 1790.
acroyear: (normal)
Anne Rice leaves Christianity – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs:
Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... It's simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:

“My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me," Rice wrote. "But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been or might become.
To further my respect for her, in her twitter/facebook feed, she quotes some of the very same passages I like to "believe" in, and seem ignored by so many, including,
  • "If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." (spoken at almost every Christian wedding in America)
  • "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. "
and a nice quote from Ghandi: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
acroyear: (don't go there)
Joe's Political Jottings - oh that's a good little stunt...:where i describe how the Liars for Jesus have come up with a whole new way to lie...
acroyear: (claws for alarm)
Op-Ed Contributor - The Diaspora Need Not Apply - NYTimes.com:
If this bill passes, future historians will inevitably wonder why, at a critical moment in its history, Israel chose to tell 85 percent of the Jewish diaspora that their rabbis weren’t rabbis and their religious practices were a sham, the conversions of their parents and spouses were invalid, their marriages weren’t legal under Jewish law, and their progeny were a tribe of bastards unfit to marry other Jews.

Why, they will wonder, as Iran raced to build a nuclear bomb to wipe the Jewish state off the map, did the custodians of the 2,000-year-old national dream of the Jewish people choose such a perverse definition of Jewish peoplehood, seemingly calculated to alienate supporters outside its own borders?

And, they will also wonder, what of the quiescence of diaspora Jewry? Many American Jews understandably see Israel as under siege and have not wanted to make things worse; they imagined that internal politicking over conversions and marriages was ephemeral, and would change. But the conversion bill is a sign that this silence was a mistake, for it has been interpreted by Israeli politicians as a green light to throw basic questions of Jewish identity into the pot of coalition politics.

The redemptive history of the Jewish people since the Holocaust has rested on the twin pillars of a strong Israel and a strong diaspora, which have spoken to each other politically and culturally, and whose successes have mutually reinforced the confidence and capacities of the other. Neither the Jewish diaspora nor Israel can afford a split between the two communities — a dystopian possibility that, if this bill passes, could materialize frightfully soon.
acroyear: (don't go there)
McDonnell wants to show Virginia the way out of liquor business:
Many others, including some religious conservatives in McDonnell's party, are fearful that privatizing alcohol sales will lead to a glut of liquor stores and a rise in drunken driving and other alcohol-related problems.
please explain to me, in detail, exactly how having 2 stores in a small town owned by private companies will actually lead to more drunk driving than having 1 store owned by the state?

also explain to me, in detail, why the licensing board can't consider quantity of regional stores and proximity of a store to other stores in deciding whether or not to license the location?

also explain to me why a phased process of opening up hard liquor sales, say be keeping the "closing time" of said sales to 7pm, then a period of adjustment to 8, then 9, eventually to the same midnight that ends cheap beer sales, might not provide the evidence for the idea that later hard-liquor sales in stores increases public drunkenness.

seriously, i want you to explain it to me. i want to see some real reasoning for reasons other thinking "all drinking must be bad", because, well, Jesus didn't seem to think so 2000 years ago when he performed his first miracle, nor when he ate his last supper.

You have some 45+ other states with private alcohol stores to look at for your evidence, so feel free to use them.

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