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Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just [one man and one woman] for over five thousand years.

Huh?

Time to break out your Bible, Mr. Perkins! Abraham had two wives, Sarah and her handmaiden Hagar. King Solomon had 700 wives, plus 300 concubines and slaves. Jacob, the patriarch who gives Israel its name, had two wives and two concubines. In a humanist vein, Exodus 21:10 warns that when men take additional wives, they must still provide for their previous one. (Exodus 21:16 adds that if a man seduces a virgin and has sex with her, he has to marry her, too.)

But that’s not all. In biblical society, when you conquered another city, tribe, or nation, the victorious men would “win” their defeated foes’ wives as part of the spoils. It also commanded levirate marriage, the system wherein, if a man died, his younger brother would have to marry his widow and produce heirs with her who would be considered the older brother’s descendants. Now that’s traditional marriage!

Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves | Sexuality/Gender | Religion Dispatches (via dendroica)

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thetruthaboutracialprivilege

MINORITY PRIVILEGE: UNPACKING THE NEW INVISIBLE KNAPSACK

thetruthaboutracialprivilege:

1. I can freely berate, hate and discriminate against white races and cultures without fear of repercussions or being labelled a racist by anyone — even the white people I openly discriminate against

‎2. I can access an array of free benefits for education, employment and substance abuse that white people cannot simply because I am a person of colour

‎3. I can turn vast, sprawling and pristine European, Australian, Canadian and British cities, towns and villages into ghettoes and not be blamed for enacting forceful segregation, mass crimewaves and general psychological torment on the peoples previously living there

‎4. I can go to a hairdressers, stores and clubs with expectations of the patrons being part of my race exclusively

‎5. I can always rely on affirmative action to help me when necessary

7. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is, despite never inventing the wheel, or indeed achieving anything beyond basic European architecture

8. I can openly criticize those who try to impose their values on my race (such as altruism, forward planning, moral decency and prosperous civilisation) yet I can interfere in whatever Europid community and cry racism when they express their grievances

9. I can go into a country illegally, be tolerated, commit some of the most heinous crimes, and only suffer deportation as punishment.

9.2. I can have groups of white people such as Amnesty International protest against my deportation, leaving me free to drain my victims’ society until such time as I am deemed free to terrorize them once more

10. I can claim any and all benefits for ancestry and culture despite not practicing anything native to my mother country, and having about as much in common with them as Europeans

11. I can disregard the existence of black slave owners, and enforce slavery was entirely racial rather than class based

12. I can adopt any and all other cultures and be tolerated, mostly white, while maintaining that our own cultures should be preserved and exclusive to its race of origin

13. (if applicable) I can enter a new country and sue, attack and protest because a custom in a totally different part of the world is frowned upon in my culture

14. I can claim I am equal to a race with typically higher intelligence than my own, and that we are all equal, unless the race is lesser

15. I can abuse privilege under the guise of equality

16. I can reject any and all scientific evidence proving any inferiority of my race, and in turn claim the scientists who studied, researched and proved these things are racist and have them globally shunned and discredited



A sample response to “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. Much more to be published.

An essay by three people, each from different European cultures, with entirely different political stances sharing common ground.

M.S., P.V., E.M. 

YOU CAN NOT ACHIEVE EQUALITY THROUGH PRIVILEGE, REPARATIONS AND BENEFIT FOR ANY RACE OR GENDER. IF YOU WANT EQUALITY, THEN ACT AS AN EQUAL, ANY USAGE OR SEEKING OF THE FORMER ENFORCE RACIAL SUPERIORITY OR ACCEPTANCE OF INFERIORITY. 

I laughed & laughed at this bit of troll bait. I know I’m supposed to be shocked or angry, but really this shit is high comedy.

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peecharrific:

Why Gay Is Not the New Black

2. The very real hardships endured by many gays and lesbians cannot fairly be compared with the monstrous suffering endured by African Americans. Conservative gay journalist Charles Winecoff wrote, “Newsflash: blacks in America didn’t start out as hip-hop fashion designers; they were slaves. There’s a big difference between being able to enjoy a civil union with the same sex partner of your choice – and not being able to drink out of a water fountain, eat at a lunch counter, or use a rest room because you don’t have the right skin color.”

Today, we have openly gay members of Congress, openly gay celebrities, openly gay CEO’s, openly gay financial gurus, openly gay sports stars, openly gay Hollywood moguls, and openly gay college professors, bestselling authors, scientists, and on and on. In the days of segregation in America, there were few, if any, blacks in such prominent positions, not to mention the fact that in many cities in America, even the lynching of blacks was accepted. Where in America are gays and lesbians being lynched today with societal approval? And what is the LGBT equivalent to the American slave trade?

click through to read the full list.

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qthewetsprocket:

wilwheaton:

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I saw an African American preacher on the PBS News Hour this past week who was actually annoyed that the gay community was “stealing” the phrase “civil rights” from the black community (because marriage is fucking well a civil right).
So…I guess being attacked, beaten, murdered, being called offensive names, being denied jobs, legal protection and housing, having the authorities legally separate your family, and being prevented from marrying the person you love based on your sexual orientation sucks less than having all that happen to you because of your ethnicity.
Prejudice =/= logic.

Look up some stats on those deaths, imprisonments, and denials. Pay attention to what color the people were that it happened to, while you’re there look at where they fell in the LGBT. Protip, trans women of color are the one being disproportionately affected and then ignored by the same people pushing to make marriage the cause in the media. Where exactly is the push to protect their civil rights?

qthewetsprocket:

wilwheaton:

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I saw an African American preacher on the PBS News Hour this past week who was actually annoyed that the gay community was “stealing” the phrase “civil rights” from the black community (because marriage is fucking well a civil right).

So…I guess being attacked, beaten, murdered, being called offensive names, being denied jobs, legal protection and housing, having the authorities legally separate your family, and being prevented from marrying the person you love based on your sexual orientation sucks less than having all that happen to you because of your ethnicity.

Prejudice =/= logic.

Look up some stats on those deaths, imprisonments, and denials. Pay attention to what color the people were that it happened to, while you’re there look at where they fell in the LGBT. Protip, trans women of color are the one being disproportionately affected and then ignored by the same people pushing to make marriage the cause in the media. Where exactly is the push to protect their civil rights?

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fyeahafrica:

Map showing the legal recognition of same-sex sexual activity as well as the penalty of illegal same-sex sexual activity throughout Africa.

fyeahafrica:

Map showing the legal recognition of same-sex sexual activity as well as the penalty of illegal same-sex sexual activity throughout Africa.

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Indy Coroner Won't Release Body to Lesbian's Partner

kyssthis16:

samann:

avocadosalad:

The Marion County coroner’s office is refusing to release Santiago’s body to her partner; the office cited the Defense of Marriage Act as the reason why they’ve turned down Brennon’s request to pick up her loved one’s remains. DOMA allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Brennon had to get her aunt to claim the body of Santiago so she could then turn the remains back over to Brennon so she could make final arrangements. Further proof DOMA needs to be repealed.

UGH.

Enough reason to quit humans. 

Reports are coming in that this story isn’t true. Apparently there was a translation error & then a series of misunderstandings that led to the erroneous post.

avocadosalad

Indy Coroner Won't Release Body to Lesbian's Partner

samann:

avocadosalad:

The Marion County coroner’s office is refusing to release Santiago’s body to her partner; the office cited the Defense of Marriage Act as the reason why they’ve turned down Brennon’s request to pick up her loved one’s remains. DOMA allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Brennon had to get her aunt to claim the body of Santiago so she could then turn the remains back over to Brennon so she could make final arrangements. Further proof DOMA needs to be repealed.

UGH.

This is just so cruel & ridiculous. Bastards.

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