politics

Rape is Rape

I read some shocking facts about rape in the United states from Ms. Magazine: The FBI’s definition of “forcible rape” in their Uniform Crime Report (UCR): “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” [PDF] What that definition leaves out: anal, oral and statutory rape; incest; rape with Read more…

Christianity

Changing Opinions: 4 Controversies in the Past 5 Years

We're all allowed to change our minds. I'm not sure if this is a credit to my character or a blight on it, but I've changed my mind about many varying topics over the past---sometimes from one extreme to another. A lot of these changes happened because I went off to college and was finally out from under my parents' influence. Having to find your own way and discover how you feel about certain ideas sometimes inspires radical shifts. I was a perfect example. Another reason I've been moving from one side of a debate to another is my radical switch from Christianity to atheism. When I was a believer, I always knew what to do and what to believe in because it was an established system in my religion, my family, and my community. Atheism flung me outside all of those groups quite suddenly, and I had to do even more thinking on my own. With no one to tell me what to believe, and not much practice being a truly critical thinker, I had a lot of catching up to do! In fact, I know I'm still not done reconsidering my positions. Perhaps I never will be. I came up with four examples of how I've shifted my opinions in the past five years. [caption id="attachment_2486" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="photo by Tony Case"]every time you maturbate, god kills a kitten[/caption]

1) Masturbation

Then: A few years ago after wobbling between "masturbation is a sin" and "if it's awesome, why not?" I settled on the view that masturbation was okay so long as you didn't lust. This is a popular position in some Christian circles because it allows the person the physical release, but it keeps people from sinning according to Jesus "Thought Police™" Christ (see Matthew 5:28). Now: My new guiltless sexuality and self-confidence are mainly a direct result of leaving Christianity. Now I'm not ashamed of my actions nor filled with self-loathing about being a sexual person. I can embrace healthy expressions of this side of my nature; I can be mature and wise about it instead of secretive and ignorant. The human body is an amazing thing, and we should enjoy it! Check out my previous post on masturbation. Click below the cut for three more... (more…)