Remember that while 4 of his victims were men, THREE of those men were Asian. That is not a coincidence.
[Also: I’ve redacted the shooter’s name here. There is research to suggest that the more a shooter’s name and photo are shown, the higher the risk of copycat killers are. So, yeah.]
Sorry to keep reblogging about this but there’s been some A+ commentary, and this is a new angle on the story to me. My first boyfriend was Thai. He was sweet and smart, and it makes me deeply sad to think of him having to live his life wading through this bullshit, or even dying because of it.
This is pretty incredible.
Art as resistance to Christian privilege?
Popular Satanism is just Ayn Rand’s Objectivism.
Which is what almost literally what Anton LaVey and his followers have said:
"Since the Satanist understands that all Gods are fiction, instead of bending a knee in worship to—or seeking friendship or unity with—such mythical entities, he places himself at the center of his own subjective universe as his own highest value." (x)
THIS, on the other hand, is just secular humanism claiming the name of Satan in order to be ironic (?):
"There are seven fundamental tenets.
1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forego your own.
5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.” (x)
I try to remain open minded about religions (and usually succeed because they’re so freaking interesting) but, man, LaVey’s bullshit always rubbed me the wrong way. I identified as Pagan at a young age so people would occasionally hassle me about being a Satanist and it made me so. mad. because it was like… the opposite of everything I believe and everything I’d read about Wicca, Hellenic Paganism and pretty every other Neo-Pagan sect. Aaaand now that you say it’s basically a repackaged Randian philosophy that makes so much sense. Epiphany!
I will always love The Fountainhead as a piece of literature though.
This article is pretty interesting, as one would expect/hope from Vice.
im praying for every gay and lesbian individual living in kansas. my heart goes out to all of you. and if you have no idea what i’m talking about, please read this.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW!?!??
While the Kansas House passed it,
it’ll never become law rephrase because never say never, but: it doesn’t seem like it will be law? Yesterday the Kansas GOP Senate President publicly spoke out against the bill, asking her fellows to follow:
“With fewer than half the 32 Senate Republicans supporting the bill, it would need Democratic support to pass the 40-member chamber, an unlikely prospect since Democrats are lined up against it.”
And this is why bicameral legislatures are a good idea.
anyone else feel hella uncomfortable about how self-rightous the US is being about Russia’s anti-gay policies during the olympics?
in my state its still perfectly legal to fire someone for their sexuality and the government basically doesn’t realize that trans people exist
shut the fuck up
1) If one would like to continue to generalize about entire populations or governments based on the actions of a few, the whole world is being self righteous about it. Athletes from multiple countries have flagrantly displayed rainbow gear to give Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law the public middle finger. Why are we complaining about this again? That’s a good thing. Just because our own countries aren’t perfect yet doesn’t mean we can’t critique a shitty policy and use this event as a policy mic. It’s like those people who try to derail feminist debates by saying “why are you worried about this when people are starving in Africa and we still have homeless on the streets in the US?” Because I’m capable of complex thought and holding multiple ideas in my mind simultaneously.
2) I think one can acknowledge a few things here. First, that the United States Federal Government has no laws on the books banning the freedom of gay people to express themselves, no laws that literally put you away in federal prison (and if you followed the Pussy Riot jailings or know anything about the antibiotic resistant tuberculosis epidemic in Russian prisons, you know how sus they are). Second, in a survey from nov 2013 most Americans mistakenly believed we already had laws banning gay discrimination in the work place (assuming it would be covered under the federal law that bans other types of workplace discrimination), and most supported laws fixing the oversight in wording. At the end of 2013 Obama and his staff started bringing more awareness to the oversight, gaining public support from US companies to fix the federal law’s wording. This is set to be a major issue that gets addressed in the coming year.
I acknowledge the imperfection of my country, hell yes I do, but at least we have an environment where we can advocate and work to forward progress without fear of the federal government taking our lives from us. We’re not perfect but being imperfect doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to critique, or else we would all remain silent because there’ll always be something new to make progress on. The growing awareness of trans issues is already leading to positive policy change in places like Los Angeles school districts where trans students can use the bathroom of their gender identity. It’s coming. Equality marches closer. It takes blood sweat and tears as it always does, the slow lumbering bastard, but it’s coming. Our current government sees a gap of equality in federal law and is trying to close it. The Russian government saw a gap of equality in the law and spouted bullshit about how being gay makes you pedophilic and made policy to drive a wedge into and increase that equality gap and shut down free speech (using that in a general sense).
Idk, lgbt friends please tell me your thoughts? Sierra I’m especially interested in your input, because of how I covet your brain and all.
Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. A look at the cultural factors behind the statistic.
Heavy stuff but important stuff for everyone to read.
This is a beautiful thing.
And can we please discuss how the part of this quote that is left out was him talking about increasing support for maternity AND paternity leave? Fuck yes.