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Regarding the "History" Channel's "The Bible" - Jesus was not a white dude

The historical figure known as Jesus of Nazareth was not “white. He was not European. Based on the scholarly consensus, the historical Jesus would be a Middle Eastern Jew of medium, if not dark, complexion. He was certainly dark enough to have spent time in the Middle East and elsewhere, and not to have had his skin tone commented upon or noted.

This Jesus would be hounded and harassed by the TSA, looked at as a de facto “suspicious” person in post-9/11 America, and be racially profiled by the national security state. The historical Jesus would likely be subject to stop-and-frisk policies by the New York police and others. If it were too late at night, and the historical Jesus was trying to get a cab–especially if he were not attired “professionally”–he would be left standing curbside because brown folks in their 20s and 30s who look like him are presumed to be criminals.

Despite the “common sense” depiction of Jesus in the (white) American popular imagination, the historical Jesus Christ is not a white surfer dude with blue eyes, long flowing hair, and tanned and toned skin.

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:48 PM (145 replies)

liberals, libertarians and family

I have been a major critic of libertarians, as I am a socialist by American standards - probably moderate/conservative by European standards. but my sister has married a libertarian. we are eye to eye on drug war, foreign interventionism, marriage equality etc. but as far apart on the social safety net as I would be with any republican. and while I will still stand by my principals on those issues I will no longer bash the libertarians as a whole as I do the religious right.

success in a republican democracy means making alliances. and while I will always be an fdr/carter/Clinton.obama democrat, I have pledged myself to finding common ground without compromising my beliefs, with those who agree with me on individual freedoms.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:45 PM (18 replies)

to fellow anglicans, episopalians, catholics and various eastern orthodox sisters and brothers

do any of you practice lectio divina? and if so, do you have any helpful links.

I am Anglican btw
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 1, 2013, 09:36 PM (4 replies)

An Easter Offering who Who Lump all Christians together as Intolerant Woo Worshipers

Obama attends Easter service; minister criticizes ‘captains of the religious right’

President Obama and the first family attended Easter Sunday worship at Saint John’s Church Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, their most frequent religious venue while in Washington.


“You cannot go back,” Leon said, citing the words of Jesus. “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border.”


Christ has Died!
Christ is Risen!
Christ will Come Again!
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 01:36 PM (12 replies)

the relationship between the delegitimization of structural identity

and the engendering of empowerment at least achieves the doubtful virtue of innocuousness.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:47 AM (34 replies)

The Sheep and the Goats (Jesus, Fundamentalists and Universal Health Care)

yes, the third graphic comes from a rw site - I found it googling images. but look at these three maps and read Jesus' parable below.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me


Fundamentalists believe the Bible is the inerrant, literal Word of God. they had better pray they are wrong/

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 08:07 PM (16 replies)

how the doma ruling is likely to go, imho

Although Kennedy’s record on gay rights has given advocates plenty of hope, he appeared reluctant to impose marriage equality on all states, calling that “uncharted waters.” But he was also openly skeptical that DOMA is constitutional, and modestly doubtful about the legal merits of banning gay marriage. He hinted at a federalism framework that says only states may define marriage and the federal government must accept their definition.
Notably, in both cases, Kennedy steered clear of the equal protection framework, advanced by gay rights advocates, that marriage equality bans are inherently unconstitutional.

this will not result in marriage equality nationwide, but will make the federal government recognize gay marriages from states that allow it.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:37 PM (0 replies)

has anyone here ever invested in stamps?

I don't mean collector stamps but buying the forever stamps as a safe investment to keep ahead of inflation.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:11 PM (11 replies)

ted olsen - wow

"We don't prescribe law for the future," Scalia said. "We decide what the law is. I'm curious, when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868? When the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted?"

Olson countered that with a question of his own, bringing up two past high-profile cases involving discrimination.

"When did it become unconstitutional to prohibit interracial marriages? When did it become unconstitutional to assign children to separate schools?" Olson asked.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/scalia-gay-marriage-prop-8-case-supreme-court-2013-3#ixzz2OhNdRquX

Olsen is doing well in this case. It is weird, he is quite the right winger, but gives it all for his client.
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 09:19 PM (14 replies)

does this song promote date rape?

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off

She said I’m going out with my girlfriends
Margaritas at the Holiday Inn
Lord have mercy, my only thought
Was Tequila makes her clothes fall off

I told her put an extra layer on
I know what happens when she drinks Patrone
Her closet’s missing half the things she’s bought
Ya Tequila makes her clothes fall off

She’ll start with kickin’ out of her shoes
Loose an earring in her drink
Leave her jacket in the bathroom stall
Drop a contact down the sink

Them pantyhose aint gonna last too long
If the DJ puts Bon Jovi on
She might come home in a table cloth
Ya tequila makes her clothes fall off


She can handle any champagne brunch
A bridal shower with Bacardi punch
Jello shooters full of Smirnoff
But Tequila makes her clothes fall off


She don’t mean nothing - she’s just havin fun
Tomorrow she’ll say oh what have I done
Her friends will joke about the stuff she lost
ya tequila makes her clothes fall off
oh Tequila makes her clothes fall off (x2)
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Mar 25, 2013, 02:05 PM (33 replies)
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