Tuesday, March 11, 2008

To My Blog Fan:

Thanks for the flowers!
I don't really know what else to say, but this is what they look like.

** Update:
I thought about it and I do know what else to say:
You've made my day again.
They smell terrific, they look great,
and they are an excellent surprise.
Thank you very much and thanks for liking my blog!

PS. I made an adjustment to the "Things I Like" section of the sidebar ------>

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Shame on You

I feel bad that my first blog article after such a long absence is one where I rant about religion again, but here it is anyway:

often feel separated from the transgender community. I don't attend transgender support groups, I don't socialize with other transgendered people, and to be honest I don't have many transgender friends either. I learned a long time ago that simply sharing the experience of being transgendered with someone is a very far cry from even liking him or her, let along being friends with that person. Still, from time to time I feel the urge to find out what is going on in the transgender world. At times like these
I usually just do a quick Google search and look up articles concerning transsexuals or transsexualism. I have to say that almost every time I do this, the lack of reason in the opinions I read depresses me. Then it makes me angry.

I came across an article called "Media Bias on Transgenders Raising Concerns" and I gave it a click. When I saw this article was from The Christian Post I should have stopped reading right there, but I trucked on.

The article initially centers quite positively on Rebecca Romijn, who plays a transgender character on TV. She is quoted saying that her show "
helps people understand this community of people that still has yet to find a voice really."

The next quote is from
Dr. Robert Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. "They're (media) trying to normalize transgender existence. There's no question about that. "

I wasn't sure if this statement was in support of presenting transgender people as 'normal', or if it was against it. Next Gagnon said the media is "trying to present a case where they are able to demonstrate that these persons cannot help themselves, [that] this is not something they asked for. [And] if you don't allow them to become transgender, they'll probably kill themselves."

Again at this point he could be going either way on the subject. Certainly people have killed themselves over not being able to express their transsexualism. Even I thought about it a couple times. Perhaps Gagnon is sympathetic to our feelings and mindful of the pressures this condition places on us.

My hopeful outlook on Gagnon's humanity was dashed however when the article says that Gagnon began quoting
1 Corinthians 6:9-10. According to his preferred translation 'effeminate' or 'soft men' will not inherit the kingdom of god. Apparently Gagnon goes on to add that transwomen are the closest thing you can get to effeminate soft men.

The article goes on to voice some of Gagnon's embarrassingly uninformed opinions on biology and psychology, but I don't want to talk about them. Instead, let's take a quick look at this passage that Gagnon referred to.

9 Do you not know that unjust persons will not inherit the kingdom
of God? Do not be deceived. Neither pornoi, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor malakoi, nor arsenokoitai,

10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

I have said it before, and I will say it again. Passages like this are fascinating to me because while so many Christians stand firm in their bible-based opinion of transsexuals, you may note that in the passage that condemns us, the words that are used to condemn us are not even in English!

The words in question are written in ancient Greek. Many bibles have translated them into 'effeminate' and 'soft men', or into 'homosexuals'. I think some bibles even say 'homosexual perverts', (for that truly disdainful flock). If you look up alternative translations though, you are given many other options for what these words could be referring to, such as wishy washy men who don't stick up for their beliefs, rich men who lead soft lives and wear soft clothing, or men who have let themselves go in terms of physical condition. The fact is that the words causing all the trouble have no distinct translation and therefore, according to one big article I skimmed, "determining what Paul might have meant by the terms in 1 Corinthians is especially problematic."

I know nothing about the bible, so it is hard for me to say what it means. I don't even know what a Corinthian is. All I do know is that Gagnon and millions of others steadfastly hold to a belief that transsexuals are somehow living an improper life. These people believe that we don't deserve a voice or fair treatment. They believe this because they are told to believe it... but they were not told by the bible. They were told by human beings who assume they know what this Paul guy meant (when he allegedly wrote it two thousand years ago, in ancient Greek).

The funny thing about the bible though, is that it says a lot of things that don't make sense in today's world. Things like selling our daughters to slavery, killing common thieves, stoning adulterers, the list goes on. If you want to believe the words in the bible are the absolute truth and must be absolutely followed, then you really have no choice but to start stoning people. It is as simple as that.

People don't follow the bible word for word though because some of it is impractical, parts of it are illegal, and other parts are just plain ridiculous. I want to ask a question of people like Gagnon who, based on the bible, feel that I am somehow wrong for living my life.

I ask you, "If you don't follow everything in bible, then how can you hold so strongly to
some of it, especially when some of those parts crush the feelings, destroy the self-esteem, and cause torment in the lives of those you oppress?"

You don't have to answer.
I know why you do it.
It's because you're assholes.

Read the entire Christian Post article here.
Read that big article I referred to here.

P.S. Calling you guys assholes technically makes me a reviler, so no kingdom for me (or anyone else who has ever used abusive language either. Too bad you didn't follow that part of 1 Corinthians eh?)

P.P.S. For something really funny, scroll down. (Those Corinthians are down on everybody!)

1 Corinthians 11:14

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

"Shame on you Jesus!"

Sarah's got Mail!

Addictive in more than one way!

I was late for work, 2h 15m, so I
bought hamburgers on my way home to eat
but never did. I have been reading
online for 8 hours straight plus some 3
hours prior to work on Friday...

I do not read blogs. I read about the
sun and universe, about home theaters
and other techie stuff. I do not read
blogs, not interested in moms cleavage
or bikes or parking on the other side
to save money, friends dancing on
speakers or panties being spoken of,
flat tires in -30 degrees or
jacks on icy roads, roommates not
reading messages... but yet I did!?!

At first I selected the entries
randomly but when I got home on Friday
at 9pm I started to read them in
chronological order, about 1.5 litres
of coca cola and a couple of headache
pills later the sun came up and about
3 years of your life had passed, felt like
some years had passed for me too.
I needed sleep badly.

So okay I read slow and I do not
understand all of the words and I am
lousy at spelling, but it is not bad
for a blog from the second biggest
country in the world with some 30
million people who got their flag done
in 1963 or so and which capital city is
not Toronto to reach Sweden!

Yes sitting here in Sweden and is
deciding whether to type this or go
watch StarGate SG1, do not worry I
have it recorded so I will watch Teal'c
kick some Goaould ass later tonight.
How can your life be so interesting?
What made me stay and read
for so long? You write about things
that have happened in your life both now
and a long time ago. It feels like I
know you but I do not. It feels like your
life concerns me too but it does not.
Damn blog :-)

Please do not stop writing I want to
know how it goes for Sarah in the
future, whether it be stolen trash or
duct tape :-O or even pee on the floor
2x:-O you write it in such a way it
becomes interesting, you are a good
storyteller, well written blog, thank
you, but please no more pictures I do
not want it to be more addictive than
it is.

Mr B

Thanks for the letter Mr. B, and thanks for letting me post it in here. It made my day. Actually it may have made my month. I will try to write more than I have been, starting right now...