REVOLUTION NYC : STAND UP.

April 22, 2009

Ok, so i know its super short notice, but if you are reading this and live in NYC please come out to stand vigil with us, Wednesday April 22.

Here’s the deal:

The UN is trying to pass this “declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity ” (see below), basically saying that no one should be discriminated against because of anything, including their sexuality.  predictably, the Catholic Church has decided that despite their belief that they are for runners of social justice, that they need to block this declaration, because it  seems to be in opposition to their stance that gays are not entitled to get married or have equal rights or equal love from God do to their sinful nature.

WHAT WE’RE DOING……..

In conjunction with our friends at Soulforce (remember “7 straight nights”?), we will be standing vigil outside the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See.  We hope to be scene and spark interest so that we may speak out against this wretched idea of blocking a resolution of equal rights  for ALL humans.

TIME LINE:

9-9:30am; gathering at Marble Collegiate Church (1 West 29th Street) and walk to vigil site.

10am- 4pm; Vigil , Prayer, Conversations and Public Education

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, 26 E. 39th st

hope to see you there. remember this is a NON VIOLENT campaign. you are welcome to come and go as you need to.  any amount of time on the line is wonderful.  and if your interested in some civil disobedience, i think there will be an opportunity for that.

Come out and join us please.  Jay and i will be there, not sure who else. We would love to have you with us.  This is an opportunity to live out the ideas and actions we preach and believe in.  Please STAND with us.

And if your the praying type, we wouldn’t mind if you tossed a few our way Wednesday and Thursday.

here is the UN STATEMENT:

  1. We reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year, Article 1 of which proclaims that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”;
  2. We reaffirm that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as set out in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the International Covenants on Civil and Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  3. We reaffirm the principle of non-discrimination which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;
  4. We are deeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
  5. We are also disturbed that violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that these practices undermine the integrity and dignity of those subjected to these abuses;
  6. We condemn the human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur, in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention and deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health;
  7. We recall the statement in 2006 before the Human Rights Council by fifty four countries requesting the President of the Council to provide an opportunity, at an appropriate future session of the Council, for discussing these violations;
  8. We commend the attention paid to these issues by special procedures of the Human Rights Council and treaty bodies and encourage them to continue to integrate consideration of human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity within their relevant mandates;
  9. We welcome the adoption of Resolution AG/RES. 2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States during its 38th session in 3 June 2008;
  10. We call upon all States and relevant international human rights mechanisms to commit to promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  11. We urge States to take all the necessary measures, in particular legislative or administrative, to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
  12. We urge States to ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice;
  13. We urge States to ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders, and remove obstacles which prevent them from carrying out their work on issues of human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Safe Sex.

April 12, 2009

I’m not even going to comment on this.  I’m just going to post this, file it under WTF, and let you all decide for yourselves.  Peace and love this Easter weekend. It’s okay to laugh once in a while.


The Approval of Man

February 15, 2009

Sermon from February 15th, 2009.  By Pastor Jay Bakker of RevolutionNYC.  

Study Links:

Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli

John 12:40-44

Emergent Village

How (Not) To Speak of God by Peter Rollins

When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough by Stephen Brown

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Ted

February 4, 2009


We have all heard the stories, and probably laughed and snickered about it at one point or another.  It’s pretty nice to see the warriors of the conservative agenda that seek to distort the gospel and preach their own propaganda of exclusivity fall. But we can’t bask in it too long, or we are just as bad.  The bible teaches to love those who hate us.  I’m not saying that he hates us, but he certainly has disagreed with our positions more than a few times.  We preach love and grace and acceptance.  We have to love and accept every one.

Pastor Ted has fallen. But it’s time we reach out to him and be the Love of God that we are meant to be.  Right?  It’s not only our duty and responsibility, but our privilege to do so.

In the past week or so, Haggard has been making the media rounds promoting an HBO documentary about his exodus.  And he is saying some very interesting things about homosexuality.  In the bigger picture, I am interested in what this means for the conservative church’s relationship with homosexuality.

While Haggard says he continues to struggle with homosexual urges, he insists that he is not gay.

I have sexual thoughts about men, but they’re not compulsive any more, and I do have temptations, but they’re not compulsive,” he told Oprah Winfrey.

He said one therapist described him as a “heterosexual with homosexual attachments,” [I call this hetro-flexible] and he admitted to struggling with homosexual urges all his life. ( see video at 2:09 )

I do believe I don’t fit into the normal boxes,” Haggard said. “I do think there are complexities associated with some people’s sexuality, but it just wasn’t as simple as I wanted it to be, because I was so deeply in love with my life.”  But, he added, “I had this other thing going on inside of me too.

I think my favorite comment was on The Early Show.  Harry Smith asks Haggard if he is cured of being gay.  Haggard responds with “No, because I don’t think I was sick.” ( see video at 5:48 )

Now, how does all this play into sexually politics and how the world and/ or the church see homosexuality?

First, I’d like to define a few things.

Queer: anyone what falls outside of the basic heterosexual lifestyle. Sort of an umbrella term.

Bisexual: persons that have sexual or emotional relationships with persons of both genders. (I think most queer people fall into this category, even if it is a rarity that they “go both ways”.)

Gay: persons that primarily have sexual and emotional relationships with persons of the same gender as themselves. (Often, but not always, refers to men.)

Lesbian: woman who primarily has emotional and sexual relationships with other women. (Why do they get their own category?)

Now the major misconception of bisexuality is that if you are into both men and women, you must have both in order to be happy.  Not true, unless you are practicing (hopefully ethically) polyamory. Why would committing to one person be different for bisexual people than in heterosexuals?  Sure, you may be attracted to people of either gender, but that doesn’t mean you are going to do something about it.  If a straight man is in a committed and monogamous relationship, is he going to suddenly stop noting the beauty of other women? Of course not, but it doesn’t mean he is going to act on it.  Same with bisexuals: committed is committed.  Why is that hard to understand?

Why does this matter?  Well, Pastor Ted does have homosexual compulsions and is attracted to men, and that is OK.  He has chosen to stay with his partner and honor his vows and his love for her. But that doesn’t mean he is less attracted to men, just making a choice.  That’s sorta the beauty of being lucky enough to be bisexual: you get to choose who you want to be with (as we all do), and have a pool of attractive possible partners–double the size of hetros!  But when you find that one person you want to be with, you choose them.  It can go both ways.  I know bisexual women who choose to partner with another woman, not because it’s a woman, but because of the person that woman is.

I think my point in all of this is that people should be seen as people and not for who they are attracted to.  This comes to the old argument about how we don’t choose who we are attracted to.  I’m sure you have heard this before, but here it is again: if you are reading this and identify as a straight person, think back to when you made he choice to be straight and to be attracted to the gender that you are attracted to.  Bet you can’t figure it out. It just sorta Is.  Well, it’s the same way if you happen to be queer.

Pastor Ted’s scandal is tragic, but the silver lining seems to be a more open mind about what homosexuality is and is not. It’s time the church got on board, took our collective heads out of the sand and really started to just love people based on the fact that they deserve to be loved, if for no other reason, than because they are children of God.

So take this as a call to arms online Revolution listeners….let’s reach out to Pastor Ted Haggard. Prayers, letters of support, grace and love. Invitations to your churches, cell groups, dinners, whatever. The church MUST show grace to one another.

“and if one member suffers, all members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all members rejoice with it” 1 Cor, 12:26

www.tedhaggard.com


School can expel lesbian students.

January 29, 2009

This is just sad…  the Los Angeles Times is reporting that a Lutheran school in California has the right to expel students based on their sexual orientation.  I’m not going to go into the legal aspects of the case; I’m just going to say this is a poor decision made by an organization that is supposed to be a champion of Grace and unconditional love.  Christ did not call on us to make distinctions and divisions in society based on the type of “sin” we happen to be engaged in.  Rather, Christ called us to love one another unconditionally, our neighbor as ourselves.


Seriously?

January 11, 2009

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I just came across an article about this and decided to share it. i know its a bit uncouth, but holy crap. Seriously? I am trying to figure out who exactly this thing is marketed to.  Born again virgins? Christians who feel guilty? fetishists? I am completely at a lose.

from the site:

No more worry about losing your virginity. With this product, you can have your first night back anytime. Insert this artificial hymen into your vagina carefully. It will expand a little and make you feel tight. When your lover penetrate, it will ooze out a liquid that look like blood not too much but just the right amount. Add in a few moans and groans, you will pass through undetectable.

I think the concept of this thing bothers me so much because of the idea that it markets. Reclaiming your virginity? Blah, i don’t know, are we really to that point in our society where we are so desperate to appear “pure” or “undetectable” to others. whats wrong with just being yourself and that being ok. Does God love you less if your hymen is broken? Will a inflatable insert that oozes a little blood colored goo fool that guy who you are “loosing your virginity” to? does he care if your hymen is in tact? so many question.

The only thing i can think of that might make any since at all, and that’s not saying much, and please know, i mean absolutely no offense here, is maybe rape victims who lost their virginity in the act and want to “reclaim” it. but then again, most girls i know lost it long before they became sexually active.

All in all, i think people should be ok with them self. you don’t need a fake hymen to be loved or have good sex or for your partner to think your good enough.

and i’m not even gonna get in to that last line about passing undetected. The idea that women might feel the need to pretend to be virgins to sleep with dudes who only sleep with virgins just pisses me off.

http://www.gigimo.com