this is why the “religion automatically makes a culture/person/work inferior” thing is usually inherently white-euro-male supremacist
I know it’s unfair but I generally assume that atheism is eurocentric/white-male supremacist by default, because of shit like this. This is gonna end up on @Tumblr_TXT and I ain’t even mad
Just because it came from Star Wars, it doesn’t make Jediism any less of a religion.
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What? The Jedi Code:
There is no Emotion; There is Peace.
There is no Ignorance; There is Knowledge.
There is no Passion; There is Serenity.
There is no Chaos: There is Harmony.
There is no Death; There is the Force.
This is their doctrine. There’s nothing about this that bothers me in the least. If it speaks to people, it speaks to people… modern myths aren’t any less relevant to the human condition, or to human spirituality, because they’re modern.
Jedi are down with breaking families and abducting children for indoctrination from infancy, cutting them from all previous cultural ties and identity. Just sayin.
Also that code is whole heap of bullshit. Just sayin’.
Why not cut out the embarrassing middleman of George Lucas and practice a Jung-based spirituality, as interpreted by Joseph Campbell. Because that’s basically all Star Wars is, an intergalactic “The Hero With A Thousand Faces.”
While we’re at it, Joseph Campbell is kind of a huge steaming turd too.
or, you know, people could just go look up Taoism and Chan Buddhism instead of the watered down white boys in space version.
Oh, wait, that’s right, they’d rather HAVE a green puppet as their teacher than real living people - because puppets are easier to relate to than Chinese people…
Totally. Chinese people are esoteric, elliptical, and inscrutable; but people can really feel space puppets. Also, why put yourself through studying translations of ancient Chinese texts when you can watch movies instead?
Honestly, an old friend of mine (a white dude, needless to say) has actually launched a Jedi school in New York and it’s doing quite well. He now considers Bushido and Asian spirituality to be part of “his heritage”.
Fatihah Iman takes Saladin Ahmed to task for his portrayal of women characters in Throne of the Crescent Moon:
Saladin Ahmed’s debut sword-n-sorcery fantasy novel has come in for some criticism from feminist quarters, some of which I have seen and some of which I have not. Ahmed has engaged with this debate to an extent, and in a comment on a blog post from earlier this year asked:
“Is there a problem, for instance, with not passing the Bechdel Test if one is depicting a world where women’s power is most obviously wielded via intermediary men…?”
Throne of the Crescent Moon is based on Arab/Muslim history and culture – as contrasted with Fantasy Medieval Europe, which is the usual fantasy setting. So the characters Ahmed is talking about here are the fantasy world analogues of Arabs/Muslims, and the world itself is a fantasy version of Arabic/Islamic settings. As a Muslim woman, I would dispute the assertion that “women’s power is most obviously wielded via intermediary men.” And to answer the question: yes, there is a problem if your story about Arab/Muslim women doesn’t pass the Bechdel test.
Because if you’re writing women based in an Arab or Islamic tradition, it should be EASIER to pass the Bechdel Test, not harder…
From the French Bible of Hainburg, around 1300 C. E. As this post describes,
this illumination depicts a medieval king in a draped bedchamber being detached from his head by a very angry woman. from the look of things, he is already dead – since his eyes are closed and he is offering no resistance. it is a rather gory scene with his wound streaming blood and the sword only halfway through his neck. but by the determination on her face, she will probably complete the task without difficulty in no time. good thing she is wearing a red dress.
During the Middle Ages, the story of Judith got incorporated into Hanukkah traditions. It’s pretty much like Jael’s—heroic Jewish woman feeds enemy general, gets him drunk, then kills him. In this case she fed him cheese to get him thirsty so he would drink, sooooo, eating of dairy-based dishes along with obligatory deep-fried Hanukkah foods.
I love how this Judith looks—her dark hair, and her expression. A lot of Judiths are too dainty. They don’t look pissed off enough. This one is clearly thinking, “You son of a bitch.”
“Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.”
– The Nine Billion Names of God, Isaac Asimov (via yuginainthegranpulse)
OH MY FUCKING GOD.
The local news’ survey for the night: “Is Halloween all about fun, or is it devil worship?”
Someone answered with: “It all depends on your Christian convictions. Would Jesus be dressing up in costumes and begging for candy?”
HOW IS THAT EVEN A LOGICAL ARGUMENT? Of all the things a Christian could find wrong with Halloween they chose to complain about that?
From the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:7-11:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
This is clearly an exhortation to go trick-or-treating and a condemnation of the kind of people who give kids apples instead of candy bars.
I am aware of all
internet religious traditions.
“…We were holding a prayer circle around the tomatoes, singing songs of justice.”
GONDOR HAS NO CONTEXT
GONDOR NEEDS NO CONTEXT
Okay fine, it’s a rabbi’s account of a supermarket pray-in for the CIW Campaign for Fair Food. Because food justice is never off-topic.
The steampunk gospel
Via Jha, Pat Robertson-founded, hardcore Religious Right academy Regent University has its very own steampunk club! I was just about to make a joke about “If anyone wants to take your top hat, give them your corset and bustle as well”, but they beat me to it: “In the beginning the Great Engineer invented the Great Airship and the Earth - Genesis 1:1”.
To quote Saved, “Is nothing sacred to you people?”
(I lol because
my friends tried to convert me all through my youth and exposed me to hilariously kitschy Christian media and “witnessing tools” I love.)
the bible has the worst fandom ever
they can’t really help it
a lot of established canon from season one was totally ignored in season two
and what was up with the ending?
it was completely incomprehensible, not to mention a total copout. seriously, jesus comes back and the world ends? whoever wrote that is a hack.
there are also some major continuity problems
If GRRM were writing it, Jesus woulda stayed dead.
Of course, we’d probably still be waiting on the Gospel of John, so.