"Before I went to the protest that day, I stood in front of a picture of the Dalai Lama, and I swore an oath: ‘If I am arrested, I will not give the names of any of my friends.’ They put me through eight months of interrogation. They burned cigarettes on my face. They made me stand in ice for four hours, until my skin froze into the ice, and then they pushed me forward. They gave me electric shocks on my tongue. They told me they were going to kill my father and mother. After eight months, I had a trial. Two guards stood next to me when I testified, and they hid electric shocks in my sleeves in case I said something they didn’t like. I was sentenced to four years. Sometimes I’d get so hungry I’d eat toothpaste. And sometimes I’d get so thirsty, I’d drink my urine. When I finally got out, I weighed 39 kilograms."
- 5 days ago
- 6 days ago
so this housewife decided to rewrite the harry potter series into christian books so that her kids wont be reading about witchcraft and i just cant eveN BREATHE BC THIS IS SO HYSTERICAL
read it here:
honest question because I don’t know: what happens to the “Evolutionists” in Harry Potter?
(via lunulata)Source: therewerestarsintheireyes
- 1 week ago
The actions of 19 Islamic extremists on 9/11 left an indelible mark on America. Today, millions pause to commemorate the attacks’ 13th anniversary, to honor the victims and to remember that all life is special and sacred. But there’s an untold story amid the many speeches and moments of silence — one filled with a different kind of pain, grief and strong sense of loss.
god I remember feeling so angry, saying horrible things, thinking horrible things
thank goodness there was no Facebook or Twitter to immortalize my behavior post-9/11, I’d be humiliated.
if you’re reading this and you’re still mad at Muslims, you’ve got to let that go. Their existence is not an affront to your feelings. They get to live and pray just like everybody else.
(via thebicker)Source: micdotcom
- 1 month ago
I keep hearing people on the teevee rant about “forced diversity” and “PC fascism” and it makes me wonder how these alternate-universe broadcasts are reaching me here in this world where John Constantine has to be straight and pharaohs are being played by squinty Australian white guys.
Top graph is for Broadway shows, bottom is for television.
My advice to white people everywhere: an increase in roles for non-white actors is not an attack on your “race” it’s a reaction to decades (centuries in the theater) of racism that kept everyone who wasn’t white off the stage or screen. It’s not “forced diversity” it’s overdue diversity.
(see also the “war on christmas.” I promise you, people who don’t celebrate Christmas have always lived in the US. Acknowledging their existence does no harm to Christians or their way of life)
(via briangefrich)Source: thugs-and-harlots
- 2 months ago
- 3 months ago
Two different questions in my inbox today, and I’d wager they came from two different people. They have two different answers.
THE WORLD would be a better place if travel was more affordable and accessible. Be it super-fast airplanes or utopian sci-fi transport technology, if people on this planet could get around faster and easier it would change everything. In a good way.
I’ve mentioned before how people should prioritize language learning as it leads to a broader understanding of other cultures. Well the next step is to actually visit other cultures! Imagine if you could spend a weekend in India - just a weekend - and be back at work Monday morning without jetlag. How would you not go?
And this might be my naivete but I honestly believe that if we were all zipping around the globe seeing new places and meeting new people, we’d be less enthusiastic about fighting wars and more likely to aid countries that need our help. Would you be as nonchalant about starving children or border conflicts or genocide when you knew someone in the affected region? If you had visited that region? If you went once a month?
AMERICA would be a better place if religion and politics got divorced. I don’t want to tell anyone how to pray or to pray at all. If worshipping God or a similar entity is your bag and you don’t hurt people doing so, I say go for it. If your scripture says you can’t eat one particular animal, you don’t have to eat that animal and I won’t serve it if you eat at my house.
That’s not what America has though. America talks about religious freedom in the broadest sense - we will not put you in jail just for your faith - but in practice our leaders are nearly uniformly Christian. And they are bad at the First Amendment, because they just presume everyone else is Christian too (including the long-dead Founding Fathers who wouldn’t know a Evangelical Born-Again Christian from a snake charmer).
Hence you have state education boards who sincerely weigh Bible passages against scientific texts. You have legislators vote against hate crime laws because they are worried their preacher will get arrested for yelling at gays. You have endless hemming and hawing over birth control, over abortion, over gay marriage, all to preserve traditions that only matter to a very specific group of people on our planet at the expense of the people who actually need those services.
Again, I don’t want to get between any human and their (non-violent) faith of choice. If you want to get together on Sunday and laugh at the rest of us for believing evolution is real, I’m not going to lose sleep over that. But keep your fantasy novels out of my science class. Keep your holy texts out of my courts. Because I don’t care what your Lord condemns or forbids. I did not opt into that program. I opted out of all deity worship a long time ago.
- 4 months ago
Or, y’know, that thing called “Passover.”
Or the whole thing with Noah’s Ark where he killed off everything in the world except Noah and his family, and two of every animal. Y’know, no big deal. Just millions of people.
90% of the Old Testament is about God killing people in temper tantrums
Are we not going to mention Jesus?
Oh my god.
(via winnersusedrugs)Source: atheismblog
- 6 months ago