"If I had been in her place, which would be harder for me to believe? The part about being knocked up by God and giving birth to a king? Or the part where the angel said, I was favored? I mean, if an angel came to me and said, 'Greetings, favored one,' I'd be like, 'You've got the wrong girl.' There's no way I would trust that the angel meant me. You know, since I've never managed to have my life look the way the youth minister implied it should in order to earn God's favor.
"When Stephen asked, 'How would my life be different if I was not scared and really believed I was loved?' I was reminded of the youth pastor's similar, yet completely different question. One question had to do with trusting God's love; the other had to do with trying to become worthy of God's love.
"There is a reason Mary is everywhere. I've seen her image all over the world, in cafés in Istanbul, on students' backpacks in Scotland, in a market stall in Jakarta, but I don't think her image is everywhere because she is a reminder to be obedient, and I don't think it has to do with social revolution. Images of Mary remind us of God's favor. Mary is what it looks like to believe that we already are who God says we are."
-- Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015)
(Alternative link, to start a bit farther back for more context)
"You sit there and you read the ways that we've not only been murdered but our killers have attempted to erase us -- have attempted to absolutely destroy our very existence -- and it can be very difficult to sit with that, to go through those stories and see parts of yourself in those stories. At the same time, it also strengthens my resolve that this information needs to be out there, and we need to keep fighting. I'm not going to let these people erase me or erase my community." -- Gwendolyn Ann Smith (founder of the Transgender Day of Remembrance quoted on NBC's OutFront
[Today we remember the 286 people we know of who died from anti-trans violence since the last twentieth of November -- nearly a twelfth of them murdered in the US.]
"I recently spoke to black trans activist Aaryn Lang, who described what it has been like for her to experience Transgender Day of Remembrance in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, a state that has seen nine murders of trans people since 2012, all of them women, seven of them black. 'It almost to me feels like people gathering every other day of the year could have done something to prevent or to shift what was going on in this community,' she said." -- Meredith Talusan, "On Trans Day of Remembrance, we must do much more than remember", 2015-11-19
"Many of us who are LGBTQ go through a second adolescence because our first (5-18 yo) is about suppressing identity. So when we do get into our 20's we make A LOT of mistakes that most attribute to younger people because we never got to be younger people in our true identity." -- George M Johnson, 2017-11-10
"This notion of transgender deception pervades our culture. [...]
"This same thing is at the heart of the transgender bathroom arguments, with people conflating transgender people with sexual predators using trans public accommodation rights as a cover for violent illegal activities.
"The big irony of it all is that, by living our authentic lives in the genders we have spent so long coming to an understanding of, we are by extension being far more open and honest to the world about who we are. We are shedding an identity that was the true deception, crafted to conceal our deepest secrets. We are literally showing you who we really are, while being brushed off as being deceptive for not remaining in a gender identity that was false."
-- Gwendolyn Ann Smith, 2017-04-27
"things me + my friends disagree on:
- dogs vs cats
- if beer is good
- tp direction
"things we don't disagree on:
- my basic rights"
-- Twitter user "men don't @ me", 2017-05-29
"When I was a child I knew that trans people existed, but I knew I couldn't possibly be one of them. I was going to make history, not be some freak on television. My self-discipline and self-hatred marched in lock-step." "Coming Out as Transgender Made Me a More Effective CIA Officer", The Atlantic, 2017-03-20
"Each time I rode by, soaked and cold, there were just the two of us and he must have seen my headlamp through the blackness. His jazz melody floated in the air between us -- and, at first, I imagined each of us wondering about the sanity of other. But then, as winter wore on, I imagined we stopped wondering." -- Jamie McNally, "Winter Saxophone", February 2011
"This thread is full of the people who think trans people are a threat by existing. twitter.com/ddale8/status/..." -- Chase Strangio, 2017-11-09, linking to Danial Dale's collection or responses from GOP folk to the Roy Moore scandal
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." -- José Narosky
[Today is Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day elsewhere.]
"Republicans announce plan to take from the middle class and give to the rich so that it trickles down to the middle class. BRILLIANT!" -- @TeaPartyCat, 2017-11-09
"Now it's all designed to blow our minds
But our minds won't really be blown
Like the blow that'll gitcha when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
"(Rollin' Stone...) Wanna see our pictures on the cover
(Stone...) Wanna buy five copies for our mothers
(Stone...) Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone"
-- Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, singing "On the Cover of Rolling Stone", written by Shel Silverstein
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin
"Is it a fact -- or have I dreamt it -- that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne (b. 1804-07-04, d. 1864-05-19), The House of the Seven Gables, 1851
"Amazing how eye and skin color come in many shades yet many think sexuality is just gay or straight." -- DaShanne Stokes
"Trump's twitter account vanishing and then reappearing moments later is the best evidence yet that the events of the past 2 years are the result of warring sects of time travellers" -- Nfinit, 2017-11-02 [thanks to Rob Wynne for quoting this earlier]
"Satire is dead, and Irony is violating the corpse." -- realinterrobang, telephone converation, wee hours of 2017-11-04</a>, after hearing about this article regarding where the "antifa civil war on 4 Nov" nonsense came from( a relevant excerpt from the article )
"[W]hile the Trump administration's incompetence so far has been a huge positive, as it's prevented them from accomplishing most of their horrible goals, we haven't had any major catastrophes yet for them to mishandle. All we have to do is look at the responses to Katrina and Sandy to see the huge difference having competent adults who actually take their jobs seriously in charge of the government makes." -- JMP, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments
"Many African societies divide humans into three categories: those still alive on the earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living-dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalised ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many ... can be recalled by name. But they are not the living-dead. There is a difference." -- James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me (1995)
( a little more context (Wikipedia) but note the "needs more sources" warning on that page)
[Today is All Souls Day and the end of Dia de Muerto. For folks who observe the traditions of either of those holidays. or who quietly ark the date inour own heads, I know a bunch of us have more dead to remember today than we did a year ago. Last year we lost a bunch of celebrities; this year it's personal. I wish everyone who needs it, whatever comfort the holday can bring -- or just whatever comfort is possile regardless, if neither of these celebrations is yours.]
"Antifascism is something which only happens when fascists are not only open and active, but have the tacit support of authorities. [...]
"Antifascism is a case of the public arming itself because the state monopoly on violence has failed to provide the protection and justice which is its justification for existing--and like any similar case, is a symptom of something very, very, serious. In this sense, antifascism is like a fever: a dangerous symptom which may nonetheless be the thing keeping you alive. (Your body heats up because it's hoping the heat will kill the infection faster than it kills you.) It's an immune response to Fascism replicating beyond safe levels.
"The second problem is something much simpler: The fever may not be enough to save you. Punching Nazis has an effect when the 1-2% of weakly-affiliated Nazis--what they're currently calling the "alt-light"--can be scared off. Once Nazism reaches a larger threshold, around 15% of the population, things begin to happen catastrophically. [...]
"If antifascism is the fever that fights the infection, and journalism is the antibiotic, we apply them rapidly and in the hope that they will stop before it is too late. Because once those have failed, the further treatments have horrible costs and consequences for the patient. After all, there is only one thing that has ever stopped Nazism once it crossed such a threshold, and it did not come cheaply."
-- Yonatan Zunger, "Nazism: what it is, why we fight it, and how", 2017-10-24 [bold emphasis added -- DGA]
[A blessed All Hallows Day (All Saints Day), and a blessed Samhain, to folks who celebrate either!]
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