sonofbaldwin:

Lots of religious folk assure me that their religions are “tolerant” of the marginalized or that they, themselves, do not conform to the oppressive ideas their religions or fellow parishioners tout, that the bigoted members or leadership or scriptures are, in fact, the minority viewpoints.

I’m always suspect of such a position because it seems, to me, to try to minimize the impact these harmful philosophies have on those they are targeted against and it neglects to address the fact that if these are the “minority viewpoints” why they are so prevalent, able to garner so much attention, and wreak so much havoc on the lives of the marginalized.

The “minority viewpoint” argument also allows people defending their gods and religions to circumvent or outright ignore the responsibility they have in educating their institutions, speaking out PUBLICLY (not privately) against their institutions when those institutions engage in institutionalized bigotry, preventing their institutions from causing emotional, physical, and psychological violence, and, barring all of that, helping to tear down those institutions when they continuously fail to behave morally, or corrupt the word “moral” so thoroughly that it cannot be distinguished from “immoral.”

That is why I side-eye all religious folk except a select few, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu or Bishop Christopher Senyonjo.

I respect and have love for religious people like them because they don’t lie—not to me or themselves—just to save face, or in service to their pride and ignorance. They don’t try to defend their religions or justify bigotry in the names of their gods. They don’t tell me they are the majority and the bigots are the minority—because they know better. They are critical of their religions and their gods and they speak of love and humanity and the responsibility we have to one another even in the face of the overwhelming hatred of their fellow religious folk.

They tell you straight up: If my religion is bigoted, if my god is bigoted, then I can no longer serve. And if my religion and my god are not bigoted, then my life must be a demonstration of that.

These are the folks that will stand up and walk out of a bigoted sermon their religious leader gives or will confront their religious leader about their bigotry *resolutely.* These are the people who will not give their church or their mosque or their temple or their synagogue a damn dime until they change their orientation to one of abundant love and acceptance.  

Those are the ONLY kinds of religious people I can fuck with.

The others? Well, Mobb Deep said it best (though, perhaps, they didn’t mean it like I mean it here—or maybe they did):

"Ain’t no such things as halfway crooks. Scared to death and scared to look. They shook."

And I don’t fuck with shook ones because they can’t be trusted.

pugsofinstagram:

Yep Cecil is pretty awesome. Please follow @thecubanpug !#pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram

How I look when I try to straighten my posture.

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Yep Cecil is pretty awesome. Please follow @thecubanpug !#pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram

How I look when I try to straighten my posture.

archivesofamericanart:

The Armory Show wasn’t the only big event in 1913 - it was also the year that suffragists marched on Washington to demand women’s right to vote. In light of that centennial anniversary, which is being celebrated this weekend, and the kickoff of Women’s History Month, it seemed like a good time to present you with this declaration from Nancy Spero.
Nancy Spero letter to Lucy R. Lippard, 1971 Oct. 29. Lucy R. Lippard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

archivesofamericanart:

The Armory Show wasn’t the only big event in 1913 - it was also the year that suffragists marched on Washington to demand women’s right to vote. In light of that centennial anniversary, which is being celebrated this weekend, and the kickoff of Women’s History Month, it seemed like a good time to present you with this declaration from Nancy Spero.

Nancy Spero letter to Lucy R. Lippard, 1971 Oct. 29. Lucy R. Lippard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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fishingboatproceeds:

The Fault in Our Stars is my fourth (4.5th?) novel, and it has found a very wide readership. I often get questions asking what my secret is, or why the book has been successful, and then of course there are also lots of people out there speculating about the reasons for the book’s success.

So…

Sinjerli Variation II by Frank Stella 1977 #art

Sinjerli Variation II by Frank Stella 1977 #art

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Happy Valentine’s day!

ilovecharts:

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Happy Valentine’s day!

"‎So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays."

— John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society    (via on-my-toes-for-you)

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"When tragedies like these deaths happen to celebrities, they should be a wake-up call for the rest of us. If someone who has everything going for them can be so horribly enslaved to what they know could kill them, imagine what it’s like for the average addict. Addiction is bigger than class, race, religion, or any other factor that one might hope would reduce its captive hold. Succumbing to it isn’t selfish. It’s horribly sad and extremely difficult to prevent, even though it is, in theory, preventable. The way we talk about a celebrity who ODs says a lot about the way we think about people who are struggling around us. It’s time we tried to understand struggles we don’t endure ourselves. It’s called empathy, and we could all use a lot more of it."

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish. | The Electric Feast (via slavin)

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#sanfrancisco #crosswalks #fabulous #streetart #hayesvalley (at Miette Patisserie)

#sanfrancisco #crosswalks #fabulous #streetart #hayesvalley (at Miette Patisserie)