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jabbernowle:

god gave us two hands for a reason

Is this a thing? Do people hold hands when they masturbate? If so, how do they rewind or pause the movie?
…asking for a friend. 0_0

jabbernowle:

god gave us two hands for a reason

Is this a thing? Do people hold hands when they masturbate?
If so, how do they rewind or pause the movie?

…asking for a friend. 0_0

(Source: arcaneimages)

beavregard:

policymic:

Powerful portraits reflect double life of Uganda’s LGBT activists

On Feb. 24, Uganda President Museveni signed into law a bill criminalizing homosexuality. With a stroke of his pen, President Museveni told his nation’s LGBT citizens that they are aberrant, unnatural and certainly unwelcome. This is the reality captured by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman in her powerful series Double Exposure.

Zalcman, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, first visited Uganda in 2011 whenre she spent time with LGBT activists fighting against the rampant anti-gay sentiment in the country. 

"People are fearful of what’s going to happen under this new law, and they’re fearful for the future of LGBT awareness and all of the related psychological, physical, and public health risks, but they still want to tell their stories," Zalcman told PolicyMic. 

Read moreFollow policymic

so fucking brave.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

— 

 Martin Niemoller

Does it bother anyone that this Ugandan law was instigated by an American clergyman named Scott Lively? That’s right, an American waging a religious war against LGBT people all but wrote the law that now condemns people in Uganda. Let that sink in.

Raise up you voices loud and clear. THIS IS NOT OKAY!

Jeffrey the series: Gratitude (Special Episode)

This may very well be the best response I’ve seen to the passing of WBC leader Fred Phelps.

Published on Mar 23, 2014

"Protests. Signs. Hate. Love. Oh my! Reverend Fred Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church is dead. What to think?! I have mixed emotions. I’ve asked my friends, too. Here’s what I really
think!” - Jeffrey

Jeffrey TheSeries - Giving the mid-life crisis a fabulous make over, one animated webisode at a time.

Oh, you should probably go subscribed to Jeffrey TheSeries too!

The only reason Fred Phelps is still alive is because neither God nor Satan wants anything to do with him.

ADignorantium

liberal-focus:

I saw this on a car today.
Proof positive that Christians are creepy dominionists.
Yeah, the invisible ghost in the sky sits in judgement over us all.
Stopped that old hater, Hitler, in his tracks before he could slaughter millions did He?
Nope

Apparently, there are Christians who don’t have enough faith in God to believe him clever enough to have created evolution.

liberal-focus:

I saw this on a car today.

Proof positive that Christians are creepy dominionists.

Yeah, the invisible ghost in the sky sits in judgement over us all.

Stopped that old hater, Hitler, in his tracks before he could slaughter millions did He?

Nope

Apparently, there are Christians who don’t have enough faith in God to believe him clever enough to have created evolution.

latefines:

killbenedictcumberbatch:

mcguirkthejerk:

kristinethequeen:

jimmysnowvakk:

This is what pisses me off about Tumblr. You all say you’re so accepting and you don’t want to offend anyone, but then thousands of people reblog something like this because Christians aren’t the minority. You wouldn’t want to offend a Muslim, and if this were offensive to them or another minority, there’d be so many comments about it. But everyone is completely fine with offending a non minority. “You’re not oppressed, you can’t talk!” You know what? I’m a Christian and this offends me and my faith, but nobody’s going to care about that because I’m not oppressed. Tumblr is hypocritical and that needs to stop.

Amen to the comment

Oh my precious lambs:

Examine why you are being offended. Because this is literally how a sunset works. There is not room for debate on this question. There is less room for debate on this than there is on just about any other thing. We are not reblogging because Christians aren’t the minority, dear ones. We are reblogging because after the debate a few days ago, creationists were given the opportunity to pose a question for non-creationists. One of these questions was:

"How can you explain a sunset if their is no god?" (sp.)

Questions, we assume, are posed so that someone might answer them. And yes, there is an answer of how exactly one can explain a sunset given the absence of a divine force. Now, you can certainly posit that God is the creator of all things and so all things came from him including the sun and light refraction and anthrax and kittens and famine and all that jazz.

But you don’t get to deny that THIS IS HOW A SUNSET WORKS, and of the necessary elements of this equation (Sun + Atmosphere + Angle = Sunset), God is not one of them. That’s because everything else is an observable phenomenon, and God is not. You can explain a sunset without God. You can go ahead and believe that God’s part of it all. That’s cool. Lots of people believe stuff like that, and I encourage you to delve into the ways that people make science and their faith jive. But if you are offended by being shown the basic scientific principals behind a sunset, you must be offended by damn near everything. And that seems exhausting. 

In short:

"science offends me"

*there

"But if you are offended by being shown the basic scientific principals behind a sunset, you must be offended by damn near everything. And that seems exhausting." — truly.

Remember back in school when we marveled at how people from the dark ages believed that the sun, the moon, planets and stars all revolved around the earth, which they believed was flat? It seems nothing changed. There are still people who bury their heads in the sand at the mere mention of science.

I have a question for you true believers out there. Do you actually believe that God isn’t clever and/or powerful enough to set the big bang into motion or create evolution?

Don’t take the Bible do literally, It was written by men and translated hundreds (maybe thousands) of times before becoming the King James version everyone is so fond of these days.

The Bible contains moral and life lessons. It’s unfortunate that they get lost because everyone is so preoccupied with the sexy parts.

So typical of humans.

Anonymous asked
Hey, I am a gay girl born into a Muslim family. The only time I was ever "religious" was as a kid when I was first learning about Islam. Growing up, I went through a lot and started losing faith. Now I feel like I cannot go back to the religion even if I wanted to because of my sexuality. I will never be accepted. I also feel like Islam prioritizes men and as a feminist that goes against what I believe in. Is there still room for me in this religion or should I start searching for another faith?

occupiedmuslim:

Hey so I crowdsourced a lot of this answer: [updating as I get more suggestions and resources]

Personally, I couldn’t be a Muslim and follow Islam if I didn’t find it feminist, full of social justice and intersectional. Unfortunately patriarchy and self interest tries to pass itself off as moralistic and religious —this is universal. Also it’s helpful to keep in mind that if any authority tries to tell you to hate and discriminate know that it isn’t from God or any moral compass—but fear. 

O you who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!

- The Holy Qur’an [4:135]

believe the Prophet Muhammad [saw] was a radical-feminist-environmental anti-racist community organizer, activist and freedom fighter that believed in freeing people from the status quo and freeing them from oppression through Islam and Allah [swt]. And I believe in following that tradition.

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

I believe it was Aisha [ra] that had a close friend that was a hijra and didn’t wear a hijab, or covering around them. There was plenty of queer people in and around the Prophet Muhammad’s [s] life time.

I could name-drop Sufi saints and poets from various times and places who violated norms of gender and sexuality on one level or another. Ali ibn Hamzah al-Asadi, more widely known as al-Kisa’i al-Kufi (d.804). As the transmitter of one of the Qur’an’s seven harfs (“readings”) in Sunni tradition, he’s an immeasurably important figure in the history of the Qur’an as a text. As such, his knowledge and character were both under close examination. In one assessment, al-Marzubani, speaking on the authority Ibn al-Arabi (the jurist, not the mystic), described al-Kisa’i as “one of the most learned persons” while adding that al-Kisa’i openly confessed to engaging in acts that included same-sex relations. “Yet,” he adds, al-Kisa’i remained “an accurate reader, knowledgeable in the Arabic language, and honest.” 

This does not answer all questions, but it offers something. In Sunni Islam, there are seven canonical ways of reading the Qur’an. Al-Kisa’i al-Kufi is the man who gave us one of them. He devoted his life to knowing and teaching the Qur’an. It should go without saying that al-Kisa’i al-Kufi memorized the entire scripture by heart and recited it every day of his life. Along the way, he apparently fucked dudes. The lips that he used to recite divine scripture also touched men.

“O people, we created you all from a male and female
And made you into different communities and different tribes
So that you should come to know one another
Acknowledging that the most noble among you 
Is the one most aware of God
Qur’an 49:13
The most noble is the one most aware of God. This is not just incitement for all Muslims to increase their awareness of God – it is also a warning to pursue a policy of social tolerance. The implication of this verse is that no Muslim is better than another because of any of the social categories that we use to classify ourselves, such as race, ethnicity, economic class, or gender. Or even sexual orientation. A gay or lesbian Muslim is no less than a heterosexual Muslim, except by the intangible criterion of pious awareness of God (taqwa). A transgender
Muslim is no less than other Muslims who have not struggled with their own gender identity and faced the stigma of changing gender classification, except by awareness of God. 
Most Muslims cherish reciting this verse to oppose the evils of racial superiority, ethnic chauvinism, and class arrogance. Yet some see this verse as a call to justice that rings far beyond its terse words.”
Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, HOMOSEXUALITY IN ISLAM


El-Farouk Khaki, the founder of Salaam [a queer Muslim organization in Canada] says:  you can connect her w me, or with Daayiee Abdullahmy email is elfin925@rogers.com she can also join https://www.facebook.com/groups/99769188589/  el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque & learn that there is no singular, monolith Islam, and that for some, Islam is liberationary.

EFK and the rest of the leaders at el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque make a point of emphasising the spiritual aspects of Islam and reducing focus on external elements.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah contact [the gay Imam in DC] (daayiee@aol.com). 

There’s also an Imam in Canada, TO who I know is pro-feminist, cool with gay Muslims and he asked me to give you his number if you would like it.

Some points

1) If you believe that God created you the way are, you can’t possible believe that God would reject you
2) The community you grew up in does not necessarily represent Islam
3) The beauty of Islam is that there is no intercession between you and God. You has every right and ability to pick up the Quran and find out what it means to you. 
4) If you find things you can’t reconcile, you should speak to others who have found themselves in a similar situation.
5) thefatalfeminist.com is a great starting point and introduction to feminism, Islam and social justice.
6) Islam does not prioritize men over women, the patriarchal actualization of Islam as seen through socially constructed norms prioritizes men over women, but that is a product of kyriarchy more than anything. If you want your faith to prioritize women, then do it. 
7) Hit up Scott Kugle at Emory who could give you some nice readings and independent studies for Lesbianism or Queer identities and Islam.

This post pretty much came about because I was asked if I had resources for Muslims who were discovering or newly coming to terms with their sexuality. I didn’t, and the poor advice I had to offer was … poor. So, I pulled up a few of the blogs I followed that are targeted towards queer Muslims, and put together this little post for you!

Queer Muslim Blogs:

Queer Muslim 101:

A good thing to remember is to avoid the self-hatred phase, if you can. Focus on loving yourself, and realising that Allah made you just the way you are, and that you are loved. If this phase is unavoidable, here are some helpful sites:

If you are a student and would like to get Faisal Alam to speak at your uni, or to see if he is coming to your uni soon, click here.

If you would like to attend Faisal Alam’s 2013 Retreat for Queer Muslims and their partners, here is the facebook event, and here is more info. Register for the retreat here.

If you are from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or India and want to share your experiences (anonymously), please click here.

If you can spare some funds, help navigatethestream, a queer Muslim, become an Imam to help the Muslim LGBT* community!

Lastly, here is a link if you are NOT a queer Muslim, but want to be a good ALLY! (And here is another on how NOT to be a saviour!)

Muslim-Queer-Friendly Blogs:

(If you’d like to be added to or taken off this list, please send me an ask.)

More papers/books not previously mentioned:

Reblogging this for my LGBT friends of faith who may find themselves in the same crisis.

Do not let religious leaders come between you and God.

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am agnostic. Because my belief in a supreme being is complicated, does not mean I have a right to interfere with the faith of others. No man has that power. — ADignorantium