Somehow I got on a FaceBook mailing list yesterday for a campaign headed by Fox "News" Republitard Mike Huckabee, the failed and potential future presidential candidate, asking me to contribute to a the GOP effort to defend DOMA in two pending cases that are working their way to the Supreme Court. You can check it out here and please share your views on this hateful campaign.
House Speaker John "Snooki" Boehner said this week that it's up to congress to defend this unconstitutional law, since the president has chosen not to. Things are about to get very ugly.
Anyway, I went to the fundraising page and started sharing my thoughts on the subject and shared the link with my FB friends and encouraged them to share their views with Huckster and Co. It's been a lot of fun. I think these people are disgusting and despicable. Their actions prove that they are more devoted to their bigoted church doctrine than they are to the actual message Jesus shared. That's what the word "Christianist" means. I like that word because it describes the right wingers perfectly. Also, because it pisses them off.
As for my own spiritual beliefs, I haven't really gone into a lot of detail about them here, but since I am a nonpracticing ordained minister, I should probably elaborate a little.
I was raised in the Catholic Church, but became very disillusioned with it in my teens. I had a lot of questions that they couldn't answer. The standard Catholic response when they don't know something is, "That's one of the mysteries of faith." Blind faith is a dangerous thing.
It wasn't until I left home that I was able to get away from its psychologically and spiritually destructive influence that I started my on spiritual journey. It's not that I reject the teachings of Jesus Christ, he was a great spiritual teacher. It's just that there are too many holes in the story. It doesn't make sense on any rational level. I have come to believe over the years that it is more important to learn the lesson than it is to worship the teacher.
There have been many spiritual leaders throughout history that I've been influenced by that have helped me shape my spiritual philosophy. One that shaped my early years was Khalil Gibran, author of "The Prophet". He once wrote,
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