Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rams Do It, Cats Do It, Giraffes Just for Laughs Do It...

Last week Newsweek published an incendiary feature editorial on the Biblical arguments supporting same-sex marriage. While the article is not as acerbic as Alex Frantz's ironic list of additional Biblical Constitutional amendments (which I blogged about here), it was still nice to see a major magazine take the Religious Right to task for cherry-picking which bits of Bronze Age mysticism are still relevant in the modern world. Along those lines, for a far more detailed study of the Biblical stance on homosexuality, check out this aggregation of entries from the Church Discipline blog. (A particular eye-opener is the July 28, 2008 entry, which includes this quite explicit National Geographic video on homosexuality among animals. Seriously, folks, once you've witnessed one dolphin giving his buddy a blow-hole job, your notion of what is and is not "natural" will be forever altered.)


Thanks go out to cs10, who just notified me that I have been using "November" in all of my December word count entries. (Before she was a kill-bot, she was an editron. In her presence, one does not fuck-up the English language... er, I meant "In her presence, the English language is a thing up with which one does not fuck.")

It's all fixed now, love! Thanks for the tip. You can retract the laser scalpel. Never mind the retina... I've got another one.

Today's writing totals:
Blog: 123 words
Novel: 404 words (character outline)
DAILY TOTAL: 527 words

DECEMBER RUNNING TOTAL: 9,577/15,500 words


CD-Host said...

Thanks for the link in. And if you get any references for teens or adults who need assistance on church discipline issues related to their being gay (which happens a lot) let them know I'm willing to help.

Best of luck!


Bittersweet Sage said...

Thanks for stopping in, CD! If anyone contacts me regarding church discipline issues, I will definitely point them toward you and your blog.

In case you're wondering how a snarky gay atheist found his way to your website, I discovered your blog while searching for other folks who have cited Fragments of a Faith Forgotten in the "Favorite Books" of their user profiles. Not many people do that!

CD-Host said...

Oh a gnosticism fan. One of the series I'm thinking of dong is taking Turner's worker on the development of the Sethians and explicating it for a general audience.

Right now in my someday list, so I'll assume no earlier than 2010.

Bittersweet Sage said...


I must confess that my gnostic scholarship is a bit pretentious (and certainly not reverent.) Once upon a time I was a physics major at the University of Chicago (along with most of the current readers of this blog, actually), and while there cs10 and I took J. Z. Smith's amazing undergraduate course "People of the Book," which is essentially an analysis of Judeo/Christian/Muslim/Mormon religion using the tools of historical literary analysis. Having grown up a Conservative Baptist, the realization that one could ask critical questions about one's own religion utterly blew my mind. When I pieced myself back together, I discovered that all the pieces still fit together, even though all the parts related to my earlier religious faith are gone.