The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Same Love . . .

So, the song "Same Love" by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis was released on July 18th, 2012. The song is a very simple message about support for marriage equality, and its a great rap song. It challenges the idea of preconceived notions and it challenges hate and it challenges justifications used from an ancient text. Give it listen here:

Now, you can imagine what people opposed to gay marriage think of this. Well, you don't really have to image it, just read through the comments section . . . it's always entertaining. It's all the same old conversations. Someone mentions Genesis, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Judges, Romans . . . whatever other book that mentions man sex as an abomination. Side note: only in the book of Romans does it mention women homosexuality:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

People mention all of these, but the second you mention another law that they themselves clearly ignore then, all of a sudden, that law is antiquated and jesus abolished the old law. It's the same conversation over and over because then people like me have to be the biblical scholar of the conversation and remind them that jesus did not come to abolish the law and that he did not come to bring peace. Another time I will do a blog about the contradictions of jesus alone, but that's too much to get in to right now. 

The reason I am writing this entry is because a christian rapper Bizzle has taken Mackelmore and Lewis' music to Same Love and has done a counter rap. It is extraordinarily offensive. I'll post Jaclyn Glenn's youtube response, but the one thing I want to speak about is how he is offended that people sometimes refer to the gay civil rights movement as the "new black". I understand how this can be perceived, but we have to understand what it means. We know through modern science that a person does not choose their sexuality; asking someone when they chose to be gay is as silly as asking someone when they chose to be straight. Sexuality is not something we can fight against, it is only something that can be repressed. Therefore, a persons sexuality is completely natural . . . either way. And yet, in our country, it is illegal for gays to marry in most states. There are states with laws prohibiting homosexuality. There are states with laws protecting an attacker if the victim is gay. We have senators appealing to openly discriminate against gays specifically. Throughout the world homosexuals are being stoned and murdered for their abomination. Is there a massive slave trade of gays, no . . . and that's not the point. When they say it's the "new black", it's about the civil rights movement beyond slavery. Black history as a whole and homosexual history as a whole are not a direct comparison, through both have endured and entire social history of hatred against them. 

If god were as righteous and loving as he is made out to be, then should really have been only one commandment:


I think that would spell it out pretty clearly. Don't you?