Pope Francis Condemns Racism And Declares That “All Religions Are True” At Historic Third Vatican Council

Originally posted on Diversity Chronicle:

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For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.

The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God…

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P.J. Hairston off the team at UNC

Originally posted on myfox8.com:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — UNC said Thursday it will not apply to the NCAA to reinstate men’s basketball player P.J. Hairston, and he will not return to the team.

“Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University’s joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible,” said director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. “The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball.

UNC head coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston indefinitely after a summer drug arrest and after he received multiple speeding tickets.

“P.J. made mistakes and I was very disappointed by his actions and now he is suffering the very difficult consequences. He is not a bad kid; he just made some mistakes,” said head coach Roy Williams.

UNC said Hairston scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers in 71 games…

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Students protest after gay vice principal dismissed

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Good for these students. Fight for what’s right.

Originally posted on myfox8.com:

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. (KCPQ) — The sudden resignation of a beloved swim coach and school administrator because of his gay wedding has shocked the students and staff at Eastside Catholic School.

Kids were so outraged they marched into the streets in protest. More than 400 students had a sit-in Thursday morning, according to Kirotv.com.

The fact that Vice Principal Mark Zmuda is gay isn’t the issue, the school said. The problem Eastside Catholic has with Zmuda is that he married another man – even though same-sex marriage is legal in Washington.

“Mark’s same-sex marriage over the summer violated his employment contract with the school,” the school said in a letter sent to parents. “As a Catholic school, Eastside Catholic abides by the official teachings of the Catholic Church, and as such, the decision to discontinue his employment was determined by the Catholic Church.”

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Freedom of speech?

As I write this, I’m going to try and be as calm as possible. I’m angry right now. Angry at both my self and at others. Anger at myself for calling people names, but then again angry at people because they don’t understand. Of course, without the back story, all of this is gibberish.

We all know of Phil Robertson. I’m assuming you do. Well, in a GQ interview, he said “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

There we have it folks. The mere thought that some guys are attracted to other guys is “not logical.” As the internet meme goes, “Homosexuality is found in over 1500 species, and homophobia is found in one.” Clearly, clearly not logical.

As a result for his homophobic remark, he has been suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty indefinitely. Here’s where all hell breaks loose. “He has freedom of speech.”

Yes, he does. Just because we have freedom of speech, it does not mean that we aren’t liable for our choice of words. He has insulted millions of gay men just because he doesn’t find the man’s anus “desirable.” What they do in the privacy in their homes during their sexy times has nothing to do with you, sir. You don’t get to say what type of sex is logical/illogical. He doesn’t get to spew out that hate speech on a live interview that world is going to read without repercussions.

If he had said it to a family member, without the world knowing, that would not bother me. Once the world knows of what words he used when answering a controversial question, regardless of his answer, people are going to be angry. He’s chosen hateful and homophobic words, something his company doesn’t agree with, so they had every right to fire him.

He wasn’t fired for his beliefs. He was fired because he said them live and because A&E doesn’t agree with his beliefs.

He used his freedom of speech and because of his words, he is facing the consequences, justified consequences, at that.

The City South vs. The Country South

Yesterday, my parents and I voyaged down to Cherryville, NC, for our annual Christmas get together with my mom’s side of the family. Cherryville is a small, country town about 2 hours away from High Point, NC. My mom’s family is rather small, as compared to my dad’s. The only people at the the party were the hosts, my mom’s cousin and their two sons, as well as the girlfriend of one of them and my mom’s sister, her daughter, and her daughter’s boyfriend, who live in Salisbury, NC, another small, country town.

After games of pool, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the large dinner, my cousins Tom, Sam, and Shelby, Sam’s girlfriend, Heather, Shelby’s boyfriend, Alex, and I went four wheeling in the woods. After watching them ride for a while, it was my turn. Shelby gave me a ride and I tried to study on how she drove it, but alas, it was not enough. I was given a little opportunity, but after realizing I had no fucking clue what I was doing, they advised me stop and I agreed.

You see, High Point is a small city, so there aren’t many wooded areas where you can four wheel. I’ve always lived in the city. I grew up in the Winston Salem, NC, another city, except much larger than High Point.

You can obviously tell the difference between the city and the country south, so every trip up there is a reminder I live in the city south. I may not be able to drive a four wheeler, or shoot a shotgun well, or hunt, but I like being in the city. Much more to do. Sure, I live in the exact opposite of the South stereotype, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Required or elective?

Who fucking cares? (I’m screaming this, because fuck all caps.) When I go to academic advising and I’m told to take one more fucking class and I’m given a choice between classes to take, I choose one, take it and get some sort of mother fucking passing grade. As long as it is going to make me one step closer to getting my fucking degree, Whether. It. Is. Required. Or. An. Elective. Is. Not. Relevant. So shut the fuck up. Grr I’m angry.

Finals, Friends, Respects

Well, it’s Finals week at GTCC. I have an exam on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. As I have said countless times to my countless friends(okay that was a lie, more like four friends), fuck statistics. I should be studying right now, but I have to fulfill my role as a lazy person and watch basketball as I type this up. Tomorrow and the next few days, for real.

Seriously, I have like four friends. It’s fucking awesome. There are plenty of people who enjoy my craziness(Psychopath, hello?) Are they my friends? Eh, I’ll let you decide. Those four friends don’t include my two husbands. Yes, we are married. It’s totally legit.

As I leave you to go back to your dull, dull lives, I ask you two things.
1) I ask you to laugh, think, and cry. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, you’ve had a full day. R.I.P. Jimmy V
2) Always remember the good Nelson Mandela has done for not only South Africa, but for his inspiration around the world. After spending twenty-seven years in prison for treason, he was released, became President, ended South Africa’s Apartheid views, and even brought same-sex marriage to South Africa, the only African nation to recognize same-sex marriages. He’s truly a hero for equality. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.

P.S. No, Paris Hilton, he did not give the “I Have A Dream” speech. -facepalm-

Edit: That tweet was a fake.