I believe it’s every Americans right to arm themselves especially in a world so inclined towards violence. I believe also that we need to use the laws that we already have on the books to make sure that people are safe from gun violence.
I think it’s sexist to tell a woman to use a whistle in the event that she’s about to be assaulted. Women especially should be able to conceal carry a gun as an alternative to the whistle method that anti-Second Amendment would want. Their emotional plea for a gun free society is selfish in that it establishes that since they don’t have gun nor need one that no one else should. Now, there are those who seem anti-gun, but aren’t. Those folks simply want gun laws that protect people from gun violence. In fact, my wife has thought (more so lately with the insanity we’re seeing around the world and in our country) about going through the lengthy process of getting a gun and I can’t blame her. I absolutely support her in doing so. When I can’t be with her at all times, I believe it’s imperative that she keep herself safe whatever way possible. She’s not dumb nor irresponsible so it goes without saying that she would do fine owning a gun.
Those who wish to limit access to guns want to blatantly trample on the Constitution, be my guest because I can guarantee that a majority of Americans are pro-Second Amendment especially witnessing the horrors of the 20th Century when fascist/communist governments disarmed their people in order to have absolute control over the people. What limits should be placed on gun ownership should be a dialog opened up between those want to limits gun ownership and those who don’t. It needs to be civil and without condescending remarks. Without this criteria in place nothing will happen that will appeal to both sides of the aisle.
A lot of discussion has been had about this movie and most of it tends to hit on the issue of gender in the movie. There are people who call those who speak out against it as sexist while those who speak out against t blame PC, feminism. I find both arguments to be ridiculous and misses something that’s endemic in Hollywood these days: the reboot of older movies. What’s coming out of Hollywood are mostly reboots due to the probability that Hollywood is afraid of investing in original stories. The only reboot that I believe was done excellent are the Star Trek movies. JJ Abrams made that his movie franchise by totally overhauling the timeline in the beginning of the first movie. However, the other reboots have tried to retell the story but tragically failed. I have yet to see the new Ghostbusters reboot and unlike the hate mongers on both sides of the argument (over a damn movie mind you) my gripe is not that the storyline isn’t consistent with the originals (ie: the women being the children of the original Ghostbusters which would’ve really cool) nor is it the fact that it has women taking the roles of what has been male for most of the franchise (which is not a bad thing, women need role models that aren’t anorexic, bimbos who aren’t truly empowered). No, none of that bothers me, it’s the rebooting of a franchise to begin with. It shows a lack of fortitude by Hollywood to take a chance on an original story/movie and it shows that imagination in Hollywood is dwindling to mere regurgitation of old movies.
And for those who are making this political, just stop….it’s a movie. There are bigger problems to deal with such as having two criminals running for President this year.
One of my favorite Asatru groups, The Asatru Community posted an article written by the supposedly progressive website Think Progress titled The Religion of Choice for White Supremacists. It illustrates the same stereotypical nonsense that Christians today use to demonize our Heathen faith, that it’s filled with primarily hateful minions of neo-Nazis and other white supremacy groups. As someone who s half Hispanic, I have to say I take offense to the misrepresentation of our Heathen faith. First off, ThinkProgress is supposed to be a progressive site which means progressing past creating hateful stereotypes and mocking minority religious faiths. For example lets look at this line:
“It’s a comic book religion in a lot of ways,”
Really? That’s the same nonsense that conservative Christians have said to me many times. Taking up this mantle of trying to discredit a valid faith is a low blow and only shows the similarities that ignorance of certain instills. It’s much like how Donald Trump has tried to discredit the Islamic faith. So, in order to further demonize a faith that some on the Left feel is catering to white supremacy they need to stoop into the cesspool that is Donald Trump?
I understand bringing awareness to the bastardization of Asatru by filthy racists, but the article smacks of painting a picture of a faith with a really broad brush. Not all Asatruar are racists and not all Asatruar are white. Perhaps an interview with non-racist Asatruar might have helped expand the minds of the authors of this hideous, hateful article. Instead, they only cite white supremacists, which are only a minority in our Heathen faith. If you replaced Islamacists with white supremacists and replace the cited material with quotes from jihadists ThinkProgress would be all over the article saying it was Islamophobic and offensive. In this case, I think it’s proper to state that perhaps ThinkProgress has a tendency towards Asatruophobia. How else do you explain such a ridiculous article that is offensive in its own right? How do you explain the one sidedness and ignorance that is displayed? Asatruophobia. The same phobia that monotheists tend to be infected with.
I am a half Hispanic Asatruar and I am proud of my religion and thankful for the Gods calling upon me. This is something that, unless experienced, many won’t ever know nor feel. I don’t feel that I’m special because I felt the Gods calling me, it’s just an exhilerating feeling to feel the Gods walking nearby in the wooded groves or feeling the thunder rumbled the ground and believing that it’s Thor striking the anvil with mjolnir. Call me silly or insane, so be it. I’m not trying to convert to my belief system. This is how my soul feels. It’s simply a connection with the Divine, which is something anyone can feel deep in their soul.
I don’t take any sides on the conflicts between others. I give everyone their fair share of attention. I don’t agree entirely with Right or Left. I believe both sides have their great qualities and good ideas while having really illogical ideas. So, do I agree entirely with what others have said about Rhyd or what Rhyd has said about his detractors? No. I reiterate the fact that I do not know any of the writers personally nor what they hold in their hearts. I follow G&R and Rhyd Wildermuth as well as other spectrum opinions simply because you get the whole story of human politics. Only having one side of the issue or idea is the act of being close minded. If what others say fills you with rage and how dare they do that to you, then you’re not as open minded as you believe. You’re being intolerant. I enjoy reading the thoughts of others and being secure in what I believe in it doesn’t fill me with rage. I can watch Wild Bill for America on Youtube with serenity and not be angered by some of his nonsensical beliefs. I can read Richard Dawkins works on atheism and not be angered by his assumption that people who believe in deity are morons. This is the world we live in where varying ideas along the political spectrum exist and will always exist. Capitalism will never fall as long as people want to create businesses and profit off of them. Socialism will never go away as long as people feel oppressed by a system. So, we preach coexistence with the other faiths, why not apply that to the political ideologies that exist and will always exist? About time to evolve, don’t you think?
So come what may in the realm of political and religious discourse, I will never take a side. Occasionally I will play Devils Advocate, but that’s entirely different than taking a side. It’s moving a conversation along by positing a hypothetical into the fray. Call me a coward, a collaborator, so be it. You don’t know me.
A really well done piece on Rhyds latest entry
So Rhyd wrote a new post on his personal Blog. Which, I will honestly say, I found by accident. I wasn’t looking for it or hunting stuff down. Literally just popped up. And it starts off like this:
I don’t normally do this, but unfortunately, it’s time.
I’m linking to a document that you really need to read. It’s a collection of words that I think will make you as nauseated and angry as I am. How these people could possibly have thought we’d allow them to continue degrading and denigrating so many innocent people is beyond me.
I’m really sorry to be the person to point this out, but you really need to know these things. Follow the link–you’ll be really fucking angry too.
So I see this and I’m like, ‘Gods, what is he gonna do now?’ Because really, what reaction could I have at this point…
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I feel this is something that needs to be watched closely. One of the fears that I have with Trump, despite him being a flagrant fake, has the ability to do like what Hitler did and use the Christian religion as a means for fanning the flames of hatred across the country which means probable attacks against non-monotheistic religions. You won’t see this breach of liberty reported on the news or in the religious freedom community, populated by Christians who feel persecuted.
When angst percolates in one’s soul it becomes the antithesis of what you truly are. Recently, I’ve written some rather negative things in the heat of anger which wasn’t right at all. Keep calm and don’t say negative shit should be my new motto.
Though we may not see eye to eye I do invite one day soon for a Skype “tea time” and discuss these issues I have, since I don’t speak for all of the Pagansphere. Since I don’t know you, I would love to have the opportunity to do so. I’m not a rude person nor will I make any conservation in fight. I despise fighting. “An eye for an eye makes the world blind.” So you can either accept my olive branch and plan a virtual meeting or ignore this attempt at understanding someone who I tend to disagree with. I’d rather not assume negative things about people that may in reality be in possession of a good heart. So please let me via a comment on here on what you wish to do or ignore it. Your choice.
Cheers and good tidings.