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Being Authentic

A few years ago during one of my therapy sessions; yes, I had one of those heart to heart discussions, my therapist, me and what seemed to be insurmountable problems. As I began to relate some of my innermost fears, the therapist looked at me and without blinking an eye said, “Mike, be authentic.”  What?  I thought in the most defensible indignation, “I am authentic, what on earth do you mean by be authentic?”  She calmly smiled in a manner of acknowledging the pain I was obviously feeling and repeated, “Yes, be authentic, authentic to who you are and the life you want to live. Be authentic without excuses.”

As I stopped and considered what she meant, it occurred to me that most of my life was based wholly on what other people thought and how they would react if they knew the truth, the whole truth of who I am. In my family circle I was always the good son, the successful one, the smart one, the oldest of all my siblings, the example which others should follow along with a myriad of other isms that had come to define what others thought of me and yet, not for a minute was it ever authentically me.  She was right and not because I was wrong but because I had failed to acknowledge the beauty of who I really was.

I know there are a lot of teens, tweens, and adults alike facing difficult decisions based on telling someone you sincerely care about something they may not want to hear.  If there’s one thing you need to know more than anything else is that you’re not alone.  There are many of us out there that have faced the same dilemma time and time again.  It’s never easy as anything worthwhile is not without some element of risk. Stop for a moment, look in a mirror, and say to yourself – “I am a worthwhile person who deserves to be heard for who I am. The real me, the authentic me.”  As the final point of the video stresses REMEMBER – “You owe no apology for being yourself.” Don’t ever let anyone make you think otherwise, that’s their problem, not yours.

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Stoning Homos is Still a Law?

World Mission Church Sign

Stoning is still the law?

Yes, this little sign with the not so little statement was placed on the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem placard by one Dr. James David Manning.  You might remember seeing this photo a few days ago without any accompanying statement.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances I was unable to complete that article until now.  At the time of posting the picture. I felt it was more important to make people aware of it and not just letting it go.  So, here it is…

After doing a bit of research on the web with readily available information resources on Wikipedia, the pastor’s own website, and other biblical websites.  It seems the pastor has quite a colorful, albeit criminal background, one which he is more than willing to boast of and share with others.  Tell me pastor, are you proud that you did those things or are you prouder that you’ve found people gullible enough to accept your notion that antisocial behavior as religiously sanctioned?

You see, not everyone who looks at that “doctorate” degree you awarded yourself may be aware that the very act of snubbing societal norms, that of receiving a real accredited degree, is still a form of anti-social behavior. Sure you can do it, just like so many websites out their boasts – give them some money and you can be practically anything you wish.  In thought, maybe, but as any actual legitimate form of sheepskin that so many legitimate PhD holders have worked so hard to get, no.

Yeah, I got to thinking about it and when I did, it occurred to me, you’ve just found a whole new way of legitimizing your all too antisocial background. Now, instead of breaking the law directly, Jesus is there to help you do it through some not so carefully chosen bible verses.  That you lay claim to condoning one of the most outlandish antisocial behaviors ever – killing another person, is utterly reprehensible.  You see, killing someone in America is severely frowned upon, no matter what religion you claim to belong to.

It kind of struck me odd that you included the one verse in the bible where Jesus actually stops a mob from stoning a woman for supposed adultery.  And yet, you persist in laying claim that he would do the very thing he prevented.  Never did Jesus ever take part in or condone such actions – EVER!  Even further, you underscore your antisocial claim by saying, “Stoning is still the law.’  Pastor, in America, the land where you live and breathe – it is NOT the law.

That you have chosen once again to snub societal norms in favor of the way you see it, is still antisocial no matter how you cut it. It’s still all-the-more antisocial and inexcusable to incite others to do that very thing by announcing it on your church’s placard.  Shame on you James David Manning for even thinking to perpetuate such an appalling act.  Then again, shame IS a social norm.  Homosexuality may not be a “Christian” value, but hate speech for causing harm to another is even more so not a “Christian” value1.

1: Matthew 5:38-40
You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]; but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also.

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Takei’s Take on YouTube

Aside from being known for his role as Sulu in the original TV series Star Trek, George Takei has become presently known as an outspoken proponent of gay rights issues, locally and world wide.  He has clearly adapted to the internet with not only with a strong presence on Facebook with over 6.3 million followers as himself, George Takei, but as well for his recent venture into “Takei’s Take” on YouTube as seen here in episode 11 of his recent video postings.  You can find his other posts and subscribe by visiting the following link – http://www.youtube.com/user/TakeisTake

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The Liberal Viewer on YouTube

The LiberalViewer is just that, a liberal vlog (video blog) that keeps an eye on political mishaps and reports on them in a very informative and logical style.  The particular episode that I’ve posted here is titled “LiberalViewer 1st Wednesday of March LIVE Q&A from 4:30 pm Pacific”, which is introduced as a first Wednesday of every month “live” telecast.  Videos on the site are, for the best part, up-to-date and relevant to current issues.

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