Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
Listen well, amigos. I’m getting really tired of repeating myself when I tell people I am observing Lent. If you didn’t already know, Lent is a significant part of many cultures, including the Latino culture or any other culture overrun by those pendejos better known as the Spanish. So if you want to know what’s what with your non-religious Latin@ (or heck, even religious) friend celebrating Lent, keep reading. Please save all questions until the end of the lesson.
What is Lent?
Lent has since evolved to fit modern lifestyle, but the original purpose of Lent was using fasting as a means of sacrifice. That is, when you give something up (sacrifice), the original intention was for participants to give up some kind of food that they believe they indulge in too much (fasting). This could be anything, even healthful foods. If you eat 50 apples a day, then a natural choice for Lent would have been apples. Jesus fasted before he was crucified, which is what Lent is about—the last days of Christ. During Lent, Catholics emulate Jesus and His sacrifices. If you consider yourself a relatively healthy person who doesn’t indulge much in food or drink, you may make a vow to eat less food during Lent.
Why do Latin@s like it so much?
This is where it gets complicated, my guer@ chum. Since I am only well versed in Mexican culture (that is, I can tell you from real, first-hand experience. Not by books or asking other people questions), I will give you my end of the deal. Fellow Latin@s, feel free to tack on.
In Mexico, many holy days are cause for big celebration. With Christmas it’s posadas. With dia de los muertos it’s a night of somber rejoicing (and this is a whole different animal considering its roots in Aztec culture and survival of colonization). Dia de Pascua (Easter) and the time preceding it is probably one of the biggest times of national worship in the entire country. How?
Well, the entire week before Lent is known as Semana Santa (Holy Week). Each day different practices are employed and vary from family to family. For instance, my family only really does anything special starting the Thursday before Easter (the day of the Last Supper). Did I also mention that the huge majority of the country gets this entire week off work? Yeah. That big of a deal.
Like many stoic, stuffy Catholic traditions, Lent transforms into something more warm and inviting when you put Latin@s in the mix. Often times families gather on Fridays to cook fish and eat with the family. There’s also a strong sense of support for each other’s various sacrifices. Many families all give up the same thing so they’re “in it together,” and friends and family members who married in are often invited to join in on the festivities if they are comfortable (eg: my atheist dad who observes Lent with us). So for many of us children of immigrants, the experience of Lent transcends religious compliance. Instead, Lent is a time for family and tends to be associated with good memories. So if your atheist/agnostic/non-religious Latin@ friend says they are observing Lent, please refrain from the following comments:
And that’s the end of our Latin@ Lent Tour. Questions? Feel free to send them here or reblog. Additional commentary may be added upon reblog. Feliz dia.
That is, if his word is oppressing me, you can back off with that. I don’t want to know what your damn holy book wants you to tell me.
He grew up in an American household full of Christians. Just because he later abandoned the church for his own sanity doesn’t mean he can’t respect his family’s traditions. I’m sick of the right wing trying to shame a good man with good intentions just because he doesn’t believe that the Invisible Man had a son.
Like my dad always says: I ain’t a murderer. I ain’t a child rapist. I ain’t nothing like that and I hate anyone who does wrong. But I get to spend the rest of my supposedly immortal life with these people? I get punished because I don’t require the threat of punishment from some god that might not even exist to be a good person? I can only be a good person if I’m scared into it? Right, guys. Real good religion you got there.
Keep talking, conservatives. This man used to be a member of the Republican Party. Now your psychotic “Christian” beliefs made him non-partisan. You pander so hard to the white man, that you’ve driven out the very white men you want to pander to. Fuck you and your war on Christmas and your misrepresented “God.” I do have some religious views, but y’all should be ashamed. Telling me that my dad is what’s wrong with America because he doesn’t have a religion is barbaric. Shame on all of you. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.
Not to mention that he married a POC and has a POC daughter (me) and he sees you and your racism. He fucking sees your intolerance just like us, so give up that “playing the race card” trash.
THERE. SEE. I’ve been saying this all along.
I’m in a feisty mood, currently KILLING a bottle of wine and craving a donut. It would just really, really make my day—or next few days—to own some idiot pro-lifer. UGH, WHY CAN’T THEY GET OUT OF OUR BODIES AND/OR SEX LIVES. LEAVE ME ALONE, YOU IGNORANT ASSHOLES.
Saying that you believe rape is a sin, but that women should still have to carry a fetus that resulted from rape anyway is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard. Don’t give me any of that “it’s not teh poor babiez fault!” garbage. You know who else isn’t at fault for the rape? The woman.
And she may have kids, be in college, a job. She could be poor and unable to care for a child. She certainly has hopes, dreams, aspirations and a future. Why in the hell should she have to sacrifice herself for something that doesn’t have ANY of those things? Why should she give up her life because of something she never consented to in the first place?
But speaking on that, since when does having sex mean you should just ~*expect pregnancy*~? That’s almost as bad as saying we should just expect that some women will get raped. There ARE ways to stop this, but you guys don’t like any of that either! Just because I like to have my hair pulled while I wrap my legs around a guy’s shoulders as he sticks his dick in me doesn’t mean I should just have to “deal with” pregnancy, especially if I have birth control options. And even if I didn’t use birth control (and I do, but that’s beside the point), enjoying sex doesn’t mean I have to have a child. And what about the guy? You all prattle on about how “babies don’t just grow in you for no reason.” Yeah, no kidding. But I’M not the only one making the baby. I can’t do it alone. Why don’t y’all go pester some pro-choice guys or men who don’t want to wear a condom?
I’m not going to compromise my (awesome) sex life because of standards I don’t happen to share with any of you. And I’m not required to share them with you. Think I’m a sinner? Praying for me? Say it here. I dare you.
No, I looked it up on FaceBook… It’s there, but I can’t tell if it’s a parody or what, haha.
you have got
to be fucking kidding me
I can’t even tell if this is real or not
look that shit up on facebook.
better yet I’ll just link you
WOW GUESS WHAT DAY IM NOT DRIVING
i’m really excited for this omg the suspense is killing me already
while reading this, i instantly thought of those people who believe in Aliens, that kill themselves to board the Mother Ship.
RAWRRAWRAWR. I am the hagbeast of sin! I have sex with a man I care about, but I’m NOT in a relationship with! *eerie ghost cries* I smoke marijuana, get drunk and live in San Francisco. With the GAYS. And I have a GAY ROOMMATE. And I SUPPORT THEM. AND ABORTION. And I’ve taken PLAN B before. GROWLRAWRHISS. Worst part is, your PRAYER can’t stop me. Because I don’t give a fuck/neither does God (if he even exists). *ghost sounds as I fade into the night*
Disclaimer: While all of the things above are true, I am just a normal person and no obsessive Christian would know that about me if they ran into me on the street. Ergo, their obsession with condemnation is completely stupid and misplaced.
Patty Akrouche says she’s “never been prouder” of her 9-year-old son Josef Miles than she was this past weekend.
As Akrouche wrote on her Facebook page, she and Josef were on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka when they encountered some of the protesters from the tiny Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained notice in recent years for protesting against homosexuality, abortion and other issues outside the funerals of military veterans and celebrities.
"Josef was determined to make his own statement so we went to the car and with pencil and his sketch pad, he made up his own little sign that reads ‘GOD HATES NO ONE,’ " his mom wrote. "Those people are scary but he stood strong, was respectful and stood by his convictions. He will be a good man, I have no doubt. I got my Mothers Day present early."
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what morality, compassion and, I should hope, the FUTURE looks like. What a wonderful boy. I’m proud of him, too. I applaud his parents for raising him so well.