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When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite [May. 11th, 2012|05:14 pm]

Originally posted by gwinna at When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite
Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual. Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th century), and the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

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To UK Flisties [Jan. 24th, 2012|05:36 am]
Originally posted by obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amberdreams, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)


Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

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Using my Android [Oct. 27th, 2011|04:16 pm]
[Current Location |Falls Church, Fairview Park Dr, 3111]

Currently at the bus stop, and I think I missed my bus!

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

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iPad [Apr. 21st, 2010|06:33 pm]
So I am typing this on the. iPad, it's really cool. I need a new computer and I think this might be the thing I buy for. My self, the only thing is, I am in the IT field and the one thing that you learn being in the IT field is to not but the first gen of something, but this thing I confess is totally cool! It's really sensitive though and. I do feel a little stiff writing on this but I guess it is something you get used to. Well see hopefully! :)
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one of my favorite movies [Mar. 7th, 2010|04:11 pm]

I Love this movie, I saw it when I was like 20 and funny enough I though about it a couple of weeksw ago and what came up during a random search on hulu.com 100 girls!
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New Blog [Jun. 14th, 2009|10:16 am]
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Check out this blog... http://aquarianlez.blogspot.com/ interesting perspective from an Aquarius point of view... it's new but it should be interesting. :)
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omg.. my favorite couple. [Mar. 8th, 2009|12:57 pm]
Who eles is on pins and needles here with this season?

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MY Favorite Show is starting! [Jan. 9th, 2009|08:25 pm]
To Bad It's the Last Season
i killed jenny
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My Birthday [Dec. 30th, 2008|09:57 am]
- January 26 -
You are very ambitious, serious and loyal. You are hardworking, smart and organized and you have no problems getting what you want out of life. QuizGalaxy.com
Positive Traits:
sociable, cooperative, charming, efficient, ambitious
Negative Traits:
manipulative, shallow, materialistic, greedy, exaggerative

'What does your Birthdate mean?' at QuizGalaxy.com
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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2008|06:21 am]
Well this better than the life that I have now...

Your result for The What Kind of Roman Are You Test, for women...

Is family at the center of your life?

You scored 14% Matron! That's great! Read on!

A Matron! Don’t worry. This doesn’t mean you are a spinster who runs an orphanage. Nor does it have any bearing on your economic status. Mostly, it just means “lady of the house.” And since in Roman times, women didn’t generally have a choice about whether they were married or not, matron also meant “wife” and “mother.” Today, we call you “Ms.”

And believe it or not, you are a very lucky girl!

Your parents chose your husband for you, or more accurately, they sold you to the highest bidder. Your husband picked you for the social standing your lineage will give him, and for the sons he was promised you would bear. Your parents agreed to the match because of the social standing your husband's lineage would give them.

You had your wedding when you were twelve to sixteen years old, and this was probably the first time you had seen or met your husband. But that’s okay, because in Roman times, marriage was a business venture more than a loving bond. Sure lots of girls did marry for love, but for the most part, marriage was a job.

If you marry well, you’ll have your own quarters in his home. That means you’ll not only have your own bedroom, but a private sitting room, private garden, toilet, and whatever other room you may need. You can even have your own home if you want (and your husband can afford it.) And of course, you can have as many slaves as your husband can afford.

If your husband isn’t so well to do, you can still have your own bed, and maybe at least one slave.

You are the queen of your home (or homes) and no one would ever dare challenge your word. You hold as many swank parties as your husband can afford. Some may be friends over for dinner, business dinners, or simply a great bash to improve your social status. You are the planner and the hostess, and never will you have to lift a finger to cook or to serve.

Household slaves will do all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry, so you can fill your day with shopping trips, visiting with friends, and watching the heart-throb gladiators at the Coliseum. In fact, you are so hot for the gladiators that you even buy little vials of their “scent” (sweat.) You dream of hot, passionate encounters with them.

You will most likely have children, and you are the one responsible for raising them, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be strapped to the baby carriage all day. Remember, you have slaves to do your work for you, and that includes changing diapers. Most of your parental attention will be focused on your daughters, as it’s up to you to teach them how to be good wives and mothers. Your sons will move out of your care at about age seven, when their education will be provided for by a tutor.

It’s not a bad job, being a matron. As a single girl, you weren’t allowed out in public. As a matron, you can come and go as you please. Your husband supports you, so you don’t have to work. Your slaves do all your work for you, so again, you don’t have to work. And you are allowed to have a life that is separate from your husband’s, so long as you don’t publicly embarrass him.

Truly, does it get any better?

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Take The What Kind of Roman Are You Test, for women
at HelloQuizzy

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