Archive for November, 2005

Daily Deity (Nov 18): Frige (with musings on love)

This week, I’ve decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. Friday’s deity is Frige, goddess of love.

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Daily Deity (Nov 17): Thor

This week, I’ve decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. Thursday’s deity is Thor, god of thunder.

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New Age, belief and politics

I’ve been trying to deal with what label I can use to tell people who and what I am in a few words. Taoism worked for a while, until I could no longer face Lao Tze’s admonition to ‘cleave to the Yin’ when I’m a very Yang kind of guy. Since then, I’ve been kind of adrift when it comes to the name (I know what I am, but describing it usually takes a while). As I’ve been reading others talk about their own beliefs here, including Pastor Dan, Taliesin, lauramp, mondaymedia, my own beloved Morgan, and others, I’ve wondered how to do the same — and if it really mattered. I’m a religion of one, after all.

Except having been sick the past almost-week, I’ve had more time than usual to think about it, and I’ve realized, no, that’s not right. I’m a New Ager.

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Daily Deity (Nov 16): Odin

This week, I’ve decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. Wednesday’s deity is Odin, the Big Daddy of the Norse pantheon.

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Believing in Santa Claus

Crossposted from Big O.

Believe it or not, this is not yet another slam of DarkSyde’s rant. In fact, I’m going to do a little defending of his position here, even though I believe, quite firmly, that there is far more to the universe than these mere globs of animate biomatter we inhabit. However, it’s clear that DarkSyde’s real problems come not from people who ‘believe in Santa Claus,’ which represents something ‘whacky, if perhaps relatively pleasant on the surface’. Sure, he’s dismissive of the idea, but aside from the agnostics (and even them only to a point), which of us doesn’t believe we have a decent handle on our faith/beliefs/reason? I mean, if we didn’t actually think we were right, we wouldn’t believe what we believe. QED.

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Daily Deity (Nov 15): Tyr

This week, I’d decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. Tuesday’s deity is Tyr, god of warfare and battle.

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Morality and religion

I just found some notes I made that I was thinking of posting to another diary, probably a couple of weeks ago. That one’s long gone, but I think this is worth posting as it’s own diary.

The impression I got on the other thread is that some folks feel that a person’s morality/ethics is a function of their religion. For some people, that is undoubtedly the case.

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Daily Deity (Nov 14): Brynhild

This week, I’d decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. I have Tuesday-Saturday worked out, but didn’t know what to do for Monday, so I hit the Deity of the Day at godchecker.com.

And lo, today’s deity is Brynhild (NOTE: You may need to copy and paste the link to get it to work.), most beautiful of the Valkyries.

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Gay GOP mafia?

I found this on my firstborn’s blog, and had to bring it over here. I can’t begin to describe the levels of wrongness.

A Gay Mafia in the Republican Party?
by James Buchanan – PHXnews November 4, 2005

Opposition to Gay marriage is one of the biggest reasons many people still support the Republicans. The idea of Gay marriage is a monstrous moral abomination and the Democrats outraged ordinary Americans pushing that piece of insanity. The Gay marriage issue is a highly charged emotional issue, and just the sort of thing that Republicans look for, which can keep them in power. Meanwhile other issues like reverse discrimination, the illegal war in Iraq and an eight trillion dollar federal debt get pushed to page two.

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Daily Deity (Nov 11)

Today, I’m skipping the Deity of the Day at godchecker.com and using their search to find someone appropriate to the day.

Today’s deity is Tonatiuh(*), Aztec Sun God. “He looks after warriors, particularly those who die in his service, and rules the present Age of the world.”

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