In Response to Chick-fil-A Day

I’ve been  watching and reading Facebook & Twitter timelines as well as the news intensely for quite a few years now and have seen that many also sense that things are vastly changing in our world. I have not studied the Bible or other  “religious teachings” in depth, but I believe in God & the universe. I have never been able to determine if God is male or female or both. I’ve always believed that God & the universe are about love, creation and inclusion. As a result, I have never believed that God & the universe are about patriarchy, intolerance and exclusion.

Several people have posted things on these various timelines and newsfeeds concerning higher spirit in the past and I’ve assumed that they’ve been moved by spirit and energy, by love.  I have been and to this day, I could not tell you whether spirit is male, female, both, singular or multiple. I only know and feel that it is about love and has little or nothing to do with my gender or gender preference but about my soul’s intentions & perspective, my heart. I also believe that God & the universe grant gifts of creativity and enlightenment to those who are loving, caring and courageous. Some call such gifts karma and the resultant dharma…others call those gifts blessings. I have not met one (1) soul who lives a life sharing intimate love with others of the same gender who is not creative, courageous, inclusive, caring or enlightened. Not one. Not a single one. Never a single one.

Intrinsically connected to and compounding my views on God & the universe and the issue of same sex love is a question I have about the Torah, the Bible and the Koran…or any religious teaching for that matter that allows for or preaches division.  How did it come about that these religious teachings regulated the role of at least one half of the population, women, to that of subjugation…to that of counting less… and, thus, having less worth in society?

My own answer is based upon my knowledge of what takes place in “equal opportunity” societies and what you see happening today… women regaining empowerment and reinvigorating the life dynamics of nations. Where women are empowered to be themselves, treated and viewed as equals and determine their own reproductive rights, they follow their dreams and create opportunities for themselves, family members and their communities. They thrive and so does the environment. They do not thrive and communities in which they live do not thrive where they are not given equal opportunity and their inalienable rights; i.e., patriarchal societies and their belief systems inhibit the equal development of women and, thus, prevent economic and spiritual development in their nations. As regards economic development alone, the UN, OECD and multifarious grassroots and international organizations have adjusted to this truth by basing their development agendas on programs that empower women. I believe that God’s & the universe’s principles concerning love, communing and community have been manipulated throughout time by individuals to gain or maintain power in a particular place…at a particular time…over a particular group.

With all this in mind, I’ve always wondered the following.  How is it that people follow such teachings and their selective, negative and exclusionary ideology that de facto inhibit, limit and stigmatize women and groups of “others” by race, creed, sexual orientation, etc. without so much as a doubt as to the intentions of the scribes interpreting the will of God & the universe?

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    The Beginning
    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day.

    6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the second day.

    9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day.

    14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning —the fourth day.

    20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning —the fifth day.

    24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so.

    31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the sixth day.

    Footnotes:
    Genesis 1:26 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth

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    The Beginning
    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day.

    6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the second day.

    9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day.

    14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning —the fourth day.

    20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning —the fifth day.

    24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so.

    31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the sixth day.

    Footnotes:
    Genesis 1:26 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth

    • I don’t want to sound mean but this is exactly what I’m talking about. I am very familiar with Genesis but I do not know who wrote it. Furthermore, if I understand you correctly, you are saying we have been put here to populate. I do not believe we were put here to populate just for the sake of creating more human beings. I believe we are here to live life with a purpose. Where we see poverty and injustice of any kind being done, we should do our utmost to change it and make life for all of mankind worth living and beautiful. I do not think God & the universe put us here to hurt, belittle, marginalize, punish or destroy those who do not think like us, look like us, act like us or worship like us. Who determines the us? The Jews, the Christians, the Muslims, the Hindi, the Buddhists, the Sikhs… Are we not all children of God & the universe?

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