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Rick Warren–Severe Cognitive Dissonance December 18, 2008

Posted by joshuachayne in Culture, politics, Religion.
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Rick Warren will be giving the Invocation at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration.  This choice has sparked controversey among the right who feel that a pro-lifer should not be a part of a pro-choice President’s Inauguration.  It has also ignited outrage on the left because Rick Warren supported Prop 8, recently equated gays with pedophiles, and has supported the criminalization of homosexuality in African nations.

From a recent interview with BeliefNet

Warren: “I’m opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage. I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage.”

Waldman: “You think those are equivalent to gays getting married?”

Warren: “Oh, I do.”

Warren went on to say that he is not a homophobe, has gay friends, has eaten dinner in gay homes, and believes that gay couples should have other civil rights like benefits and insurance.

Yet how can he be friends with gay couples if he believes that their relationships or marriages (after all the 18,000 gay couples that got married in CA may end up keeping their marriages) are morally equivalent to incest or pedophilia?

And what about Rick Warren’s comments in Uganda which are diametrically opposed to his comments with BeliefNet that he views gays should have all equal rights and protections except for marriage?

Dr [Rick] Warren said that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. “We shall not tolerate this aspect at all,” Dr Warren said.

Rick Warren was speaking in Uganda, an African nation that criminalizes homosexuality.

How can Rick Warren believe that gays in America should have all civil rights except marriage while simultaneously advocating for gays in Africa to be imprisoned or worse?

Its seems Rick Warren is like many of the other Right Wingers who experience severe cognitive dissonance (thats where people hold two opposing beliefs at the same time).

Either that or he is a liar.

 My Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren…..

Dear Pastor Rick Warren,

How can you compare two gay adults in a loving, committed, consensual, and legal relationship to an adult who rapes a child?

Don’t you realize that the myth that gays are child molesters or just as bad has lead to hate crimes against gays where people have been beaten and murdered?

How can you say that gay marriage could lead to bestiality or pedophile marriages when animals and children cannot give legal consent and cannot enter into legal contracts/license?

Why do you say that gay marriage would lead to polygamy when the countries that have gay marriage (Canada, South African, much of Europe and soon Nepal) do not allow polygamous marriages?

Why do you say that every culture and religion has disallowed gay marriage when that is a lie since several Native American cultures/religions use to allow forms of homosexual marriage with their Two Spirits/Berdaches and Medieval Europe had Brotherhood Marriages where men married other men and the Dahomey of West Africa use to allow women to marry other women?

Why do you say that gay marriage will lead to Pastors being jailed when that is not true because America has a much stronger Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech than most of Europe?  We don’t have those kind of hate speech laws and what happened to that Swedish preacher could not happen here.

Why do you say that you believe GLBT Americans should have all civil rights except marriage while supporting the criminalization of GLBT citizens in African nations?

Why do you lie on all these issues?  Isn’t lying a sin?  Shouldn’t you repent and apologize to the GLBT community for all the hurt and pain you have afflicted on them?

Love in Christ,

Josh

Michael Savage’s outdated ideas about Autism July 28, 2008

Posted by joshuachayne in Culture, media, Uncategorized.
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Conservative talk show host Michael Savage made news again recently with controversial remarks about autistic children being “brats” who just need a father to tell them to be a man and stop acting socially awkward. Before advances in genetics and neuroscience, unfortunately some doctors did blame social causes. Mothers were told that their children were autistic because they did not show them enough love when they were infants. These so called refrigerator mothers were made to blame themselves for their child’s condition. Of course through time studies have shown that there is no relationship between a mother’s affection and autism.

Autism is now generally considered a spectrum disorder with varying degrees between mild and severe. Most autistic individuals have some degree of sensory disorders. Some individuals may have exaggerated senses while others may have dulled senses. Some individuals may only be able to process input from one sense at a time. Many individuals with autism have problems with “theory of mind” in that they may not be able to generalize about what others think and feel or pick up on social cues. Many individuals with autism will also develop social anxiety disorder. Some autistics such as those with aspergers may have savant skills.

Michael Savage’s views are dangerous because they could be used to justify mistreating individuals with autism or lead parents to opt out of treatments for their children with autism. It is important for families, schools, and society at large to understand that due to variation in development and brain structures and chemistry, there are people who experience reality and social reality much differently than many of us do. We must accept and accommodate these differences. We must not blame the victim or exclude people.

Michael Savage has also been criticized in the past for homophobia. He has told a gay caller to get aids and die and he has said that gays “rape the minds” of children simply for being seen holding hands in public.

The most shocking aspect concerning Michael Weiner aka Michael Savage is that he has advanced degrees in sociology and anthropology. Its hard for me to believe that he actually believes some of the things he says. I’m inclined to believe that, like many of the other conservatives, he probably realizes that he can cash in on the niche market of fear and hate mongering.

Why is it that compassion seems to escape many of the popular conservatives in the media? Do they merely engage in hate and fear mongering for profit? Why do they seem to advocate for bullying, prejudice, and discrimination for anyone that is different from themselves?