Tuesday, April 09, 2024

The Rapture

. . If I believed in the Rapture, I would also believe that politicians and megachurch leaders would be the last to know. They would even deny it had occurred. In fact, it must have been some evil liberal Democratic plot. . . . The Rapture would just be people saying, "Where did that couple who were nice and helped everyone go? All those good, friendly, quiet people just seem to have disappeared."

Monday, January 29, 2024

Homosexuality and religion in America

The actual History of Christianity is overwhelmingly opposed to homosexuality. In modern revised Church histories.

The sin of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah was not who they had sex with but in not welcoming strangers, read the story again if this was not what you were told.

Christian denominations hold a variety of views on homosexual sex, ranging from outright condemnation to complete acceptance. Throughout the majority of Christian history, most Christian theologians and denominations have considered homosexual sex as immoral or sinful.

Orthodox Judaism views homosexual acts as sinful. In recent years, there have been approaches claiming that only the sexual anal act is forbidden and considered an abomination by the Torah, while sexual orientation and even other sexual activities are not considered a sin. Conservative Judaism has engaged in an in-depth study of homosexuality since the 1990s, with various rabbis presenting a wide array of responsa (papers with legal arguments) for communal consideration. The official position of the movement is to welcome homosexual Jews into their synagogues, and also campaign against any discrimination in civil law and public society, but also to uphold a ban on anal sex as a religious requirement.

Reform Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism in North America and Liberal Judaism in the United Kingdom view homosexuality to be acceptable on the same basis as heterosexuality. Progressive Jewish authorities believe either that traditional laws against homosexuality are no longer binding or that they are subject to changes that reflect a new understanding of human sexuality. Some of these authorities rely on modern biblical scholarship suggesting that the prohibition in the Torah was intended to ban coercive or ritualized male-male sex, such as those practices ascribed to Egyptian and Canaanite fertility cults and temple prostitution.

Liberal Christians are generally supportive of homosexuals. Some Christian denominations do not view monogamous same-sex relationships as bad or evil. These include the United Church of Canada, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the churches of the Old Catholic Union of Utrecht, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Church of Sweden, the Lutheran, reformed and united churches in Evangelical Church of Germany, the Church of Denmark, the Icelandic Church, the Church of Norway and the Protestant Church of the Netherlands. In particular, the Metropolitan Community Church, a denomination of 40,000 members, was founded specifically to serve the Christian LGBT community and is devoted to being open and affirming to LGBT people. The United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists also condone gay marriage, and some parts of the Anglican and Lutheran churches allow for the blessing of gay unions. Within the Anglican communion, there are openly gay clergy; for example, Gene Robinson and Mary Glasspool are openly homosexual bishops in the US Episcopal Church, and Eva Brunne in the Lutheran Church of Sweden. The Episcopal Church's recent actions vis-a-vis homosexuality have brought about increased ethical debate and tension within the Church of England and worldwide Anglican churches. In the United States and many other nations, religious people are becoming more affirming of same-sex relationships. Even those in denominations with official stances are liberalizing, though not as quickly as those in more affirming religious groups.

Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has significantly changed since the 1990s, and an overwhelming majority of Americans now favor same-sex marriage

And then you have the conservative Christians, but they ignore the words of Jesus teaching love and are going to Hell.

You have to be an extremely intolerant religious conservative to not believe in love.

My opinion as a non-gay. .

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Saturday, December 02, 2023

Coconut Chickpea Curry Recipe

Coconut Chickpea Curry


2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil ½ cup chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 (13.5 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk, well-shaken (such as Thai Kitchen) 1 cup vegetable broth ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 cups baby spinach leaves or kale 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice ½ cup coarsely chopped toasted cashews fresh cilantro for garnish 2 cups cooked rice


Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add red curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly darkened and vegetables are coated, about 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk, broth, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high. Stir in chickpeas. Reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spinach; stir until wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in lime juice. Serve with cashews, cilantro, and rice.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Golden Cheese Bread recipe

Golden Cheese Bread

1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 tbs butter
1/3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 tbs crumbled feta cheese
1/3 tsp salt
1/3 tsp coarse black pepper
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dill seeds
2 tbs vital gluten
1/2 cup stout oatmeal flakes
1/4 cup crumbled shredded wheat
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 tbs strawberry jam

Bread machine on whole wheat cycle (5 hours)
It really should have an egg or two but I was out. The butter is optional. The first time I substituted some juice from a jar of jalapenos and soy milk for the buttermilk.
I redo recipes from the old format on Facebook.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Marilyn Monroe Dressing

Marilyn Monroe's Fancy Stuffing This is from the New York Times after a recently published book of found notes and letters.
Taste of Home recommended 3 raw eggs to bind it together and to soak the bread in turkey or chicken broth and replace the giblets (heresy).

Norma Jean Stuffing
Time: 2 hours

No garlic
A 10-ounce loaf sourdough bread
1/2 pound chicken or turkey livers or hearts
1/2 pound ground round or other beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups chopped curly parsley
2 eggs, hard boiled, chopped
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, pine nuts or roasted chestnuts, or a combination
2 teaspoons dried crushed rosemary
2 teaspoons dried crushed oregano
2 teaspoons dried crushed thyme
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt-free, garlic-free poultry seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon pepper.

1. Split the bread loaf in half and soak it in a large bowl of cold water (broth!) for 15 minutes. Wring out excess water over a colander and shred into pieces.
2. Boil the livers or hearts for 8 minutes in salted water, then chop until no piece is larger than a coffee bean.
3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef in the oil, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, so no piece is larger than a pistachio.
4. In your largest mixing bowl, combine the sourdough, livers, ground beef, celery, onion, parsley, eggs, raisins, Parmesan and nuts, tossing gently with your hands to combine. Whisk the rosemary, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper together in a bowl, scatter over the stuffing and toss again with your hands. Taste and adjust for salt. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use as a stuffing or to bake separately as dressing.
Yield: 20 cups, enough for one large turkey, 2 to 3 geese or 8 chickens.

Taste of Home

The New York Times

Tuesday, January 28, 2020