And The Moon Rose Over An Open Field

Emma, age 19.
the-unpopular-opinions:

No other religious group does these kind of things to this scale or this often. Sure, every year a few of Christian radicals will kill some people at abortion clinics with pipe bombs, but there aren’t tens of thousands of Christian rebels in dozens of countries trying to violently force Christian theocracies on the population. Yes there are a small group of Buddhists who engage in religious violence in SE Asia, but they aren’t taking over schools and theaters all over the world with suicide vests on and killing hundreds at once. 60-70% of worldwide terrorist deaths each year are carried out by Sunni Muslim radicals, much more than any other religious-based group.(Source: National Counterterrorism Center)
In addition, while most moderates of other religions go out of their way to strongly renounce violence in the name of their religion, Islamic moderates are often silent about Islamic violence. If asked they’ll say they don’t support it, but it’s not as if most of them go out of their way to renounce it.
TL;DR: All religious groups have their radicals, but the radicals of all religious groups are not the same. Some are more violent and intolerant than the radicals of other religious groups. (And some have a much larger percentage of violent radicals in their religion) Most Muslims don’t support violence like the kind in Nigeria, but there is a much larger religious-based violence problem in Islam than in other religious groups - nobody should ignore or whitewash that fact.

the-unpopular-opinions:

No other religious group does these kind of things to this scale or this often. Sure, every year a few of Christian radicals will kill some people at abortion clinics with pipe bombs, but there aren’t tens of thousands of Christian rebels in dozens of countries trying to violently force Christian theocracies on the population. Yes there are a small group of Buddhists who engage in religious violence in SE Asia, but they aren’t taking over schools and theaters all over the world with suicide vests on and killing hundreds at once. 60-70% of worldwide terrorist deaths each year are carried out by Sunni Muslim radicals, much more than any other religious-based group.(Source: National Counterterrorism Center)

In addition, while most moderates of other religions go out of their way to strongly renounce violence in the name of their religion, Islamic moderates are often silent about Islamic violence. If asked they’ll say they don’t support it, but it’s not as if most of them go out of their way to renounce it.

TL;DR: All religious groups have their radicals, but the radicals of all religious groups are not the same. Some are more violent and intolerant than the radicals of other religious groups. (And some have a much larger percentage of violent radicals in their religion) Most Muslims don’t support violence like the kind in Nigeria, but there is a much larger religious-based violence problem in Islam than in other religious groups - nobody should ignore or whitewash that fact.

survivorsupport:

Bride Burning is a practice that is common in other parts of the world. India is particularly known for this sexist, abusive practice. It occurs when a woman’s family either runs behind on their daughter’s dowery payment or doesn’t have enough money. The woman’s new in-laws will douse the woman in a highly flammable substance, light a match, and kill her. Acid is often used as well. In India, it is estimated that about 5,000 women are killed each year by this practice. It has significantly decreased over the years. If the in-laws don’t outright murder the woman, they often drive them to suicide. This is known as “dowery death.” They pester and abuse the woman until she can’t take it anymore. 

The Barbie is wearing a white wedding dress instead of an Indian wedding dress, because Toys R Us does not sell Indian Barbie dolls, and because the white wedding dress is very recognizable. These photos were taken to spread awareness. 

(Also, America needs to start selling more dolls of color. I had to purchase two dolls just to do this photo-shoot. They only had blonde Barbies in wedding dresses. So I had to swap the outfits.)

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2k58:

princesslotus:

thisiscasey7:

forgott-en:

nedhepburn:

This one time I painted a living room with a girl.
This was a handful of years back. It was about eight months before the huge, flame-out of a breakup. That day, though? That day we painted the living room? It was pretty uneventful. We painted my parents living room for $50 between us and a pizza. That was it. I think we watched Anchorman or something after that.
But it still holds as on of the most indelible memories I have. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not still in love, it happened, it was good, it ended, and we’ve both moved on. But I’ll never forget that day. Because it’s never, in the long run, about the grand gestures. You can fly across the world and show up on her doorstep with a rose in your teeth and a ring in a little velvet box but I can guarantee you that - more often than not - she’s going to remember the time you built the birdhouse in the back yard, or what have you, a whole lot more.
Life wasn’t meant to be taken in large movements. The next day will inevitably arrive, you’ll sleep, and the moment will have passed. But when you have a hundred thousand small moments, you can step back and appreciate the picture a lot more than metaphorically blowing your load on some grand moment that, in all honesty, look, you’re not Bruce Fucking Springsteen, you’re not going to be able to blow everyone’s mind every single night. You’re not Romeo and/or Juliet. There’s no reason to drink the poison together in some flame-out gesture. So that leaves us with the small stuff. It’s all about the detail.
That’s what love is. Attention to detail.
And the moment will end. And then things will get boring. And it might get a little quiet. And it might all end horribly. And you might hate eachother at the end. And you might walk away from eachother one day and never speak again. But that’s just how it goes.
But she’ll remember the time you held the door open for her on your first date.She’ll remember the time you laughed at her impression of the landlady.She’ll remember the time you stayed up all night that first time. She’ll remember the small things a lot longer than the big ones.
But everything ends. And I’ll tell you why you have to make the small things, the small moments count so much more:
One day, probably a while longer from now, when old age takes ahold of someone, she might just only remember your smile. Everything you ever did together, every second, every moment, every beat, every morning spent in bed, every evening spent together on the sofa, all of that - gone. Everything you ever did will be reduced to the head of a pin. She won’t remember your name. She’ll just remember your smile, and she’ll smile. She won’t know why. It’s a base, gut reaction. But she’ll smile, uncontrollably, and it will come from somewhere so deep as to know that you touched her on a primal, honest, and true level that no scientist, scholar, or savant could ever begin to explain. There is no more. There is nothing else. There is just this: She’ll remember your smile, and she’ll smile.
And you know what? That’s all that really matters in the end.


I just cried at this

god damn

jesus christ

2k58:

princesslotus:

thisiscasey7:

forgott-en:

nedhepburn:

This one time I painted a living room with a girl.

This was a handful of years back. It was about eight months before the huge, flame-out of a breakup. That day, though? That day we painted the living room? It was pretty uneventful. We painted my parents living room for $50 between us and a pizza. That was it. I think we watched Anchorman or something after that.

But it still holds as on of the most indelible memories I have. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not still in love, it happened, it was good, it ended, and we’ve both moved on. But I’ll never forget that day. Because it’s never, in the long run, about the grand gestures. You can fly across the world and show up on her doorstep with a rose in your teeth and a ring in a little velvet box but I can guarantee you that - more often than not - she’s going to remember the time you built the birdhouse in the back yard, or what have you, a whole lot more.

Life wasn’t meant to be taken in large movements. The next day will inevitably arrive, you’ll sleep, and the moment will have passed. But when you have a hundred thousand small moments, you can step back and appreciate the picture a lot more than metaphorically blowing your load on some grand moment that, in all honesty, look, you’re not Bruce Fucking Springsteen, you’re not going to be able to blow everyone’s mind every single night. You’re not Romeo and/or Juliet. There’s no reason to drink the poison together in some flame-out gesture. So that leaves us with the small stuff. It’s all about the detail.

That’s what love is. Attention to detail.

And the moment will end. And then things will get boring. And it might get a little quiet. And it might all end horribly. And you might hate eachother at the end. And you might walk away from eachother one day and never speak again. But that’s just how it goes.

But she’ll remember the time you held the door open for her on your first date.
She’ll remember the time you laughed at her impression of the landlady.
She’ll remember the time you stayed up all night that first time.
She’ll remember the small things a lot longer than the big ones.

But everything ends. And I’ll tell you why you have to make the small things, the small moments count so much more:

One day, probably a while longer from now, when old age takes ahold of someone, she might just only remember your smile. Everything you ever did together, every second, every moment, every beat, every morning spent in bed, every evening spent together on the sofa, all of that - gone. Everything you ever did will be reduced to the head of a pin. She won’t remember your name. She’ll just remember your smile, and she’ll smile. She won’t know why. It’s a base, gut reaction. But she’ll smile, uncontrollably, and it will come from somewhere so deep as to know that you touched her on a primal, honest, and true level that no scientist, scholar, or savant could ever begin to explain. There is no more. There is nothing else. There is just this: She’ll remember your smile, and she’ll smile.

And you know what? That’s all that really matters in the end.

I just cried at this

god damn

jesus christ

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queerlyhere:

This is so true. I hate milk by itself anyway, but the fact that people consider it so healthy drives me crazy. For one, you can’t actually absorb Calcium from milk because it exists in a useless bound form that your body just expels. If a doctor tells you to drink milk for more calcium- he’s wrong! (and is prob only telling you this bc that’s what he’s heard- not bc it has any medical basis). If you need Calcium, drink OJ. Calcium is best absorbed in an ionized form which you find in citrus fruit! Second, there’s this lovely thing called mastitis that cows get which essentially an inflammation of the nipple. This is a highly contagious bacterial infection that literally every dairy cow gets at least once in their life. It causes nipples to swell and produce puss WHICH GETS INTO YOUR MILK! I’m serious. Dairies have a tolerance level for white blood cells (a component of puss) and bacteria found in milk.

It’s prob not going to kill you and you’re certainly not going to get mastitis from it, so if you like milk- go for it! Enjoy it- but promoting it as some amazing health food and making people feel bad that they can’t drink it is just ridiculous.

(Source: starting-to-feel, via kingofbears)

eraofstories:

haaretz:

At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

Click here for the full story and breaking developments

Reblogging again to add: 

Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

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I went to this party last night, and there was this random 50-something year old woman there. She turned out to be some dude’s mom