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Russell Brand: Is this the solution to poverty?

Russell Brand mocks Bill O’Reilly for recommending thrift to the poor. Oscar Wilde said, To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.

I can’t remember the last time I bought new clothes or went out to a nice restaurant with my husband. But clearly my wallet is empty because I’m buying too many ‘trinkets.’

Suffering is a result of the sinful nature of man, the conscious choice to journey in fear instead of in divine love.

Suffering will exist as long as we fail to create a society where people needn’t profit of of the backs of others or do harm to our neighbors. We know better and we MUST do better.


Anonymous asked:

I'm trying to give up porn for God, but then I saw that you didn't see a problem in this. What is your opinion on Porn. just wondering.

I don’t have a problem with porn in and of itself. And I’d be a hypocrite to tell anyone I think porn is always wrong, when I myself often watch porn. That’s the kind of hypocritical Christian I DO NOT want to be.

There are some issues with porn. Straight porn is often misogynistic and transphobic. Professional porn portrays an unrealistic image of what one’s body should look like. And right now there is the issue over safe sex in the porn industry. Also, if one gets to the point where watching porn distracts oneself from one’s everyday responsibilities, it has become a problem that needs to be addressed.

But porn also teaches us to appreciate the human body instead of being ashamed and to not be ashamed if how we enjoy intimacy is different than how others enjoy intimacy. And the rise of “amateur” porn on sites like Xtube where real couples can upload videos reclaims that which is good in porn and unsettles the establishment with all its issues. (I won’t talk about porn’s place in marriage as I do wish to keep my personal life as such.)

So yes, I think there can be a time and a place for porn within certain limitations and reasoning and I have little to say to Christians who condemn it even though they consume it themselves. I also have a problem with people who treat adult actors like they’re inferior. I am acquainted with a couple adult actors and they’re as normal as anyone else. I think people who work with money are more immoral than adult actors, but Jesus hung out with a tax collector. So if I become a clergyman, I’d have no problem inviting adult actors/actresses to Eucharist and to my house afterwards for dinner.

And for hanging with less than reputable folks, they said Jesus was a drunkard so I don’t care what folks call me.

It bugs me that religious people are so concerned about marking something a sin or not. Is that what the Church has become? Christianity isn’t about following rules as much as following Christ.

I’m pretty fed up with the fixation on issues of sexual purity and being a perfect little angel but not environmental stewardship or helping the poor. If I have to deal with this, I don’t know if I can be a cleric.

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