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Sun Jun 28, 2015, 5:39 AM by Mephistophilez:iconmephistophilez:

Congratulations to the US, the LGBT community, and all the activists and supporters who have worked hard to make marriage equality legal across the country. The SCOTUS decision on Friday was a huge victory. When you look at just how fast this swept the country and attitudes on same sex marriage have changed, especially compared to past movements, it really is amazing. Here is a chronological view of the shift. This gives me great hope for the future, because it demonstrates in real terms just what we can accomplish in a short time despite great opposition. And it gives me hope that maybe we as a species are starting to care less about our differences and more about our shared humanity.

I have to admit, the crying and whining from the religious right is almost as sweet as the victory itself and seeing all the support. Their venomous hate filled words have lost some of their sting, and their wailing about in response to the decision just makes them appear even more pathetic. And the insanely melodramatic rhetoric, they're really amping the persecution complex up to 11. Unfortunately this noise isn't going to go away now, if anything they're going to kick and scream even louder. We were also recently just given a terrible reminder of what hate manifested is capable of doing, so it's hard to dismiss these nuts too lightly. But they can't tear down this accomplishment no matter how much they try.

Also I have to say that while I am very glad some liberal Christians are supporters of marriage equality, don't forget who was opposed to it. The reasons for denying same sex marriage has been religious, the forces pouring millions into fighting equality have been religious, and those still screaming and discriminating are religious. Christians have a tendency to take credit for movements of progress they were hindering, and I can already see hints at liberal or opportunistic Christians trying to use this for their religion. And it's a little terrifying when their reasons for supporting equality are based on the bible. I'm glad when people change their minds, but I know who was protesting pride events, and it wasn't the lovey dovey Christian message painted on their signs.

Even though this is a time to celebrate, don't think this issue is solved and the work is done. Marriage equality is only one part of ensuring fair and equal treatment for LGBT, and forces opposed to progress are already working to find other ways to discriminate and oppress. There is also plenty of work to be done to still win hearts and minds, the trans community in particular is still marginalized. But now we can look at this move forward for inspiration and use the momentum for future progress.

"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them." -Leviticus 20:13 (RSV)
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Venelebat Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't I join...?
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So most people are ex-Christians here, right? So I got a question.....why exactly did you "quite" being Christians?

PS:Not Christain,Jewish,Muslum, or even flying spagati monster, don't even like the pope....
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
I'm definitely an ex-Christian.
Sweet-Houdini Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was born christian, became an athiest now i'am a satanist. Am i allowed?
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ILoveBadGuysInMovies Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  New Deviant Professional General Artist
This group still active?
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Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Are Buddhists allowed to join? I am a Buddhist, but I used to be a normal Christian until I was discriminated against for it.
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SanguineWinds Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015   Photographer
Mmmm, I just love this group so much. I was a Christian for 18 years, and I even wanted to be a full-time missionary and preacher after college (which would have revolved around getting a degree in bliblical studies. So glad I deconverted just before choosing my college so I didn't do any of those things. I'm now a theistic Luciferian (a witchcraft-based form of Satanism) with heavy neo-Pagan influences. I feel so much more alive than I ever did under Christianity and I can say I'm a much more ope and happy person now.

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Does being exmormon count? If so, I'd like to join.
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omg this group is so much yes
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Hey fellow apostates, could use some support over here :pointr: :iconworldevents: The place has been overrun by fundies, end-of-the-worlders, ect!
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pingukii Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was gonna be baptised when I was a baby, but my parents ended up being busy. Glad they were, I hate believing in something that I don't believe is real!
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