Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Some photos From the other day...

Fist 2 panels of the new fire fighters mural here in Moose Jaw - They are on the 300 block of 1st Ave. N.W.

The second two panels of the fire fighter mural.

The last 2 panels of the new fire fighters mural.

A great place for fish and chips - Bobby's Place on the 0 block of High Street East, right next to the bus station.

By the way, I thought Nesman was spelled Nessman... My bad...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

5 Highlights of 2009

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A bunch of us going to the play River Street Review, it was great fun and we had dinner first – I had the best stake ever; it was a New York Cut rare and fine.

Took lots of great photos – almost 2000 of them in fact. Got a lot of fun out of them making puzzles for a news group I post in.

Becoming a moderator on Annex CafĂ©. It is a great place and I love the news groups over there – great people on it.

Sold a bunch of shirts and art over on red bubble. The money goes to charity, as you can’t seem to get paid from them if you live in Canada or the UK.

Finding a movie I have been looking for for years on DVD. Equus is one of the best movies I have ever seen – the original not the half porn remake.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making of the Pentical CD Cover

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LOL used An object exported from Poser 8 to Bryce 6.1 to render. No post work needed. Just some ground fog added in for effect. Seems to have worked well.

Can Gay People Be "Saved" (conversation online)


Is there such a thing as bi-sexual in you mind? The second question and most important is, is there a way for Gay people to be one with God? For example, can a gay be Christian and be saved?


No doubt there are different types of bisexual, but the variety with which I am most familiar is more "transorientation"... That is, they don't really care what the gender of the person they're attracted to is. They're just attracted to them and that's that. It may be that they're more predominately attracted to one gender over the other, or even specific types of people in either gender, but regardless, it's just a matter of whoever you happen to be attracted to.

Regarding the question of God, I've worked with numerous GLBT Christians in a GLBT affirming ministry, in which GLBT persons were welcomed completely and fully with no expectations except that they be participating members of the community. I've also sat across from bishop-appointed investigative committees grilling us for being that way (and I don't recommend it on a Friday night!).

As a Christian, I believe that God's Love is impartial: She loves everyone regardless of race, gender, wealth, intelligence, physical health or beauty, nationality, socio-political views, religion, or sexual orientation. Of course, not all of those categories are equal in merit... some of those things may damage rightly and lovingly lived relationships between us and God, each other and Creation. A multicultural worldview is better than a racist one, a more liberal politics is better than a more conservative one, pursuing education and growth is better than grasping ignorance, and a more open-hearted faith is better than a hard-hearted fundamentalism. However, a lot of those categories don't have any discernable negative effects. They're irrelevant, or at least, relevant only insofar as the extra insight that viewpoint may provide on the nature of God. Neither a woman nor a man are closer to God or "more saved" or "more loved" because of their gender, but each may have different insights to give.

Of the two, I think GLBT falls into the latter. It has no inherent, discernable, negative effects on someone's relationship with God, others or Creation. There are no "problems" with homosexuality that are peculiar to homosexuality: straight people have just as much a problem with lust and promiscuity as homosexuals, and straights are doing a good enough job of soiling the sanctity of marriage with divorce, cohabitation and adultery on their own. On the contrary, I think the experiences of being homosexual and its context in our society can provide a lot of insight. It takes a lot of strength for GLBT Christians to fight for equality in the church.

Regarding the Bible, well, there's a LOT that needs to be unpacked in regards to that, but suffice it to say that I've examined the issue and studied Scripture for myself and have found the anti-gay argument lacking. Usually what those proof texts are actually about is something like ritual cleanliness, the moral imperative to hospitality, or is of ambiguous translation anyways.


Well that is so much a better answer than I got on YouTube with this :) I am very glad that you shared this. I just have a few questions though. Go gay people need to stop having gay relations? What of being wed in a homosexual union? Can a person who is in a life term relation with another of the same sex enter heaven, even though he/she is practicing sexual practices that are talked against in the bible.

I have friends that call the bible hate literature for such as Leviticus 20:13 - This calls for the death of someone who has gay sex. You must have a more liberal way of looking at the bible and not one of literal interpretation. I think of this part of text as being socially necessary in the time it was penned, and not relevant to today’s world.


In the sphere of marriage, if I had my way, I'd let homosexuals get married and do away with "common law marriage". The benefits of marriage should be for those willing to make the commitment.

The thing with the Levitical prohibitions on homosexual sex is that it doesn't actually proclaim the acts as being morally wrong. What it says is that these acts are "abominations", meaning "ritually unclean". There is a whole scheme in the Torah (first five books of the Bible) about cleanliness and un-cleanliness, but for the most part it amounts to the idea of things being separate and not getting "confused". A "confused" thing is an unclean thing, which is why you're also not supposed to eat fish that walk (lobsters) and birds that have hands (bats), or wear clothing of two different fibers or sow fields of two different crops. So according to Leviticus 18 and 20, homosexual sex is "confused" and therefore "unclean": men aren't supposed to lie with a man as with a woman, and a woman is not supposed to lie with a woman as with a man.

Yes it does say that they should be put to death, but there's actually quite a lot you would be put to death for in the Torah. The one that sticks out most in my mind, for some reason, is the law that if two guys get in a fight and the wife of one of them tries to interfere by grabbing the balls of the other man, she shall be put to death. In the Christian context, these rules are meaningless... Not only have we done away with the consequence of capital punishment, but we've done away with the whole theological idea of "clean" and "unclean". Christianity is (supposed to be) about love uniting things, not holiness separating them.

Unfortunately, too many Christians haven't progressed far enough to see how this ethic applies to homosexuals now like it did to Gentiles 2000 years ago. It is for reasons entirely unrelated to religion and the Bible that they feel threatened by homosexuality (a friend once remarked that there's no secular argument against homosexuality, to which I replied that oh yes there was and I've heard it shouted at me from car windows). But because they don't fully grasp what the Torah is about and how Christianity responds to that, they transfer those feelings to the Bible, believing that the Bible is proclaiming homosexuality to be morally wrong.

Morality has nothing to do with it anyways... One of the things that frustrates me about the debate, both in the nation at large and in my denomination in particular, is that everyone treats it like a morality issue when it isn't. Conservatives argue that it’s more moral to be straight while liberals argue that it's more moral to be tolerant. But that's not what it's about at all. It's an IDENTITY issue.

It's obviously an identity issue for homosexuals yearning for acceptance for who they are by church, government and society. However, while conservatives try to couch it in moral terms, it's about identity for them as well: defining themselves and their own identity by being part of the heterosexual group. They're at the "ethnocentric" stage of development where they define themselves and their values through identification with any number of normative groups - eg: white, male, Protestant, Canadian, working class or executive class, heterosexual, Conservative, Roughriders fan - and see different groups as deviant, immoral and even evil.

How else to explain the supposed threat that gay marriage poses for straight marriage? For them, marriage has value as the primary rite of heterosexual identification... It's a "straight thing". Allowing homosexuals to get married makes it lose that exclusive heterosexuality. At best, you'll get conservatives saying that gays should have all the rights and be able to have civil unions, but just not to call it "marriage". Why? Because marriage is "their" thing, and extending it to homosexuals makes them feel like a part of their identity has been co-opted.

It's not until later stages and a more multicultural worldview that you're able to break away from the group identification and figure out what your own values and identity are (and consequently emerge into a true moral sensitivity rather than the simple conservative cultural relativism of "what we do is right because it's what we do"). That's when you begin seeing that marriage has value because it's the commitment being made between two people, and that can't be corrupted or spoiled by who else gets married. That worldview is also where I'm coming from as a Christian and where, I believe, true Christian thought and faith begins... with a multicultural ethic of union in love rather than an ethnocentric ethic of holiness in division.


Great answer thanks.

Being Out in Moose Jaw

There is a lot of discrimination in Moose Jaw in regards to the gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered community. There is almost no place for a GBLT person to turn. Coming out of the closet in Moose Jaw can lead you to loose you job or at least be so miserable in it you can not function anymore. Some times they will even make an excuse to fire you when you come out in a community such as this one. As for social interaction there is little to none. Unless you go to the gay bar in Regina, there is almost nothing in regards to social activity. There is a small group that meets here once and a while, but I am always working on the occasions. With a strong “Christian” morality in this city, it is very hard to be accepted by the straight community; So we hide from the world and suppress who we are. Coming out of the closet here can lead to not only the loss of friends and family as well as the loss of a job. Public harassment of openly GBLT members of society in Moose Jaw goes on all the time. The teen population of this city can even be violent towards the GBLT community. I have heard of a number of people being hurt and harassed in the school systems. For us, this is not the friendly city at all some times.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10 things that tick you off tag

Ten things that tick me off

1 people cutting in the lineup.

2 people that just cant interact properly with others.

3 YouTube always messing things up.

4 That comment word thing on YouTube that most people hate.

5 The fact that after the last update, blogger don't work in Internet Explorer.

6 Bad coffee in a coffee shop no excuse for this.

7 The price of good food is out of this world and junk food is cheap.

8 The price of printer ink. Does it have to cost $60 to replace the cartridges?

9 That Moose Jaw doesn't have clothing in my size; I have to order it in.

10 People who don't want to give equal rights to all people; this also extends to people who want special rights for just their group.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Well that works (Please Read)

It seems that you can't comment properly or follow this blog if you are using Internet Explorer. I have no idea why, but it is owned by the same people who own YouTube and it seems to have the same problems with IE. So if you want to comment or follow, you have to use firefox or chrome to do so... Sorry for this, but I have no way to fix this at my end.