Missionaries of Hate: Thoughts

Someone on facebook linked me to this documentary called “Missionaries of Hate” which you can watch online.

In a nutshell it is about a large group of religious extremists in Uganda who are trying to make homosexuality illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death. It isn’t too long and I recommend watching it.

I was at a leadership conference in January at in one of the workshops (about blogging and storytelling ironically) they asked us what our biggest driving force was. I think the issue at the core of my being, the one thing that makes me live my chosen lifestyle, is repression. I have been very lucky to have lived without much exposure to repression personally but it still really usets me. Repression of women, repression of animals, repression of certain races, repression of lower classes and in Uganda: repression of homosexuality.

This is the one thing that gets me the most about religion and extremism. Sure the bible may say “man shall not lie with another man” or whatever but it also teaches compassion and kindness. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Any law that violates this creed cannot be seen as even remotely “Christian” in my opinion. It’s one thing to make a personal choice about how you live but it is another to condemn, imprison or kill others because of the way they live.

I hope for and do the best I can to try and encourage acceptance in the world in an effort to stop things like this. After all, if everyone does what they can we’ll all get what we need.

We’ll do much better

if we all move together.

Also, to point out a specific flaw in the argument of misguided man featured in the film… When he shows the gay porn to his audiences he doesn’t mention that there is tons of equally, if not more disgusting, straight porn out there… just saying.

Feature: Michael Franti

I just discovered Michael Franti and boy have I been missing out!

I subscribe to the Gorilla Food newsletter and they recently linked to a video Michael Franti did for his youtube channel.

So who is this guy? According to Wikipedia: he is vegan, he doesn’t wear shoes (except for the occasional flip-flop when airports etc require footwear), his tours avoid bottled water, and his tour-bus runs on biodiesel. He even made a documentary film called “I Know I’m Not Alone” about the war in the middle east. I think his band “Michael Franti & Spearhead” is opening for John Mayer right now (why do I always jump on these bandwagons AFTER people come to town haha). This guy is a great example of awesome. He even has his own clothing line called “Stay Human“. You may have heard his single “Say Hey” without knowing who he is. He writes songs about all sorts of things, from social justice to compassion. Have a listen.

Sound of Sunshine