Category Archives: Religion

Why I believe in a god

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
February 12, 2016
  
This week I was re-watching one of my favorite documentaries on the history channel called The History of the World in two hours. You all know I am non religious but I really have a sense of believe in a god. This is because of this film. For me a god does not control the world. He almost is an absent parent who made you but he is not there.

  

  
One of the reasons why I believe in a god is how the world is so organized. The thing Is that how organized space is . When the Big Bang happened and the stars formed and died, the stars creates minerals, like gold and silver, like that. The stars died and millions of years later we came it was all here. People say that people who are non religious do not find amazement in the world, no. that is simply not true, I find amazement every single day.

  
It is so amazing to me that the fuel I use every day came from fossil fuel that came from the dinosaurs. It is amazing to me how the world had oxygen that we breath. It amazed me every day that even if the space is a harsh place our planet is still here. It amazed me every day that even though everything that happened to us that we are standing loud and clear.

  
For me God is a god of every and any religion. Not a Christian God or Allah or a Jewish god or Buddha. For me God is everywhere, not just in your bedroom or in pictures or churches. People should be able to use their religion as a way to unite people not to divide. 

  
Finally, people should be able to believe what ever they want when ever you want. Do you, also for me the only thing that I will ask from people is that you should respectful of people’s religious rights and non religiously.

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Why the Golden Rule is golden 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
 February 8, 2016

  
I was watching a pastor give a sermon on homosexuality in the Internet last weekend. And how homosexuality is a sin. I would admit that for a second I buy in to what he is saying. Thankfully, I used my mind and said to my self how can it be, he is wrong. Homosexuality is not bad. And it can not be a sin. Here is why. 

   

 The answer is the Golden Rule: Do not do to others as you do not like others to do to you. In the modern term: Do what ever you want to do, unless you are hurting somebody else. The golden rule is a rational piece of advice for people because it deals with every and any crime. It is about consent and not control. 

  
The golden rule can apply to the simplest of crimes to the most gruesome ones. By knowing the magic word, that is consent: for example you took someone’s candy without the permission of the person, in my opinion you are sinning and that is wrong. For example your mother is dying at the hospital and to ease her pain. You allow her to die because of a written form (a DNR), then you are not sinning.

  
So how does this apply to homosexuality? Rape a is crime for a reason because the person did not consent to another person. Pedophilia is a crime because a young child can not consent to an adult, they are too young. Homosexuality is not a crime because this are two consenting adults doing what they want in the privacy of their homes. How can it be a sin.

  
Lastly , how can loving another person be a sin. I can not understand that. People do not get that homosexuality is not about having sex all the time it is also about love and commitment. Finally, People are so focus on sex, why not focus on the poor and the needy. 

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My Thoughts On The Bible

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte February 5, 2016

  
Over the weekend I was watching “Lincoln” an academy award winning film on the great president Abraham Lincoln, and the American Civil War. I notice that the Democratic Party who is the conservatives back then, they are arguing for slavery. Their argument is that gods law i.e. The bible, ‘ they said that this is god’s natural law, and that by arguing against the biblical law that the world Is going to end.

  
The problem with their argument is that the United States constitution states that the government will not support a particular religious sec. I digress, the bible is wrong about many things. Like for example, homosexuality, how come two people of the same gender can not love each other. They are not even hurting other people, this had been my biggest turn off on Christianity.

  
  
The bible is a contradicting book in the old and the New Testament alike. People should not be basing their lives in this 2000 year old holy book. It should be read with a grain of salt. Like a science book from years ago. The thing is that I do not hate the bible or Christianity, I am just pointing out the problematic things in the book. 

  
For me you do not need a holy book to be a good, moral human being, this is not coming from me this is coming from scientists who researched this thing. People should be about look at the bible as well. I do not see the bible as a literal word from god, if it is, then the book will focus on love and not hate. The problem is the this bible is controlling people’s hearts and minds.

  
Lastly, I urge people to read the whole book and see how pathetic the people who read it is. The bible is written by men of course this will have some mistakes. Finally, people can twist the bible in its heads and see the results that they wanted to read. 

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My thoughts on the Catholic Church 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
 February 3, 2016

  
Warning: this is a rant and this is my opinion and my opinion alone

  
As you probably know by reading my why I am not religious post, I was born and raised in the Catholic Church. I was baptized and confirm as a Catholic. I am not religious. But I believe in a god. I think that being in church do harm than good. I will not criticize the Catholic doctrine but their practices within the Catholic Church.

  
There is a wide spread corruption within the Catholic Church since the beginning of the church. There are church’s that are not built and even if they are it takes a long time. Why are Catholic Church school’s not free, it should be, they have billions of dollars of cash and millions more in vestments and memorabilia from the fourteen to the sixteenth century. 

  
In 2011, there is this horrible story coming from Ireland, there is this woman who had a toxic pregnancy. She wanted an abortion. Since Ireland is a predominantly catholic country, the lady wasn’t given an abortion She and her ended up dying days later, leaving her husband and young child behind. 

  
I want to talk about the big elephant in the room, the sex abuse scandal. This is I think because of the massive rejection of sex within the Catholic Church. Because they have the belief that Jesus was celibate. Look, if you suppressed your natural sexual urges then, you will have people that behind closed doors are doing sinful things. The problem is when young children are raped by priests. Then we have a crime. 

  
Lastly, for me one of the biggest turn offs of the Catholic Church is their treatment of homosexuality and divorce. As a gay rights activist, I believe in the rights for people to get married weather, gay or straight. I still love the Catholic culture. I just do not want to hear some people, priest speak about questionable things. 

 

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My thoughts on Jehovah’s Witnesses 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

 February 1, 2016


warning: this is a rant, and if you are easily offended, please do not read this blog post, you have been warn. This is totally my opinion and my opinion alone.

http://youtu.be/Nh2H5FrhoYM 

I was watching a coming out video of Sebastian Castro an American Musician and model. Who when he came out of the closet was disown by his jehovah’s witnesses parents. I feel very angry and sad for his situation. Really, Jehovah’s Witness people, that is your kid. What the heck. This offended my sensibilities as a liberal. Who believes in human rights and dignity.

  

Did you know Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate their birthdays or Christmases. Yeah they do not celebrate Christmas, their are the only Christian sec that do not celebrate holidays, they believe that the only holiday you celebrate is Good Friday, the day according to Christian doctrine is the day when Jesus died, who said that.

  

One of the most frustrating things about this cult yes they are a cult even If they have millions of followers. Is that you can not be friends with non witnesses. Come to think of it that is the most Insecure thing because they think that their beliefs can not hold up to scrutiny.

  

The biggest thing about this cult is that you can be kicked out for mundane thing’s that as liberals we take for granted. Like having friends that are of different religious beliefs than us, and homosexuality. And if you are “lucky” your family will disown you. They will not talk to you. This colt is a travesty to humanity.

  

Lastly, I just want to say this thing what Sebastian’s parents did should be a crime. It should be a crime to disown your kids for something as arbitrary as their kids sexual orientation. Finally, Jehovah’s witnesses are a shame to the whole Christian religion.


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Personal essay: Why I am not religious 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

 January 11, 2016

   

I was born into, and grow up in a moderately religious Catholic household, religion is so much a part of my life. I was confirm. But my mom who is a college professor is open minded enough, that when I told her that I do not want to go to church unless it’s Christmas Eve or Easter, she said no problem. Here are three reasons why I am not religious.

  1. It is not factual: There is a reason why religion is not science, it is just faith. Scientists do not just say things, for example, the theory of evolution; we came from apes. They need to study it, for multiple years or even decades just to say it. In religion they can just say it and then people will believe it, like Adam and Eve.
  2. The Catholic Church child molestation cases: this is really bad, the Catholic Church hid it from plain sight. Pope Benedict XVI never acknowledged that this is happening in the Church, however the current pope, Pope Francis, had apologized to the victims it did not change my thoughts on the matter. Because of their doctrine of abstinence only for their priest, because that is what they believe Jesus is, a virgin. Sex is a part of the human condition. 
  3. I am a liberal: all though I know that a lot of liberals are Christian. What I believe in does not jive with what the church think about for example marriage. I believe that if you love each other you can should be able to get married. I know that the Catholic Church will never allow marriage equality.

Lastly, I want to clear something up, I am not an atheist, I still believe in god, I still pray to God. I do not want to hear some incorrect information. finally. Where do you get your morals from, simple answer the golden rule: Do not do to others as you do not like others to do to you. It just makes perfect sense.

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My Year end special: My top five favorite stories of the year and my person of the year

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

December 30, 2015
5. Donald Trump entering the race for the White House- Do not get me wrong I hate this person a lot because of what he is saying. He have said some of the nastiest stuff in this election cycle, but do not get me wrong it is so much fun to watch. My favorite is when he attacked Carly Fiorina and said he would not like to see that face in the White House. 

 
4. The Charlie Hebdo Attacks- this is not my favorite story at all but this informs how I write, before the Charlie Hebdo attacks I am really scared of speaking my mind out but after the attacks at Charlie Hebdo, I said to my self that I really need to write about the issues that I care mostly about, like equality.

  
3. The 2016 presidential elections specially the republican debates- this had been a weird year as far as election is concern, as i said, since Mr Trump had entered the race, America has been fixated on him but not talking about the issues at hand.

  
2. The Syrian Refugee Crisis- This is such a sad story that I could not even believe that I will be writing this on the blog, but it need to be talk about. The Syrian civil war have so many innocent lives taken from us. The best thing we can do is help people in need. Do not be scared of Muslim refugees. America has the most robust screening process of refugees In the world.  

  
My favorite story of the year is Marriage equality in the USA: On 26 June of this year the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision, states that marriage is a right under the 14th Amendment of the constitution. I think that it will be a stepping stone for many countries to do the same.

  

My person of the year will be Donald Trump

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Happy Christmas guys

  

Christmas is here…. So Marry Christmas guys….from me to you .. Be back on December 28

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Special: Christmas For Non Religious 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
December 23, 2015

Note: I am speaking for myself and not for anyone else. 
As you probably know by now I am not religious. Even though I still consider myself as culturally Catholic, The reason being is that I do not want to affiliate my self with people who are hateful and wrong. This holiday season I want to write about what Christmas means to me. 

  
In America, Christmas is a secular holiday, celebrated by folks of all types of religious affiliation. Christmas is one of the most important events for most of us. In fact 90 percent of Americans celebrate it. Just over 70 percent are Christians. 

  
For me what is Christmas, In a nutshell Christmas is about giving, Christmas is spending time with family, it is about the food, that Christmas ham. It is about gifts on the Christmas tree. it is about the music we hear, my favorite being; John Lennon’s, Happy Christmas: War Is Over. 

  
Christmas is about giving and sharing. Christmas is now more than the baby Jesus, though he is still a big part of it. Christmas has evolved to a global holiday celebrated by billions.

  
Finally, do not get mad at Starbucks for doing a red cup without the decorations. And at people when they say happy holidays instead of marry Christmas. Because not all people think like you. Finally, I want to wish people a Marry Christmas and a happy new

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Donald Trump and Muslims

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

December 16, 2015
Last Monday, on the campaign trail republican front runner Donald Trump said the most offensive thing that he said, that if he is elected president he will ban all Muslims from entering the US. It is among a stream of offensive comments. It was so disgusting to say the least and is potentially dangerous, here is why.

  
Not all Muslims are Islamist. Unlike Trump’s rhetoric there, he is generalizing all Muslims. Muslims are a group of people, Islam is a religion. There are liberal Muslims and conservative Muslims, there are atheist Muslims In short muslims are a group of people. Islam on the other hand is a religion. AKA (the religion of Islam). People should not compare all Muslims to ISIL  
Donald Trump is putting Americans in danger in the Middle East. Because of what he said, as one politician said Donald Trump is the best friend of Isis. And he is not aware of what he is doing. Conservatives do not even realize what they are putting themselves in by supporting Trump. America wake up, please. 

  
Even conservative dingbats, Vice President Dick Cheney condemned Trump for what he said. Saying that it is un-American even Dick Cheney the orchestrator of the Iraq War. Wow. All the republican candidates for president condemned what he said, but one, Ted Cruz, wow. Also even regular Americans said he went to far. It is so incredible that he is not out of the race yet, with what he said. 

  
Lastly, this is just what I want to say to people who supports a candidate like Donald Trump, You all know this that he is just your candidate because you are also like him. Racist!!! Finally, People like him should not be president. He is racist and full of hate.

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