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Let’s talk religion and sexuality: Bisexuality vs. pansexuality

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Perspectives | 3 comments

Bisexuality and pansexuality are quite often assumed to be the same thing. However, this is not true. Just because someone identifies as pansexual doesn’t mean they’re bisexual with a broader range to choose from. Pansexuality isn’t the only other term outside the common three, but this article is to focus on how these similar sexualities are independent. The first thing that needs to be understood about the differences is that the term bisexuality is more common. In my personal experience, I’ve met few people who know what the term pansexuality is and don’t immediately ask if I like pans. Because of this, I used to explain to people that pansexuality is like bisexuality only without gender restrictions. While this isn’t exactly true, it’s a much easier way for people who aren’t in the LGBTQ+ community to understand the term....

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Let’s talk Religion and Sexuality: Satanism

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Perspectives | 3 comments

Satanism is a misunderstood ideology. Many people believe it is about sacrificing animals or participating in rituals that call Satan up to strike a deal. This is a major misconception. There are many divisions of Satanism. Unlike the Christian faith, Satanists tend to disagree on their fundamental principles. They argue amongst themselves whether Satan exists and if they’re worshipping him or themselves. Basically, Satanists do certain things, but they don’t believe in certain things. Many of the divisions claim to have roots in LaVeyan Satanism, named after Anton LaVey. LaVey started the Church of Satan in 1966 and claimed to be the authority on all things evil. He charged $2 for entry to his lectures and the Church of Satan was born. The common theme in all the branches is promotion of self. All forms of Satanism claim that...

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Let’s talk sexuality and religion: Asexuality and aromanticism

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Perspectives | 2 comments

Many people grow up knowing that feeling romantic attraction and wanting sex is normal. Everyone wants to lose their virginity, have a wonderful partner and generally live their lives in sexual bliss. However, this dream isn’t shared by everyone. Human sexuality is a very complicated matter. Most individuals see the spectrum as being straight, gay and bisexual. While there are many sexualities, one is often ignored: asexuality. An asexual individual is someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction. Now, this isn’t the only form of asexuality in the ace spectrum, but it’s the most basic definition. Asexuality is much more common than some would think. Asexual people are individuals and experience relationships, attraction and arousal differently. Unlike a vow a celibacy, which is chosen, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who that person is. Just like those who experience sexual...

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North Carolina restricts access to police footage

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

In July, North Carolina passed Bill 972 that states that the body cameras and dash cams used by law-enforcement will no longer be considered public record. This bill requires individuals captured in the recordings to write in as well as get a court order signed by a police chief in order to view them. However, a request can be denied. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed this bill after the footage of Keith Lamont Scott came to light. McCrory believes technology can mislead and misinform and that with this bill he hopes to “protect those who protect us.” This law went into effect Oct. 1. North Carolina is not the only state pushing for police footage privacy. Laws in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Carolina and District of Columbia exclude body camera footage from being public...

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Let’s talk religion and sexuality: Buddhism

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Buddhism is a religion known for its philosophy and peacefulness. In general, Buddhism is a way to find peace within oneself. In this article, I’m going to talk about the mainstream Buddhism that most everyone knows and what it’s actually about. Many people see the word Buddhism and think about mystical monks who pledge celibacy and live on top of a mountain. Some might also think peace and love. While those things are technically correct, Buddhism isn’t only about peace and monks. To be accurate, there are three schools of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. These, respectively, are the teachings of the Elders, the Great Vehicle and the Thunderbolt Vehicle. Theravada is the teachings of the elders. It has been called the most orthodox of all the schools and follows the earliest available teachings of Buddha. It’s characterized by...

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