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For most people, with differing religious backgrounds and beliefs, the words “homosexual” and “Christian” do not mesh. The church body as a whole does not recognize homosexuality as being consistent with Scripture, and leaders within the church provide extensive evidence as to why they have come to this conclusion. The Bible is used as their main source for refuting the gay lifestyle, and many Christians would argue that homosexuality is aiding the breakdown of the family structure in our society. While the evidence against homosexuality seems biblically based and compelling at first glance, a closer examination of the biblical context shows something somewhat different. People must also take into account the recent advances in scientific research regarding homosexuality, and question whether or not sexual orientation is truly a choice. Fortunately, many denominations are taking an active stand in support of gay and lesbian rights. There are churches headed by gay ministers; and in some places, same-sex unions are being provided as well. Perhaps in time, more churches will follow their example. In order to model what Jesus taught in the Bible, we are called to love God above all, but also to love our neighbors as well. Whether or not an agreement concerning the sinfulness and morality of homosexuality is made, there must be a recognition that we all share a common humanity and can learn and grow by building each other up – no matter what sex, nationality, age, religion, or sexual orientation a person might be. he major arguments against homosexuality are based on verses found within the Bible. Each of these verses should be reviewed and discussed. The story of the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19:1-25 is referred to frequently. God had sent two angels to the city of Sodom and they took shelter in the home...
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added: 03/16/2011
Things in todays society make life more difficult for some. The way you dress, the way you talk, even the way you eat. People can be dismissed for the smallest most trival of things. Some people would argue that we have changed over time, but have we really? No we have not. In the Midevial times people were discriminated agianst just as they are today. You could not look at important people or even dare dream of having a conversation with them. You could even say it was worse back then. If you were born a peasant that was most likely what you would always be and all your future generations too. Though in todays society we can change a lot of things, careers, homes, and even your looks. However we are still driven by this superficial society that drives us to do unthinkable things, unmoral things. We enlarge our breasts, we get face lifts, tummy tucks, butt implants. Why not accept the way you look and love it. You can not accept what society deems your fate example your a pregant teen you will always be a fast food worker or you may be a drug user trying to get clean and all of society deems you a lost cause. You can go to school and make a better life you can clean up. Do not waste away life trying to improve what society wants you to be. Improve your inner self. Accept Yourself as God would. The people you strive to please should be yourself and God. Accept Yourself!...
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added: 03/16/2011
Homosexuality in our society today has become more openly widespread than ever, yet many still view it as something new and strange. Shakespeare wrote of cross-dressing in the Twelfth Night and the famous poet Walt Whitman was a homosexual. So, why does society put an emphasis on homosexuality as being "dirty" or "evil"? Two men or two women should be allowed to join in matrimony and adopt children in more than two states. Racism and prejudice are synonymous words yet, one would think that to be racist is worse than being prejudice. If one admits that one is a racist society condemns he or she; however, a fear or dislike of homosexuals seems to break a common ground for most heterosexuals in our society. That fear or dislike of a person could be aptly defined as a type of prejudice. Bruce Bawer explains, "In a world of prejudice, there is no other prejudice quite like it. Mainstream writers, politicians and cultural leaders who hate Jews or blacks or Asians but who have long since accepted the unwritten rules that forbid public expression of those prejudices still denounce gays with impunity" (61). There are many reasons people have as to why same sex couples should not wed. For some it is a deep personal and private reason and for others it is the fear of being exposed to something that is different. Two of the more prominent and maybe more discussed reasons are Aids and child abuse. Lets take each of these reasons and briefly discuss how they affect a persons emotions, alters his or her judgment, and how not to let these reasons weigh so heavily on a person's feelings and perceptions of others. Child abuse is a very common problem. Many children are abused in some form whether it is physical, verbal,...
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added: 10/16/2011
Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson is a very well written piece of history. This is a story from yesterday, when Harlem children didn't have good education or the money to spring for it. Bambara's tale tells about a little girl who doesn't really know how to take it when a good teacher finally does come along. This girl's whole life is within the poverty stricken area and she doesn't see why she must try hard. The teacher, Miss Moore, shows them what it is all about by taking them to a rich toy store, one in which a single toy costs more than year's supply of food. We immediately learn that Miss Moore is not the average Harlem teacher. She is educated herself, along with being very opinionated. The children explain that she has nappy hair and no makeup, probably signifying that she was a part of the African American movement. Miss Moore was more than arithmetic and spelling. She attempted to teach the children about life and politics as well. In a way the children were innocent before Miss Moore came along. They thought that everyone else old, stupid, young, or foolish- while the children were perfect. Miss Moore showed them what they truly were- and why education was so important. The first thing learned is that poverty is a way of life for these children. Although they know they are poor, it doesn't bother them because everyone there is poor. It's okay to be without when there isn't any competition. An example of this is seen when the children talk of their study areas at home. Only one of them actually have a desk and paper, and the others think nothing of it. Instead they tell her to shut up about it. The children are proud of themselves...
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added: 06/08/2011
To fully examine this question, it would be important to first look at what forms change can take within an organisation and to establish why an organisation sets out to make these changes. The process of change can be threatening and traumatic for both individuals and groups within a company. In my opinion, managers need to encompass certain specific leadership qualities in order to reduce resistance to change, in order to encourage their employees to see change as an opportunity. Change can also be implemented through organisational strategy. A learning organisation uses the concept of change as a fundamental principle for the growth of the organisation. Within the current fast-paced, globally competitive market, the learning organisation is proving to be very successful. Organisations such as Yahoo!, a major Internet search engine, which is creative, innovative and easily adaptable. These are essential elements needed to remain competitive within the ever-changing Internet industry. Change can affect different parts of an organisation in various ways. To describe the various areas of an organisation that could be subjected to change, Rosenfeld and Wilson suggest (90:247), 'a power shift between management and employees, a change in organisational structure, or a change in management and leadership styles.' The balance of power can change depending on whether the political differences between workers, groups and managers begin to cause conflict. This can happen because the level of power awarded to each of these groups is not appropriate according to their influence within the organisation as a whole. The structure of the organisation may need to change in order to survive and maintain a competitive advantage within the outside market environment. Change is a crucial capacity in this current climate of global competition. One of the main factors for achieving a competitive advantage in the global market economy is to see...
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added: 10/21/2011
A Study of literary youth: Escape vs. Acceptance There comes a time in any young person's life when the culmination of all life's lessons seem to be all that binds them to their fate. Though indirectly tutored by endless role models and mentors, it is the ability to ascertain the division between wrong and right that sets them free. Two examples of such misguided youth can be found in the short stories "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, and "Everday Use" by Alice Walker. Cather's Protagonist, Paul, is a young man stricken with grief. The inability to understand his role in life and to accept his environment creates numerous psychological problems for Paul. He is constantly trying to run away from his own reality. Much like Paul, Walker's female character, Dee, is a victim of materialistic cravings and a misguided perception of who she is. Where do we find appropriate role models for such individuals? It is in the literary work by Eudora Welty that we find a beacon of hope. In "A Worn Path" we find a shining example of acceptance and fortitude for all to learn from. Phoenix Jackson is an elderly African-American woman caught in an amazing journey to save her grandson. Her courage and determination to defy all adversity create a perfect example of a true heart in it's most simplistic form. Furthermore, the traits that lie within the spirit of Phoenix Jackson are all that is needed to resolve the many conflicts in the lives of Dee and Paul. To understand any human's traits and tendencies, we must first examine the family environment in which they were raised. A dysfunctional family can be a dangerous element, but a boy's refusal to accept his place within the family can be even worse. In the case of Paul, we find a...
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added: 12/24/2011
In her article, "Fat and Happy: In defense of Fat Acceptance," Mary Ray Worley makes many well-supported points through explaining her personal experience of living her life as a fat person. Americans have been told for so many years that it is unattractive and unhealthy to be fat. Worley claims, "We're so accustomed to this way of thinking that many of us never considered an alternative." Attending the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) in San Diego, Worley had a life changing experience. It was here that she learned how deeply her body shame affected her life. She became more educated and aware of the many misconceptions society (herself included) has about being fat. She also became aware of some alternative thinking. One major element of Worley's argument is the experience she enjoyed at the NAAFA convention. Worley's account of her experience at the convention is based on her new awareness of many activities that other people like her enjoyed without feeling shame. Worley referred to the climate of the convention as a "different planet." Among the activities were swimming, belly dancing, and singing. Worley participated in singing and had the time of her life. She writes about the belly dancing act with great admiration, vividly describing the dancers and boldly stating how beautiful they were. Worley's article discusses gaining a good self-esteem on a personal level. She has achieved this through her personal experience at the convention. She clearly identifies many effective ways of accepting herself as a fat person. One draw back to Worley's argument is the fact that she makes no mention of how to inform the public to ways of curing the negative attitudes we have about fat people. How can the attitude of the public be changed towards large bodied people? Not all fat people have the...
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added: 07/31/2011
Shakespeare is a phenomenal playwright. He among many referred back to the ancient Greek traditions and revitalized them. This era was known as the Renaissance, the rebirth of classical Greek traditions. In like manner, Shakespeare's plays obtain the same feeling audiences receive from Sophocles' plays: perennial pity and fear. Experts agree that Shakespeare's Hamlet has remained a classic because it is a moving and most effective play. Clearly, Hamlet is a moving and most effective play because individuals relate to Hamlet (the main character). Inarguably, Shakespeare uses a literary device known as a soliloquy. Shakespeare, as do many writers, utilizes this literary tool to allow audiences to hear a thought of a player as he sits alone on stage. In so doing, audiences empathize with Hamlet. Specifically, Hamlet's unspeaking acceptance of his mother's marriage. In contrast to, his outspokenness in a later soliloquy. As Hamlet attempts to adapt to the murder of his father and the hasty marriage of his mother to his uncle, his emotions in two soliloquies vary from mute acceptance to vocal opposition. Clearly, Hamlet tries to cope with his father's death and the impetuous marriage of his mother and uncle. However, his emotional state is mingled with grief for his father and anger and despair for his mother. The death of his father is extremely painful. Memories of his father brings awareness to him and makes him deeply sad. He states, "Must I remember? […]" (1.2.143). In particular, Hamlet recollects how deeply in love both his parents seem to be. And yet, his mother, Gertrude, rushes to marry his father's brother. He claims, "But two months dead, nay not such much, not two," (1.2.138). He continues to state, "God, a beast that wants discourse of reason/ Would have mourned longer -- married with my uncle,/My father's brother,...
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added: 10/24/2011
There are events in an individual's life when they have to accept something just for what it is. As hard as it may be to swallow it, complaining or commenting on it to improve it would not be acceptable. Death, in the novel, Slaughterhouse Five, is depicted as a part of the book that the characters have to accept in order to move on with their lives. Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Slaughterhouse Five, is shown a life of acceptance with a quote about the world's conclusion, the Tralfamadorians, and by the frequently used phrase, "so it goes." Before realizing that death is a mere moment in life, Billy shows fear of the end of the universe, "How-how does the Universe end?" said Billy. "We blow it up, experimenting with new fuels for our flying saucers. A Tralfamadorian test pilot presses a starter button, and the whole Universe disappears." So it goes. "If you know this," said Billy, "isn't there some way you can prevent it? Can't you keep the pilot from pressing the button?" "He has always pressed it, and he always will. We always let him and we always will let him. The moment is structured that way." Oh 2 "So-" said Billy gropingly, "I suppose that the idea of preventing war on Earth is stupid, too." "Of course" (117). Billy's mindset was only focused on the life after death, or what would happen to him after he had taken his last breath, but he soon finds out that its no use of thinking those thoughts. Fearing death was simply an obstacle that Billy had to conquer in order to find that death was just a moment in time. In the passage, the tone of his voice shows fear as he is conversing with the Tralfamadorians with a "groping" voice. Even though he shows fright now,...
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added: 12/04/2011
An analysis of the ways in which acceptance of abortion has affected women today with particular reference to Christian beliefs. Unto Us. . . Somewhere at some time, they committed themselves to me And so, I was! Small, but I WAS! Tiny, in shape, lusting to live I hung in my pulsing cave. Soon they knew of me, my mother --my father. I had no say in my being, I lived on trust and love. Tho' I couldn't think, each part of me was saying A silent 'Wait for me I will bring you love!' I was taken, blind, naked, defenceless By the hand of one, whose good name Was graven on a brass plate in Wimpole Street, and dropped on the sterile floor of a foot operated plastic waste bucket. There was no Queens Counsel to take my brief. The cot I might have warmed stood in Harrod's shop window. When my passing was told my father smiled. No grief filled my empty space, my death was celebrated With tickets to see Danny la Rue, who was pretending to be a woman Like my mother. I have chosen to open my essay with this poem by Spike Milligan because I feel it shows precisely the thoughts and feelings of anti abortionists. It gives one side of the story in this heavily debated issue. An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the foetus is capable of life. An abortion can be spontaneous or induced. A spontaneous abortion is otherwise known as a miscarriage, An induced abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy by removing the foetus from the womb and this is what I am going to write about. Deliberate termination in the first nine weeks of pregnancy may be carried out using the "abortion pill". There are also procedures for surgical termination. Worldwide, an estimated 150,000 unwanted pregnancies are terminated each day by induced abortion. One third of...
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