Sunday, May 24, 2015

Congratulations to Ireland on the gay marriage vote

It's a good result. And given that Ireland is quite a Catholic country, it seems quite a surprising result too.

However, thinking about the religious aspects, it seems to me that whether Christians want to accept gay people or demonise us depends on which parts of the Bible they think are most important. The Bible is a long and complex document with many contradictions. Academics debate the extent to which there are passages in the Bible which condemn homosexuality. However, those sections are at odds with the central message of the New Testament, which is one of compassion and love. That message is conveyed via phrases such as "So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you" and "Love your neighbour as yourself" etc etc, and by describing how Jesus himself behaved. So if you encounter someone who condemns homosexuality because they're a Christian, ask them whether in their heart of hearts, they truly think that's what Jesus would have done.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Are you a victim of revenge porn?

In connection with my post about revenge porn, a documentary producer sent me an email. He asked me whether any revenge porn victims had contacted me. When I told him that no one had contacted me, he asked me to post the following:

Are you a man? Have you been a victim of revenge porn? I want to hear from you to tell our celebrity presenter your story! It can be anonymous but we want to hear from any men who have been victims. Get in touch

Please respond if you can :-).