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I have long been very much a Whovian. Partly it's the complexities of time travel. Partly it's "I'm clever" winning over "I'm ruthless" or "I'm strong" or "I have a big gun". Partly it's tone and partly it's values and partly it's random, ephemeral squee. But the thing that sometimes bothers me, if I think about it, is how often an entire species is characterized as always chaotic evil. Daleks. Cybermen. Sontarans. Etc.

Which brings me to the point that I like the Silurians. (Or whatever we're calling them now.) Although the one and only Silurian episode I haven't seen is probably the one that best makes the point. But it just feels more 'right' to me--here is a collection of individuals. Their grievances are, like ours, based in legitimate concerns. And like us, there are individuals trying to find ways to live peacefully together and individuals trying to anihilate the competition.

This doesn't feel like a complete entry--as if I should be adding more. But I think that's the crux of what I wanted to say.

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Once in my life, I went to a Chik-Fil-A. They were opening a new branch and gave out coupons for a free sandwich. My impression? Superb sandwich. Way too expensive. (Normally, not with the coupon.) The point being, I cannot reasonably claim to boycott a vendor which I never patronize anyway. But there are snippets of argument surrounding the controversy that I feel the urge to address.

Freedom of Speech: I do believe in freedom of speech. Passionately. And I will defend the right of a business owner to exercise that right. I will also defend the right of customers to move their business elsewhere. You have the right to send a portion of your profits to, for example, the Ku Klux Klan and declare your support of “the great white race”. But that certainly won’t incline me to go out and purchase your product.

Not natural: I heard it suggested this morning that men marrying men is “not natural”. This is demonstrably true. There is nothing ‘natural’ about anyone marrying anyone. Marriage is a societal construct. Now both monogamy and its’ opposite are found in nature. From what I’ve read homosexuality is actually more common in nature. But marriage—gay or otherwise—is not technically ‘natural’. Of course ‘natural’ is synonymous neither with ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in any case.

Christian values: This part irks me. I am a Christian. And what Christ taught again and again is that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that reclaiming the grace of God rests largely in acceptance. Accept the poor who society condemns. Accept the Samaritan who society condemns. Women and tax collectors and fishermen—the Gospel of Christ is a gospel of acceptance. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Now I’m not going to claim that someone is “not Christian” just because they happen to disagree with me. But let’s not pretend that agents of exclusion have a monopoly on Christianity.
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Cheering crowds! Fanfare! Sturm and drang! Celebrations and spectacle abounding to accompany the emergence of this, my innaugural post!

Yeah, we don't have any of that.

Just some generic collection of nigh meaningless words hoisted outwards into the electronic ether, attended by no real purpose (although after 'nigh meaningless' this is perhaps redundant). But what a perfect match, an empty post going out to be read by the nonexistant denizens of an empty friendslist, the residents of an as-yet unpopulated world.

So why am I here in the first place? I want to write. I want to write and yet I find my inner procrastinator stronger than my muse. So it is my hope that I will somehow insinuate myself into a circle of friends who inspire and drive me to write--so often I have more luck getting things done when I feel as if I have a responsibility to accomplish them, as if someone is relying on me--someone beyond just me. Perhaps this is not the best context for that but... so be it.

All of which begs the question--why is this a journal post and not my profile?

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