My wife and I just had our African wedding celebration with her side of the family. It was off the charts.
This is too adorable
I love this. It’s not often interracial marriage/weddings are showcased. This is beautiful.
I think you forget you’re a human being you egotistical fuck
beiber once again shows himself as a shining pinnacle of humanity
oh god it’s real
I would love to run over him with a tractor
Go tractor go!!!
(Rebloggable version of this reply, per request.)
Well, here’s the deal, anon. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian group, and they impose those beliefs on the people that they employ and the communities they serve. Here are a few examples:
They are so opposed to LGBT rights that they have lobbied multiple times for exemptions from Federal and Local anti-discrimination laws, and threatened to withdraw their services.
They refused to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple, unless they broke up and renounced their homosexuality.
They refused to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.
Speaking of gender, there was also this charming incident where one of their hostels refused to open the door for a 17-year-old victim who had just been brutally raped (or even call the police for her) because that particular hostel had a strict “men only” policy.
Children who can’t prove their immigration status are turned away.
The organization also disposes of any Harry Potter or Twilight related donations (rather than giving them to other charities), because they claim the toys are “incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs”.
During the Bush Administration (thanks to ‘faith-based initiatives’) they fired about 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Gay), simply for refusing to sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
So, that—in a nutshell—is what’s wrong with it.
i will never stop spreading the word about how fucking shady the salvation army is
think twice before you donate to the bell-ringers in your local mall this holiday season … i am planning on starting a dialogue with the ones that are set to station themselves outside the store i work in
also one time i volunteered with the salvation army around christmas time being an “elf” and helping parents pick out free donated toys for their kids
which was all well and good until they ESCORTED TWO MEN OUT OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THEY “LOOKED GAY”
this was a first-hand eyewitness account and i should have left then and there, but seeing as i needed to take the bus back to school…
And this is why I starting to donate to other charities around Christmas.
No more red buckets for me.
and theres also how in Australia they have teared apart native aboriginal communities to “christianize” them and make them part of capitalist western society, up until the late 60’s they assisted with the taking of aboriginal children from their families in the stolen generation and put the children into missions where they would follow strict pattern of work and christian education
reblogging again because of that whole “but salvation army is changed!!11!!” post circulating because people need to be reminded of the terrible shit they’ve done
But please, for the love all that’s holy, DO NOT scream at the bell ringers. Often, the folks out there are homeless, under/unemployed, or are people with some type of mental illness or intellectual disability. They are not the organization. That’s like screaming at the McDonald’s cashier because you oppose how badly the company treats its employees.
Smile politely and walk past. Say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or “Joyous Festivus” if that’s your thing— whatever you do, don’t yell at them. I saw this happen today and I was appalled.
"Elsa’s hair phases through her arm!"
Seriously though, who cares. It’s still amazing animation.
An important point to distinguish…
Very, very important distinction. And the church (or any house of worship or religious tradition part) is entirely optional and very common to just skip it completely. Religion has nothing to do with marriage unless the couple wanting to be married wants it to. It is by no means necessary, nor does it matter which religion does it.
Marriage is a legal status. You can get married by a judge at a courthouse, like my parents did. Religious doctrine has no status to make any decisions about what is and is not a valid legal marriage.
What a marriage means to you spiritually is separate from what it means legally. It may be important to you to have a ceremony before God, and for you maybe that’s what defines marriage, maybe it doesn’t make it real for you until then, but as far as the state is concerned- it doesn’t matter at all.
I understand that getting married under your religion may be important, but if I ever do get married I will have to insist to my husband that we don’t bother with the expense. I am not a member of any church, therefore I would more than likely get charged a ridiculous amount of money just to rent the church(this also depends on where I would’ve wanted my wedding to be at). Just getting a legally issued marriage would be good enough me….that and dresses are absurdly priced as well and I don’t think people could handle my expensive taste. If there’s gonna be a wedding, we’re going all out, like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding style.