Italy Willing To Open Tehran Embassy To Protesters

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

Italy is willing to open its embassy in Tehran to wounded protesters in coordination with other European nations, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Quick Guide To Twittering The Iran Revolution

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

A how to guide to twittering about the Iranian election crisis.

Iran-50 Cities Had More Votes Than Voters

Posted by Alex On June - 22nd - 2009

In 50 Iranian cities the number of votes cast in this month presidential election exceeded the number of eligible voters, the state's election watchdog admitted today. The surprising admission by the Guardian Council was, however, designed to undermine the claims of the defeated candidates that the vote was rigged.

Iran-Faces Of The Basij

Posted by Alex On June - 20th - 2009

Images of the Iranian Basij

Next Stop - Civil Disobedience

Posted by Jaime On June - 19th - 2009

On Tuesday, Savage Love columnist and podcaster Dan Savage wrote an interesting article addressing how queer Americans should approach the Obama administration's repugnant avoidance of campaign-trail promises.

Public Gay Book Burning

Posted by Alex On June - 17th - 2009

A Christian group called the CCLU is trying to have a gay book publicly burned.

List of Journalist and Politicians Detained in Iran

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

An unconfirmed list of the reporters, bloggers and politicians being detained in Iran.

Focus On The Family Lies

Posted by Alex On June - 18th - 2009

Truth Wins Out Catches Focus On The Family In A Lie

A little about me

Posted by Patrick On 4:18 PM
I'm not convinced I'm atheist - unless suffering from struggles with organized religion vs spirituality is symptomatic of atheism.  I'm convinced that I am gay, in fact I've been know to openly admit it. 

That said, I am not without experience when it comes to organized religion.  I was born and raised Catholic, stumbling through a few sacraments along the way.   It was the catechism courses accompanying Confirmation that sent me questioning how Catholicism would enhance and enrich my life.   When my religion imposed on me what to believe in and what to oppose, my faith fizzled - homosexuality and abortion were issues I would never oppose.

I had not even come out of the closet by this point and I'm not physically able to have an abortion, but I was aware that belonging to any group willing to deprive me of the ability to form my own opinions and make my own decisions was simply not something that would ever support me or be supported by me. 

Much to my parent's dismay I stopped going to church at eighteen.  I am fortunate to have parents willing to let me choose my religion.  Looking back on it, choosing no religion was never an option.  I think my mom really wanted me to believe in something.   

So, as far as where I am today with the whole thing:
  • I'm convinced that the Bible is a literary work - which means "not to be taken literally"
  • I'm convinced that "Religions" exist - there are more than enough churches
  • I'm convinced that "Spirituality" is far more important
  • I'll make my own choice about Religion vs Spirituality vs Atheism all in due time
  • I'll never stop questioning everything
As for the whole gay thing, well I do my part to be the best gay I can be.  I speak up.  I stand up. I write it all down. 

1 Response to "A little about me"

  1. Alex Said,

    Great intro Patrick. I hope you enjoy posting on The Gay Atheist. I know you are not an atheist, but many atheist are still spiritual. I look forward to reading more posts from you in the future.