Introducing:Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro

Hey Fam,

Well, the democratic debates have begun and the 20 candidates that were able met the DNC standards to hit the stage did so Wednesday & Thursday.

The standards were that the candidate had to earn 1% in three polls approved by the DNC and receive donations from 65,000 people, with 200 being in 20 different states. They were split into two nights and to be honest, to me, they were night and day.

The first night’s candidates seemed to be less aggressive than those on Thursday night. Elizabeth Warren did stand out but Julian Castro stirred the pot a bit. Most people don’t know him but he has some experience behind him. He also presented policies that he wants to put in place. The most passion I saw in him was when it came to the immigrants at the border.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has garnered a lot of attention during this campaign but it has not been for his policies. He looked out of his league at times. He is going to have to rise if he wants to remain in the race.

The upcoming election may seem far away but we have to mobilize and make sure that we vote. That is why we are giving information on this show. Some folks don’t read newspapers but listen to podcasts. If you are one of those, we promise to give information on each candidate. The links for both candidates discussed on this show are below. Please take the time to check out their websites.

Love and Light…SS & MT

https://peteforamerica.com/

 

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Relationship Lessons

 

Hey Fam,

How many of you wish that you would have had a mentor when you first entered the dating world? We certainly could have benefited from one and that is what this show is all about. Dating.

We let you in on the ups and downs of their early dating years and what has happened in their lives due to the lessons we learned. It was not easy but we want to help anyone in the dating arena who may not have anyone to talk to. Listen to our stories and take our advice. The lessons were learned the hard way but hopefully, we can keep others from having to experience some of the things that we did.

Love and Light…SS & MT

 

 

 

Revelation 18 Come Out of Her

Hey Fam,

This is a different type of episode. In this episode, you hear another side of M.T. In this episode, she speaks about the book of Revelation and what it means to her. You will hear a different interpretation than many of us grew up hearing and it will lift your spirit.

As you know, Just My Opinion started because many in the LGBTQ community were not being included in the church. Although some churches claim to be inclusive, our experiences prove that to be a lie. As our pastor in WHOSOEVER states, “God did not create you to hate you.” But that has not been the experience of our community and their churches.

We ask that you listen with an open mind and heart to hear what the spirit is saying to us. We must learn to let go of the toxicity of tradition and accept that we are good enough, we are truly loved and we deserve to be treated as the children of God that we are. If you are in a ministry that does not truly accept you totally, then you must come out of that! Protect your spirit because it is essential to you living your best life.

Love and Light…SS & M.T.

WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.- Finding Answers In The HEALING

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2207659776127382/

 

 

 

Media Moguls in the Making

Hey Fam,

Before we get to the books, let’s talk about some news that came across my desk.

Franklin Graham has made a statement about Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttgieg that has rubbed some of us the wrong way. He stated that Mayor Pete should see his sexual orientation as “something to be repentant of and not to be flaunted, praised or politicized.” Now this very same man cannot seem to stop making excuses for “45” and his shenanigans. From bragging about grabbing women by the “you know what” to separating families and putting children in cages. He says that “45” misspeaks. C’mon man! B.S. all day!

Then we have an 18 month old baby who is suffering from stage 4 cancer. There was an anonymous donor who was going to donate $7600 until they found out that the baby has two mommies. Now its okay to decide against donating the money. The problem we have is the note left behind. “I’ve chosen to donate to St. Jude due to that fact. Sorry. I’ll still pray for her though, but maybe it’s God’s way of getting your attention that she needs a mommy and a daddy, not two mommies.” Oh, another good ole Christian.

On to the good news. M.T. aka Starla Carr has two books on Amazon: “Who Molested My Elephant” and “Christian Terrorism.” The first is a book of poetry and the second is a compilation of stories that were written by those who have experienced “church hurt.” These stories were compiled by Starla and her partner Iris Johnson.

Spiritual Studd aka Stephenie L. Hardaway’s book is “The Round-Up” which is about what happens when LGBTQ activists disappear and the team that attempts to rescue them. This book is for those 18 and up.

As always we truly thank you for your support and hope that you will take a chance and read our work.

Peace and Blessings…SS & MT

 

 

Taboo

Hey Fam,

This was a great show! We actually went live on Facebook so please go to our page if you want to see us in all our glory. So, this was probably the most fun I have had doing our show. Having interaction with some of our listeners was something that I don’t take for granted.

First we discussed masturbation. We talked about America’s puritanical attitude towards the discussion of sex and the damage that it can cause. We also discussed different types of religion…Wicca and Voodoo. I just cannot stress how much I loved doing this show and look forward to doing it again.

I really hope that you will look at the video and let us know if there is something you want us to discuss. Maybe you can join the discussion.

Until next time…SS & MT

The UMC Decision

 

Fam,

We are back again! Spiritual Studd has been knocked for a loop by some bug that is not the flu but like the flu. Anyway, we are back. Her voice is not the best but we knew that we had to get back to work.

For those who are not into church business, the United Methodist Church had their general convention in St. Louis last week. Their main topic was whether to keep the ban on LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage. Well, they decided to do so. Now, this denomination is facing uncertainty because there are progressive factions as well as conservative factions within it.

The progressives were disappointed with the vote because they have been actually welcoming to those in the LGBT community.  Many are discussing leaving but there are so many moving parts that will be affected. This could be a long process but it may happen.

Many of us have been upset and we have a right to be. How dare any human being tell us that we are not good enough to serve God. This is based upon scriptures that were written regarding something other than who and what we are. Unfortunately, these beliefs continue to cause pain and emotional distress. There are members of our community who have given much of their lives to this church and yet, many in this religious body find it easy to discard them as so much trash. This, my friends, is the abomination.

Peace and Light. SS & M.T.

 

Fear of a Brown Nation

Fam,

“Tis the season” – “Deck the Halls” – “Jingle Bells,” are all songs representative of what most deem as the most wonderful time of year. But for many, the words, “Jesus is the Reason” express their beliefs regarding this season. This Christmas season rings different for us for many reasons, but the one we discuss in this podcast has been a large part of discussions everywhere for these past two years. However, the rhetoric these past few months has brought something out in a surprising group of people.

See, the very basis for this season, according to Christianity, is the birth of Jesus. However, the question we ask is, “Are Christians really honoring the one they claim to follow?” I am reminded of the fights over saying, “Merry Christmas” and the screams that “they” want to take Christ out of Christmas. From where we sit, it looks like Christ has been removed from everyday life.

How many Christians remember the story told in Matthew 2:13-18? Here’s a short reminder. Herod, the King of the Jews heard that a new King of the Jews had been born. He wanted the new king dead so Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt. An angel had warned them and told them where to go. They went as refugees seeking asylum because their lives were at risk.

This is what we see from the caravan of migrants headed to our border. They want asylum. They need safety.  It seems that all anyone can think about are the so called jobs that the members of this caravan will take. Or the violence that they seek to perpetrate on the innocent Americans.

I just have a question for these Christians. Where would you be if Egypt had responded to Joseph’s little family the way you are? What if they had been met by a military force with teargas? What must Jesus think of those who claim to follow him?

We must be honest enough to face the fear that is creeping into their hearts and minds. There is no shame in admitting that you are afraid. But your behavior based upon that fear is very shameful.

This is the final show of the year as we are going on hiatus for a few weeks. Please take some time to listen to our past episodes. We wish all of you the best this holiday season.

See you in 2019! Peace and blessings. S.S. & M.T.

Cognitive Dissonance

Hey Fam,

We have discussed cognitive dissonance before. However, because of the times in which we live, we feel that we need to revisit it. Merriam-Webster’s definition of cognitive dissonance is psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously. In psychology, “Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance, etc.”

When we look at what is going in this country regarding marginalized people and their rights and the fact that so many “Christian” people voted and still support 45, we have to wonder “why”? Cognitive dissonance is one explanation. How else can you explain someone who says that they believe in and follow Jesus, not only behaving but also approving of someone’s bad behavior just to get what they want. So does the end justify the means? It must in their minds.

Matthew 22:36-40 states:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I would recommend that these who purport to be followers of the Christ actually study him.

There are also those who are part of the marginalized groups who support 45 and his policies. I don’t know what that is or what drives it. I do know giving power to those who don’t have your interests at heart is insane. I hope that their minds clear and they come out of the fog.

Peace and blessings. SS & M.T.

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cognitive%20dissonance

https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive-dissonance.html

ttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A36-40&version=NIV

 

Crazy or Controlled?

Hey Fam,

So many things to talk about…where shall we begin? Well, we began with a quote that has been attributed to Franklin Graham. However, because I was unable to locate any proof that he said it, I ventured to Pat Robertson. This so-called preacher is known for being homophobic and self-righteous. Oh, he also thinks he can control the weather!

We then traversed to Ye land. This is where the normal is not so normal. In fact, it teeters on crazy. Mental health is a touchy subject. But it needs to be brought out of the closet. What the whole world saw, was an embarrassment to those of us who he says he cares about. Being honest, there would have been good points if he had been lucid.

There is much more in the discussion but you have to listen to find out what it is.

Question: Do you think Ye is crazy or is he being controlled? Are we all in the same boat?

Until next time…Peace and Blessings. SS & M.T.

P.S. I promised a link to Bart Ehrman’s information, so here it is.

https://www.bartdehrman.com/barts-biography/