Disney’s Anthem for the Ostracized: “God Help the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  “God help the outcasts, hungry from birth Show them the mercy they don't find on earth God help my people, we look to you still God help the outcasts, or nobody will” Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is my favorite movie of all time, for a number of reasons. The unusually dark but … Continue reading Disney’s Anthem for the Ostracized: “God Help the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The UNHRC’s Death Penalty Resolution and the U.S.’s Vote

I’ve been reading reports across the Internet that the United Nations Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution internationally condemning the death penalty as a punishment for a variety of reasons, including its use in some countries against consensual same-sex couples. The USUN (United States Mission to the UN) chose to vote against this resolution, … Continue reading The UNHRC’s Death Penalty Resolution and the U.S.’s Vote

Celtic Songs: the Musical Masterpieces of Ireland

I recently went through my collection of CDs, and rediscovered my favorite Celtic music albums. My parents got me interested in the genre when I was much younger, maybe even in elementary school. It's the haunting vocals and the powerful instrumentation used in Celtic songs that originally reeled me in. The CDs that got me … Continue reading Celtic Songs: the Musical Masterpieces of Ireland

A Dream Confession with Pope Francis

This morning, I had a poignant dream that I was alone with Pope Francis himself, opening up to the holy man about my fear of loneliness as a gay man. He listened attentively as I told him that I’ve worried now and then that my worst bouts of loneliness have led to me becoming truly … Continue reading A Dream Confession with Pope Francis

The Song for Lonely Nights: “Come” by Namie Amuro

One of my favorite genres of music is Japanese pop and rock, otherwise known as “J-Pop” and “J-Rock” respectively. The lyrics are wonderfully written, and as somebody who studied Japanese in college, I love looking up the translations for the words I don’t understand. As an anime nerd, I gravitate heavily towards songs used as … Continue reading The Song for Lonely Nights: “Come” by Namie Amuro

Dark Dreams of the Supernatural

In the last four years, I’ve dealt with various disturbing nightmares involving topics that could easily be the focus of the next Conjuring movie. For whatever reasons there are, I have plenty of dreams dealing with dark supernatural themes and creatures that leave me questioning what I saw when I finally wake up. I had … Continue reading Dark Dreams of the Supernatural

When Homophobia is Tied to Masculinity

I’m no longer oblivious to how easy I have it, when it comes to people accepting me being gay. Compared to the horror stories I've read of other guys and girls being rejected by their parents, I've never had a single issue with either family members or friends accepting me. A major part of this … Continue reading When Homophobia is Tied to Masculinity

A Methodist’s Understanding of the Rosary

As I’ve said in other blog posts, I’m not truly Catholic, but in recent years, I’ve adopted Catholic aspects of spirituality into my faith. One of the things that I’ve been drawn to since Catholicism has called to me is the rosary prayer, an intricate series of prayers that teaches you about the life of … Continue reading A Methodist’s Understanding of the Rosary

A Gay Christian’s Mixed Review of the Oregon Baker Scandal

Being a gay Christian is a lot like being a hanyou (half-spirit) from the Inuyasha anime series. A hanyou is a being born from both a human and a youkai, a Japanese spiritual entity. Hanyou beings are despised by both humans and youkai for, in both sides’ eyes, not belonging to either faction. Sometimes, being … Continue reading A Gay Christian’s Mixed Review of the Oregon Baker Scandal

Medjugorje and the Afterlife

Hell was rarely, if ever brought up as a topic in the sermons I’ve heard as a United Methodist. My denomination generally doesn’t discuss the afterlife much at all, mostly choosing instead to focus on God’s love and mercy. The existence of Hell, and why a person can potentially go there bothered me for a … Continue reading Medjugorje and the Afterlife