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I am a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Japanese. I run a WordPress blog titled "Quis ut Deus?", where I post articles mostly pertaining to religious commentary.
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"Quis ut Deus?" Blog Posts
In August 2013, only a handful of months after I graduated from high school, I found out that one of my graduating classmates, a boy named Will, had committed suicide. It left me and numerous other students from our school devastated. For me, my pain was magnified because I had seen him two weeks before he died.
"Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me." (Psalm 27:10) (Note: For those of you who intend to eventually play SH1, please be aware that this post will contain heavy spoilers about the game's plot, especially the ending.) The Silent Hill series is primarily known as a Japanese psychological/survivor horror series...
For the longest time, whenever I would discuss the ugly topic of my ex-stepdad with anybody, if the conversation went deep enough, I would mention that he "borderline" emotionally abused us. Enough with the borderline crap. I'm not sure if this was because I was repressing my memories of his time with us, or if...
Marian apparitions are a curious matter to me, especially as a Methodist who was never taught about these mysterious incidents. Recently, the one apparition that I've focused on is the one in Medjugorge, Croatia, where Our Lady appeared to six different children, and revealed visions of heaven, hell and purgatory.
I've heard myself saying, "I don't recognize myself anymore" for the last few weeks, because of how different I feel compared to my younger years. Self-awareness can be an extremely uncomfortable thing to deal with, but it's necessary for intrapersonal insights and growth. For some reason, I had a massive moment of self-awareness happen to...
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise." (Jeremiah 17:14) This is the Bible verse that my daily Bible app delivered to me the morning after I had a particularly disturbing nightmare.
This Saturday, I will be marching in my first Pride Parade with my home Church, a wonderful and inclusive United Methodist congregation. I have been debating this whole week whether or not I'll actually march, partly because of all the walking that it will entail, but also because I didn't want to just flippantly join...
I recently started listening to my favorite Celtic artists from my childhood after going through my old CDs. One of my favorite artists is Loreena McKennitt, a Canadian-Irish singer who incorporates various musical styles from around the world into her music to create an interesting take on the Folk genre.
Note: If you haven't watched the original Twin Peaks 1990-91 series and/or Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, please be aware that this post will contain a few spoilers. Twin Peaks, with its bizarre themes and perspective on the paranormal, would certainly not be a top pick for Christian audiences to enjoy with their families....
Kent State University Fusion Magazine
During the third presidential debate, on the grounds that she takes money from Middle-Eastern nations that commonly condemn and kill gay men. Trump once again generalized all Muslims as falling under the violently anti- Trump attacked Clinton #LGBTQ views of ISIS, an organization that this brutal method of execution against men accused of homosexuality.
Ohio's opioid epidemic has made national due to its horrific potency. In 2014, Ohio led the nation in overdose deaths and the rates have remained high since. Currently, the number of overdose deaths exceed the state's capacity of morgue space. The epidemic's impacts are far-reaching and addiction doesn't discriminate.
Kids who grew up in the '90s were thrilled by Disney's remake of the 1991 film, Beauty and the Beast . But after director Bill Condon that Gaston's sidekick, LeFou, would be gay, homophobic critics were infuriated.
Reconciling one's faith with one's political beliefs has recently been a struggle for much of this nation, especially with evangelicals who are divided on whether or not they should continue to back Donald Trump.
Now that Trump is evidently our nation's president elect, the fear of what that means for American #LGBTQ rights is gripping the nation. It's a valid fear, considering the anti-LGBTQ history of Mike Pence, Trump's running mate.
LGBTQ Christians are, as one may suspect, constantly torn between making choices that honor either their faith or their identity. Managing to find a bridge between the two can be highly difficult, if not downright impossible. Perhaps the biggest issue that falls into this Venn diagram is how LGBTQ Christians go about their #sex lives, including the question of celibacy.
The Gaily Grind
As Pride month kicks off, LGBTQ citizens and allies like the Pittsburgh Police Department have been showing their support by posting rainbow decals on their vehicles which say "Pittsburgh Police support Pride 2017". While this is an important statement of support from the city's police, not all members of the police in Pittsburgh approve.
Donna Kikkert, a 59-year old student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is attempting to sue her creative writing professor for giving her a failing grade in Dyjak's poetry class, USA Today reports.
Once again, Canada has one-upped the United States with inclusive legislation aimed at protecting non-cisgender children from unaccepting parents. This time, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017, also known as Bill 89, was passed in Ontario by a vote of 63 to 23.
Yesterday, we told you about a Russian Orthodox store owner who posted a sign in his store window that declared "no entry for f*ggots." Today, The Moscow Times reports that the head of the Russian Orthodox church himself, Patriarch Kirill, has likened gay marriages to the horrors of Nazi Germany.
German Sterligov, a devout Russian Orthodox millionaire who runs a series of organic shops in the city of Moscow, Russia, recently posted a sign in the window of one of his shops with a message that translates to "No entry for f*ggots".
As if the LGBTQ community needed yet another reminder that President Trump isn't our ally, Mr. Trump has chosen to headline an anti-LGBTQ event led by the Freedom and Faith Coalition conference on Thursday, June 8.