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Autism is my super blessing! I'm a high-school valedictorian, college graduate, world traveler, disability advocate. I'm a Unitarian Universalist. I'm a Progressive Liberal. I'm about equal rights, human rights, civil & political rights, & economic, social, &cultural rights. I do servant leadership, boundless optimism, & Oneness/Wholeness. I'm good naked & unashamed! I love positive personhood, love your neighbor as yourself, and do no harm! I'm also appropriately inappropriate! My self-ratings: NC-17, XXX, X, X18+ & TV-MA means empathy! I publish shows at 11am! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

Antonio Myers


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    I am a member of the secular community! The secular life is the better way of living!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 29:38

    "The challenge for secularism For many people, religion does provide a sense of community and a source of consolation when a great loss occurs in their lives. If secularism is to replace religion, it will have to provide those same benefits. It is therefore important that secularists come together to provide that same sense of community and support for its members. Four keys to providing a sense of community Membership - having a sense of belonging and a personal investment in the group. Building trust - people must know and be able to depend on what they can expect from each other in the community. The community must offer something of value that its members want. There is a common bond, an emotional connection between members. Religion vs. secularism Religion depends largely on faith, an unquestioning belief in the spiritual, suspending logic and reason. Secularism relies on the laws of science, proven facts and the use of reason to decide the correct path forward. Most religions emphasize an afterlife, that is, no matter how bad a person's life is, they will be better off in the afterlife (when they're dead). Secularism believes that the life a person is living now is what is most important and that people should have the resources and opportunity to make that life a happy one. Living a secular life - basic principles The universe is governed by one overarching set of laws, the laws of nature and science. The human community, whose existence is subject to those laws, needs to respect and preserve the environment that nature has bestowed, or threaten the existence of humanity and the other species with which we share our planet. Within the human community, if we are to consider our societies to be civilized, each person must be acknowledged as having a set of basic rights. An individual's basic rights The right to life and liberty, liberty being the freedom to do that which injures neither another person nor the environment. The right to be happy. Freedom from discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious or other personal beliefs, nationality or social origin. No human being shall be held in slavery or servitude. The right to live in a free and open society with the right to vote, free speech, a basic education, affordable, quality healthcare, clean air, water and proper sanitation. https://www.thesecularcommunity.org/presentation.php (LINK) Our children Because children represent our future and because of their lack of maturity, they require special safeguards and care. Children, defined as those humans under 18 years of age, should be afforded the following protections: The right to know and be cared for by their parents. While acknowledging the rights and responsibilities of parents, children are not the property of their parents. Where a parent's personal beliefs or actions are contrary to the health and well-being of the child, the child's well-being takes precedence. Children have the right to form and express their own ideas in the same manner as adults. Code of conduct We cannot command people; people have free will and will make their own decisions as to what they will do. However, people must also be held accountable for the consequences of their actions. We do not need religion for morality; as a society, we are fully capable of agreeing on a basic set of precepts that form the basis of a common moral code that all should follow, and as a foundation for a set of laws that society puts in place." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    The Declaration on Sexual Pleasure and The Declaration of Sexual Rights (I am for the right of sexuality)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 21:41

    "DECLARE that: 1. The possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free of discrimination, coercion, and violence is a fundamental part of sexual health and well-being for all; 2. Access to sources of sexual pleasure is part of human experience and subjective well-being; 3. Sexual pleasure is a fundamental part of sexual rights as a matter of human rights; 4. Sexual pleasure includes the possibility of diverse sexual experiences; 5. Sexual pleasure shall be integrated into education, health promotion and service delivery, research and advocacy in all parts of the world; 6. The programmatic inclusion of sexual pleasure to meet individuals' needs, aspirations, and realities ultimately contributes to global health and sustainable development and it should require comprehensive, immediate and sustainable action. URGE all governments, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, health and education authorities, the media, private sector actors, and society at large, and particularly, all member organizations of the World Association for Sexual Health to: A. Promote sexual pleasure in law and policy as a fundamental part of sexual health and well-being, grounded in the principles of sexual rights as human rights, including self-determination, non-discrimination, privacy, bodily integrity, and equality; B. Ensure that comprehensive sexuality education addresses sexual pleasure in an inclusive, evidence-informed and rights-based manner tailored to people's diverse capacities and needs across the life span, in order to allow experiences of informed, self-determined, respectful, and safe sexual pleasure; C. Guarantee that sexual pleasure is integral to sexual health care services provision, and that sexual health services are accessible, affordable, acceptable, and free from stigma, discrimination, and prosecution; D. Enhance the development of rights-based, evidence-informed knowledge of the benefits of sexual pleasure as part of well-being, including rights-based funding resources, research methodologies, and dissemination of knowledge to address the role of sexual pleasure in individual and public health; E. Reaffirm the global, national, community, interpersonal, and individual commitments to recognition of the diversity in sexual pleasure experiences respecting human rights of all people and supported by consistent, evidence-informed policy and practices, interpersonal behavior, and collective action." https://www.worldsexualhealthday-northamerica.com/_files/ugd/78b432_1bd46221d13f44e5ac68eeb728900f22.pdf https://worldsexualhealth.net/declaration-on-sexual-pleasure/ I am also for the sexual and reproductive health and rights, and http://yogyakartaprinciples.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Fourth part and final part of my pornographic personality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 10:07

    “Watch Sensual Porn Videos Sensuality is highly underrated. These films highlight the intense pleasure of a fully sensual sexual experience. Watch stunning performers as their pupils dilate when they glance at each other with lust and desire. Touching and tasting, beautiful bodies coming together to please and tease till all the senses are fully satisfied. Enjoyment, and indulgence take centre stage in these sensual encounters. Explore a diverse collection of fiercely sensual films with genuine pleasure and passion. Listen closely to the moans and screams of true excitement on every level. How many senses will you tap in into?” I am willing to do ethical porn and mainstream porn with ethical practices. I am a healthy hyper-sexual. I I am also willing to sleep with current porn performers and retired porn performers. I sleep with all positive people type of walks of life (on-screen and off-screen.) I don't have any compulsive behaviors related to sex and sexuality. I am sexually well-rounded, well-balanced, well- adjusted, and well-unified. When it comes to sex, I am not oversexed or undersexed. I am “just right” sex. I have safer sex on-screen and off-screen. I keep myself sexually whole and healthy. I have excellent sexual self-discipline and excellent sexual self-control. I choose to be a porn entrepreneur. I only work with humane porn companies. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    3rd part of my pornographic personality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 25:21

    “Watch Public Sex Porn Videos Calling all exhibitionists! This is the category of erotic movies for those that get sexual satisfaction from sexual display or who love the thrill of the idea of getting caught. If that sounds like you, then welcome to the home of your new favourite erotic film. When looking for a public sex movie you deserve those that are ethically produced and made with you in mind. Erika Lust chooses crowd-sourced sexual confessions and fantasies and makes them into erotic movies. These are your kinky sexual desires on the screen. Erika Lust and XConfessions guest directors want you to see yourself in their films. Whether that be seeing your sexy exhibitionist confession or fantasy come to life, or to give you an idea of a naughty new way to have sex in public. Each public sex movie will give you an adrenaline rush from the comfort of your own home while giving you sexy tips on how to have risqué but still extremely hot public sex. So, what are you waiting for? All you've got to do is press play.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Part 2 of my pornographic personality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 49:32

    Watch Real Sex Porn Videos “If you want to learn about real sex, our Real Sex collection is the best place to start. Don't be fooled by what's out there. Watch real couples try out the best sex positions on camera and discover instructions for oral sex too. Some couples are married, others have only been together for a few years, but it doesn't get any more real than this when it comes to sex on camera. These sex performers aren't actors and actresses, yet they perform the most beautiful sex scenes for us in our xconfessions movies. If you want to improve your sex skills, you can also find some tricks and tips here. Feel the genuine chemistry of a real relationship radiating through the screen!” https://xconfessions.com/categories/real-sex --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    June 25th episode: My pornographic personality part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 40:08

    “Watch Queer Porn Videos If you're looking for queer cinema you've come to the right place. Everything queer awaits you here. In this category you'll find the queer film (or many) that you've been searching for. Don't expect anything heterosexual or cisgender here. Erika Lust and guest directors celebrate queer identities by discarding the fetishisation of these identities typically seen in mainstream porn to make beautiful, artistic adult films. Each queer film has cinemtatic value and depicts queer relationships and sex through realistic narratives. These are real queer erotic stories submitted by you, and Erika Lust brings them to life. These films reflect and represent queer love and sex at its best. Whether you enjoy sex rough, soft, with one parner or more, this is queer cinema at its finest.” https://xconfessions.com/categories/queer --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    UnderstandinUnderstanding Consensual Non-Consent (Fantasies of being taken have nothing to do with real-life rape- and they're a lot more common than you might think.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 20:17

    "Tons of research has been done into different types of fantasies, preferences, and sexual desires, and there is no simple answer for why people like the things they do. Human beings and our brains are complex. Some of the reasons that have been suggested for why people enjoy CNC play include: Escaping from the guilt society places on women in particular about wanting sex (guilt avoidance). The fantasy of being so attractive/irresistible someone can't help but lose control and take what they want. From the other side of things, letting go and giving in to pure desire/primal lust. Pleasure found in the addition of adrenaline and heightened awareness/arousal caused by fear, even when it's a controlled experience. Removal of the pressure to perform. Working through past trauma. Many people have these kinds of fantasies without ever figuring out why, and are able to enjoy CNC play. However, if you are having these types of thoughts and fantasies and it bothers you, it's worth talking to a professional to delve into the underlying feelings and ideas to resolve your discomfort. It's not actually about rape, it's about releasing control. Understand that CNC play is not about rape. Rape is a violent act in which the victim has no control over what's happening. As one reddit user pointed out: I'm sure there are exceptions but generally speaking noone literally wants to be forced into sex by someone they don't know and don't trust. Giving in to sex, giving up control, it's an amazing feeling, but with someone you trust won't actually harm you. Just like any other fetish. I also like to watch men masturbate, but i don't want some guy coming up to me in the subway and whipping his junk out to fap. There are boundaries. Rules to discuss beforehand. It is in fact all consensual, even if you decide to “play” and pretend it's not. To the contrary, CNC is all about the fantasy of being controlled- basically the creation of an elaborate illusion. In an article on Rebelcircus, one anonymous user explained: I like to be dominated. If at any point I feel like the experience is not within the confines of what I deem acceptable, my libido is completely turned off. So I love being dominated, bossed around and basically just someone else taking control… but all with consent.So it's hot when it's wanted, so really, it's not actually a big deal. If it's asked for it doesn't bear resemblance to rape. It's just relinquishing control of the situation while still being in control." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Non-religious Convictions. I am a proponent of universality! June 24th 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 31:10

    “Skeptic” today usually means someone who doubts the truth of religious and other supernatural or “paranormal” beliefs, typically on rationalist grounds. (‘Skeptic' also has a special philosophical meaning: someone who rejects or is skeptical with regard to all claims to knowledge). “Secularists” believe that laws and public institutions (for example, the education system) should be neutral as between alternative religions and beliefs. Almost all humanists are secularists, but religious believers may also take a secularist position which calls for freedom of belief, including the right to change belief and not to believe. Secularists seek to ensure that persons and organizations are neither privileged nor disadvantaged by virtue of their religion or lack of it. They believe secular laws – those that apply to all citizens – should be the product of a democratic process, and should not be determined, or unduly influenced, by religious leaders or religious texts. The word “secularism” was once used to describe a non-religious worldview more generally (sometimes described in similar terms to humanism) but this original meaning is very old-fashioned and has fallen completely out of use. All human rights are indivisible and interdependent. This means that one set of rights cannot be enjoyed fully without the other. For example, making progress in civil and political rights makes it easier to exercise economic, social and cultural rights. Similarly, violating economic, social and cultural rights can negatively affect many other rights. The principle of universality of human rights is the cornerstone of international human rights law. This means that we are all equally entitled to our human rights. This principle, as first emphasized in the UDHR, is repeated in many international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions. Human rights are inalienable. They should not be taken away, except in specific situations and according to due process. For example, the right to liberty may be restricted if a person is found guilty of a crime by a court of law. “Freethinker” is an old-fashioned term, popular in the nineteenth century, used by those who reject authority in matters of belief, especially political and religious beliefs. It was a very popular term in the 19th century and is still used in different languages in some European countries by non-religious organizations to describe themselves." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    I'm a global ethical porn icon, I'm a global mainstream porn icon with ethical practices, and I am member of the black atheists club on the clubhouse app!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 80:02

    "Similarly, Marlowe emails performers an extensive checklist of sex acts before shooting. She has performers indicate hard limits, which are “things the performer absolutely does not want to do,” like anal or choking. Then there are soft limits, which are subtler preferences—like being slapped on only one side of the face or with the intensity of no more than a five on a scale of one to 10. On the day of the shoot, she again goes over the checklist with the performer, and not only reviews each item, but talks at length about how they're feeling about the scene ahead of them. “We're dealing with human beings and their bodies,” she says. “Head space can change day to day.” That can mean that a performer no longer feels comfortable with an act that they had previously said was OK. That can also happen in the middle of a scene, so she tells performers that they can stop and adjust their limits at any point. Both of the shoots Raven and Nixon participated in included pre-shoot on-camera interviews about dos and don'ts—but the performers allege that the boundaries they indicated were not respected, and that the intensity of the slapping and choking far exceeded what they had agreed upon." "Marlowe admits that “in the heat of the moment, things can happen.” Sometimes a performer gets carried away and pushes or forgets a stated boundary—but she says it's the director's job to immediately call out the transgression and address it. “If someone didn't want spit in their face and then the other actor spits in their face, I stop the scene,” she says. “I remind the actor about the other actor's limits.” It's then up to the performer whose limits were crossed to decided whether they want to take a break or stop the scene entirely. If a performer crosses a hard limit, there is no warning. “The scene stops and they will be escorted off my set immediately,” she says. Performers always have safe words, like “red,” that will bring the scene to a screeching halt, but sometimes Marlowe intervenes on their behalf if it looks like things have gotten too rough. “I can often see it coming before they even say something,” she says. “Often they are in a deeply intense head space and it can be hard [for them] to call it.” There have been times where she's had to suddenly call off a scene entirely. “It's important that you learn the signs of when you need to call the shoot, even if the actor gets mad at you,” she says. “Most actors will come to you later, sometimes years later, and thank you.” "In fact, in response to Raven's and Nixon's video, Marlowe unleashed a series of tweets calling on directors to “actively engage with your talent in a respectful way and be able to read them when they are deep in the throws of rough sex and take that shit seriously.” She wrote, “Be prepared to recognize when you need to call shoots, even if the main talent is not able to do it themselves. BECAUSE IT'S YOUR FUCKING JOB.” In response, a performer she had worked with in the past wrote, “Yep. You called it once during my very first scene when I didnt know any better and because of that I was able to finish my scene with a smile on my face and was able to conquer other scenes and even have a better idea of my own limits going forward in my career.” Description of the Black Atheist club in The Clubhouse app “We are a minority within a minority.” Are you a Black skeptic, free-thinker, agnostic, atheist, humanist, secularist, critic of religion and spirituality? Then this club is for you! Black people who don't believe in any gods, especially the one so many seem to be obsessed with, are often at odds with family, friends, and potential romantic partners. This club's purpose is to create space where there is none, connect with one another and form your community here." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    There's no such thing as "absolute certainty" about divinity, I question "absolute truth" regarding divinity too. June 21st 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 29:41

    "Etymology The term agnosticism comes from a conjunction of the Greek prefix "a," meaning "without," and gnosis, meaning "knowledge." Thus, the term refers quite explicitly to the agnostic's deficit in knowledge regarding the divine. The term "agnostic" is relatively new, having been introduced by Thomas Huxley in 1869 to describe his personal philosophy that rejected Gnosticism, by which he meant all claims to occult or mystical knowledge such as that spoken of by early Christian church leaders, who used the Greek word gnosis to describe "spiritual knowledge." Agnosticism is not to be confused, however, with religious views opposing the Gnostic movement, that is, the early proto-Christian religious sects extant during the early first millennium. In recent years, use of the word agnosticism to refer to that which is not knowable or certain is apparent in scientific literature in psychology and neuroscience. Furthermore, the term is sometimes used with a meaning resembling that of "independent," particularly in technical and marketing literature, which may make reference to a "hardware agnostic" or "platform agnostic." "Agnosticism is not necessarily without a belief in God or gods. Rather, its belief is that the existence of God or gods is unknowable. It is important to note that, contrary to the more popular understanding of agnosticism merely as an agnostic attitude towards the divine, agnosticism is in fact quite a constructive project in two ways. First, as understood originally by Thomas Huxley who coined the term, it involves a serious philosophical process for approaching the question of the existence of God. Second, agnosticism can religiously issue in awareness of one's ignorance, which in turn can lead to a profound experience of the divine. Agnosticism is the philosophical or religious view that the truth value of certain claims — particularly claims regarding the existence of God, gods, deities, ultimate reality or afterlife — is unknown or, depending on the form of agnosticism, inherently unknowable due to the subjective nature of experience. Agnostics claim either that it is not possible to have absolute or certain knowledge of the existence or nonexistence of God or gods; or, alternatively, posit that while certainty may be possible for some, they personally have not come into possession of this knowledge. Agnosticism in both cases involves some form of skepticism. Agnosticism maintains as a fundamental principle that the nature and attributes of God are beyond the grasp of humanity's finite and limited mind, since those divine attributes transcend human comprehension. The concept of God is quite simply too immense a concept for a mere human being to wrap their minds around. Humans might apply terms such as "omnipotent," "omnipresent," "infinite" and "eternal," to attempt to characterize God, but the agnostic would assert, these highly obsfucatory terms only underscore the inadequacy of our mental equipment to understand a concept so vast, ephemeral and elusive." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Voya and NDSS Financial Wellness Guide - Six Pillars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 4:27

    I appeared in an advertisement for NDSS. "Many NDSS researchers contributed to the map of chromosome 21, which was the first to be mapped as part of the Human Genome Project due to the relatively low number of genes on the chromosome. NDSS created Changing Lives: Down Syndrome and the Health Care Professional, which aimed to educate physicians, nurses, genetic counselors and other health care professionals on the clinical and developmental needs of people with Down syndrome. NDSS launched Everyone Counts: Teaching Acceptance and Inclusion, a curriculum for grades K-6 that encourages positive relationships between students with and without disabilities. In 2008, NDSS spearheaded the effort to help pass the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (Kennedy-Brownback legislation; Public Law 110-374). The law seeks to ensure that pregnant women receiving a positive prenatal test result and parents receiving a postnatal diagnosis will receive up-to-date, scientific information about life expectancy, clinical course, intellectual and functional development, and prenatal and postnatal treatment options. NDSS is carrying out the spirit and intent of this law by helping to facilitate the passage of Down syndrome information bills at the state level. In May 2008, the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus (CDSC) was formed under the leadership of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The purpose of the CDSC is to educate members of Congress and their staff about Down syndrome. NDSS works the CDSC to support legislative activities that would improve Down syndrome research, education and treatment and promote public policies that would enhance the quality of life for those with Down syndrome. In 2015, the CDSC expanded to a bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. NDSS unveiled its public awareness campaign, My Great Story, which honors and celebrates people with Down syndrome by showcasing stories written by and about them in a unique online storybook. Through a generous grant from the Riggio Family in 2005, NDSS provided three-year grants to two colleges in New Jersey to develop model postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Over time, NDSS has provided technical assistance to emerging postsecondary programs across the country. Today there are over 250 two and four-year colleges and universities providing postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. (See thinkcollege.net for a comprehensive list.)" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    “Blacks & Autism” From Disability To Super Blessing With Antonio Myers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 55:00

    Recently I was the guest on the podcast TonioTimeDaily hosted by Mr. Antonio Myers. He is a brilliant young black man with Autism and he wanted to be a guest on my show. I am happy to have Antonio as my guest and eager to explore the topic of autism and how it affects the black people in America. As a child, other kids tossed epithets my way “out in public” during middle and high school, such as “dumb,” “stupid,” “lazy,” even “retarded.” Once, someone told me that I should be “shut up in a basement.” My friends and I had to defend each other with words seasoned with grace because of the cruelty. I am considered high-functioning on the Autism spectrum. I was unable to speak until the age of four when I was in kindergarten and said my first words: “Stop bullying my friend.” “Educational experts” compared me to a vegetable and believed in the worst in me. I was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and although I tried to attend my neighborhood schools, “it wasn't the best fit.” Most schools in the American education system and most jobs in the American work force can't service me well because of their lack of understanding of gifted extraordinary people such as myself. I am a high school valedictorian (4.0 in eleventh grade), college graduate (bachelors in Human Services and minor in Psychology, commencement speaker at the ages of 14 and 23, international traveler and I am a designated disability services provider by the DC Department of Disability Services. 1 year ago Inspired Choices Network "Being person-centered and being empathy-centered will go a long way to helping people with autism. People are bigger than labels." Antonio Meyers with Bill Myers. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Bonus Episode: Autism Is My Sexual Superpower - With Antonio Myers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 32:01

    Autism is Antonio Myers' super blessing in so many aspects of his life including sex and relationships. Antonio is "good, naked and unashamed", loves positive personhood, and lives by "love your neighbor as yourself", and "do no harm". Antonio identifies as Pansexual in that his sexual and romantic attraction to others is not based on sex or gender, as well as Pangender where his gender identity is not limited to one gender and may encompass many genders at once. He is ethically non-monogamous and has overcome physical and sexual abuse from folks who harmed him because of his Autism. Antonio also identifies as kinky, sexual, sensual, shapeshifter and energetic from Jaiya's Erotic Blueprints Antonio is a high-school valedictorian, college graduate, world traveler, and disability advocate. He's a Unitarian Universalist, a Progressive Liberal, and is about equal rights, human rights, civil & political rights, as well as economic, social, cultural rights and freedoms. He does servant leadership with boundless optimism and Oneness/Wholeness. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Swinging and Kitchen Table Polyamory for June 18th 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 12:23

    Parallel polyamory If you don't want anything to do with your metamour(s), you may be more interested in parallel polyamory, which is on the opposite end of the spectrum from kitchen table polyamory. With parallel polyamory, “the metamours do not have any kind of relationship between one another,” says Zhana Vrangalova, PhD., a sex and relationship scientist who teaches an ethical non-monogamy course called Open Smarter. They don't have a romantic relationship, or even a friendship. Like parallel lines, their lives never intersect—hence the name of this style of polyamory. Parallel polyamory doesn't mean your partners keep their other relationships a secret. Whether you're practicing kitchen table or parallel polyamory, everyone is at least aware of all parties involved in the polycule (the group of people connected through romantic relationships). “However, [with parallel polyamory], there is no expectation that they would ever meet, hang out and be friends or even be friendly,” Vrangalova says. Garden party polyamory Some people prefer kitchen table polyamory because it can be challenging to keep your lives with each partner separate, Yau says. Even if you're able to do so, it can almost feel like you're living a double life. Let's say you live with your wife, and you also see your girlfriend three times a week. It's going to require a lot of advanced planning to make sure your partners never meet. And if your wife doesn't want to hear you talk about your girlfriend often, you might struggle to share how your day went if you spent it in your GF's company. That's why some poly people—even those nervous about meeting their partner's partner—attempt to have some type of amicable relationship with their metamour. If they can manage that, it's called garden party polyamory. Garden party poly is ideal for those who don't want to be friends with their metamour (thus aren't into kitchen table poly), but also recognize how challenging keeping two partners separate can be. Metamours who practice garden party polyamory might only see one another a few times a year at a birthday party, graduation, etc. No type of polyamory is superior, and each comes with its own unique set of challenges. But if you ask me, there is something heartwarming about kitchen table polyamory, and the idea of being one big, happy family that supports and loves each other. One of the best parts of being polyamorous is the poly community that you cultivate. And with parallel and garden party polyamory, you're not quite getting that “family” that you get with kitchen table poly. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Autism in. the Black Community

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 44:03

    Antonio Myers tells his story of being a black young person living with autism. Check out the things he has accomplished. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Labeled unable to speak to now hosting a Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 24:07

    Antonio Myers was labeled as unable to speak as a child. Some believed he was not going to be able to become verbal. He is now hosting his own podcast. This is him telling his story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBpPF6WSLGw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Antonio Myers - I'm past survival, I'm thriving! | The Journey Podcast - Ep.28

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 35:42

    Listen to Antonio Myers say his autism is his blessing while he tries to give hope to the listeners through his healing journey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha9d6wyvPjc --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Healthy Sexuality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 15:31

    "Healthy Sexual Expression Healthily expressing your sexuality should leave you feeling empowered and confident in yourself, your body, relationships, and your choices. There are many characteristics of a person with a healthy sexual expression that you can strive towards in your daily life. People with healthy sexualities exhibit the following characteristics: Feel in control of your body, your urges, and your sexual expression Communicate and interact with people of all genders in appropriate, healthy, and non-sexual ways Actively listen and respect other people's boundaries and understand that you deserve to be heard and have yours respected as well Avoid any sort of exploitative relationships Cultivate a nurturing and healthy relationship with yourself while still accepting help from others. Develop an understanding of media on your thoughts, beliefs, values, and feelings towards relationships and sexuality. Decide for yourself what is “right” and feel comfortable and safe acting on these values. Understanding of Your Sexual Rights You, just like every other person on this planet, have sexual rights. It is your responsibility to understand them and set your boundaries. As a person, you have the right to: Consent or withdraw consent at any time during an encounter with another person, sexually or otherwise Feel safe negotiating and discussing all the aspects of a sexual encounter with your partner before engaging with them Expect non-threatening and positive responses from others about your boundaries and expectations Experience pleasure in whatever way that manifests for you Healthy vs. Unhealthy Sexuality: Understanding the Difference You are probably running a mental checklist of all these aspects of you or a loved one who may exhibit a sense of healthy sexuality. Understanding what unhealthy sexuality looks like is just as crucial as understanding healthy sexuality as you'll be able to spot warning signs. Signs of Unhealthy Sexuality: Sexual activities are secretive, deceitful, exploitative, or hurtful Physical intimacy is devoid of communication If sex feels like an uncontrollable energy or an obligation Benefits of sex only affect one person Sex feels shameful, or like you are giving your power away to someone else Your sexual life requires you to lead a double life to experience the pleasure you want." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Leaving religion behind and being Autistic: Join me in conversations with Antonio, Good conversation.. People only go to church out of traditional practice instead of knowledge.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 89:32

    "Join me in conversation with Antonio Who is Autistic and has left religion behind, he now considers himself a circular humanist and promotes humanism through his podcast. He is also an author and a speaker. join us as we meet Antonio, he is a very likeable and interesting person." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKTR1TmccWM (Link) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    6 reasons religion may do more harm than good

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 10:24

    1. Religion promotes tribalism. Infidel, heathen, heretic. Religion divides insiders from outsiders. Rather than assuming good intentions, adherents often are taught to treat outsiders with suspicion. “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers,” says the Christian Bible. “They wish that you disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them,” says the Koran (Sura 4:91). At best, teachings like these discourage or even forbid the kinds of friendship and intermarriage that help clans and tribes become part of a larger whole. At worst, outsiders are seen as enemies of God and goodness, potential agents of Satan, lacking in morality and not to be trusted. Believers might huddle together, anticipating martyrdom. When simmering tensions erupt, societies fracture along sectarian fault lines. 2. Religion anchors believers to the Iron Age. Concubines, magical incantations, chosen people, stonings . . . The Iron Age was a time of rampant superstition, ignorance, inequality, racism, misogyny, and violence. Slavery had God's sanction. Women and children were literally possessions of men. Warlords practiced scorched earth warfare. Desperate people sacrificed animals, agricultural products, and enemy soldiers as burnt offerings intended to appease dangerous gods. Sacred texts including the Bible, Torah and Koran all preserve and protect fragments of Iron Age culture, putting a god's name and endorsement on some of the very worst human impulses. Any believer looking to excuse his own temper, sense of superiority, warmongering, bigotry, or planetary destruction can find validation in writings that claim to be authored by God. Today, humanity's moral consciousness is evolving, grounded in an ever deeper and broader understanding of the Golden Rule. But many conservative believers can't move forward. They are anchored to the Iron Age. This pits them against change in a never-ending battle that consumes public energy and slows creative problem solving. 3. Religion makes a virtue out of faith. Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus. So sing children in Sunday schools across America. The Lord works in mysterious ways, pastors tell believers who have been shaken by horrors like brain cancer or a tsunami. Faith is a virtue. As science eats away at territory once held by religion, traditional religious beliefs require greater and greater mental defenses against threatening information. To stay strong, religion trains believers to practice self-deception, shut out contradictory evidence, and trust authorities rather than their own capacity to think. This approach seeps into other parts of life. Government, in particular, becomes a fight between competing ideologies rather than a quest to figure out practical, evidence-based solutions that promote wellbeing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Podcast trailer for TonioTimeDaily

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 0:29

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    The Top Ten Dangerous Beliefs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 22:49

    "Restrictive, false and dangerous religious beliefs abound throughout the world, and dominate the mainstream teachings of organized religion. Religion has caused a lot of unnecessary pain to mankind, despite whatever truth and good intentions it has. Some of these dangerous religious beliefs fool you into thinking you can out-source your morality, ethics or spirituality to some external organization. Others prevent you from taking full responsibility for yourself and your actions, thus hindering you from stepping fully into your power. Still others goad you into a false sense of security where there is none. All of them limit you and the deeper realization of Who You Are. Additionally, all of them stem from the single fundamental delusion of separateness, i.e. that we are discrete and separate beings, that some people are better than others and that there is somewhere better you need to get to. An idea based on separateness leads to judgment and exclusion, and can never be as true and powerful as one based on connectedness. All of the following religious beliefs are disempowering obstacles in the way of true freedom. Believing Silly Things Can Lead to Dangerous Consequences You may think that believing silly things is harmless. They can be, but they can also have serious ramifications. Remember Voltaire's quote in the image to the left: “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” If you can convince people to follow you or your group, and that they will get rewarded in some way by doing this (e.g. get to Heaven, get fame, money, sex, knowledge or power, receive safety and security, etc.), you are well on your way to getting them to commit acts of unconsciousness. Next comes tests of loyalty: will they lie for you? Will they cover up for you? Will they cheat for you? Will they die or kill for you? Believing silly, foolish or absurd ideas can have horrible consequences. If you can't tell truth from lies, you pave the way for corrupt people to seize power, manipulate you with deceptive propaganda and establish tyranny. How many people have murdered in the name of God or committed heinous crimes in the name of religion, all stemming from their dangerous religious beliefs? Dangerous Religious Beliefs #1: God is on My Side So many people get stumped on this one, and all sorts of horrendous division, judgement, condemnation, war and bloodshed has occurred over it. It takes on various forms: god is on my side (not yours); my god is better than your god; my god is the correct god (not yours); god will favor and reward me (not you), etc. So much of it stems from a false idea of what “God” is. Whatever you think God is, it's important to realize that the “kingdom of God” or your own divinity is within you – not in buildings of wood and stone. Even Jesus confirmed this spiritual truth when he said (in various places in the Bible and in the missing Gospel of Thomas from the Nag Hammadi) that if you “split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone and you will find me.” Let's reduce it to the basics. What is God? For most people, it's their idea of the infinite being, the creator of all. Another way of saying this is that God = All That Is. If we literally insert the phrase “All That Is” into sentences that contain “God”, look at the results we get: God is on my side => All That Is is on my side How exactly can All That Is be on your side? How can All That Is have any sides? If it did have sides, how could it not be on all sides at the same time? After all, it includes everything." Link: "https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-ten-dangerous-beliefs-joseph-rinoza-plazo --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Arrogance in the four walls called church

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 13:57

    Relationship conflict. Somebody got mad at somebody else, and one (or both) of them decided to find another church. Weak preaching. A congregation will put up with a lot of poor leadership, but many—especially young people—will not long sit under poor preaching. Authoritarian leadership. Some leaders do not permit opposing views, and they expect everyone to follow in line. In turn, some members simply don't stay under that leadership style. Poor children's or students' programming. Even though it's not good, it's one thing for adults to have little opportunities for growth; it's another matter completely when our church provides little for our children and young people. Neglected pastoral care. Right or wrong, some church members give their pastors only one shot at pastoral care. If the pastor somehow neglects a need, members start looking elsewhere. Personal sin. Sometimes it's easier to leave a church than to sit under preaching that convicts week after week after week…which also means it's apparently easier to leave than it is to repent. Burnout. Members who are really faithful to a local church at times overcommit themselves based on the needs of the church. Few people are willing to admit they're just worn out, so some will simply leave instead. No connectedness. Lonely church members—regardless of whether they're lonely because the church is unfriendly or because they choose not to get involved—don't usually commit for the long haul in a church. Congregational strife. Even if you're not in the middle of the battle, constant conflict wears out even the best church members. Theological disagreement. Sometimes this difference is over actual theological beliefs, and sometimes it's over moral right and wrong. Political positions. Granted, this reason is often more apparent during campaign seasons, but it happens. Perceived irrelevance. Members who think the preaching and teaching do not speak to the reality of their day-to-day lives will often seek that kind of teaching elsewhere. These unresolved problems in the church are exactly why I left the church. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Why Is Abuse Rampant in the Church? 13 Critical Reasons Abuse Survivors Are Leaving the Church. Spiritual abuse includes twisting Scripture subtly to make it sound biblical.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 53:25

    "5. The Church prioritizes reputation over doing what is right. One survivor shared that a church leader told her, “Don't report your brother's abuse. You'll ruin the calling God has on his life.” The leader was more interested in the brother's reputation than justice. We also see this in the myriad of recent sex abuse scandals in the church. It follows a sadly predictable pattern: Abuse - A cry of abuse is made by one or many. Denial - Church leadership presents this to the person in question, who then flatly denies it, calling it lies. Protection - Hoping to protect the reputation of the institution, the leadership publicly maligns the survivors and stands by the perpetrator, characterizing those who reported the abuse as agents of evil whose aim is to discredit the church. Proof - More people come forward with accusations until their sheer weight solidifies the veracity of the first people's claims. Apology - The leadership (finally) issues a statement of apology after letting the perpetrator go. Damage - Those who made the outcry in the first place are left to deal with the public damage and lack of initial belief. Consequences - The church's reputation is damaged anyway, and worse than anticipated." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Why You Should Pay for Porn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 17:24

    "But getting more quality porn out there means people have to be willing to pay for it. Taking care and diligence to pay performers, writers, and filmmakers fairly can cost more than less-ethical porn shoots and without the backing of traditional financial institutions to lean on, indie porn creators need their viewers to help foot the bill. Sites offering more diversity of content, from BDSM to reversal of gender roles—such as Pink Label, Bright Desire, Beautiful Agony, and Indie Porn Revolution—have charged for their content and remained popular, proving that diversity and production quality is something viewers will still pay for. Paying for porn is also important because sites that receive compensation are legally obligated to file a form under U.S. Code 2257, providing an age and legal name, which offers some accountability for the industry. When amateur porn is distributed, that accountability isn't always clear. It's also more difficult to tell which amateur videos were produced and distributed without the consent of all the featured performers. On some popular porn sites, you have to go to the original content creator's website to find out if all participants are over the age of 18. That requires some work on the part of the consumer, whereas on sites such as O'actually, the print is big and available right under the video. “I think people are motivated by the assurance that this a safe and trusted site. I also think in general people are paying for curation,” Maloney says. “People know they're not getting some obnoxious portal. It's leaving them in the driver's seat. I think people will pay for trusted content.” "With amateur porn, it's getting especially difficult for consumers to know whether parties are consenting to the release of videos or whether participants are 18 or older. Users can upload their own content and sometimes websites advertise their sites as places where men who record intoxicated women or ex-girlfriends can post their videos. For example, Girls Gone Wild was hit with several lawsuits from women who were filmed without their consent, driving the infamous video company into bankruptcy. In addition to ensuring the ages and consent of performers, feminist porn creators also stress the need to pay their actors fairly. Sensory Fuse director Rutledge says she and her team have to get creative to keep costs low and still pay decent wages. “We pay the talent fair wages, rent a location in New Hampshire, take care of accommodations and meals, and basically try not to spend money on anything else, which leads to some very creative production techniques,” Rutledge says. Tobi Hill-Meyer, creator of the site Doing It Online, which focuses on films that capture trans people's sexual experiences, says some performers have offered to work for free—but she always turns them down. She accepts volunteers in other areas, such as small voice acting jobs and sometimes she hires assistants at a far-below-market rate of $50 for a shoot. “With sexual labor it's important to be paid because it's often a kind of labor that is undervalued,” says Hill-Meyer. “To accept free labor makes it a norm in the industry and I don't want to encourage people to make those decisions when they otherwise would not do so.” Link: "https://www.bitchmedia.org/post/why-you-should-pay-for-porn-feminist-porn-report --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    My memories of Alfred Street Baptist Church and The First Baptist Church of Glenarden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 61:31

    "From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry. I'm truly sorry for the times we as a body of God have hurt, manipulated, deceived, and judged you. There's nothing that I or anyone can do to take the hurt away or turn back the hands of time. However, with all sincerity of heart, I apologize. The actions of certain members of the church are not true reflections of Christ and what Christ demands of us." Christians are supposed to say it but more importantly mean it when church hurt happens. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Billy Graham's Grandson Boz Tchividjian is Fighting for You | God is Grey Part 2 (final part)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 53:51

    Today we are talking to Billy Graham's Grandson Boz Tchividjian. Boz is a hero for victims of sexual abuse. An experienced litigator who has handled hundreds of civil and criminal cases, Basyle (“Boz”) Tchividjian has dedicated his career to empowering survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment to step forward and seek justice against perpetrators and the institutions legally responsible for their trauma. His current practice focuses almost exclusively on representing child and adult abuse survivors throughout the country. More here: https://bozlawpa.com. Link: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkHqYDByPRI --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Billy Graham's Grandson Boz Tchividjian is Fighting for You | God is Grey part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 40:04

    "Boz Tchividjian, the grandson of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is reportedly no longer identifying himself with the term "evangelical," joining many others who have abandoned the term in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump. "I don't identify myself with that term any more," Tchividjian, an activist who speaks out against sexual abuse in the church, was quoted as saying in a Nov. 3 article focusing on "exvangelicals" published by the British news outlet The Guardian. "Words matter," Tchividjian said. "And 'evangelical' isn't like Baptist or Episcopalian, which can be clearly defined. The minute you use that term to someone, "you're defined by how they interpret it." As 2016 presidential election exit polls showed that 81 percent of people who identified as white evangelicals voted for Trump and as Trump has done much in his first year in office to appeal to the conservative evangelical vote, the word "evangelical" has increasingly become associated with the Trump presidency. Considering that "evangelical" a word that most people don't actually know the true definition of or who it refers to, it has begun to take on a very political connotation for many Americans. "Because we have such a broad and vague definition of evangelical, one person could automatically assume every evangelical is a Trump supporter, while another could think they're anti-Trump, because that exists as well," Tchividjian explained. "We're looking at faith through a political lens, and that's unfortunate and dangerous." The Christian Post reached out to Tchividjian for further comment on his remarks to The Guardian and will provide an update if a response is received." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    For Myers, Early Silence Transformed Into Golden Words of Thanks in New Memoir

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 6:27

    “The first thing you'd notice about Antonio as a student is what a polite, respectful, well-grounded young man he was,” said Dr. Rick Perrone, chair of the department of human services & psychology. “He carried himself with a quiet confidence and looked at things in a very level way. He was very mature for his age and was always the first one to step up and help others.” Myers credits the Beacon experience for contributing significantly to his growth and healing – through supportive faculty, courses, and counseling resources. He joined every life skills club available through the college's counseling center. “It kept me sane through the years, as I rediscovered myself as a person who is in tune with knowledge,” he said. Since graduation, Myers has done clerical work for several federal agencies and marketing and volunteer work for nonprofits. He has also served on the Washington D.C. Rehabilitation Council and St. John's Community Services Board. Since just before the pandemic hit, however, he has been essentially unemployed, as companies appear more hesitant than ever to hire people with autism and other disabilities, he said. That led him to take matters into his own hands as far as making a living as a writer and social media entrepreneur. He landed a book publishing deal for his autobiography, is negotiating a second book deal with another publisher, hosts a daily podcast, and does speaking engagements throughout the community to advocate for disability rights. Myers hopes his book will encourage others who have suffered abuse to come forward and receive help: “I'm telling my story to let you know that you are not alone,” he writes. “There is always help available. There is always hope. I'm a survivor of sexual abuse, assault, and bullying. I want to give you hope by sharing my story and help you share your story as well. Don't be afraid. Pray and ask God to give you peace and help you to heal emotionally. Get therapy so you can heal emotionally and live your life with passion, power and purpose.” Link: https://www.beaconcollege.edu/alumni-spotlight/2021/12/for-myers-early-silence-transformed-into-golden-words-of-thanks-in-new-memoir/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    5 Conflicts Between Science and Religion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 15:33

    "How Did The Conflict Begin? The rise of science and atheism can be attributed to a period of rapid cultural and intellectual development called the Renaissance. Beginning around 500 years ago in Europe, it led to Western, secular values dominating the world, infusing liberal and atheistic attitudes into unprepared cultures. Though many religious leaders rejected these values, some attempted to reinterpret scripture for greater agreement with science. This led to disharmony in many world religions, where those reluctant to change distanced themselves from reformers. As a result, old religions splintered into new sects, each with its own interpretation of traditional beliefs. Over the centuries, science has consistently provided further cause for panic, provoking hostile reactions from religious believers. However, unlike traditional atheism, science never intended to threaten religion. When Edwin Hubble proved the existence of an expanding universe, the evidence was so convincing and the conclusion so irrefutable that it became the domain of common sense. When Charles Darwin recognized evolution through natural selection, the unambiguous utility of its application to all facets of the natural world gave us a tantalizing avenue to pursue our origins. With the Big Bang, evolution, and a wealth of other knowledge-based advances, science has inadvertently forced the reinterpretation of religion in places where its dogma is in conflict with overt truth. Such a battle should concern neither side. The illimitable iteration of cause and effect will always establish an empyreal abode. For example, if the Universe started with an explosion then one could claim God caused the explosion to occur. If dinosaur fossils are found then God put them there to test our faith. If the Earth is billions of years old, then a day in the Genesis story is equal to hundreds of millions of years. These are actual interpretations of the Bible that have been forced into existence by science. 1. Evolution vs Intelligent Design Rather than reconcile scripture with evolutionary theory, Christians invented a new theory called Intelligent Design (ID). It claimed that living things are too complex to be explained by the randomness of natural selection. The unsupported suggestion that a creator God must therefore be the cause revealed the religious underpinning of the theory. This lack of impartiality saw Intelligent Design fail to become an established scientific theory. Impartiality is crucial to the scientific method. Scientists look for evidence to derive answers, but creationists look for evidence to support a particular answer. It's unscientific to selectively look for and document evidence based on how favorable it is to your beliefs. This biased search for evidence is characteristic of the psychology of religion. Religions typically include a number of comforting beliefs (afterlife, loving god, purposeful existence, etc.) that believers are emotionally invested in, and dependent on. Believers are therefore motivated to find evidence that supports and reinforces their beliefs. Thus, all that opposes their beliefs is automatically dismissed, and all in favor is given utmost attention. For the same reason, believers will surround themselves with people who share their beliefs, providing further illusory reinforcement. The group becomes a source of identity and pride, and the pleasure derived from satiating this pride is reason enough to bias their approach to evaluating evidence." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    What Is Unitarian Universalism? Tenets, Practices, and History

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 16:26

    "When the chalice is extinguished, words are again recited. This is one commonly- used phrase. “We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.” Some common affirmations at a UU service are: “Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its gift. This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to help one another."“Love is the doctrine of this church. The quest for truth is its sacrament, and service is its prayer. To dwell together in peace; to seek knowledge in freedom, to serve humankind in fellowship--Thus do we covenant with each other. “ When the children leave the service, they are often sung out. These are two of the songs that may be sung at this time. “As we leave this friendly place, love gives light to every face. May the kindness which we learn, light our lives till we return.”“Go now in peace. Go now in peace. May the spirit of love surround you. Everywhere, everywhere, you may go.” The hymns tend not to focus on the worship of a deity, but instead express love for life, the earth, and other people. The hymns are usually taken from the hymnbook, Singing in the Living Tradition. Universalism was founded in the sixteenth century in Transylvania. Its main doctrine was the belief in an entirely loving God who will ultimately redeem all human beings; no one is condemned to Hell; everyone is “saved.” This sect was relentlessly persecuted by the established Christian church for heresy. Unitarianism rejected the doctrine of the Trinity and proclaimed the singular nature of God. It was founded in America in the late 1700's. Some modern day UUs who do not believe in God at all like to say that the “Unitarian” part of “Unitarian Universalist" means that all people are one people, and the “Universal” part means that Earth is part of a larger universe. Unitarian Universalism (called UU for short) became a recognized religion in 1961 when the Christian Unitarian and Universalist denominations merged. Although it has its roots in Christianity and some UUs (as members call themselves) consider themselves to be Christian, it is closer to secular humanism than to traditional religions. UU is sometimes described as “the religion that puts its faith in you.” There is no doctrine, creed, or dogma. There are no holy scriptures; there are no required beliefs or practices. Members are free to believe in God or not. Although most consider themselves to be simply UU, some prefer a hyphenated designation (e.g., Christian-UU, Jewish--UU, etc.) People are comfortable with this because all religious faiths (and no faith) are respected in UU congregations." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    The mottoes of Save your own skin and watch out for number one are apart of church culture, not just society

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 51:25

    Shouldn't Christians have the commitment to do what is right despite the possible consequences? Shouldn't Christians be okay with perishing for Jesus for holy purposes? Shouldn't Christians not try to save themselves by remaining silent rather than standing up for what's right? Shouldn't they trust God for the outcomes and please God even if the outcomes are unpleasant? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    What is Secular Humanism?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 23:47

    "What Do Humanists Believe? The Humanist Manifesto III provides a long list of humanist beliefs. (By the way, “manifesto” turned out to be a poor choice of words, since the term became associated with communism.) The first Humanist Manifesto was published in 1933. It has been updated twice since then. Humanists believe a lot of the same things theists believe. Humanists believe that all humans are part of one human family. They strive to treat everyone fairly, to avoid prejudice, and to care for other people. Humanists aspire for a world in which everyone has an opportunity to live a happy and fulfilled life. A Brief Summation of Humanism: Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests.— Isaac Asimov (Scientist and author) Humanists believe in personal freedom, but also social responsibility. And what is ethics but a set of rules for living harmoniously together with one another? Morality predates modern religions. Humanists are guided by reason, empathy, and understanding to behave in an ethical way. Humanists believe that reason and science provide the best means for understanding the world around you and that treating others with dignity and compassion is the best way to live." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Yes, the Bible teaches social justice

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 10:23

    "In the Old Testament alone, “justice” is mentioned hundreds of times in reference to the systemic oppression of vulnerable populations at the hands of the rich and powerful. Here is a very small sampling: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17) “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free…” (Isaiah 58:6) “This is what the Lord says: Do what is right and just. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:3) “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.” (Jeremiah 22:13) “There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts…But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:12, 24) What you should see in these passages is not just a clear concern for vulnerable populations, but also that they are identifying large scale, systemic issues that are not possible to address by way of mission trips, church service projects, or benevolence. These verses and many others mention things like wages, taxes, greed among the rich, and bribery. Evangelicals who rail against the idea of justice do not deny that the Bible commands Christians to care for the poor and needy, but they seek to make a distinction, saying that individuals and churches are supposed to help the poor and needy, but not try to do so through political processes nor demand that the government do so. This ignores the context of these Bible passages and the problems they mention. How can injustices caused (and maintained) by political forces be remedied by individuals and churches? If Congress passes a law that makes health insurance unaffordable for millions of additional Americans, compassionate churches trying to pay a few medical bills or run a clinic drain their resources while leaving the root cause of the problem in place. If our president halts refugee resettlement programs and cancels protected status for certain immigrants, it's virtually meaningless to talk about helping them since they won't even be here to help. If your city or county is focusing all its resources and energy on the middle to upper class parts of town and neglecting the poor section, your casserole or clean up project is almost insulting. Proverbs 31:8-9 calls us to “defend the rights of the poor and needy.” How are we supposed to do that without engaging those who are taking those rights away? A bucket of water doesn't do much for a house that's on fire. Modern faith leaders' opposition to justice can be traced to some sinister roots in the 1930s. Justice was more commonly preached in American pulpits in those days as the corporate power structure had lost clout with the people because of the 1929 stock market crash. The corporations hated the New Deal, but they were going to need some help in getting Christian America back on board with their agenda. Princeton history professor Kevin M. Kruse says that they found that help in Los Angeles-based Congregationalist pastor James W. Fifield, Jr., who started a movement called “Spiritual Mobilization.” His main sponsors were Sun Oil President J. Howard Pew, Alfred Sloan of General Motors, the heads of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Why is the Bible So Badly Written? Eleven Kinds of Verses Bible-Believers Like to Ignore. Christianity's Painfully Mixed Track Record on Slavery

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 67:46

    "1. Weird insults and curses. The Monty Python crew may have coined some of the best insults of the last 100 years: Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. But for centuries the reigning master was Shakespeare: It is certain that when he makes water his urine is congealed ice. Had John Cleese and William Shakespeare lived in the Iron Age, though, some of the Bible writers might have given them a run for their money. Christians scoot past these passages, but one hell-bound humorist used them to create a biblical curse generator. She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. Ezekiel 23:20 NIV You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. . . . The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. Deuteronomy 28:30-31,35 2. Awkwardly useless commandments. The Bible is chock-a-block with dos and don'ts. Some of them are simply statements of universal ethical principles like Do to others what you would have them do to you, or Don't lie, or Don't covet your neighbor's possessions. But from a moral standpoint most of them are simply useless or even embarrassing—especially if you think God could have used the space to say Don't have sex with anyone who doesn't want you to or Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. Leviticus 19:19 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads. Leviticus 19:27 3. Silly food rules. The early Hebrews probably didn't have an obesity epidemic like the one that has spread around the globe today. Even so, one might think that if an unchanging and eternal God were going to give out food rules he might have considered the earnest Middle-American believers who would be coming along in 2014. A little divine focus on amping up leafy green vegetables and avoiding sweets might have gone a long way. Instead, the Bible strictly forbids eating rabbit, shellfish, pork, weasels, scavengers, reptiles, and owls. As is, Christians simply ignore the eating advisories in the Old Testament, even though they claim that edicts like the Ten Commandments and the anti-queer clobber verses still apply. All that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 11:9-12 Thou shalt not boil a kid in its mother's milk. Exodus 23:19." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Soft Dom

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 57:35

    "Many people identify as Soft Doms in BDSM. There are several different types of Doms that people can identify as in the world of BDSM; some dominants have a little of everything, whereas others only identify as a specific Dom type. What is a Soft Dom? They are Dom's with a softer approach to BDSM, and they use a more delicate approach when engaging with their submissives. A Soft Dom isn't a sadist or into humiliation. Instead, they enjoy giving their submissives pleasure, often engaging in more sensual play like wax play, forced orgasms, or temperature play. Soft Doms prefer having connections with their submissives or power. They will never push past your boundaries or limits; they aim to please. A Soft Dom will praise their submissive and encourage them as opposed to instructing them to do tasks. A soft Dom will rarely challenge you as aggression is not their style, and they are definitely not the type to punish their submissives. They might instead tell you they are disappointed in something you did, but this will be done in an encouraging tone not to hurt their submissives feelings. Even though Soft Dom's arent into impact play or punishments, this does not mean they would not engage in this kind of play to help their submissives achieve subspace or if their submissive needs cathartic spankings or floggings. It will, however, hurt them more than it hurts you. If your Soft Dom does engage in impact play for your benefit, you will need to give them extra aftercare at the end of the scene. They will feel guilty that they hurt you and possibly ask you to forgive them. You will need to ensure that your Soft Dom feels appreciated and admired after this type of play as they might experience Dom drop afterward because they will be conflicted about this. Daddy Doms are often considered Soft Doms as they are more patient and nurturing with their submissives. Soft Dom's use mental dominance over physical dominance; it is all about encouraging their submissives to be good and the best version of themselves. They care, please, and protect their submissives. Soft Doms are the gentleman of the BDSM realm, and you will crave their affection and encouragement once you understand their form of dominance." P.S. "My favorite types of sex are group sex and public sex within law and reason!" - Antonio Myers --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Specific Principles of Humanism. What Does It Really Mean to Be Sex Positive?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 40:22

    "What sex positivity might look like Giving yourself permission to rewrite your sexual script Allowing yourself and others the freedom to talk authentically about sex Having open and honest conversations with your partner(s) about your sexual wants and desires, needs, preferences, etc Respecting sexual preferences of others, especially if these preferences are opposite/different to your own Establishing and communicating sexual boundaries Fostering a more positive relationship with your body and/or body image; exploring your body and its unique anatomy Engaging in safe sex practices and prioritizing consent Advocating for more comprehensive sex education for children in the school system Building awareness around policies and organizations that support ethical sexual freedom Increasing awareness around the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community, folks with disabilities, sex workers, and other sexual minorities Attuning to an individual's chosen pronouns Acknowledging the impact of racism and sexism (and other intersecting identities) on sexual expression and experience Creating space for others to engage in consensual sexual behaviors without judgment Engaging in self-inquiry and thoughtful reflection around your reactions, biases, and negative/unhelpful assumptions toward sex." "1. All human beings possess dignity, worth and basic rights. 2. We should strive to remake this world into one that affords every human being the opportunity for a rich, rewarding life full of joy and creative fulfillment, and as free as possible from pain and suffering. 3. We stand a better chance of progressing toward this goal if we understand what really works to promote human flourishing. 4. To gain this understanding, reason, science and critical inquiry must be given free rein to discover the truth about the world, human nature, and what makes people happy. 5. Moral codes function to protect freedoms, promote mutual cooperation and advance collective well being; they should be designed (and occasionally redesigned) with that in mind. 6. Fear, dogma, superstition, blind faith, wishful thinking, supernatural “explanations,” and tribal or ideological loyalties should all be avoided, for they tend to close minds, block understanding, and de-motivate the critical inquiry necessary for scientific and moral progress." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    4 Steps To Being More Sex-Positive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 32:35

    "People should be willing to learn and grow from each other with humility and gratitude whether they share the same backgrounds or not. I am not too much or too little in all areas of my life, I am just right in all areas of my life. I hope to have as much ethical, humane, holistic, enthusiastic, mutually informed sex with as many ethical, human, holistic, enthusiastic, mutually informed sex partners as possible." - Antonio Myers "Okay, now that you (hopefully) have a clearer picture of sex-positivity, let's look at some ways you can develop this perspective within yourself! One facet of being sex-positive is not shaming or judging others for their sexual (or nonsexual) lifestyles. This, of course, means developing a more inclusive and nonjudgmental mindset around sex. You can challenge any prejudice by saying to yourself, “Why do I react negatively when I hear about open relationships? Where does that instinct come from?” This process is called self-awareness and leads to a greater understanding of how we react to things we don't understand or have been taught to judge. Open-mindedness is one way to move toward sex-positivity. Another step needed to adopt a sex-positive approach is to educate yourself. We often judge others simply because we don't know much about that topic, sex included. Read some books or articles on the subject. Make the effort to understand diverse consensual sexual practices. This is the key – you do not need to be interested in participating in those diverse practices in order to be sex-positive! What is odd to you is perhaps perfect for someone else. That is how this works. Sex-positivity requires an ongoing commitment to becoming more and more inclusive and aware. It requires re-training your brain away from the automatic thought of “slut” when you see a woman wearing revealing clothing. You must challenge the stereotypes and labels we have placed others under. It also means speaking up and being brave when others use language that is exclusive and dehumanizing, and asking why that person is using that language to describe others whose sexual practices do not match theirs. Talking about consent is perhaps the most important piece of the pie. Everyone benefits from understanding that the absence of a “no” is not a “yes” when it comes to sex. It is an absolute requirement of being sex-positive to understand consent and its importance in all sexual practices. Sex-positivity is a way we can celebrate our humanness, the one common thread connecting everyone. Here are some things that sex positivity is NOT: Simply enjoying sex. If that were the case, we would have a lot more sex-positive people in the world! Plenty of people who enjoy sex still place shame and stigma on others who have different sexual practices. Believing that everyone should have sex and enjoy it. The reasons some folks have for not engaging in sex are valid, and should always be respected. Being hypersexual, with no boundaries, and having sex with anyone and everyone all the time. Sexually objectifying others, and ignoring power dynamics and intersectionality. Having an uncomplicated relationship with sex. Lastly, I want to share a quote from Miri Mogilevsky, a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism. “I want a sex positivity that is here for all the trauma survivors, all the asexual and aromantic folks, all the people who don't love their bodies, everyone who's ever felt ambivalent about sex, and anyone who feels like sex has done them more harm than good.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    There is no vanity and no self-destructive behavior about my personal life and my professional life!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 21:18

    "In my life, I am not a person of vanity. I am not a person of excessive pride in or admiration of my own appearance or achievements. I am not: conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, narcissism, prideful self-love, prideful self-admiration, prideful self-regard, prideful self-absorption, prideful self-obsession, prideful self-centeredness, egotism, egoism, egocentrism, egomania, pride, haughtiness, arrogance, boastfulness, swagger, imperiousness, and cockiness. I am not the quality of being worthless or futile. I am not: futility, uselessness, pointlessness, worthlessness, purposelessness, idleness, fruitlessness, and profit-less-ness. I am not a person who engages in self-destructive behavior. Self-destructive behavior is any behavior that is harmful or potentially harmful towards the person who engages in the behavior. Self-destructive behaviors have been shown by many people throughout the years. It is on a continuum, with one extreme end of the scale being suicide. Self-destructive actions may be deliberate, born of impulse, or developed as a habit. The term however tends to be applied toward self-destruction that either is fatal, or is potentially habit-forming or addictive and thus potentially fatal." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Affirmations of Humanism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 40:14

    "Affirmations of Humanism A Statement of Principles Drafted by Paul Kurtz We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life.We believe in an open and pluralistic society and that democracy is the best guarantee of protecting human rights from authoritarian elites and repressive majorities.We are committed to the principle of the separation of church and state.We cultivate the arts of negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences and achieving mutual understanding.We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.We believe in supporting the disadvantaged and the handicapped so that they will be able to help themselves.We attempt to transcend divisive parochial loyalties based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, and strive to work together for the common good of humanity.We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.We believe in enjoying life here and now and in developing our creative talents to their fullest.We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence.We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health-care, and to die with dignity.We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences.We are citizens of the universe and are excited by discoveries still to be made in the cosmos.We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking.We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others.We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    7 Things Sex Positivity Is Not (Common Misconceptions) and Sex positivity: what it means & how to practice it (No prude-shaming, no sex-shaming, no rape culture, & yes to being sex industry-honoring!)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 22:11

    "1. The love of doin' it If sex positivity were as simple as enjoying the nasty, there would be hella sex positive people (and I likely wouldn't be writing this!). It's not that simple. The main problem is that people judge others for the way they have sex. That shit's unacceptable. Also, sex-loving people can “convince” their dates to have sex with them. Sex-loving people can be both queer and transphobic. These types of sex-loving people clearly don't believe in the fundamentals we just covered (seeing sex as healthy and accepting/respecting the sexual choices of others). 2. Thinking everyone should like sex because you do Sex positivity is most definitely NOT thinking everyone should like sex. People have been hurt, they've been turned off, they've felt scared… whatever the reason may be, all of those reasons are valid. You don't have to be able to relate - and you don't get to judge. 3. Having a simplified relationship with sex The word positivity makes people think of an uncomplicated and easy relationship with sex. Sex positivity has nothing to do with this. Instead, it encompasses the many different ways we experience sex. Sex can be bland, painful, shocking, and so many other things. It should exist for everyone - asexual people, disabled people, rape survivors, and so on. It's rare to have a simple relationship with one's own sexuality. The cultural movement that is sex positivity exists because of the dark and complex experiences and sentiments felt by so many. 4. Sexually objectifying others Sex positivity is sometimes used as a means to objectify others. Personally, I can recall numerous occasions where a guy sloppily hitting on me transformed into him boasting about being a sex positive man. Dude. Sex positivity is not treating people like things! You are never being sex positive if you project your desires onto other people. Owning your desires (or lack thereof) One of the biggest misconceptions about sex positivity is that it means you want to have sex all the time, with anybody. Being sex positive is not about the amount or frequency of the sex you are having, but rather your attitude about sex. Sex positivity recognizes that having sex is healthy, but so is not having sex. You can be sex positive and asexual, autosexual (only have sex with yourself), sexually active with partners, and anything in between. Being sex positive is not about the amount or frequency of the sex you are having, but rather your attitude about sex. Not everyone is sexual or sees sex as an essential part of their life. Part of sex positivity is acknowledging that sometimes people don't want to have sex, either in the moment, or at all. On the other hand, wanting and having a lot of sex is equally healthy and valid. And while sex positivity means having the freedom to talk about sex with no shame, not everyone is comfortable talking or hearing about sex. Keep in mind that being open or private about sex is not a reflection of your attitude, but rather something to consider depending on how comfortable your company is." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    I left the church because the church left me first. The church has gained the whole world and lost Jesus on purpose.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 27:53

    "I notice that the movie American Gangster was a missed holy opportunity for the church to publicly address: Crimes Against humanity Crimes Against the person Crimes Against the state Blue-collar crimes Corporate crimes Juvenile crimes Organized crime Political crimes Public-order State crimes State-corporate crimes Victimless crimes White-collar crimes War crimes Sexual narcissism Sexual dehumanization Human objectification and human commodification Addiction issues Broken family problems Governmental inequality How can Christians view media depictions of human traumas and not create Christlike avenues on these things in order to bring wholeness to people's lives? Why not create ministries with trained help being of valuable assistance? Church people want to be blessed, but they don't want to be a blessing. Churches should have commissions with survivors (secular and faith-based), trained experts, laypeople, and survivor-loving people. The church should understand that it's okay to lose money for true moral excellence and keeping crime-committing monsters out of the church. Their morality is immorality. They're just like "the world!" I think the church should have partnered with entities (secular and faith-based) that are trained to combat these injustices and are psychology-based trained professionals also. Workshops should be created out of all issues that people are struggling with whether they are in the congregation or not. Not everything can be solved and resolved with sermon series and ministries. It shouldn't be a "pulling teeth and nail" situation to get the church to address scary taboos. It also shouldn't be the church mentioning these scary taboos because they are tired of "feeling pressured by society." Apparently, society is godlier than the church because society publicize the need to confront what's swept under the rug. Basyle (“Boz”) Tchividjian said: "Just because you call yourself a church doesn't make you one. Just because you call yourself a pastor doesn't make you one." I say that just because you call yourself a Christian doesn't make you one. The church has to change for the better if you want people to stay in church instead of leaving it. Purity culture has go to go, the rock star evangelical pastor culture has got to go, and preaching uninterrupted during sermons has got to go. The Body of Christ doesn't exist for the most part. How can the church call itself the church or The Body of Christ due to the denominational in-fighting, and not agreeing on the basic of Jesus? The church refuses to give its all to Jesus." -ME --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Humanist Common Ground: Non-religious Christlikeness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 71:09

    "Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values-be they religious, ethical, social, or political-have their source in human experience and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny. – The Humanist Magazine Humanism is the light of my life and the fire in my soul. It is the deep felt conviction, in every fiber of my being that human love is a power far transcending the relentless, onward rush of our largely deterministic cosmos. All human life must seek a reason for existence within the bounds of an uncaring physical world, and it is love coupled with empathy, democracy, and a commitment to selfless service which undergirds the faith of a humanist. – Bette Chambers, former president of the AHA Humanism is an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity, recognizing that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. – The Bristol Humanist Group" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    I practice Christ Consciousness, God-Consciousness, Higher Consciousness, and Buddha-Consciousness. Again, I am a non-believer and unbeliever when it comes to religion!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 41:06

    "CULT SURVIVAL Surviving and escaping a cult is an experience that often leaves you feeling alone, isolated, and unsure of what is next. Cult survivors often suffer serious abuse, life threatening situations, and gaslighting. It is hard to find people who understand what a cult survivor has been through. When a survivor mentions the cult they were a part of, they are often met with shame - “How could you actually believe that? You had to have known it was a cult… right?” So many people who have escaped a cult need to process what they have been through, but have limited resources to do this. Therapy is an excellent option if you have survived a cult. It can help you neutralize painful memories, create new meaning in your life, and regain the power that was lost through years of systematic abuse. If you suspect you are in a cult, or you have a loved one in a cult, here are a few questions you can consider: Do you sense that you're in danger? Possibly physical danger? Or danger of slander and/or a destroyed reputation? Are you being forced to pay money to obtain spiritual enlightenment? Is there information that causes you to advance in your spirituality that is not publicly or freely available? Are you being shamed or punished for questioning beliefs or having different opinions? Are you permitted to think for yourself and contribute to ideas? Or are there only a few chose individuals who hold the power and information you need to become enlightened? Are you being ranked? Are you being told that you are less valuable than another person for various reasons around the belief system? Is diversity accepted? Diversity of identity, thought, or opinion? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may consider talking to somebody about your situation. It may not be safe to immediately leave a cult, so if you or a loved one is in this situation please do not make a hasty decision. Consult with a professional like a therapist who can help you strategize an exit. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Are You a Believer? Take The Richard Dawkins Test.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 20:33

    "Richard Dawkins' Belief Scale Scoring Rubric Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists. De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there. Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God. Pure Agnostic: God's existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable. Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I'm inclined to be skeptical. De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there. Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God. RANKINGS Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:16): “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” score: 1.0 ——————————————————————————————- Martin Luther King Jr. “A physical heaven and a physical hell are inconceivable in a Copernican world … for us immortality will mean a spiritual existence.” score: 2.8 ——————————————————————————————- Pascal's Wager (Blaise Pascal):If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having, neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is. [So] you must wager. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that he is.”score: 3.4 ——————————————————————————————- Woody Allen: “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank” score: 3.9 ——————————————————————————————- Albert Einstein: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” score: 4.0 ——————————————————————————————- Thomas Jefferson: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” score: 4.2 ——————————————————————————————- Mark Twain: “The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it…” score: 4.8 ——————————————————————————————- Buddha: Neither deny or accept a creator. score: 5.0 ——————————————————————————————- Carl Sagan: “An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no god. By some definitions atheism is very stupid” score: 5.5 ——————————————————————————————- Richard Dawkins: “On a scale of seven, where one means I know he exists, and seven I know he doesn't, I call myself a six. That doesn't mean I'm absolutely confident, that I absolutely know, because I don't.” score 6.0 ——————————————————————————————- Christopher Hitchens: “Once you assume a creator and a plan, it makes us objects in a cruel experiment whereby we are created sick and commanded to be well, and over us to supervise this is installed a celestial dictatorship. A kind of divine North Korea.” score: 7.0." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Secular Mysticism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 32:43

    "Secular Mysticism By Paul Dunion | October 1, 2013 Secular mysticism is the theme of my latest book, “Path of the Novice Mystic – Maintaining a Beginner's Heart and Mind”. Unlike most spiritual traditions of Mysticism which are connected to a particular religion, Secular Mysticism is not oriented around religion. Secular Mysticism offers us an alternative to either believing we can triumph over life or see ourselves as victims, conquered by life. The goal of the Secular Mystic is to live intimately with one or more of the four expressions of life's mystery. The first expression of life's mystery is the Self. The second is other people and the third is Nature. The fourth is the Transcendent Other or God. We foster an intimate relationship with ourselves when we live a self-examined life accompanied by compassion. It can be difficult to see the darker elements of our characters such as arrogance, false modesty, jealousy and resentment, as well as claim the gold such as our gifts (talents), our intelligence, our kindnesses, and our capacity to love. We engender an intimate relationship with others when we speak our truth to them with compassion. Speaking the truth of how we feel treated and what we want from others. Our truths are accompanied by compassion when we don not attack the character of others, but rather refer to their behavior with descriptions of what we need or want from them, with no diminishing remarks about the way they have acted toward us. We also promote living intimately with others when we accept the mystery of who they are, not pretending to be able to define them, but remaining actively curious about them. If we create a story about others, we remain intimate by telling them the story we have created about them, seeking their confirmation or disconfirmation of our stories. We remain intimate with nature when we approach nature with a reverence, grateful for the opportunity to live in harmony with the mountains, the oceans, the animals and the plant life. The suggestion from a Secular Mystical perspective is that when we live a devotion to be intimate with ourselves, others and nature, a dynamic connection to the God of your knowing is created. The Divine is summoned as we live in truth, compassion and reverence." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    7 ways porn can be healthy and therapeutic

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 72:12

    "An intimacy coordinator is a staff member who ensures the well-being of actors who participate in sex scenes or other intimate scenes in theater, film and television production. Function According to Intimacy Directors International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 by Alicia Rodis, Tonia Sina, and Siobhan Richardson[1] that advocates for the function, an intimacy coordinator is expected to ensure that:[2] all staff and actors are aware of the context of the intimacy as part of the story, communication about the intimacy takes place among participants and avenues for reporting harassment are available, actors continually consent to all scenes of intimacy, all scenes of intimacy are performed according to a previously agreed-to choreography, and actors are encouraged to mark the end of each intimate scene with a moment to signal the return to real-life interaction. The role of intimacy coordinator is not to be confused with that of an "intimacy choreographer", who specializes in the techniques of staging intimate scenes.[3] Intimacy coordinator In the television and film industry, in 2018, some production companies are hiring an "intimacy coordinator" to ensure that actors and actresses' sexual consent is obtained before shooting romantic scenes and simulated sex scenes.[4] To address concerns about the "vulnerability...and the massive power balance that can happen when a powerful showrunner or director asks an actress or actor...to get naked and simulate sex for the camera", HBO hires an intimacy coordinator for these scenes. The intimacy coordinator is a mix of an acting coach (who makes sure that scenes look realistic) and an advocate for actors and actresses who ensures that the onscreen performers' boundaries are respected and that their physical and emotional comfort is protected.[4] I love sex toys, self-pleasure, masturbation (solo and mutual), erotica (visual, written, and audio): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_toy." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    The EVANGELICAL CHURCH IS BREAKING APART (Part 2, final part)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 44:54

    "I reject Eurocentric religion a.k.a racist religion because it promotes "divine colonization" and "divine imperialism." -Antonio Myers "The way our sensibilities are shaped determines who we are, including the order of our loves. For many Christians, their politics has become more of an identity marker than their faith. They might insist that they are interpreting their politics through the prism of scripture, with the former subordinate to the latter, but in fact scripture and biblical ethics are often distorted to fit their politics. Scott Dudley, the senior pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington, refers to this as “our idolatry of politics.” He's heard of many congregants leaving their church because it didn't match their politics, he told me, but has never once heard of someone changing their politics because it didn't match their church's teaching. He often tells his congregation that if the Bible doesn't challenge your politics at least occasionally, you're not really paying attention to the Hebrew scriptures or the New Testament. The reality, however, is that a lot of people, especially in this era, will leave a church if their political views are ever challenged, even around the edges." I also noticed that racist religion means assailing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of females (which I am deeply displeased by.) I like Social Justice Jesus, I like Jesus being a SJW (Social Justice Warrior). That's the only Jesus I like, admire, give acclaim to, and tread on the heels of. I read secular literature and religious texts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH IS BREAKING APART (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 32:24

    "On the flip side, many churches aren't interested in catechesis at all. They focus instead on entertainment, because entertainment is what keeps people in their seats and coins in the offering plate. But as Jacobs points out, even those pastors who really are committed to catechesis get to spend, on average, less than an hour a week teaching their people. Sermons are short. Only some churchgoers attend adult-education classes, and even fewer attend Bible study and small groups. Cable news, however, is always on. “So if people are getting one kind of catechesis for half an hour per week,” Jacobs asked, “and another for dozens of hours per week, which one do you think will win out?” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Porn Is Not the Problem, You Are. Complaining about the dangers of porn distracts from personal responsibility.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 54:57

    "So many religious people have a bad habit of trying to control who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell and they have a bad habit of trying to be God." -Antonio Myers "But, there's more than that going on for you if you've decided that porn is your problem. Here's some more real science that suggests some of the things that are going on for you : You like sex. Several empirical studies (here's a link to one) have found that self-identified porn addicts tend to be people with high libido. You are also a person who can get turned on very quickly (when you choose to). Further, you might have grown up in a home (or culture) where sex and masturbation were seen as morally wrong. Having a high libido is not a bad thing. In fact, one of the things I often argue is that men (and women) who like sex have changed this world, and made it better. Rock stars, politicians, military leaders, and star athletes often tend to be people with high libidos, and a high desire to succeed. Sometimes, they actually want to succeed just so they can have lots of sex." "But if you are a man who likes sex, and also likes porn, is that something you've ever really owned? I'm sad to say that our society has not taught men how to identify and negotiate their sexual desires or needs. We treat sex like a dirty secret. Then, when men get caught, they feed into that dirty-secret mentality, and treat sex like it's the problem. Those other men, who like sex, watch porn, and don't get in trouble — how do they do that? One answer is that they understand themselves, and their desires. Sometimes, they sit down with their wives and girlfriends and have a real, open discussion about their use of porn, their interest in it, what it means and doesn't mean, and their attraction to and interest in their partner. That's a hard, scary discussion — not one for the first date, please — because it requires a man to stand up for himself and his sexual desires, to be willing to negotiate for those needs, to be willing to compromise but stay true to himself, while asking for the same in return." "Another thing about those guys who don't get in trouble for watching porn? They are paying attention to themselves, and doing the work that is needed to make good decisions. Some men have the internet or cable turned off in their hotel rooms, or install a net nanny on their own computer, so they have less temptation. That's not because porn is the problem, but because these men are recognizing (when they're not turned on) that they need to do the prep work in advance to make good decisions. It's okay to admit that you make poor decisions when sex or porn are involved. You're not alone in that, and it's not a sin. But the responsibility is on you to identify why and how you make bad decisions, and to take steps to make better decisions in the future. When you blame the problems on porn, you're telling yourself, "Porn is more powerful than I am.” And I'm here to tell you: That's not true. You can take responsibility for your life, your sex, your good decisions and your bad ones, and have the life you want. Porn's not the problem; you are. But you know what? You're also the solution." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

    Sexual affirmations

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 33:46

    My body is beautiful and I embrace every part of it. I seem to be meeting smart and interesting people now, whom I easily relate to and connect with. Sharing my sexual needs and preferences with my spouse is a comfortable and safe experience for me and I am grateful for it. I am capable of multiple orgasms. I love my body and the ways it brings my partner and me pleasure. I deserve a meaningful and passionate sex life. I am an amazing lover. I appreciate my sexuality and my partner's sexuality. Having powerful orgasms is becoming easier and easier. According to my ideals, I live, love, and indulge in sexual practices and I am so happy for myself. I love the taste of my partner's body. I am fully present in the bedroom, tuned in to all of the sensations available to me in my sexual experiences. I am always ready to have sex. My libido is awake and alive. I am fully expressed in my sexuality. I exude sensual power that is absolutely irresistible. The immense universe of sexual pleasure is mine to explore. I am masterful at creating sexual attraction and desire between my partner and me. I am the kind of person who is totally at ease in the nude. As long as I have a strong connection to spirit, my connections with other humans are based on affection, not need. I have so much love to offer the world. I have unlimited sexual power. I develop and maintain meaningful relationships. I am irresistible. I find my perfect soulmate and we experience pleasure every day. I am turned on at the thought of receiving oral sex. I feel more sexual pleasure when I let go. As I accept myself more, I become more desirable and attractive. I am deeply grateful for my sexuality. It's not like anyone else's in the world. My sex life is thriving. I am overflowing with love and gratitude. Sexual pleasure is a wonderful gift. I am grateful because I am entitled to this gift. I connect with my partner from a place of love I have powerful orgasms. I deeply enjoy my sex life. Let me claim my strong and unwavering connection to spirit. My husband is very sexually attracted to me; our marriage is a very passionate one. I have intense sexual energy within me. Sex is a spiritual, soulful energy exchange for me and the partner I choose. I am open to the sexual flow with my partner. My body has needs that deserve to be heard and honored. Right now, I get to experience all the pleasure in my body and I am so grateful to it. Great sex is important for my health and well-being. I am grateful because I know how to communicate with my spouse about what I want, like, and don't want or enjoy. My orgasms are naturally powerful. I am grateful because I know I believe in my instincts. I have every ability and technique that I could require. In bed, I'm decent, and I'm always looking to improve. I live, love, and engage in sexual behaviors according to my values. I'm ready to receive love in abundance. I can offer myself the gift of sexual pleasure with anyone and also sometimes alone if it is needed. I am totally relaxed when naked around others. https://therightaffirmations.com/sexual-affirmations/ ( I live by all of these positive affirmations) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support

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