Memorable Quotes by Christina Engela


“Love has a power of its own – but power loves only itself.” – Christina Engela

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“If you think your religion calls you to hate other people, then perhaps either you have the wrong religion – or you have your religion wrong.” – Christina Engela

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“I always thought parental love was supposed to be like God’s love – unconditional – and that the bible was meant to be aimed at people’s hearts, not their crania. Silly me.” – Christina Engela

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“Being called gay is not an insult – but the idea that some people think of it as an insult, is.” – Christina Engela

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“It is ironic that the bible is far too good to be sullied with the names of the dirty gay people – but not too good to be stained with their blood.” – Christina Engela

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“Christian fundamentalists are recruiting in our schools – they are after our children.” – Christina Engela

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“Christianity – the lifestyle choice that elevates one to a position from where you can look down on everyone else, and point out their mistakes – and everyone who disagrees is automatically “evil”, “anti-God” and a “heretic”, a “deviant” – or a threat to “the family”.” – Christina Engela

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“The most dangerous places on Earth are places where people have no human rights or equality.

The second most dangerous places on this planet are places where people have human rights and equality – and don’t care about their preservation.” – Christina Engela

“Every government is morally obliged to care for its citizens – including people whose needs are defined under “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” – and to exclude such provisions is to deny the humanity, worth and existence of such people.” – Christina Engela

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“There is no such thing as a Christian democratic ANYTHING – the very nature of the religion is totalitarian.” – Christina Engela

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“Anyone can love, and if God is love, then all who know love, know God.” – Christina Engela

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“People who speak of God without speaking of love for other people, speak not of God, but of the Devil.” – Christina Engela

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“One would expect a country (South Africa) governed by people who experienced for so long the pain of segregation and oppression of one by another to have learned from the mistakes of the past – instead of striving continually to repeat them.” – Christina Engela

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“There is no “but” in human rights.” – Christina Engela

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“Sometimes our biggest obstacle is our own fear of success.” – Christina Engela

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“Respect by fear isn’t respect… it’s fear.” – Christina Engela

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“One of the eternal truths of life – people who ask “do you know who I am?” will always, given half a chance, tell you.” – Christina Engela

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“Freedom is being whole on my own and not needing somebody else to complete me.” – Christina Engela

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“Life is a two way street – and sometimes there are collisions.” – Christina Engela

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“If you stick your head in the sand like an ostrich, pretending you don’t exist – why get upset when the world agrees with you?” – Christina Engela

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“Slavery of the heart, oh Love – a prisoner of will thou art – proof that love, while blissful, can oft also be Hell. Demonstrative definition thou art, that love can be strategic as well!” – Christina Engela

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“The best way to piss off your enemies is to out-succeed, out laugh and out live them.” – Christina Engela

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“You can only really appreciate being up when you know what it’s like to have been down.” – Christina Engela

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“Just saying “I love you” can mean the difference between nothing and everything. Some people say it while they stab the person they say it to – some say it to the one holding the knife.” – Christina Engela

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“You are strong, tempered like steel in the fire and by the blows of the hammer of life. Nothing will break you again, only make you stronger and more whole. Perfection is the pride of those who have not lived, who know not these things in their arrogance. They remain the same – raw and without form. The hammer never touches them, and they lie on the shelf, gathering dust, slowly tarnishing and fading and crumbling. The blows of the hammer in the fire refine us into bright shining glory for the roles we play in life – until we are one with the anvil, becoming immune to the hammer’s little knocks, and smile at it.” – Christina Engela

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“Turning the other cheek only gets that slapped as well.” – Christina Engela

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“Is there any good left in the world? And if there is, can you still find it in the places that matter? Why is it that the only places I see it now, is in the graves of the victims, and the tears of those who mourn them?” – Christina Engela

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“Usually, people who ask ‘do you know who I am?’ don’t have a clue themselves.” – Christina Engela

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“Any religion which demands death for other people is itself worthy of nothing less than it expects for others. In fact, it is probably long overdue.” – Christina Engela

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“Christians believe their God gave us all free will – strange that for over 2000 years, they have tried to take that choice away.” – Christina Engela

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“Ironically people will thank a deity for “letting” them win a race, but blame a “witch” if they stumble, look for the nearest suspect, and kill them. Why not blame the deity? Why not accept the setback as easily as they accept the victory? Time people grew up some, I think – and stopped looking for theoretical “somebodies” to blame for their own misfortunes.” – Christina Engela

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“It’s amazing, the increase in grammatical errors in proportion to the level of hatred in the content of hate mail.” – Christina Engela

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“When religion ceases to be speculative and becomes factual and “true”, it will become science. Science can be used to prove or disprove opinions, beliefs and accusations. Until any religion crosses that line, who is anyone to use their religion to judge others?” – Christina Engela

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“What I know from history is this: Those who do not appreciate their freedom and aren’t prepared to protect it, will lose it.” – Christina Engela

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“There’s no point in arguing with an idiot – save for exposing their stupidity in their own words.” – Christina Engela

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“Knowing who you are is more valuable than having ten ‘friends’ who don’t even know who they are, but who judge you anyway.” – Christina Engela

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“Hugs are so vital a thing that there should never be so few of them that you can count the ones you’ve had.” – Christina Engela

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“Make sure you date someone who always makes you want to dance, with or without music.” – Christina Engela

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“Rejecting people for who and what they are will not make you a better, more ‘righteous’ or more ‘moral’ person – than the other person, or even in your own right – in fact, if that’s why you’re doing it, it is far more likely to do the opposite.” – Christina Engela

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“Everybody is unique and different. Nobody is the same as anyone else. There is no ‘normal’ – it is a lie taught to us by a system so flawed that it is threatened by the awesome diversity of nature.”  – Christina Engela

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“The only way a society of diverse people can survive without tearing itself apart over differences in nature is by accepting that ALL people are different, and that no single one of us is more or less deserving of decent treatment, compassion, legal and ethical equality, justice, life, or love, than any other.” – Christina Engela

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“Beauty… Is what you are after a lifetime of struggle in the face of hostility, surviving, and standing scarred and unafraid, triumphant before your enemies.” – Christina Engela

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“Some people do everything, some do something, many do nothing – which is bad enough – but the worst of the lot are those who break down what others have built.” – Christina Engela

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“South Africa is the only country where an overwhelming majority in complete political control is apparently so threatened by a tiny minority that they need racist affirmative action policies to protect the majority by legislatively excluding the minority totally from the job market.” – Christina Engela

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“There are many different forms of family and there is in fact NO ‘the’ family.

The basic building block of any close relationship – and thus any family – is LOVE.” – Christina Engela

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Documentary evidence says where there is smoke there is fire, be it holy smoke or otherwise.”  – Christina Engela

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As far as I am concerned, bigotry in strawberry or vanilla flavor is still bigotry.”  – Christina Engela

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Isn’t lying supposed to be a ‘sin’? Or is it okay to lie when trying to make people you hate look bad?”  – Christina Engela

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“Regardless of what language it is said in, “I love you” stays beautiful, and two hearts beating together make the same sound. It is the language of Love.”  – Christina Engela

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If you hate others in the name of God, you should be looking within to see where it stopped being about God and where it started being about YOU.”  – Christina Engela

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Be assured, a God who spoke the universe into existence would not need grains of dust to fight holy wars for him.”  – Christina Engela

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The idea that all people can and should live together in peace is not really a new one – but yet in practice it is very young indeed.  – Christina Engela

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They set about making people so unhappy and isolated and when they crawl into a hole and pull it in after them, they have the nerve to call homosexuality a ‘suicidal lifestyle’. And yet they do this – and deny that any gay or trans person could ever be a ‘true’ Christian. As if THEY are. – Christina Engela

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It is quite ironic that those calling the loudest for ‘morality’ are typically the most immoral of all. – Christina Engela

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It should be made clear that religious freedom DOES NOT include the right to persecute others, nor the right to take away their humanity and equal treatment before the law. – Christina Engela

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“It seems to me that those who claim to be ‘true’ and ‘bible believing’ Christians and yet spend all their time and energy spreading unhappiness and hatred for others – and are themselves consumed by it – are by the very definition of the term –false prophets. – Christina Engela

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It seems that the price of having freedom is having to constantly fight to keep it.   – Christina Engela

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It is interesting how – depending on the person in power – our LGBT issues are either right at the top of the list – or right at the very bottom. And almost always for exactly the wrong reasons. – Christina Engela

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“How anyone can vote to support any form of fascism, knowing history, is beyond me – which leads me to draw the conclusion that either the people who voted to support it don’t know what they are doing – or that they know exactly what they are doing.” – Christina Engela

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“While there is no shame in being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex – or even straight (but not narrow) – there is most certainly shame and dishonor in being a homophobe, a transphobe and a bigot.” – Christina Engela

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“While many people define being a man or a woman as being dependant on reproductive capacity, it is worth noting (should such a superficial argument present itself) that there are many males and females who are born male or female and cannot reproduce either. Are they to be considered ‘not male’ and ‘not female’? Or does that only apply to transgender people?   – Christina Engela

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“How many innocent victims of hate crime does it take before it becomes wrong?

For us, one is already too many. For them, a thousand is not enough.   – Christina Engela

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The simple truth of the matter is that people who complain about a peaceful parade which lasts at best one hour in a particular place ONCE in a whole year – do so out of hatred and intolerance. It isn’t just the parade, it is seeing gay and trans people in public – and gay and trans people BEING gay and trans in public. And that is the root of the problem – they HATE gay and trans people.   – Christina Engela

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They tell us variety is the spice of life – and yet diversity terrifies them.” – Christina Engela

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There are enough real enemies and threats in the world without having to invent imaginary ones.  – Christina Engela

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“The only marches I have ever witnessed under a banner of so-called “Christianity” have been to enforce oppression and incite hatred and intolerance – and to deprive people of their equal civil rights.   – Christina Engela

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I wonder why bigots think their conservative and puritanical version of ‘God’ made the male body with a prostate gland that also co-incidentally ‘just happens’ to be a ‘g-spot’?   – Christina Engela

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“Christianity is constantly in danger of being hijacked by people who act out in hatred – by people who will not even hear the cries of their victims, let alone own up to their guilt.   – Christina Engela

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Who will be there to mentor those who follow us if we crawl into a dark place and hide, denying who and what we are? How short-sighted and exceedingly selfish!   – Christina Engela

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“I fail to see how somebody can hate me for ‘what I do’ and what I am without actually hating me as a person. That makes about as much sense as throwing the baby out with the bathwater – or the gay man out the church door with his homosexuality.    – Christina Engela

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Wilful ignorance is something to be ashamed of, not proud.    – Christina Engela

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The ‘institution of marriage’ is being threatened – by people getting married? Huh?    – Christina Engela

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“Science tells us the more intelligent a person is, the less conservative and more liberal they become.

…which doesn’t say anything good about violent, hate-mongering conservatives.” – Christina Engela

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It is interesting indeed that some people think they are right to force others into believing what they believe.” – Christina Engela

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The simple truth is that the only real ‘ex-gay’ person is a dead gay person – and even then I am not too sure about the validity of that statement.” – Christina Engela

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As a South African I honestly cannot understand how people can’t see South Africa as a unique nation, united by ties of history, bonds of suffering, victory, struggles, hope – and in more ways than I ever before thought possible – blood. ” – Christina Engela

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Nationalism is what makes some people think they are better than others and just as often inspires delusions of superiority.” – Christina Engela

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“Why do I dislike nationalism? First it starts with ‘birds of a feather flock together’ and it gradually becomes more a case of ‘my dog is better than your dog’ – with knives in it.. ” – Christina Engela

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Nationalism leads to all sorts of nasty things (even Nazi things) like fascism and war” – Christina Engela

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Knowing who you are is half the peace of accepting yourself. ” – Christina Engela

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If men could become pregnant – or be legally raped, or understand the unsubtle differences between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, I am certain you would soon see them change their tune about abortion and the treatment and trivialization of the suffering of rape victims.” – Christina Engela

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The patriarchy longs for the days ‘when men were men’ and women were oppressed, subservient – and they can see no wrong in it. It justifies its former power and lust to hold on to it – and if possible, to regain it by quoting fundamentalist and radical religion and tradition and calling it ‘love’. Some love. How can oppression and power over another person’s life ever be ‘love’?” – Christina Engela

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People attacking a group from outside will simply cause that group to close ranks and unify and become even stronger – which in case they haven’t noticed, is exactly what has happened with the pink community. ” – Christina Engela

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Only the living can learn from their mistakes.” – Christina Engela

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Isn’t it strange that having a dick automatically makes you a man, but having a vagina isn’t enough to make me a woman?” – Christina Engela

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Isn’t it interesting how nationalistic attitudes foster the notion that being gay is ‘un-(fill in your nationality/religion/culture here)’?” – Christina Engela

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We are told that religion says: ‘God gave us brains’ – and then they also quickly add: – but God doesn’t want us to use them’. Ridiculous.  – Christina Engela

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“I can understand backward patriarchal reasoning coming from a male, but from a woman – and of all people, a leader of women? It says something profound about leadership – and, if anything – what it says about followers is not very flattering at all. ” – Christina Engela

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Voting for a political party with a cross stuck on it doesn’t mean it reflects true Christianity (at least not how Christ intended it) nor does ‘biblical governance’ guarantee Christian governance. ” – Christina Engela

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‘It’ is for objects, not people. ” – Christina Engela

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It is easy for those who conflate religion with government to interpret any criticism of government or policy as an ‘attack’ on their ‘faith’. ” – Christina Engela

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It seems to me that wherever religion and politics mix in one body, fascist values – and not ‘family values’ – rear their ugly head. ” – Christina Engela

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Advanced weaponry, victories in battle and space travel do not an advanced species or civilization make. ” – Christina Engela

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There is a word which sums up this ‘separate but equal’ mentality – Apartheid. And we all know how separate and how equal that was. ” – Christina Engela

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When religious law becomes civil law, does the state not cease being secular, and become theocratic or theocentric?” – Christina Engela

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Some might claim that like the secret of flying is missing the ground, the secret to immortality is simply not dying. ” – Christina Engela

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Knowledge and education are the key to this human tragedy which is a bonfire of hate fueled by ignorance. ” – Christina Engela

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Genocide doesn’t become ‘common assault’ or ‘isolated incidents’ just because it is taking place one victim at a time. ” – Christina Engela

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If God made gay people, then did God not intend them to be gay? Did the Potter’s hand slip?” – Christina Engela

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Isn’t it odd that some groups view being legally equal to other groups as ‘oppression’?” – Christina Engela

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I note the lengths to which Christianist groups are prepared to go to, to influence government and to network hate-churches in order to get their way and to rob people of their human rights, and it gives me cold chills. ” – Christina Engela

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Right now though, there is little that concerns me more than the impending assault on the human rights and equality of women and the pink community in South Africa. Right now there are events afoot in this country which justify my concern. ” – Christina Engela

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It would seem that the right to equality and human rights is far more an exclusive thing that an inclusive thing. ” – Christina Engela

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If you expect me to respect your private beliefs and faith and your rights and dignity as a person, how can you actually expect that from me if you are unwilling to reciprocate and continue to incite hatred and the vilification of mine? ” – Christina Engela

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How in any way does EQUALITY with other people equate to ‘religious persecution’? Does the survival of a religion depend on the vilification and desecration of the humanity of others? ” – Christina Engela

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Isn’t unconditional love supposed to work both ways? How can we expect unconditional love for ourselves if we are not willing to grant others the same mercy? ” – Christina Engela

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Christ asked people who follow him to be the voice for the voiceless – not to wire their mouths shut. ” – Christina Engela

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Religious fundamentalist haters and terrorists are not just saying that those who disagree with them shall give account to their God for our lives in the hereafter – but they are saying that we shall also first give account to THEM. ” – Christina Engela

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Sorry to disappoint you, parents – but when your kids come out as gay, bi or transgender, it is not about you. ” – Christina Engela

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Rejecting your gay or transgender child won’t make them straight. It will only mean you will lose them. ” – Christina Engela

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Some children are threatened with loss of privileges such as money, cell phones, cars or even eviction from home if they do not ‘toe-the-line’ and ‘act straight’. I don’t think parents who do such things consider for a moment the kind of emotional damage they are doing to their children – or thinking beyond their own feelings about the situation – which will not change or go away simply because of their denial. ” – Christina Engela

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What is your talent? What are your interests? What resources do you have at your disposal? What can you do? What would you like to do? What can you do? You could apply your outrage to activism. Get involved. Do something. ” – Christina Engela

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Friends for life?

Why? How long have I got?” – Christina Engela

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It is ironic that the only thing separating ‘friendfrom fiend– is a single letter. ” – Christina Engela

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Start thinking for yourself, ask why?and even venture to say why should I?and pretty soon you will have half the world at your throat for being a trouble maker’. ” – Christina Engela

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Different people think of different versions of ‘God’ – a loving father or a fearful punishing ghoul. These are incompatible, irreconcilable – and you thought having ‘one world religion’ or ‘one God’ would unite humanity? ” – Christina Engela

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Many times we refer to people who express hate or behave in a barbaric, savage ‘inhuman’ way as ‘animals’, but on closer inspection we can clearly see that this is in fact, an insult to animals.” – Christina Engela

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Those who say ‘it’s just an animal’ are really saying more about themselves than they realize.” – Christina Engela

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If I want religion, I know where to look for it – and if for example I don’t want it, then why should it be forced on me in media and public spaces? ” – Christina Engela

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Those who meet objections to their forcing their religion on others with cries of ‘Show respect!’ clearly have no grasp of irony.” – Christina Engela

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Those who object to human rights protection laws typically do so because they want to be above those laws. ” – Christina Engela

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Human rights protection laws typically come under attack from those who made these laws necessary to begin with. ”  – Christina Engela

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Is the drive to refuse gay blood a fear of contracting HIV/AIDS, or is it an embodiment of the irrational fear that receiving blood from gay people will somehow make them gay? ” – Christina Engela

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Happy people make happy families.” – Christina Engela

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Apathy.

The reason you may wake up one day being not only a 2nd class citizen, but a criminal because of who you are – and then wonder why ‘somebody’ didn’t do something when there was still time?” – Christina Engela

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Who is the more courageous? The big, tough gay-basher, or the LGBTI person who faces their threats on a daily basis and carries on being honest about who they are regardless?” – Christina Engela

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Waiter – there’s a bigot in my soup.” – Christina Engela

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How do YOU know what God meant? Did he whisper into your ear? Did he put the knife in your heart? Did he put a gun in your hand?” – Christina Engela

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You can pass any law you like to make ‘criminals’ of those you don’t like and then justify it with whatever stupid reasoning that appeals to you. Is that rule of law – or tyranny?” – Christina Engela

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I don’t think it matters so much who we love – what matters is that we love. ” – Christina Engela

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Hate is no respecter of race – as apparently neither is stupidity.” – Christina Engela

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Those who deny any group of people human rights is really denying the humanity of that group – and their own. ” – Christina Engela

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Irony: When those who call others a ‘threat to Christianity’ reject the crucial tenets of their own faith themselves. ” – Christina Engela

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It is no coincidence that Christian fundamentalist movements worldwide seek a return to Old Testament laws because they fundamentally reject Christ as the New Covenant – which replaced all that.

They are not Christians – they are Leviticans. ” – Christina Engela

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Everybody should be equal in a democracy – that is the nature of a democracy. ” – Christina Engela

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Voting on things is democratic, yes – but not on deciding on whether or not people should be equal or have human rights. That isn’t democracy, it is mob rule.

Everybody should be equal in a democracy – that is the nature of a democracy. ” – Christina Engela

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16 days of activism? I don’t know about you folks, but I’m an activist every single day. ” – Christina Engela

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If all people were to be judged by ‘right and wrong’, nobody would be wholly right or wholly wrong – for have not all people ‘sinned and fallen from the glory of God’? It seems more than a little unfair that some folks with at least as much ‘sin’ themselves as any gay or trans person, like to jump up and down and point fingers at other people. ” – Christina Engela

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Interestingly enough, every time I corner a fanatic with scientific facts which they cannot argue or disprove, they either dismiss me as ‘anti-God’ and a ‘secular humanist’ or they start spouting reams of misapplied and irrelevant ‘scripture’ at me, like good little sheeple and like that will in any way, shape or form prove anything… Which just proves to me that common sense and actual reason doesn’t come into it. Only hatred. ” – Christina Engela

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As a human rights activist it is concerning to me that those committing atrocities against vulnerable people view these atrocities as ‘progress’, and assert with pride and conviction that they are ‘Christians’ and that they are doing ‘God’s will’. ” – Christina Engela

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Separate but equal is not equal, but it sure is separate. ” – Christina Engela

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Apparently some people (who don’t know history) seem to think that marriage ‘always has been’ exclusively between males and females – and that this modern inequality somehow justifies the enforced continuation of this inequality. ” – Christina Engela

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“While EQUALITY means no more ‘previously disadvantaged’ it also means that there should be no ‘currently disadvantaged’ to replace them.” – Christina Engela

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Because freedom and liberty and equality are as vital as breath, we only notice their absence when we are left gasping when the colors of diversity and individual liberty are drained from the world around us. ” – Christina Engela

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I believe most people are good, even deep down, even if you have to dig a little – although some people can tempt one to pick up a shovel and actually put that to the test. ” – Christina Engela

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Not being treated as equal IS oppression. ” – Christina Engela

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Churches need to realize that they are houses OF God – and that they are NOT God. ” – Christina Engela

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Peace with non-fundamentalists terrifies the fundamentalist because to them, being Christian doesn’t mean just being ‘good’ – it means being better’ than others. Being better than others means having to see them as enemies – and making war on them. The fundamentalist  views not being allowed to make war on their enemies as oppression of their faith, or defeat. ” – Christina Engela

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If you don’t follow Christ or love others in the way Christ said, and let yourself be bogged down instead with fearfulness, hatred, violence and the persecution of others – HOW can you call yourself a ‘Christian’? ” – Christina Engela

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Liberals want all people to have choices open to them – which does not mean that everyone HAS to choose things they don’t want to or don’t agree with. Quite frankly, I don’t see why any sane human being would have a problem with that? ” – Christina Engela

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“ In the process of helping others, I helped myself. In acting out of my own brokenness I became whole again. It’s the kind of strength and determination you find when you have hit rock bottom and you realize you could die right now – and want to, but realize that even death won’t make the difference you were hoping for. ” – Christina Engela

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Even when you’re down, there is still hope. No matter how bad things get and no matter how small a hope there is, anything is better than nothing. No matter how bad things get, they can always, AWAYS get worse. Take my word on that. ” – Christina Engela

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“Money is not respect. Neither is power. And if people respect you for your money or your power, it isn’t you they respect – but the money or the power.

When you win people over who hate you for what you are or what you believe, and they still come to you to make friends – or to ask you for counsel or assistance – that is respect – and that respect is power.” – Christina Engela

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“Freedom isn’t hard to lose – but it’s a hard thing to win back once it’s been lost.” – Christina Engela

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“Dominating others is not equality.” – Christina Engela

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How very like humans to pervert a message of love and peace to make it into an ideology of war and oppression to serve their own ends.” – Christina Engela

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You cannot defend human rights without fighting religious fanatics – regardless of one’s own religious experience – it is unavoidable. Why? Because they are the ones who take issue with how other people live their lives instead of minding their own business.” – Christina Engela

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What would Jesus do? One thing is obvious, if there is one thing Jesus would NOT do – is to behave like his followers. ” – Christina Engela

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What other people believe shouldn’t (be allowed to) hurt me. ” – Christina Engela

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People claiming to be Christians and advocating the murder of innocent people – just aren’t Christians at all. ” – Christina Engela

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Nobody can take your faith away from you. Faith is something you have to lose for yourself. ” – Christina Engela

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The religious right sees every group trying to achieve equality with them as a threat, because if they become equal to them, THEY won’t be able to abuse their human rights anymore. Giving other people equality WITH THEM, in their minds takes something away from THEM – POWER – and that TERRIFIES them. It scares them shitless. ” – Christina Engela

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The religious right sees every group trying to achieve equality with them as a threat, because obviously if they become equal to them, THEY won’t be able to abuse their human rights anymore.” – Christina Engela

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What we see far too little of today is people who identify as Christians, standing up to the hate-mongers and death-dealers who have been hijacking their religion and using it as a murder weapon. The question is just begging to be asked: are they afraid? Or are they just not interested because they feel it somehow does not affect them?” – Christina Engela

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Who is an elected government in a constitutional democracy to decide it will not tolerate dissent?” – Christina Engela

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I can’t imagine why a media company views a law preventing the commission of hate speech as a restriction on media freedom, but it is probably similar to how some religious folk view hate speech as being essential to religious freedom.” – Christina Engela

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The moment you hand over YOUR responsibility to manage your own rights, morality, and freedoms – to the government, that is the moment democracy fails.” – Christina Engela

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Democracy is government by the people, for the people. Without the responsibility of the people, and without the involvement of the people – all you have left is GOVERNMENT. ” – Christina Engela

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If you ‘don’t do politics’, trust me – politics will do you. ” – Christina Engela

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How can you put human rights to a popular vote and call it democracy? How many times do you need to redefine or haggle about the meaning of the word EQUALITY? ” – Christina Engela

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Humans are intelligent and resourceful. If we’ve been around a million or more years, why are we so disinclined to believe that we could have built cities 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 or even more years ago? ” – Christina Engela

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If we refuse to accept knowledge because it frightens us, we will never grow. If we give in to fear, we will never outgrow hatred.” – Christina Engela

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Human rights is a numbers game. Who is going to care if only 20 people pitch for a protest? ” – Christina Engela

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It’s not in the interests of the self-serving government to educate the masses to the point where they are smart enough to see through the bullshit – because then people will be too smart to vote for them again. ” – Christina Engela

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Coming from a portion of society that likes to exclude others from it, and separate itself from others, the myth of ‘the Rapture’ is naturally the ultimate exclusion. ” – Christina Engela

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An advanced human rights friendly Constitution is fine and well – but what good is it if it is not put into practice? The government says it cherishes the principles in the SA Constitution, and yet acts in a manner which cannot be reconciled with that very Constitution. ” – Christina Engela

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You cannot fix racism with more racism. ” – Christina Engela

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Religious extremism is fatal to those who don’t conform to its values, or remold or submit themselves to its ‘principles’. It craves control and power – and power is the one tool that enables it to wreak its characteristic havoc, destruction and cruelty upon those it chooses to label as scapegoats. Giving in to extremists enables them and empowers them – and worse, it encourages them. ” – Christina Engela

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Religion folks, is open to interpretation. And how YOU interpret the message you find in your religion says a lot about YOU. ” – Christina Engela

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The hatred the ‘Christian’ right wing harbors for the SA Constitution is not there because of an absence of ‘God’ in state machinery and the excised phrase ‘in humble submission to almighty God’ – but because it no longer places THEM in a position to claim that THEY represent the will of that ‘God’ and to act as though it were true. ” – Christina Engela

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Disagreeing with someone does not mean that they have to be enemies or opponents.” – Christina Engela

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Our community deserves leaders who should know what debates and arguments are better conducted out of the public eye, instead of dumping their baskets of dirty laundry all over the internet. Our community deserves leaders who do not put political expedience or convenience before their commitments to those they supposedly represent. Our community deserves leaders who do not make about-turns on issues such as freedom of speech and accountability to the community they serve when it becomes too embarrassing for them, or too uncomfortable. Our community deserves leaders who can and want to work together, not fling their handbags at each other, hissing like drama queens.” –Christina Engela

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It’s disconcerting how many people billing themselves as ‘experts in the occult’ have bugger-all qualifications in the subject. Instead, they have a list of qualifications in studies on the occult THROUGH THE BIASED VIEWS of their own religions… This is NOT the same thing.” – Christina Engela

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The coining of their new catch-phrase homophiliacdisplayed in contrast to ‘homophobic’ was rather amusing, though to think that they believe it means anything different to ‘homophobic’ is just facetious. It’s like someone trying to create a difference in definition between ‘genocide’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ – or to make the one look better or less reprehensible than the other. ” – Christina Engela

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Denying the facts is what enables people to hate and to persecute marginalized and threatened minority groups. Labeling the advocacy, educational and informational initiatives of these persecuted minority groups dismissively as ‘propaganda for the gay agenda’ undermines, belittles and trivializes the cause of those whose right to exist is under threat. ” – Christina Engela

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When facts are misrepresented in order to serve an opinion or to promote it aggressively – especially an opinion which demonstrably results in people being victimized, persecuted and their lives destroyed in many places in the world, it should be a matter of concern to everyone who wants people to be treated equally, fairly and justly. ” – Christina Engela

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Going to the extreme of inviting and welcoming people into your church in order to hear you condemn them or to know from your policy that you condemn them is not much better than bullying.” – Christina Engela

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“People… the greatest unexplainable, unfathomable, mystery of the universe. What makes them tick, what ticks them off, what winds them down, and what breaks their mainspring? If you can figure all that out, you could be likely much more than a small cog in the big machine.” – Christina Engela

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Wearing a smile while claiming to not judge and condemn people as you equate their nature with no less than a carnal and immoral act rather than as understanding their orientation and identity as an intrinsic part of who they are doesn’t lessen the harshness and cruelty of that rejection.” – Christina Engela

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All it takes to be a voice against injustice, is to say something against it. ” – Christina Engela

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People who have practised occult religions for many years are being told that they don’t know the first thing about their own religion and its beliefs and practices – and that a bunch of zealots from another religion posing as ‘experts’ (in a religion they despise/fear/oppose and who peddle slander and misinformation about occult religions), are more credible than they are.

Non Sequitur. This does not follow. ” – Christina Engela

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In my view, any government whose state is perpetually at war, and remains so in spite of initiatives to make peace, is incompetent and unfit and should resign. ” – Christina Engela

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When you think of the amount of turnover and profit made by most companies in this country – and especially the big chains, it’s a shame that they pay their employees minimum wage and no more than that. What that really says is: We’re paying you minimum wage, because we’re not allowed to pay you any less.’ ” – Christina Engela

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Anger – justifiable anger in the face of oppression and prejudice – should not be mistaken for hatred. ” – Christina Engela

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The truth of the world is that in every group you will find some good and some bad people – which is why I am keenly aware that no group is ALL bad, just as no group is ALL good. ” – Christina Engela

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The truth of the world is that in every group you will find some good and some bad people – which is why I am keenly aware that no group is ALL bad, just as no group is ALL good. ” – Christina Engela

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Bullying is not a character-building experience.”  – Christina Engela

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You cannot reason with unreasonable people.” – Christina Engela

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 Tolerance and respect works two ways. You respect people’s right to not be like you and they respect you for not being a dick about it.” – Christina Engela

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 The hateful mind can excuse ANYTHING. I ask that all of you remember that, and hate no more.” – Christina Engela

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 Love yourself. Someone has to. Sure, some people will hate you for who and what you are – but they’re not perfect either.” – Christina Engela

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 There’s something truly disturbing about children who delight in cruelty, and who threaten to kill – and parents, teachers and adults who look the other way.” – Christina Engela

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 Life is far more simple than we sometimes are willing to admit. It’s us that makes simplicity complicated.” – Christina Engela

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 Racism is a vicious circle, and it has to be broken before you will ever make progress.

The simple truth is that EVERY race has racists and a racism problem. It’s not unique to any specific race. The problem therefore is not a race, or all races – it is racism. To employ a euphemism – play the ball, not the player (or the whole team).

If you want to stop racism, then address racism – there is no need to target and racially-profile an entire race group – because that in itself is inherently and unavoidably racist and will simply perpetuate the vicious circle.– Christina Engela

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 To make a fresh start, you need to make a break with the past. You cannot move forward while the past holds you back.” – Christina Engela

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 The very worst thing a parent or teacher or other care-giver can do, is to ignore bullying, to ignore the plight of a child being bullied, or trivialize or even blame a child for the bullying actions of others.” – Christina Engela

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Being gay is not a mental illness – but homophobia directed at gay people can cause psychological harm to the gay person. It is therefore not the gay person who needs psychiatric intervention for being gay – it is homophobes who need help in dealing with their bigotry and prejudices!” – Christina Engela

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Worthy of note is the detail that there are NO secular ‘ex-gay’ institutions, only religious ones, which use religion-based homophobia enforced by those who deem LGBT people ‘undesirable’ for questionable religious reasons.

It is obvious that religious prejudice appears to be the sole force behind demands that LGBT people cease to exist – and since religion has no basis in fact, the response therefore to such unfounded prejudice should also be obvious, by demolishing it.– Christina Engela

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“‘How did we get here this way?’ You ask. I’ll tell you how:

You abdicated your responsibilities by letting politicians handle everything – even voting – for you. You stopped teaching politics in schools. You sat back and said ‘it doesn’t affect us’. You sat back and allowed people to put on dog collars and speak on your behalf and tell you how to live, what to think and what to feel, no matter what horrible things they said. And on, and on…

Remember, silence gives consent. When people incite hatred and people keep quiet because it’s in church, or it’s ‘not the right time’, or ‘people will look funny at me’, it gives them consent to continue. Like Trump’s hate has emboldened his supporters to burn black churches and torch transgender women’s cars, leave threatening messages on toilet walls and in mail boxes, to beat up ‘faggots’ in the streets, and to chant ‘build the wall!’ in middle schools.

How do you make it right?

Stop the system that teaches children – or anyone – to hate.” – Christina Engela

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“Human rights are for everyone. Equality is for everyone. Unless you aren’t human – or don’t want others to be equal to you.” – Christina Engela

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“Struggles to attain or preserve human rights and equality are not only fought by the young, the healthy, the single, citizens or ‘people of color’.” – Christina Engela

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“This is one Earth – we all belong to the Earth. We are born on the Earth, we live on the Earth. When we die, the Earth reclaims us. Nobody has the right to say ‘Go back to where you came from, you don’t belong here!’” – Christina Engela

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If you call yourself a Christian, but lend your voice, your hands and your vote to those who oppress others, you are a liar and a hypocrite!”  – Christina Engela

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When someone claims to not be a racist or a xenophobe – and votes in support of those who are racists and xenophobes and have demonstrated an intent to implement racist and xenophobic laws – regardless of what excuses they employ – they’re a liar!” – Christina Engela

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Leaders should be known by the quality of those who support them.” – Christina Engela

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Disturbingly, in today’s world, the opinion of an idiot is seen as equally valid to the expression of a scientific fact.  – Christina Engela

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“If you are blind to Christian terrorism, that may be because you are a Christian – and it seems ‘right’ and ‘normal’ to you.” – Christina Engela

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When I die, there will be people who will misgender me out of spite, hatred and anger because they hate what I am and what I represent.

There are those who will dead-name me (if they ever knew my old name), because they feel it will undo any of the things I have done to become the person I am today, or to try to hurt me in some way, since they haven’t the courage to do these things to my face while I live. It won’t.

I will be dead and gone – victorious and free – and people who cared, who loved me, and called me ‘friend’, will remember me as they did – and those who hated, opposed and feared me, will make it obvious that I meant less than nothing to them – which says, as far as I’m concerned, far more about them than it does of me.”

– Christina Engela

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“Not being afraid to die isn’t the same thing as being afraid to live.”
– Christina Engela

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“’God’ – a delusion made up to excuse people’s indulgences in their selfishness, cruelty, self-righteousness, bigotry and hatred; to allay their irrational fears and to salve their guilt complex – brought about through their belief in ‘God’.”

– Christina Engela

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“Do not expect me to keep my mouth shut about human rights abusers and their abuses in the interests of not criticizing their ‘culture’. If their culture promotes the abuse of human rights and elevates one group above another at the expense of equality and democracy, then they represent a culture of human rights abuse. One cannot please everybody, so I intend to stand for those on the receiving end of abuses, not those trying to wash themselves clean in human blood.”

– Christina Engela

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“If only those people angry and obsessed with what color your skin is, or the gender of your partner, or what genitalia you have under your clothes, or what your religion is, could become as outraged about REAL problems like poverty or hunger or victims displaced by wars. Perhaps then, they might sound credible when insisting they are ‘good people’.” – Christina Engela

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“When you vent in your own home about other people you don’t like having human rights, alone, out of ear-shot of anyone else who might find that offensive, it’s an opinion. When you do it in public, on TV, or Facebook or Twitter, it’s hate speech.” – Christina Engela

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“Hate speech isn’t just “someone mouthing off” and ‘venting their opinion’ – hate speech has consequences – it causes real measurable harm. It encourages and fosters an intolerant environment and encourages people who are without compassion to agree with them and to act out those words. It gets people killed. Look up stochastic terrorism. You think ‘free speech’ encompasses this outrage against human rights? Is allowing that to continue ‘responsible government’?

There’s a tipping point for everything – when there are just a few lunatics and haters in the population spewing hatred and calling for the killing of whatever group they despise, it’s fine to ignore and ridicule them because the masses do not take them seriously – but when they begin to grow and grow until they equal or outnumber the sensible tolerant group – and people just continue to bury their heads in the sand, citing ‘free speech’? Bam – you’ve got Nazi Germany! Some kind of action needs to be taken to ensure the welfare of the whole, otherwise blood is likely to run in the streets – especially if a society that values liberty, justice, human rights and equality, panders to unreasonable bigots just in the name of ‘free speech’.” – Christina Engela

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“If you look outside for fulfillment and happiness, that is a search that will never end because happiness lies within. If you can’t be happy with yourself alone in a room, how will being with somebody else make you happy? You will never find anything outside that will make you happy and keep you happy.” – Christina Engela

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“Peace, shalom, salaam – to all – in our homes, in our streets, in our countries, on our world, and most importantly, in our hearts and minds – not just for one day of the year, or two, but for every day, and for every year, always.” – Christina Engela.

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“I don’t have any friends who support Trump. If anyone supports Orange Hitler they’re no friends of mine. I like diversity as much as the next bunny hugger – but I draw the line at KKK, murderous Christianist fanatics and neo-Nazi thugs – all of which are now overly represented in the White House and Congress. They have no place in my life other than to serve as examples of the biggest evil of our time that has to be usurped, rebelled against, excised from the human genome, and utterly destroyed.” – Christina Engela

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“Sexual orientation and gender identity is who you are.

Religion is a ‘lifestyle choice’.”

– Christina Engela

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“Sometimes, on a good day, I get to appreciate the irony in being called ‘prejudiced’ by a bible-thumping illiterate who pretends to have the moral high ground because of his faith in the superiority of his own skin color, beliefs and gender.” – Christina Engela

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“Let’s be clear on this: NO political party, “liberal” or “conservative”, either on the left or the right wing of the political spectrum or anywhere between, who promises to undermine human rights, or to restrict or take away the rights GUARANTEED in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, is good for you.

In fact, you can bet dollars to donuts that the only thing they are good for, is themselves.”

– Christina Engela

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“There are always those who aspire to deprive minorities of their equality and civil rights. They NEVER sleep – they wait for an opportunity to realize their aspirations – and those minorities who stop being willing to demonstrate timeously that they are willing to fight for their rights, are destined to lose them.” – Christina Engela

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“To suggest that LGBTI protests against any proposal to amend the Constitution to remove sexual orientation or gender protections are ‘pointless’ due to a perception that there are enough voices of reason in all parties to oppose it, is counter-productive – because as we can see in the USA as a good current example – THERE ARE, UNTIL THERE AREN’T.”

– Christina Engela

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“Sometimes, the inhuman presents itself in troubling and unsettling ways, as human.”

– Christina Engela

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“Some people are only worth engaging in debate because they demonstrate your point for others – even if they never ‘get‘ it themselves.” – Christina Engela

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“Oppression is based upon the view that through virtue of strength or numbers – one group may impose its will upon others, that ‘might makes right’ – and that weight of numbers can somehow make something less wrong.” – Christina Engela

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“I will neither kneel, nor bow, nor scrape, nor apologize to any being for who and what I am any longer.” – Christina Engela

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“You want to know how to fix the mess caused by racism? It’s easier than you think.

Start teaching how wrong and harmful it is in your schools. Teach it to your kids at home. Teach them how groups of people were enslaved, dehumanized and oppressed or persecuted because of their race – without expecting them to feel shame for theirs. Nobody can be expected to carry the blame or guilt or shame for things done by another. Make racism a shameful thing to be associated with, and you will wipe it out in a generation.

But will you?” – Christina Engela

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“Teaching children to be ashamed for who they are because of who their parents were or what their parents did is a terrible, crippling thing to do to a child.” – Christina Engela

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“For the world to change for the better, it has to be MADE better. It won’t happen by itself.” – Christina Engela

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“What the hell is a “recovering racist”? People can change, but racism remains racism. You either are a racist or you aren’t. You can stop being a racist douche-canoe if you choose to. You can be an ‘ex-racist’ or a ‘non-racist’ or a ‘racist’ if you want to define terms – but a ‘recovering racist’? I’m sorry, are you the VICTIM of racism? Surely it is the victims of racism that need recovery? Racism has no middle ground – you can’t just be a ‘little racist’ at the polls when you choose which candidate to put your ‘x’ next to, or at lunch time with the mates joking over a few beers about minorities or stereotypes, and be completely ‘non-racist’ back at the office the rest of the time. You either are a racist, or you aren’t. You don’t have any wagon to fall off of – it’s not fucking alcoholism!” – Christina Engela

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“What the hell is a “recovering racist”? You either are a racist, or you aren’t. You don’t have any wagon to fall off of – it’s not fucking alcoholism!” – Christina Engela

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“Ironic that Christian fundamentalists are always claiming that LGBT people are looking for ‘special rights’ by demanding to be treated like everyone else – while THEY are really the ones expecting to be allowed to have special rights to discriminate against anyone ‘on religious freedom grounds’ when they feel like it.” – Christina Engela

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“If you consider persecuting and discriminating against others who have done you no wrong a ‘moral code’ then there’s something big wrong with you.” – Christina Engela

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“Nobody is forcing you to do business with the public. If you want to do business, you can’t discriminate. That’s the law.” – Christina Engela

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“‘Firstly it’s not illegal to discriminate, its illegal to negatively discriminate.

Really? What the living FUCK do you think telling people they aren’t welcome to use your business premises, that their money isn’t as good as other people’s is?” – Christina Engela

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 “In a democracy, the only manifest existence of ‘treason’ is as a crime committed by the state against the people.” –  Christina Engela

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“If being transgender were a job, no-one would apply. Imagine actually applying to be an outcast everywhere you go, feeling out of place even inside your own body, even when looking in a mirror, at old family photo albums, being continually denied by family members you held dear, being barely recognized or even acknowledged by old acquaintances, school or college friends, and taking the brunt of bigotry and spitefulness from colleagues and supervisors? Does being excluded from family events, work parties, and being constantly attacked by religious groups and people sound like fun? How about constantly wondering if you will wake up with civil rights the next morning, or if you will be arrested or beaten up or murdered in the streets by someone you don’t know, or in your own home by someone you do know? How about your family dressing your dead body as someone else they would prefer you to be for your memorial service, and dead-naming you and disrespecting the person you were and the things you had accomplished in your life? Sound like the job for you? Apply within.

If there was a CHOICE, then my dears, EVERYONE would walk away…” – Christina Engela

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“The ultimate truth about modern human society is that the mainstream likes to think it defines ‘freedom’ – but it sets restrictive laws to suit the majority. It is the minority group which embodies and epitomizes freedom – because it has to rise to the challenge of convincing the majority to relax its laws which curtail freedom. Minority groups define freedom, embody it, express it and live it – and also risk dying for it.” – Christina Engela

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“Why must people be separated by religions? Religion has to be the very dumbest thing to fight each other over! Who cares what other people believe? I’m okay with what I believe… but when other people concern themselves with what I and others believe and then try to force everyone to conform to their beliefs, we have a problem…. The problem with religion is that it is in itself an extreme point of view that says “only we are right, all others are wrong, evil and a threat to our way of life!”

The solution isn’t that people should convert to one religion – the solution is that humanity needs to outgrow religion and leave that primitive construct behind.” – Christina Engela.

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“Teach your kids not to bully and the world will already be a better place.” – Christina Engela.

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“I used to worry about whether people would like or accept me or not. Now, older and wiser, I only concern myself with whether or not I will like or accept them. Do this for a happier life.” – Christina Engela

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“Christianity is a social evil because it enables abuses by supporting crimes against humanity with duplicitous religious dogma, and it empowers its clergy to think, speak and act on behalf of their identity group, and to act as leaders in all things, accepting all they say or do without question.  And it will be thus until, like Pagans who stopped putting their clergy on pedestals and stopped allowing them to speak and think for them, because they can do so for themselves.”

– Christina Engela

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“It’s time you stopped being afraid to classify religious fundamentalist terrorists as terrorists just because they happen to be using your particular religion as a vehicle for their terrorism.”

– Christina Engela

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“The bible is the biggest argument against the religious zealots who supports it as being ‘inerrant’.” – Christina Engela

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“Getting your feelings hurt when people verbally criticize your actions or your beliefs when they harm others does not amount to ‘persecution’.

Being portrayed through propaganda as being dangerous, threatening, unpatriotic, criminal, predatory, pedophiles and having hatred and violence incited against you by religious leaders – THAT’s persecution.” – Christina Engela
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“If religious scripture needs a ‘deeper study’ to be understood correctly, it is above the level of most of the people using it as a hammer.” – Christina Engela
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“The very nature of organized religion is the flaw that makes religion irredeemable. It exists to unify, control, punish, police, gather power and wealth by identifying scapegoats – and to keep it by waging war upon them.

You cant fix that – except by dismantling it and moving on.”

– Christina Engela

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“If you believe torture to try and force people to conform to the image you have of what your ‘god’ wants for people is in any way justifiable, that just shows what is wrong with you and your understanding of religion’s place in the world.”

– Christina Engela

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“Today in South Africa people are held accountable for things that happened before they were born, by people who refuse to be held to account for their own actions.”

– Christina Engela

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