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I have loved the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Starlight Express’ since I was 15 (and I am 29 now). I first discovered Starlight Express because of Frances Ruffelle, who originated the role of Eponine in ‘Les Miserables’ the musical in both the West End and Broadway

After I heard her sing for the first time, I decided she was my idol, and I started to model my voice after hers. I decided to look for other shows she had been in, and found that she was in ‘Starlight Express’ in the Original West End production, originating the role of Dinah, The Dining Car’.

I decided Dinah was my favourite character, just because Frances played her.  I quickly realized that I hated the character, Pearl, The Observation car.

Not only was she mean to Dinah, but she was mean to the Engine who loved her, named Rusty. She bounces to Engine to Engine, after he saves her, she realizes she loves him, and they end up together. She doesn’t deserve Rusty… then I concocted an idea in my mind. There is a character in the group of Freight trains named ‘Dustin’ who carries Rocks, gravel, and aggregates. No one likes racing with him, cause he’s bulky and it’s hard to make it uphill with him (even though Poppa, Rusty’s father won racing with Dustin, but physically exhausted afterwards and ends up giving Rusty his spot in the final race). Dustin ultimately ends up racing with Rusty, and they win the race, then Rusty and Pearl get together because he saves her from being disconnected in the final race.

In my mind, I made Dustin a girl. She is the only female freight train and no one races with her cause she’s clumsy and Bulky. Pearl is mean to her because Pearl hates Freight trains. Rusty, the Steam Engine, see’s her as an amazing friend. Rusty is in love with Pearl, but Pearl does not love him.  Dustin is in love with Rusty. After Rusty realizes Dustin has always been there for him, he realizes he loves her. During the final race, the Engine Pearl is racing with (aptly named Greaseball) lets go of her on purpose, and Rusty saves her.Dustin gives up on ever being more of a friend to him. After the final race, Dustin goes to the freight yard and pines over Rusty. Rusty finds her and he tell her, only she has the power to move him.Yes, I’m silly, but I like my version.

I still love Dinah and I still hate Pearl (though she does have the best songs and  sing all of them), but Dustin, the Big Hopper, is my favourite.











Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay

I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:

Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.

I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.

The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’

Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.

Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them. 

I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts. 

Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.

I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.

Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.

Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.

Matthew 8:5-13


In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.


reblogging for the comments ^^^^^^


Reblogging for the commentary. 100% accurate.

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