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Snapchat Confessions, Hypocrisy and More Reasons We’re Ditching Church

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Growing up, we were dragged to church every Sunday because “es pecado faltar a la misa.” Now that we don’t have mamá breathing all her Ave María Purísimas down our neck, we, and 59% of millennials, are ditching church because…

We’re Pro Gay

TBH, we’re pro people in general. We believe he, she and they have every right to love whomever they chose. Love is great. But know what isn’t? An institution that preaches it, yet demonizes those who feel it.

Smartphone Confessions Exist

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Priests are using Snapchat to take confessions. How creepy is that?

It’s Booooring

#asleepatchurch #knockedout #church

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Like wake-me-up-when-this-is-over type of boring. We don’t want to spend hours of our lives listening to how everything we do will lead us to an eternity in hell.

Jesus and Social Media Don’t Mix

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#JesusLives, @jesusontwittorr…Really? What happened to the sacred worship of God? Kim Kardashian’s latest cleavage shot and Jesus should never be next to each other on our Twitter feeds.

Sundays are Chill Days

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We’re hungover and have a brunch date to recover. Despite what mami says, those are perfectly valid reasons to avoid attending church on Sunday morning. Hours of loud preaching are more than our throbbing heads can bear.

We’re Rebels Breaking Tradition

http://deactivatedwrath.tumblr.com/post/48594605145/have-i-mentioned-lately-that-granny-is-my-spirit

As much as we love abuelita, we’re not going to believe everything she says about the creation of the universe and other literal translations of the bible. We have our own minds, and actually like to use them.

We Don’t Believe in Magic

http://creationistfucktard.tumblr.com/post/113750756163

It’s not so much that we don’t believe in God, it’s more like we question exactly how you take ribs from a man and poof! you create a woman.

One Word: Limosna

http://omaldinez.tumblr.com/post/68190107965/mercadotecnia-no-lo-creo-iglesia-limosna

Jesus built a church without money in his bank account. Why can’t Father Miguel do the same? I got my own bills to pay.

Religion is Not a Trademark

Werk☕️ #jesuslatte #itsartokay #letmypeoplego

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They insist on pimping the “brand,” but we’d show up if they welcomed diversity and truly educated people on love and respect. What we don’t need are caramel lattes and free iPads for answering questions at the end of the sermon.

Women Kick Ass

Ah, modern times #FairyTale #YouAreNotTheBossOfMe bye-bye ??

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We have every right not to get married if we don’t want to, have kids when we chose to and be sexually active if we please. Oh yeah, using condoms makes us smart, not sinners.

We Do Church in PJs

I come home and look whose finding Jeeesus! (In my preacher voice).. Finally!! #churchtv #latenight

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Would You Live in a Neighborhood Called "SOLA"?

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Would You Live in a Neighborhood Called “SOLA”?

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This is South Los Angeles:

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You probably remember it as South Central Los Angeles.

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It’s where movies like Friday, Menace II Society and Boyz N The ‘Hood took place.

It’s home to the Watts Towers and Art Center…

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And Prestigious USC.

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READ: Pupusas, Empanadas and Churrasco: There’s More than Mexican Food in L.A.

It was also one of the areas most affected by the Los Angeles civil unrest in 1992.

South Central LA unrest
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In 2003, South Central Los Angeles was renamed South Los Angeles to cast away the neighborhood’s “infamous” reputation.

Now, L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks wants to rebrand South L.A. once more.

Bernard Parks
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 K, what’ve you got in mind, Mr. Parks?

SOLA map South Los Angeles

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Inspired by neighborhoods like NYC’s SoHo and L.A.’s NoHo, Parks believes SoLA will make South Los Angeles sound a little more hip.

SOLA?

Latina mom reaction

Some L.A. residents worry the name change could result in gentrification. But wait – has anyone told Mr. Parks that the Spanish translation of “sola” means “a woman who is alone”?

Yes.

Jaime Regalado Cal State L.A.

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Jaime Regalado, a political science professor at California State University, Los Angeles, told the L.A. Times that “sola” could be interpreted to mean “a woman in sexual need.” K, maybe that’s a bit much. But Regalado also said Parks should have consulted with the Latino community first: “It’s not a proper word to use to describe any section or community of Los Angeles. It really is not wise at all, and it means vetting really has not taken place at the community at large.”

K, so how did Bernard Parks respond?

Bernard Parks
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Parks didn’t think it was a big deal. He told the LA Times: “If you really search hard, almost any word that you have in English and you translate it into another language could have another meaning. I think we’re still in America and we’re speaking English. So that’s what we tried to come up with.”

“I think we’re still in America and we’re speaking English.”

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Parks is still working on the name change, but he’s running out of time – his final term as a councilman ends this month.

What do you think of renaming South Los Angeles to SoLA? mitú wants to know.  Leave a comment below.

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