I awoke this morning to find two things.
1) Some moron in SC walked into a “predominantly black church” and opened fire. The race industry got a new fundraising platform, black racists got a new cause du jour, and white people all over the country will have to say, “Some of my best friends are black” constantly for a week or so.
2) A friend posted a note supposedly written by a Christian telling a person with rainbow lighting in their yard that the “relentlessly gay” lights were a problem. My friend and her friends expressed an appropriate amount of outrage at this slight.
I do not wish to focus on the deaths in SC or the bigotry in the note. More than enough people will grasp at these obvious issues and write what they consider profound thoughts on those two matters. They will publish these thoughts to the internet where it is at least possible that some temporary notice will be taken. Their like minded friends will pat them on the back for bleating at the appropriate time and in the appropriate tone, and then all will go back to munching grass until something kills them.
No, what I wish to focus on is how incredulous I am at how incredulous other people are, and the abject failure of the Earth’s inhabitants to recognize facts displayed to them in living color and high definition on a daily basis.
First of all, people seem unable to understand how religious people can be so intolerant. This is perplexing to me.
Sure, you can pull out examples of good people from many, if not all, of the world’s religions. But for every Mother Theresa or Billy Graham, there are hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of bigoted, hateful, evil assholes perfectly willing to kill people in the name of God. Religion has been responsible for more death, cruelty, and bigotry than any other factor in the history of the world. In fact, more people have died at the hands of others because of who they believe or do not believe God is, than for any other reason.
So why on earth would any thinking, rational human being be surprised that a “Christian” would hate on someone because they are gay? And why would those same people be unwilling to state publicly that if that gay man were living in Saudi Arabia or Iran he’d have gotten far more than an impolitely worded letter?
Religion does not exist to spread love. I don’t care what your particular prophet says in your particular holy book. The fact is, your God’s followers (no matter who your God is) hate someone, for something. It’s the nature of the beast. It’s the same formula that has been used in every arena since recorded time began. Choose a group of people you wish to control. Chose a different group of people to blame the first group of people’s problems on. Propose to resolve the first group’s problems by persecuting the second group. Viola! Hitler, Stalin, Mao, The Pope, the leaders of every Islamic state… all guilty of the same damn thing.
A small group of people controls a large group of people. This is true in religion as it is in politics. It is the nature of men in power to seek more power, and the nature of followers to yield more power to leaders. This is how the world works…wake up!
Worse than this however, is the complete idiocy that is “belief” in the first place.
Some guy stands in some desert talking on a Youtube video about how he and his fellows will destroy the west “God willing”…and then a missile turns him into debris. Because his God is not stronger than the United States Air Force. A bunch of people go in to a church to pray, a gunman enters and kills nine of them…because their God is not more powerful than a handgun. Wake up!
You are walking around mumbling to invisible people. In modern western culture we call that “mental illness”.
You are espousing the same beliefs you laugh at. The ancient Greeks and Romans also believed in people in the sky that controlled everything. You believe they were a bunch of ignorant dupes, espousing fairy tales and folklore. But if you’re a Christian you walk around talking about a Jewish carpenter you’ve never met, from 2,000 years ago, based on a book you read. And you think the people who do not believe in your invisible friend are the ones with a problem.
If you’re a Muslim of the extreme sort you believe that your prophet is so frail that he needs you to kill people who draw his likeness. Yet you pray for a God to help you, when your God clearly needs you to help him. This makes sense to someone?
The further back I step from these belief systems, the more clearly I see how foolish they are.
People all over the world are killing each other in the name of God, while useful idiots all over the world are calling for peace…in the name of God. Meanwhile, those same useful idiots believe that those who actually practice the letter of the law with regard to their faith are “extremists” and the apostate masses are the “good (insert religion here)”. So if you’re a Muslim who believes in Jihad, or a Christian who thinks God doesn’t like homosexuality, you’re a nut job. Even though that’s what’s in the book. But if you’re a wishy-washy, blow in the wind, go along-get along type of believer, then you’re a good example of what we should all be.
Let’s do what we should have done a long time ago. Cast off the chains of fear and superstition. Stop following the guidance of inaudible, invisible, make-believe friends, and start living in a logical, thoughtful manner.
Fuck loving each other. Man is not programmed to do that. How about simply respecting each other, and acting like what we are. A mammal. Slightly more advanced than all the other mammals. And instead of taking lessons from some bullshit holy book, take lessons from the world around us.
You don’t see too many dolphins persecuting each other over their religious beliefs…or killing each other for $10 for that matter.
For those inclined to pray for me, or try to “witness” to me, let me save you some trouble. Don’t come to me with emotional stories full of personal experiences where your invisible friend made some difference in your life. I have a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol. When you serve a God that can stop a bullet, I’ll hear you out.