With the start of school, I have been launched back into the melee that comprises my life.
I'm going to keep this short. I will get around to a longer, more in-depth look at the world 'o religion at some future date.
It seems to me that the only people who are obsessed with anal sex are Southern Baptists. You would think that I, being a gay male, would have more to say about the subject than a bunch of yahoos from the deep south who make their own beer. But apparently not. The people most hung up on gay sex are the religious right.
Am I the only one that sees the absurdity?
Jonathon Swift said, "we have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love."
I would say, based on the evidence, that he is correct. God, of course, according to many religious views, loves and forgives and enriches everyone but the fags.
Now, I am not a religious person, I don't hate God, although I doubt His existence. I think, if there is a god, He wouldn't be recognizable to humans, and so we shouldn't waste our time and resources continuing the search. If the Human Race spent as much time on, say, World Hunger, or perhaps being nice to people, we would be a hell of a lot better off.
I have nothing against the concept of God if others want to believe in Him. But don't expect me to instantly believe in Him just because they do. If so many people believe in God, they argue, it must be true. Wrong, I say, just because a majority of people believe it to be true doesn't validate its existence. After all, 250 million Americans still believe they won the war in Vietnam.
I just think that the concept of a vengeful God is absurd. And I think the idea of a God who is Vengeful towards only selected parts of the population is ESPECIALLY distasteful. I would say the same thing to that God that I would say to any other type of lowlife bigot. He can go fuck Himself.
People are more than willing to believe in God, of whose existence they can't prove. But when choosing one brand of paper towels over another, and want to know which one is more absorbent, THEN they want to see the evidence.
55% of Americans believe that the bible is the literal word of God. 27%of Canadians do. This is ridiculous. The bible has been used to "prove" any point that someone is willing to argue. The bible says that "if a man lies with a man as with a woman, it is an abomination, blah, blah, blah," and people swallow it hook line and sinker, and many even go out and play hunt the faggot, based on the word of God. These same people also go out and get mortgages, even though the bible says that anyone who lends money at interest will be put to death. Every banker in the world would have been dispatched to hell long ago if we actually followed that dogma.
So why do people choose to follow some parts of the bible and not others? This selective faith casts doubt on the entire religious establishment. If some parts of faith can be discarded when they become inconvenient, why do people still hold on to such archaic, stupid notions?
At my school, and I'm sure at yours, there is the ISCF, standing for the Inter-School-Christian-Fellowship. This insidious group meets periodically to discuss the evils of society and to pray for the souls of the rest of the school. They have speakers in to preach the wickedness of that teenage "Jungle Music" sometimes known by the slang term "Rock and Roll", and the evils of abortion, premarital sex, pleasure of any kind, etc.
I didn't find out about this cancerous Growth in my otherwise wonderful school until I saw the write up on the ISCF in last year's yearbook. It talked about how they went on prayer walks through the school, and prayed for the things they saw.
Had I known this thing was happening, I would have sent them a letter, asking them NOT to pray for me if they saw me. If was a horrible feeling, I imagine it felt the same way in a neighborhood where one of the people suddenly went berserk and murdered his entire family with a can opener. All the neighbors come out onto their front porches to say to the news crew, "Well, he was always so NORMAL!"
That's what it felt like. This activity was going on in the halls of my school and I never noticed? I was being prayed for without my consent? I felt violated. Prayer Rape.
This is what I hate about religion. It is illustrated perfectly by the ISCF example. Wherever a religious institution found a group that hadn't been "saved" by them, they immediately went in to try to cure these barbarians of their twisted ways. Imposing a faith on others. It's sickening. Africa got along fairly well before the missionaries came in and fucked with it. So did Asia, and South, Central, and North America.
Religion has done more harm than good in my opinion. A belief in God never did anyone any harm. Turning that belief in God into a corporation, an empire, is where the problems start. I have no problem with spirituality, merely the institutionalization of it.
Religion was always just a way to explain the unexplainable. Jesus? Nice guy. Had the right idea. He said the right things: Be nice to people; don't hit each other; don't be stupid. These are no-brainers.
I bet the Big JC would be appalled with the state of Christianity today. And to the ISCF: I wish religious assault was a crime. You'd be locked up for life.
(I KNOW I'm going to get mail for this one.)