July 4, 2012

Will the reasonable remain silent?

Probably only a few who read this blog are Christian, and most of those would be reading only out of friendship. I think they know that I don't necessarily "hate" christians, but that I instead hold religion and religious belief in general in contempt. From my perspective the divisiveness, hatred, fear and bigotry we see rampant in the world today can be found rooted in pervasive religion. Religious dogma is established and gods created only when men can be wedged apart. 

My friends tell me that they still believe, but they only believe in the good stuff. The general tendency is to point at the other guy's religion as the bad seed. For some reason they reject the notion that every bit as much hatred and bigotry emanates from that King James on the bedside table as has ever oozed from a Qu'ran. There is nothing good about religion.

Right after 9-11 we started hearing it... "If there are moderate muslims, why don't they speak out about the extremism?" The Pam Gellers of the country still parrot that call. Christians, they say, are not like those evil Muslims. Christianity is a religion of peace and unity... Islam is a violent religion and one that drives wedges. Hmmm.

So now, after seeing "God's Chosen" rear their head in Alabama, I'll just sit here and wait to see how long it takes for the good, moderate christians to speak out.

I'm still waiting.

[No, the intent is not mockery. My point is that when good, non-bigot, loving people cling to the misguided notion that christianity is a passive religion, they are passively supporting people like these. These people are former Democrats who fled the party and now are very much involved in hard, right-wingnut Republican politics. When you do not denounce this, you enable it.] 


One Fly said...


jbrock said...

Well, I'm about a 5.8 who happens to have grown up in a "Christian Identity" environment. You may not be familiar with their particular theopathology, but they make Dominionists look moderate and Fundamentalists look like Unitarians.

Not the answer you're looking for (or the source), but thought I'd mention it.

Granted religion is probably all bullshit, some flavors of bullshit are more toxic than others.

JEG43 said...

Denounce! Denounce! Denounce!
Fine Post (as usual)!

Labrys said...

Thank you for stating the obvious that is too sadly not apparent to most.

Old NFO said...

Good points, and MOST wars are the result of some form of religious persecution...

Jeff B said...

Going to or speaking in a church doesn't make you a Christian any more than sitting in your garage makes you a car.

Folks like this chap disgust me.

Mule Breath said...

The problem as I see it is that the entirety of the right wing (meaning the Republican Party) is infested with these people. They've always been amongst us, and always will be... but we don't have to support their malignant ideology. I'll leave it up to you to figure out how to deal with the problem, but from my point of view... under current circumstances... a vote for *any* Republican is an endorsement of this kind of bigotry and hatred,