Better Hating Through Religion

*sigh* it seems I have to talk about religion again.

My apologies.

In an article for GQ, one of those Duck Dynasty guys make some unpleasant comments about homosexuals, calling it a sin, and akin to bestiality. At first I was shocked that the most unconventional of these camo-wearing unconventionals would be against anyone else who often considered outside the so-called “norm”.

But as it turns out, the patri-arse of those whacky quackers is a bible-thumper. Phil Robertson uses examples from the Bible to makes his scattered-brained point. That homosexuality is wrong because a vagina is more desirable than an anus. Then, I heard about all the pro-right-wing extremists standing up for Phil, saying that anyone attacking his point of view is against the Bible, which is religious discrimination, persecution, blah blah blah.

The first thought that went through my head was the other religious extremists. You know the kind, who want to kill the west because their god wants them to. Well, wouldn’t calling them crazy and murderers be religious discrimination? After all, that is what they believe. It comes from their religious text, right?

See, that’s the funny/ sad thing about religion, it can be corrupted, twisted, and raped by those who want to accomplish their goal and ensure “their” version of their beliefs prevail.

After 9/11, some small-minded assholes burned the Qu’ran because they saw it as evil, the source of malevolence that threatened the good ol’ U.S. of A. They totally ignored the passages that were probably very similar to the Christian Bible, or the fact that most Muslims just want to live their lives in peace and happiness, just like everyone else.

Yet when someone says anything negative towards the Bible of  Christian beliefs, especially when words from the Bible are used to spread hatred, whoa wait, you can’t do that!

In short, it’s ok to burn, mock, spread disrespect and hatred about other’s beliefs, but say anything about Christianity, now that is wrong. Phil Robertson can use the Bible to spread discriminatory words of hatred, but the moment anyone counters, it’s discrimination against his religious beliefs?

I’m seriously tired of this hypocritical bullshit!

I’m by far not an expert, but isn’t the purpose of any religious belief or philosophy to make the world better? Isn’t it supposed to raise our spirits, make us open our hearts and our minds and see the beauty of life? Yet the majority of the things I keep hearing spout only fear, anger, and hatred.

What really pisses me off is that it’s the minority of loud-mouth assholes that we keep on hearing from. Where are all the good, honest, open-minded, open-hearted religious people who should be furious that these narrow-minded, right-winged fucks are dragging their religion through the mud and shit, making anyone who follows the same religion look crazy and stupid!

Sadly, this kind of crap has been, and will continue, to go on and on. Ignorant right-wing nut jobs spreading hate through the word of their lord, while other fight back and get accused of religious persecution. It was around before Phil Robertson quacked, and it’ll continue long after he’s croaked.

A small ray of hope seems to be the new Pope, Francis. Maybe, just maybe, he can start change from within.

 

By the way, if you think Phil Robertson’s words were just colorful or agree with what he said, you may want to Google more.

Phil Robertson had this to say about blacks in the “Jim Crow South”…

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field …. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word! … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Maybe, just maybe, African-Americans were treated ok where Phil grew up. But to think that is how it was everywhere is just as narrow-minded as those who rush to defend him about his religious beliefs, and over-look his racial ignorance.

Using religion to spread hatred mocks everything all religions stand for.

It’s makes those who believe in that particular religion sad and weak, while making those spreading the hate more powerful and terrifying.

 

BTW, I got the quote from Jonathan Merritt’s article about Phil Robertson and his racial comments that have been overlooked by the Conservatives. Here’s the link:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/12/the-real-em-duck-dynasty-em-scandal-phil-robertsons-comments-on-race/282538/

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2 thoughts on “Better Hating Through Religion”

  1. Oh, non-bigoted religious types do get mad, but people don’t tend to stick microphones in our faces as much. So much for the “liberal-biased” media. Here’s my rant: http://unknownnothing.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/a-call-to-lay-down-arms/

    There’s also The Christian Left, Christians For A Change, The God Article, Red Letter Christians…. and, yeah, now the Catholic Church. But, you know, no one cares about them, when some bearded back-country yokel has a chance to step up to the microphone.

    1. Pardon the pun, but thank God for non-bigoted Christians.
      But they really need to do more about idiots like Phil Robertson or those Westboro Baptists who protest soldier funerals.
      The media are simpletons who feature things that burn, bleed, or might sounds juicy. But they will run with a story if it is said enough times. Look at how Dubya Bush got people to believe in WMD! Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. If the good, open-minded Christians got out there and showed people not all Christians are anti-gay or racist, then the tide would. It would turn slow, but if it keeps turning, change is inevitable.
      Thanks for reading.
      I’ll be checking out your rant soon.
      🙂

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