Fuck Your God

"Hey, you have your religion in my politics" "Hey, you have your politics in my religion" Two tastes that could be great, just NOT together. Let's discuss how religious zealots are ruining the spirit of the United States and trampling your rights for the sake of their own god.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

"Chuck" currently resides in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. While he finds organized religion and their fanatics to be morally bankrupt and power hungry he also believes in the Constitution and our Bill of Rights which allow all of us to believe in any god we choose and the ability to worship in any manner our selves feel to be correct and good and right. So long as we respect others' rights to do so as well. The latter concept being foreign to most religious folk.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Is THIS what Jesus would REALLY do???

We’ve all seen the bracelets. “WWJD?” I guess now, those of us NOT in the know, are. Jesus would assassinate a government leader we just disagree with. Well, that sounds like what Pat Robertson thinks. For those of you who don’t know (is there really anyone who doesn’t?), Mr. Robertson is “a man of God”. He runs the 700 Club on television, as well as several other charities. I think it’s important that you read this article first. Here we have this “holy man” calling for an assassination. And his reason? Apparently Mr. Robertson doesn’t like communism. Are we back in the McCarthy era here, folks? Get ready for the Hollywood blackballing. Thank heavens Lucy’s dead. She’s spared a repeat. Now that we know what Pat Robertson thinks Jesus would do, let’s see what the Bible has to say. Keep in mind that Mr. Robertson CLAIMS to follow the Bible.

Romans 13:1-5 (NIV)

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, no only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”

Seems to me that Mr. Robertson is rebelling. According to Pat’s standard, the Bible, didn’t God put Mr. Chavez in power? I guess this means Pat deserves judgment. Aww. Poor Pat.

So Mr. Robertson offers an apology. Let’s look again at his Bible.

Galatians 5:22

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
Mr. Robertson claims frustration. Apparently he was out of control. So I read the first sentence in that paragraph above and wonder, “Love,…peace, patience, kindness, goodness,…gentleness, SELF CONTROL. I see him practicing those.” I guess I would find it ok if it was just one of those. But SOOOO many? You know what is so disgusting? So many people watch his programs. Check out THIS article about this “oh-so-wonderful-holy-man” here. And that’s not even all of it. Although I would hope it would be enough. Probably not. Folks involved in organized religion don’t strike me as all that intelligent.

To Pat Robertson, I leave this quote from his standard:

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. OTHERWISE, you have believed in vain.”

So, read this stuff, draw some conclusions, and we’ll continue on. Maybe next time we’ll take on THIS and figure out what impact this will have on Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and other religions that, supposedly, are free to be in this great country of ours.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Intelligent Design by "Who's God"?

Your god? Fuck your god.

So Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Christians don't. Atheists believe in no god. Christians don't. Christians believe in Jesus. Jews don't. Buddhists don't. Atheists don't. Christians believe in the Bible. Jews don't. Buddhists don't. Atheists don't. Muslims don't. Agnostics don't. Hindus don't. Yet we are all expected to adhere to christian beliefs because they believe we should. We don't. So much for freedom of religion in the good 'ol US of A.

The pilgrims left England on a tiny little boat so they could worship the way they felt was right. They started the Boston Colony and instituted their laws based on their beliefs. Fine. Roger Williams left to pursue his own set of beliefs and founded Rhode Island. William and Mary founded Maryland. William Penn, Pennsylvania. Mr. Smith, Utah. Some of these people were escaping religious persecution and looking for freedom to worship in their own way. Others for the sole purpose of attaining property and wealth. Think the land rushes of Oklahoma. Property. California was explored by catholics for converts.

With all of this diversity in expanding this country, and the fact that the pilgrims came here to practice religious freedom, how can we reasonably say this country was founded on christian principle? How about human rights? Doesn't that seem more accurate? It does to me.

Now the religious right wants ME and YOU to believe in intelligent design. A theory based completely without intelligence and only on religious belief. Their religious belief. Take a look at this little cartoon and see what you think. Kind of puts this design theory in perspective. Then remember that G.W. wants YOU to worship Jesus. And he seems willing to compromise OUR first amendment for that end. Are you a christian? I'm not. Jews aren't. Buddhists aren't. Atheists aren't. Hindus aren't. Muslims aren't. Why should they worship Jesus? Because the religious right says so? If we aren't careful, it may just come to pass. What are YOU doing to be sure it doesn't?