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.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Guilty, or just by association?

Main Entry:
French, hypocrite, bigot
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices ; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
— big·ot·ed \-gə-təd\ adjective
— big·ot·ed·ly adverb

Barack Obama chose Rick Warren to perform the invocation at his inauguration in January. A very conservative right wing religious leader. He says he would like to present all opinions in his white house. Perhaps he would also like David Duke to be there. He could place his hand on the Q'aran while Mr. Duke swore him into office. Is that, too, an opinion in these United States? Why, yes, it is. Albeit not one we wish to give voice to. Why is it then alright to give voice to homosexual bigotry? Mr. Warren professes to know many gay people and to have eaten in gay homes. That's all well and good, Mr. Warren, for slave masters kept niggers in the main house to serve them at all hours of the day. This did not make either the ownership of slaves or mistreatment of them acceptable. Knowing fags and dining with them, even if that fag is Melissa Etheridge, does not excuse your designation of them as less than other members of our citizenry.

While I would like to say that this misstep is entirely on the shoulders of our President-elect that would be untrue. The gay community must accept a bit of blame for this one. They know his opinion about gay marriage and have chosen to ignore it. They have not called the man to the carpet and held him to an acceptable standard. While many refuse to believe Mr. Obama was explicit in his stand on gay marriage it makes it no less true. This current happenstance should be of no surprise. He has made it clear that he will tolerate homosexuals and do nothing to win them equality. He is, after all, a christian and will legislate those christian beliefs onto the masses. Whether you are christian or not. And the gay community has said, loudly and clearly, that this is alright with them.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christians Love? What?

That just can't be correct. Christians don't love. Well, maybe they say they do, but look at their actions. These surely tell a very different story.

This weekend I was listening to NPR and they had a story about a town in Ohio that is fighting the war on Christmas head on. The town is encouraging it's residents and businesses to wish one another a "Merry Christmas" in defiance of the "Happy Holidays" trend. This begs the question "What about those other religious holidays that fall in the month of December?" Christians don't seem to care about those. After all, Christianity is really the only religion that matters, everyone else is going to Hell, anyway.

But this isn't the only issue on which they refuse any compromise or concession. What about abortion? Whether you agree with it or not, there are times when it may be necessary. Christians like Ms. Palin don't really care about that. And isn't this issue really something for medical professionals to work out? Yeah, yeah, I know, it's all about giving a voice to those without one, but these religious zealots have a strong tendency to miss the forest for the trees and seldom look beyond the procedure to the person beyond who is already outside the womb.

And then we have gay marriage. They say the Bible is against this and yet they totally overlook several other things the Bible is against but they have no problem pursuing; like clothing made of mixed fibers such as cotton/polyester blends. A big no no. And, shock, the Bible even talks of the evils of heterosexual marriage saying only to engage in this if you are too horny to remain outside the boundaries of matrimony. But marry they do. All the time. Many of them even more than once. Shock. And, wait, what does the almighty book say about divorce and remarriage? Against it! Except if your spouse cheats on you, that is. But how many marriages end in divorce for this reason? I'd suspect very few. But divorce rates hover around 50% these days.

It's amazing how much hate is in the hearts of Christians these days. And yet they talk and talk and talk. So when will society learn and relegate them to pariah like they should? I fear it's no time soon.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Six Degrees of Separation

The governor of Illinois was arrested today by federal authorities in what is being said as an investigation into his attempt to "sell" president-elect Obama's senate seat. It is coming as quite a shock to many of us in this state known for extreme corruption through all branches of government. We already have a governor in prison. We have federal probes investigating Chicago city government, as well. It seems to go on and on and on. It's amazing how deep it runs and how common an occurance it is in this state. I've not heard any specifics about our soon-to-be but it is only a matter of time. You don't grow up in Illinois politics and come out uncorrupt. And I don't care how much Obama will deny it in the next four years, I won't believe him. Not only is he from Illinois he is from Chicago. It rubs off. Let's see what eventually comes out in the wash. My mom had a proverb for us when we were growing up; Be sure your sins will always find you out. In time.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Rev. Wright and Politics. He likes to mix..

So, this man who caused such controversy around the presidential election was back on the pulpit this last Sunday working very hard to lose the tax exempt status of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Jeremiah Wright is quoted in the Chicago Tribune this morning that folks "suffer a delusion that politics don't belong in the pulpit." I'm sure our founding fathers would be glad to hear that news. They are, after all, the ones who came up with that bullshit. Mr. Wright, how would you like to have that congregation of yours pay taxes on it's property, income, investments, blah, blah, blah? Cry foul? I'm sure you all would but what's good for you is good for me. Maybe we should also regulate what goes on in your congregation. Maybe we should have strict government oversight. I know, lets pass stringent laws telling you what you can and can't talk about. Like hate speach toward the white monster and gay people. Maybe even force you to follow the same equality laws as the rest of us. What a great day it would be if the federal government told you, under no uncertain terms, that you HAD TO perform gay weddings. WHITE GAY WEDDINGS. Justice. It's a beautiful thing. Try destroying our Constitution and see what happens next. Those of us who are truly American and love the country like the Constitution and appreciate the separation of church and state. It's the unAmerican amoung us who don't like these things. You give the impression of being unAmerican, Mr. Wright. Am I wrong in this?