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.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

But it IS their right in America

Let's all have a bible-burning day. Maybe a Sunday morning in front of churches across the country. On the sidewalk, of course; we wouldn't want to be arrested for trespassing.

I mentioned this idea about six years ago to loud gasps of shock. I felt that a book burning is a powerful statement about oppression and censorship that would strike religious-folk most pointedly. And done on their "holy" day of worship would be just...wonderful. Time and again I was told this was a terrible idea. I didn't think so then and don't know. But in light of what that most-un-christ-like man in Florida is doing, I wish I had. It was my idea first DAMNIT! Now I would just look like a copy-cat, and who wants that?

Now, while I don't think this is a good thing for this man to be doing, he does have that right. This is freedom of religion (intolerant as it is toward Islam) and freedom of speech; both of which I argue in favor of here. To condemn his actions out of hand would be disingenuous and hypocritical. The ability to carry out this action is what makes our country so splendid. We are allowed to do this and to have our voices heard. We have this freedom. And there is a price for it.

Those who fought for our independence paid in blood. And maybe he will, too. But he is doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. He's not a smart man, he doesn't see a big picture, he is hateful and arrogant. But is he any different than any other "christian" in this country who protests secularism and aims to force us all into their own religion? Not really. He's just different.