I recently came across two photos that perfectly sum up all that is good and evil when it comes to that bastard offspring of Judaism, marketed by Saul, we know as Christianity.
Honestly, the Pastor in the first picture has “got it” so to speak. Whether or not God exists, and what He or She thinks about our actions, is irrelevant. Underlying the basic tenets of any religion is the simple truth: “Be a good person, don’t piss off too many people, and it’ll all work out in the end.” Allied to this is the fact that you can be a kind, decent, upstanding, charitable individual, without having to believe some magic man in the sky is watching and judging your every move.
Then we get the second bunch… those that take Christianity and twist it into something full of hate and intolerance – and sadly, this does not just refer to those maniacs at the Westboro Baptist. These are the people who believe that their beliefs must be imposed on everybody else, and any failure to do so, is seen as an attack on themselves. These are the bigots who fail to understand that granting people the same rights they’ve enjoyed all along, in no way reduces their own rights. These are the bigots who cannot understand that gay people marrying, or somebody having an abortion, has absolutely no impact on their personal lives. None. And yet they rant on, and there’s one good reason why:
Their politics have become their religion.
What these people preach isn’t Christianity, but some sort of mutated, bastard offspring that’s taken Jesus’ name and nailed it to a number of causes about which Jesus probably couldn’t give a stuff. Just have a look at the list of things our protester wants you to repent for: fornicators, homosexuals, dirty dancers (including Patrick Swayze?), Obama voters, liberals, feminists, Muslims, immodest women, Democrats…
That has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with politics. Pretty fucked up politics at that.
I would love to meet somebody with such a sandwich board one day. I’d love to ask him where on his list are the murderers, the rapists, the child molesters, the bankers who’ve swindled people out of their homes?
The world needs more people like Pastor Tom… and hell needs a special place for people like our sandwich board guy.