The Divisive Power of Religion
November 5, 2008

Or, why I hate Christians, Jews, and Muslims. (Not so much on the Muslims. They keep pretty well to themselves.) (Or the Jews really. I just hate Christians.)

This election has brought out the worst of the religious fiends. Obama is not the anti-Christ. But they’ll have you believe he is! Massive numbers of Facebook statuses out there today with hateful messages like, “I can’t believe we elected a President who doesn’t believe this is a Christian nation.” Newsflash! America is much more than a Christian nation. It’s a Christian nation and a Jewish nation and a Muslim nation and an atheist nation and a gay nation and straight nation and yes, you’ve heard Obama’s 2004 convention speech before.

Somehow, though, the religious fundamentalists will still turn such a progressive and ground breaking election into a spectacle of hate. Mongering about anti-Christs and Christian Nations prompted me to start some arguments with them about how wrong they are. Needless to say, their first proposition was woefully unprepared, as they had nothing to say to back up the point that he was indeed the opposite of their lord god. (caps intended.)

And when confronted about the Christian Nation part? I bluntly told them that they do not live in a Christian nation, and repeated the Obamamantra from a paragraph ago. (About the multi-ethnic melting pot that is this cesspool of hatred and intolerance we call America.) A majority of them, here in the deep south of Texas, actually responded with this.

“Yeah, so we bring them to Christ!”

Seriously??

It’s not your job to convert us lowly heathens. We’ve made our choices. You’ve made yours. Stop converting people. If they want it, they’ll let you know.

Jesus.

Pun intended.

I mean, what force has been more destructive than the Christian religion? The Crusades, the Biblical Genocides, the Spanish Inquisition, even the Holocaust (by association) were perpetrated by these almighty vicars of faith and good will. Catholic Pedophiles and Evangelist Money Launderers. Ugh. I’m so disgusted.

Atheists are the real angels. Tolerant to the extreme. God is dead, save yourselves.

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Unenlightened America
June 9, 2008

by pegleghippie

So, on the front of its US news section of its website, CNN had a story about lesbians kissing at a ball game (It’s no longer up front, probably because Jon Stuart called them out on it).  Who thought this was ok?  Who said, “hey, that’s not just newsworthy, that’s front page material!”?  What the fuck?  What the fucking fuck?  Why do people stand up and notice when two women kiss in public?  Is there someone out there who doesn’t know what lesbians are?

I know that news agencies are just out to make a quick buck, but that begs the question, why is this story a money maker?  Because apparently CNN thought that Americans are shallow enough that they’ll be titillated/offended/enthralled by this story.  In other words, CNN thinks Americans are unenlightened.

And no one (save Jon Stuart) complained!  No one said, fuck you CNN!  This isn’t news, I’m not buying this time!  Maybe CNN is right: maybe we’re all just troglodytes. 

Those of  you who are straight and around my age, think back to your time in school.   You probably knew homosexuals.  Did you freak out when they kissed?  Did your world-view get shattered?  I’m guessing no.  I know from my own life, a lesbian kiss is as normal as any other kiss, and any time someone has made a scene of pointing out two women kissing (whether out of disgust or out of excitement) he has been scolded for bigotry (it’s always a he).

So I’ve got some conflicting evidence here.  On this issue, and on several others that I haven’t mentioned, my generation seems to be made up of accepting, open-minded, enlightened individuals.  The media, however, treats the population as if we’re all upper-class victorian socialites with the most delicate of sensibilities.  Now I spent a lot of my youth in the South, so I know this attitude exists among certain adults.  So I suspect that our media wants to dumb us down and make us more close minded than we actually are, so as to…I don’t know, sell us more stuff?  Not an impossibility, but a bit conspiritorial.

I guess I don’t know why we’re treated like troglodytes.  I really don’t know why we don’t fight it more.  Are we that defeatist, sitting around saying, “oh right, we live in America, where intellectualism goes to die.”?  

Or am I out of line here, thinking that we’re more tolerant than we are?  Is this the ‘liberal elitism’ that conservatives accuse us of?  Am I in some way completely off base, with a categorically different understanding of the culture and the larger world than the understanding of my average fellow citizen?  Once again it isn’t impossible, but that seems conspiratorial.  For whatever reason, the people that I know are light-years beyond America’s stereotype of itself.  We need to seriously start fighting back against that stereotype, and waking ourselves up to the wonderful diversity and complexity of the world around us.  

And just so we’re clear, fuck CNN.