I’m terribly sorry: were you offended by my language? If so, might I suggest that you visit a site where someone actually gives a shit about your personal sensibilities regarding language use.
That’s it. I’ve had it. I’m done with even attempting to be civil about it (as I’m sure you gathered from the title of this post). This is not meant as a personal attack against anyone. I know, and am friends with, and am related to, many religious people. They’re fine, upstanding people who I respect and am proud to call my friends, acquaintances, or family.
So many times I have heard that religion is a “deeply personal issue”. I’ve come to the conclusion that this does not mean that people generally keep their religion as a personal policy, rather than public policy issue, but rather that they cannot separate themselves from their religion. Many people seem to use their religion as a basic part of how they define themselves.
I’m sure we’ve all heard it before: “Ours is the One True Religion™.” They tell me that I’m going to hell because I’m an atheist. They tell me that I’ve been misled by Satan. They tell me that I don’t have faith because I haven’t found god yet†. They tell me that I have no morals. They tell me that I’m mis-interpreting their holy scripture. They tell me that the glory of the world around us is evidence enough to prove that god exists. They tell me that any religion but theirs is either made up or twisted from the truth by men. They tell me that only their holy book is infallible and contains no errors or contradictions because it is the word of god™. They claim that I am evil because I am an atheist. They say that the earth was created by their god 6000 years ago. They say that dinosaurs and men once walked the earth together. They say that evolution is a lie. They say that the earth is the center of their god’s creation. They say a lot of really, really inane bullshit. Fuck them!
I’ve fucking had it with their bullshit, and I refuse to be civil about it any more. It wouldn’t be so bad if they had their beliefs and kept them as many people do: as part of their personal life. But that’s not good enough for some of them. Noooooooo… They want to make sure that their beliefs are made a part of public policy. They believe that man’s law always takes a back seat to god’s law™. They want to be sure that their particular fantasy story about how the earth and all the animals on it were created (which is the infallible truth, so they say) is taught in our public schools. They want the schools to take time out for prayer in class because prayer is what will bring our country back into line with god’s will. They want to be sure that homosexuals are kept away from the public at the very least, and that “curing” or imprisoning them would be an even better idea. Fuck them!
They want to make sure that no more babies are murdered. Funny though; that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with fetuses being aborted. Keep your fucking holier-than-thou attitude out of women’s reproductive rights. They want the right to pray over their child’s cancer rather than have it be treated by a medical professional. Do you know what that is? It’s child endangerment at the very least! Not to mention the fact that it’s insane, and pathetic, and reprehensible conduct. Fuck them!
They think the US always has been, is, and always should be a Christian Nation™. They think that the current economic crisis is happening because the US is experiencing a “moral crisis” because we have “forsaken the rich Christian heritage” that they believe the US was built upon. Fuck them!
These religious zealots are the most gullible, self-centered, self-righteous, batshit crazy, delusional, dangerous people on the fucking planet, and I’m sick of them! Fuck accommodation! I’m not giving an inch! They can keep their fucking millennia-old mythology to themselves. It’s got no place in modern society. It explains nothing! It’s the high-priests’ way of keeping people under their control. If you honestly, truly believe that some mystical prophet was nailed to a cross and died, then came back to life three days later in order to absolve you of your sins, then you’re a deluded fool at best, and a hypocritical liar at worst.
And now that I’m finished with my rambling rant, I think I’ll go back to reading a few other blogs.
† How long has it been missing? Did you file a police report?