"I am not a good American...I prefer to form my own opinions" - George Carlin
UP FRONT-If you are offended by a less than Christian view of the supreme being, you probably want to click out of here at this point. I warned you, and I will not argue with anyone about religion. This is my view...you can keep yours to yourself.
I received an email from a relative recently. I should mention, this is a liberal relative, as opposed to my hillbilly relatives in southern Ohio.
Somehow I have misplaced the email, so I am going to paraphrase it.
"I was reading a report today about an Islamic controlled country where the women are not allowed in public with anyone other than their husband, or relatives. It's the law there. But often they get around this law by performing an acceptable act that is in the Koran. If a non-related male drinks the milk of a married woman, he is considered to be a relative, and then there is no problem appearing with the woman in public. Sucking her teat is an accepted method.
I am so disgusted with this that I have to say it is time the world understands that the Muslim religion is fucking insane, and out of step with reality, as are the people who practice it! I am beginning to believe that they really are a threat to us and our way of life."
There was more, but unimportant to this post. I really couldn't believe what I was reading. It was as if I had gotten an email quoting a page from the tea bagger manual.
I generally don't argue with crap such as this, but in this case, it is a close relative with whom I have discussed politics on many occasions, and he has always been in my column. He hasn't replied to my response as yet.
Here is my response:
Imagine this...you come home and your mate/wife/whatever, who was made from YOUR fifth rib, tells you that she's been talking to a snake. The snake informs her (yes, the snake TALKS), informs her that she and you need to eat a certain fruit so that you can become powerful...just like that invisible entity's voice that talks from the sky. You take a bite, and immediately you realized that you have a schong...and that you are FUCKING NAKED. So now because you know you are naked, and have a Willie, you have to leave this lovely place, and take your bitch with you, and she and her descendants will bleed once a month for the rest of your kind's time on this planet, as a mark of HER shame...for making YOU eat the fruit of nakedness.
Several years later, one of the older (700 years or so) descendants is told by the voice to build a boat, and to stuff two each of EVERY LIVING FUCKING ANIMAL on the planet on the boat. Because HE the invisible one is sick and tired of your people being...people...you know, fucking and such...and having a little Merlot at the end of the day instead of bending down in homage to the voice. Oh, and eating pork and shit.
So, he is going to kill every damned one of them by drowning...except the old guy who is in charge of building the boat, and his family. It never dawns on the invisible one to just strike their sorry asses dead, KABOOM, I guess. But hey, he's cool.
And there is more...now imagine your wife comes home one day and tells you that she is pregnant...by an invisible FATHER force from the sky...and you...BELIEVE HER...along with several million other "believers" in the future...who spend a hell of a lot of their time trying to convince non-believers to believe in the invisible talking force in the sky...or, their asses are going to die for eternity, or maybe that was fry (repeatedly I suppose).
An entire religion is built around this woman's son and her "miraculous" impregnation. The "true" religion is so powerful in later years that it is able to send thousands into battle to kill unbelievers of the son and the voice in the sky...see, these dudes are living in the voice's promised desert land. Well, technically, the unbelievers are not really unbelievers...they also happen to believe in a voice in the sky, but THEIR voice in the sky is uh...different. See?
This great religion started by the followers of the risen from the dead (did I mention that? 3 days...dead...gets up, goes avisiting...yep) is so rigid it even eats on itself. At one point, it takes it's own believers and tortures them...and burns them...and does not tolerate any dissension in the ranks regards the voice in the sky's laws, because the voice in the sky told several people to write down his shit about how he would burn your ass if you question his shit.
The voice in sky even shows some of it's believers a land of gold and silver, and tells them to venture forth and kill the fucking natives of this land in HIS name if they don't submit to HIS laws...apparently the voice in the sky has not figured out how to talk to said natives himself...he needs intermediaries...and oh yeah, they can keep the gold if they want to.
Another of HIS nations, founded by landed gentry slave owners, is very adamant that we all acknowledge that HE is on OUR side because we have HIS name affixed to our money and pledge of allegiance. Anyone who disagrees with this, is vilified and called an unbelieving socialist traitor...oh, and they are going to burn for eternity for uttering these disagreements. Get thy utterances behind thee, sinner.
In the modern era, an entire nation which professes to believe in the voice in the sky, decides that some of HIS creations are actually vermin, and devises ways to exterminate them...millions of them...because the voice's shit in THE BOOK tells them that they killed the virgin's son, oh...2,000 years ago. Makes sense.
Buuuuuut, the voice is also on that other nation's side, because of the pledge and the money thing, and sends it's citizen soldiers to fight the other voice in the sky peoples who are gassing everybody in sight. However, they, the other voice in the sky guys, cannot allow their ex-slave black soldiers to fraternize with the white soldiers, cuz...hell, it's against the laws of the voice in the sky, according to religious scholarly opinion.
In short, did I mention the WHITE man's burden given to him by the voice? Did I mention slavery, which was the white man's right under the law of the word in the voice book?
And you are worried about some teat sucking Muslim Arabs?
This is the deal, bro...ALL RELIGIONS ARE OUT OF STEP WITH REALITY, and crazy as bat shit. What we really need to realize and do, is get this shit out of our lives...ALL of it!
I can't quite see the difference in batshittery. There isn't any really.
It's all a matter of one's perspective.
Here is the problem, you are approaching this from a western Christian point of view. A more humanist stance might be...who gives a shit. Let them fuck their goats and ban the female goats from the herd if they want to, and eat donkey dong for breakfast. Seriously, why do you give a crap? Where do we get off being the world's deciders of mores?
I personally find the snake handlers, and talkers in tongues in some Christian sects, and Bible hoofing Jehovah Witnesses a little shy of horse sense. So, let em suck a teat, or whatever.
I guarantee you, there are Christians right there in your town that would string you up by your gonads for your beliefs, and suck your wife's teats to boot, if they had the opportunity and the law on their side, IN GOD'S NAME. No question in my mind.
So what's the difference? I don't see it.