Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bigots With Bibles



ISIS, the “Islamic state,” is a fringe element of Islam, one most good and decent Muslims look down upon and have nothing to do with. They’re a dangerous force that needs to be suppressed, because theirs is a doctrine of violence and hate that has no place in a civilized society. But it is naïve to believe they are the only bad actors in this play. The greatest threat to America, barring any nuclear bombardment from North Korea, is bigger than just “radical Islamic terrorism.” It’s radical religious terrorism, and that includes the segment of the population that identifies itself as “Christian.” Like their Islamic counterparts, their dogma is a perversion of their faith, and they are more alike than either side will admit.

Like ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever you want to call it, this mutant strain of Christianity — I’ll call them Chrinos, because they’re CHRistian In Name Only — want to turn America into a “Christian State,” a caliphate where their warped interpretation of biblical law trumps the Constitution (no pun intended). The irony here is that there’s absolutely nothing Christian about them. A supporter of Roy Moore (whom they’d be crucifying in the town square if he were a Democrat) ignores the accusations of pedophilia against him, claiming that you “just can’t fake” the Christian values he professes. Bullshit. You’ve all been faking it for millennia. Jimmy Kimmel said it best:

 Burn!

Roy Moore is not a Christian, nor is anybody who would vote for him. They’re all Chrinos, stupid sheep following opportunistic wolves to the shearing, where they are fleeced for every penny that can be extorted from them. I wouldn’t be surprised if wealthy corporate donors were contributing to their ministries, where they persuade their deluded disciples to vote Republican because Jesus. The Republicans then pass a tax code that totally fucks the poor and middle class, but that’s okay, ’cause Jesus. Roy Moore gets to molest teenage girls because Jesus. Donald Trump gets to “grab ’em by the pussy” ’cause Jesus.

I call bullshit. I’ve read their book, and they’re doing it all wrong. Their religion teaches them not to be judgmental of other people (Matthew 5:2), that the rich should sell everything they have and give it to the poor (Matthew 19:21), and to be nice to foreigners living in their midst (Leviticus 19:34, Hebrews 13:12). Their Jesus said that he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword (Matthew 26:52), and I’m sure he’d feel the same way about firearms.

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
— Matthew 15:8

What passes for Christianity these days is diametrically opposite to their scripture. They’re all for being judgmental when it comes to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered. They bend over for the rich and powerful. They despise foreign refugees. And don’t even get them started about their guns. These people are not Christians; they’re just bigots with bibles.

The only thing more tiresome than these hypocrites trying to force their archaic beliefs on the rest of humanity is their pathetic whining when somebody tells them they can’t. They start screaming about how persecuted they are when the law won't let them persecute others. They cry over what they consider “religious intolerance.” Again, I call bullshit. The truth is, we have tolerated religion for far too long, and the time has come for it to stop. Believing that some immortal sky spirit created the universe is one thing, but now their archaic beliefs are a threat to humanity, as they ignore the warnings of scientists about climate change, because Jesus. Meanwhile, the Chrinos and the Minos (Muslims in name only) are fighting a war with the rest of us in the crossfire, like two armies arguing over whether 2+2=3 or 2+2=5. Religion has become a threat to humanity.

Don’t try to refute me by pointing out the good things Christians do, either. None of these good deeds count if they are dependent on some imaginary being to make them happen. When I give to the poor, or comfort the afflicted, it means a lot more because I’m doing it of my own free will, not because my imaginary friend told me to. If God is the reason you don’t murder, rape, or steal, then you’re just a mindless automaton; your morality is invalid, especially when you support the likes of Donald Trump and Roy Moore. Nobody is buying what you’re selling.

Mind you, there are real Christians out there. You just never hear from them because they’re really Christians who follow the teachings of Christ as recorded in the gospels, not the xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic baggage Paul added to it in the epistles. You don’t hear about them because they keep their faith to themselves, as their Bible teaches (Matthew 6:5), instead of waving it around and bragging about it like Tim Tebow. I just wish they would speak up and challenge the heretics who have corrupted their beliefs. Just like I wish more Muslims would call ISIS and Al Qaeda out.

It’s time for humanity to grow up.