Monday, July 10, 2006
proud to be a heathen
it never ceases to amaze me how people can believe in religion- particularly christianity- but i am an equal opportunity heathen. i can cut some slack to casual believers- but it is the hardliners that baffle me. you know the ones who for some reason unknown to me have no kind of judgment when it comes to human nature. like the ones who continued to support jim and tammy faye in the 80's after discovering that oh jim had affairs and the bakkers had solid gold fixtures in their bathrooms. or the ones who continue to support the likes of pat robertson and jim dobson- even though they really don't actually live by the christian tenets that they preach? (thanks to terrorism news). i guess i just look at christianity as one big racket. i mean it is a fairy tale- mythology at best and i just don't see what void that you could possibly have in your life that this can fill. people who believe say that it is a leap of faith- boy do they have that right. i think that there is a bit of naivete and guillibilty as well. seems like these christian folks in america are always being used- by the right, by the left and by their clergy. the countless stories of clergy- catholic and other- who are molesters, cheats, thieves, (thanks to diminishing returns) etc just keeps on growing. perhaps one day these folks will get tired of being on the giving end of the collection plate. david horton, as usual, says it best.