Wednesday, May 09, 2007

'to be or not to be...that is the question'

i have been wrestling with how, when or even if i should bother with this post. if i do go ahead, it will be raw and only partially thought out- although it has been something that has been rattling around in my head for awhile. ahhh- what the hell? let's do it.

"hope has 2 beautiful daughters. their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are." augustine

i have been wrestling and fighting with myself over which fight i am needed in most. i think many folks are in the same boat. corruption and scandals rock this country. lies and deceit married with hatred and rhetoric- a veritable melting pot of bad stew if you will. it seems very much like a medusa- we chop one head off and another grows in its place. how do you combat what you don't know? none of this has made much sense to me. i have been struggling to wrap my mind around how so many people in government and in this country seem to live in this other universe- this other reality almost. i have posted many times on how these folks don't let facts get in the way of their fiction. i had no idea.

i have been railing against religion and christianity in particular for some time. not a very popular view in a nation that prides itself on its claim to christianity. my mother used to say to me that there were 3 things one did not talk about with company or the public at large:

politics, religion and family.

as you can clearly see, i didn't listen. i have been struggling to get through the first chapter of chris hedges' book 'american fascists: the christian right and the war on america.' not because it is a hard read or poorly written, but because i get upset.

"these values, democratic and Christian, are being dismantled, often with stealth, by a radical Christian movement, known as dominionism, which seeks to cloak itself in the mantle of the Christian faith and American patriotism."

"Dominionists now control at least six national television networks, each reaching tens of millions of homes, and virtually all of the nation's more than 2,000 religious radio stations, as well as denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention."

hedges goes on to cite that about 12.6% of the american population makes up these 'traditional evangelicals' but what they lack in numbers, they more than make up for in potency. he describes the very way we are living right now- the failing of the education system; the attacks on civil liberties; the singling out of gays, women and other 'minorities' for scapegoating; the ideological war against islam- this is their agenda. we knew what we were getting with bush. we didn't realize the extent that these folks have infiltrated our political system from the local level on up to all three branches of our federal government.

the constitution of the united states of america grants freedom from a state religion but these folks recognize only what they believe to be god's will. most americans are too polite to talk about other's religious views. we tend to think that this is a place where we shouldn't intrude. i find it amusing. we have ceded our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the government but we keep our religious beliefs sacred ground. we have given up our homes under imminent domain. we have allowed the government to tell us how our children will be schooled and how we can discipline them. we depend upon them for our food supplies and water. but we won't talk about how absolutely stupid it is for adults to believe in fiction and mythology.

well, this is going to lose me a few readers i am sure- it has already lost me some that i know of. so it must be. there is no room for tolerance of radical religion period. i don't care if it's judaism, islam, or christianity. i would go further and say that i personally don't feel that there is a place for religion period- because the moderates are part of the problem. the live and let live mentality of mainstream folks has allowed these people to put the entire world in jeopardy. if you aren't fighting against the problem- you are part of the problem. there is no tolerance here at this blog for people who feel that their religious world view trumps the rights and freedoms of others. if you are part of god's army and you are at war with the secularists or the muslims or the gays or anyone who doesn't share your agenda for the world- you will find no welcome here. you have hijacked my country and my constitution for your own twisted view. let me tell you something- there is no god and no rapture and there will be no second coming of christ period. you live in a fantasy based mythological world and you want the end of the world to happen because you think you will get to live eternity in heaven. there aren't 72 virgins waiting for the muslim suicide bombers and there isn't a jesus waiting for you in heaven. period. i will go down fighting against theocracy with every ounce of my being. just know that i am out here- i am angry and i am courageous and i am hopeful. i am hopeful that one day you and your ilk will die away before you cause a nuclear holocaust.


Peacechick Mary said...

Evangelical. The name itself says why they are powerful. It is their duty to God to convert by speaking out. And speak out they do all the while railing at those who oppose them as being Godless. It is frustrating to have them around and they do follow their convictions by stepping all over the rest of us.

Intrepidflame said...

You go Betmo!! I agree with you full heartedly.I think there is a movement against religion starting up! See my post about the end of faith and read the Hitchen's articles in Slate from the comment section. I think you would love the Harris book by the way!

shawn (aka blogstud) said...

You make some good points, b. I find it hard to tolerate radicals of any type, especially religion. They are usually way too caught up in their way of thinking or thinking they are always right to be able to see reality or the truth. That's one reason I like your blog. Can always count on you to have open discussions and you tolerate other points of view.

and you're usually right anyway. hope you are well. I got dumped this weekend. sigh. just did not feel like posting. still don't. SIGH.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

i have been wrestling and fighting with myself over which fight i am needed in most.
You are most needed in that fight which will keep you together, heart, mind, body and soul; for otherwise, you are worthless to any other fight.

Firewall it, Baby!! I've got your back!

Coffee Messiah said...

Seems they've bought the airwaves and so many other facets of life, unfortunately.

Fortunate or not, their hypocrisy is showing more these past 5 yrs than ever before.

There may be hope for us yet.....

Oh, as summer approaches, time outdoors is more, but notice even on my little corner of the internets, way more people seem to read than leave a comment.

Always enjoy reading what you have to say! ; )

bluegrrrrl said...

it blows my mind that 12.6% of the american population can have such a threatening influence on our democracy. or even think they have a right to force their narrow-sighted "values" (and i use that term loosely) on the rest of the nation (not to mention the rest of the world).

keep on raging against theocracy!

just me said...

I think its time the other 87.4% stood up, like you, and made their feelings heard. Like it or not, freedom of speech still does exist. You might have to go to court over it, but it is a concept worth fighting for.

I guess I'm one of the wierd people that can tolerate any religious belief, but it shouldn't control our nation. That was what the founding fathers fought to prevent. Carry on the good fight.
It needs to be heard.

I don't believe the part about 72 virgins, either. If I was Jesus, I would look at this world, and say, watch out for lightening bolts, and say the hell with this!!

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