Religion as Pure Jackassery
So read this:
by Francis Philip
“I have a lot of education and life experience. I do think critically. That is why I am able to make better decisions. I know that life is more than lust and decadence; lust and decadence make people sick when over-indulged. AIDS, HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and other venereal diseases have come about to discourage lustful and decadent living, but men do it anyway. Sometimes they do it because they hate themselves. This is sad because God loves them, and other people who love God will love them, and they refuse to accept or believe this, sometimes because of how they were treated as a child by their parents. When a boy is very young, he looks up to his parents as if they were like God, and if the parents give bad example or mistreat them, they will blame God. But people have free will so that they can love God and each other freely. Some refuse to love, and this hurts people. And people blame God instead of the actual perpetrators.
I pray for your healing and that you will advance in a healthy and truly trusting and joyful life filled with real love – not the kind that tries to consume you (which is selfishness)- but the kind that does what is good for you.”
Where to begin, my friends, where? I suppose I should give some context. His holiness (another Francis, not Pope Evita) thinks he’s the bee’s knees. He seems to think I’m a very hurt person who needs ‘healing’. I guess he’s shocked that my about page implies I’ve had a lot of sex. So let me begin by clarifying a few things. Yes, I’ve had a lot of sex. All consensual. And I’ve never had a single STD of ANY variety. That’s because I’ve always practised safe-sex. The practise of sex in and of itself makes no one any more or less moral than anyone else. The amount of sex you had last night will have no impact on your capacity for honesty, kindness, generosity, compassion, empathy, and integrity today. The same way that waving a bible in the air, kneeling and praying, clicking your heals, lighting candles, bobbing by a wall or speaking in tongues has no impact on your capacity for honesty, kindness, generosity, compassion, empathy and integrity. And while we’re there, let’s get a few more things clear, just to dispel the myths. I was born to educated, professional parents who were and remained married until I was an adult. No one ever lifted a finger to me. I was never sexually abused. We lived in a comfortable home. I never wanted for anything. I challenged and continue to challenge convention (including in regards to sex) because the blanket acceptance of convention or social consensus has no basis in reason. It’s the acceptance of arbitrary rules that lead people like his holiness to embrace such ridiculous notions as std’s were “created and sent” to curve the practise or enjoyment of sex. If these religious theories are correct, then let me tell you that your god is thoroughly incompetent, because he’s been an utter failure at striking me down with lightning, giving me an std or sending a tsunami to inundate my rather large home. Instead I’ve led a life that in grand terms, I can only call privileged. I couldn’t have asked for a better education. I’m extremely happy with my partner of 13 years. I don’t look that bad, even if I’m not what I was at 22 (or 24, or 26, or 28, or 30). So at some point don’t you have to ask yourself the question? If your god knows what he’s doing, and you’re doing everything right- and I’m doing everything wrong… well, then why does it seem he likes me much more than he likes the millions of Christians (or other religionists) in the world experiencing extreme poverty, disease, hunger and the like.
Just venture a guess. If a god existed and was calling all the shots, is he on the side of the guy with one eye and a hook
or on mine?