This week has been a harsh reminder of why I started this blog. Look at news being discussed just today, November 6, 2009.
» Of the donations supporting the anti-gay Yes on 1 measure in Maine, 89% ($3 million) came from churches, Christian organizations, and their employees. The Catholic Church alone directly contributed $553,608.27.
» A man arrested for a(nother) hate crime beating and robbery this week claimed, “God made me hate gay people.”
» Out of retaliation, Pastor Gary Cass is calling for a rally to incite gay hate crimes to test the new law on ground of religious freedom.
» This guy is boohooing (and rallying a LOT of support) because he got fired for “expressing his beliefs” about how he thought his boss discussing her “so-called female fiance” was “bad stuff.”
How long does this go on?
We have to recognize that there is a serious problem for how people talk about their religion in this country.
I’m not saying everyone has to be an atheist. I think if everybody properly understood what we know about the world and applied critical thinking skills to how they lived their lives that most people would become atheists, but that’s besides the point.
What we do need to do is stop tolerating “God” and “it’s my belief” in every incarnation we hear. We have to start having real conversations about what we want for this world and hold people accountable beyond dogma. We have to recognize the real struggles of our people.
If you don’t support LGBT equality, it can only be because you do not fully understand sexual orientation and gender identity. That could be because you simply never had the opportunity to learn. It could be because you were encouraged not to learn. It could be because you refuse to acknowledge what is actually happening and who is actually existing in the world around you.
That is not acceptable. Society is too concerned about protecting religion and people’s chosen (or forced upon) beliefs that people with inherent identities are unable to live their lives openly and honestly, continually condemned to second-class status.
And let’s be honest, if that protection weren’t there, religion would fall flat a lot faster. We wouldn’t tolerate beliefs because beliefs would not be able to hold themselves accountable. Modern research discounts what is written in the Bible. The end.
In the meantime, people across the society are beaten, harassed, condemned, and stripped of our liberties all to humor these holier-than-thou ideas called “beliefs.”
If you say “I believe x,” does that make x true? I don’t think that would cut it for 7th-grade Algebra. SHOW YOUR WORK!
Whether you like it or think it so or not, God is a crutch for hate. So here’s the big question to all you believers: Is it so important to you to not challenge God that you will not challenge hate? You can’t do one effectively without doing the other. For too many, God is the protection for their ignorance, for their condemnation, for their hate.
“Believe and let believe” just won’t cut it anymore. So what’s it going to be?