Our Constitution granted each and every one of us the freedom to believe or not believe as we decide. That protection applies to all of us. When one group has decided by some form of spiritual osmosis that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane has been decreed to be the new Law, and thus their political mission is to ensure that is so, then it is up to the rest of us to put that crazy back where it belongs: away from public influence.
FEAR & DISCRIMINATION
If someone believes that being gay is fine under their own religion, then let them hold these beliefs. If someone else believes that birth control is fine under their own religion, let them hold these beliefs as well. There is no justification for discriminating against people who happen to hold differing beliefs by not serving them as customers.
Allowing businesses to refuse to serve customers based upon religious beliefs is a horrendous pathway to slide down and we must resist this as a society.
Denying service to people would lead to all sorts of division, antagonism, and conflict throughout our entire society. If various people were not welcome at various businesses, not only would this divide people physically, but it would cause people to resent each other and it would breed an environment of hostility. Shockingly, this would take us back to the dark days of discrimination when black people could not sit at lunch counters in diners or ride in the front of buses. This would be disastrous.
A healthy society does not seek to turn people against each other, but instead seeks to promote harmony and cooperation among its population.
Part of the Christian Deity’s mandate is to denounce people who love one another simply because the judgmental ones are particularly interested in the nature and expression of others’ intimacies? Really? It has nothing better to do with Itself than urge Its most ardent followers to condemn others? Where does the nonsense over imaginary commands end? [Worth noting that those personal and private expressions are of course absolutely no one’s business—except for the paranoids fretting about the anti-heterosexual marriage agenda of the gay community and their fear of … what … homosexual-conversion spray cans?]
Is there a list somewhere of which specific types of individuals—created by this magnificent Deity whom these overly-judgmental and narrow-minded fearful faithful worship—are in fact acceptable to It? If this same Deity is the creator of everything, and It thus is responsible for placing all of these unacceptable people in the midst of the chosen few, shouldn’t we all be looking for a better and brighter version of a Supreme Being than One apparently okay with the nonsense spouted by Its self-appointed messengers?
What if instead of blind obedience to commandments and duties of all kind to be performed as formulated in the long ago past—by almost uniformly unenlightened individuals and groups, it should be noted—the entire purpose of Life and the “will” of Whatever is responsible for everything is to simply choose to be the best possible person one could be? What if honesty, integrity, compassion, success, fulfillment, satisfaction, joy, prosperity, peaceful co-existence, and acceptance of others as they are were the mandates to be fulfilled?
Conservatives really want to change the basis of American life, to make America run according to the conservative moral worldview in all areas of life.
Might there be at least the possibility that narrow-minded, judgmental, discriminatory ignorance is not actually what one’s Preferred Deity might be expecting from Its loyal supporters? And if those traits are in fact The Expectations, might those same loyal believers consider shopping for and believing in Something new and improved?
What if, instead of seeking to coerce the rest of us to do their narrow-minded bidding, they actually considered the option of expanding their minds instead of trying to close down ours?
What a concept! The bonus: less senseless conflict. Imagine….
NOTE: No posts here next week. Vote wisely on Tuesday, and honor our Veterans next Friday
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In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.