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.
OPPOSE & DENY
Religious freedom and separation of church and state have always been hated concepts to the religious right. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the religious right exists to fight any legal or cultural support for people who don’t want their narrow definition of Christianity foisted on them. From objecting to gay marriage to trying to wedge creationism in schools, the religious right exists as a political movement for the purpose of stripping away religious freedom and establishing their religious beliefs as the dominant organizing force in law, politics and culture.
There’s certainly a healthy element of fear serving as motivation for these legislative and cultural approaches to oppose or deny. If these ardent Christians are not allowed to simply overpower other religions, then they expose themselves to the possibilities that their beliefs are incorrect, or worse. Even a passing though to acknowledge such a possibility would undoubtedly be a huge blow to their identity and affiliations. Better to keep even the most complex as simple as possible, and ensure that the status quo remains the status quo.
A QUESTION OR TWO
Are we to honestly believe that a Supreme Being, with all of the magnificence such a concept should convey, is having heart palpitations because Doug wants to marry Dave?
This same Entity has decided it is going to place “servants” on this planet so they can denigrate, condemn, and offer blanket condemnations on entire populations not fortunate enough to be wealthy Caucasian con artists? This is what we’ve decided is an appropriate Being to honor and obey, thus justifying—at least from their narrow-minded perspective—that any and all tactics are on the table?
This network of anti-equality groups is engaged in a high-stakes effort to convince Americans that preserving religious liberty requires giving individuals and corporations the power to disobey laws that promote the common good and protect other constitutional principles like equal treatment under the law.
Essentially, they are saying here that laws requiring people not to discriminate on the basis of religion constitute an encroachment of their religious freedom to discriminate.
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 their efforts are by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences. What Happens Then? is deserving of a bit more contemplation than we observe.
What benefit—now or long-term—is deemed most important of all justifying reliance on fear as the motivating factor in the pursuits of those far-right Christians? Isn’t it worth at least a moment’s consideration that welcoming, adapting to, and contributing to progress might have some significant benefits and advantages as well? Fighting even more vigorously to try and retain what they think once was and should forever be may be the more familiar options, but if they are waiting for opponents to just cave, they’ve got a very, very long wait ahead of the.
Introspection and thoughtful assessments are not “sins”—at least let’s hope so for the sake of these religious devotees. Open-mindedness and a willingness to consider the merits of compassion, respect, and progress have real benefits. Imagine that! Perhaps they might try that approach before their next bout of apoplexy about the private behaviors of others?
Just a thought….
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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.