posted on Mar, 24 2010 @ 03:05 AM
A seven-year-old preaching the egalitarian, peace-promoting, socially progressive faith espoused by Jesus in the Gospels is one thing.
A seven-year-old preaching damnation based on cherry-picked Old Testament prohibitions, fed to them by their parents, is another.
Fundamentalist Christians are extremely vociferous in their protests against homosexuality, which is condemned in a short passage in the book of
Leviticus. But where is this energy when it comes to decrying adulterers, thieves, or murderers, three classes of sinners whose respective vices break
three of the religion's supposedly central Ten Commandments?
Why is there not a massive anti-adultery lobbying force in Washington?
And that's just the beginning. Where are the protesters with the signs reading "GOD HATES PEOPLE WHO WEAR CLOTHES OF MIXED FIBERS", as Leviticus
19:19 implies there ought to be? Why do Fundamentalist Christians not rail against those who fail to keep a Kosher diet, or fail to make proper animal
sacrifices? These restrictions come from the very same part of the Bible that condemns Homosexuality.
Intentionally induced abortions aren't even mentioned in the Bible, so I'm not going to focus on that in this post. What I would like to discuss (or
prattle on about) further is the queer (I'm sorry) Fundamentalist Christian obsession with homosexuality.
No other major religion has ever had so much hatred for one class of people, excluding perhaps the membership of some other religion or race, as
modern American Fundamentalist Christianity has for gays. Yet there's not one whit more Biblical justification for this than there would be for the
massive, widespread, and politicized hatred of people who eat shellfish.
It's hypocrisy, at best, and at worst it's a sociopathic, psychosexual malformation endemic to the Christian faith (or at least its more provincial,
most fundamentalist members).
According to my personal understanding of the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth lived and died to spread the message that the way to God was not through acts
of ritual, public demonstrations of faith, or strict adherence to dogma; it was through goodness. The oppressed were by nature His friends, and
their oppressors His enemies.
I am not a Christian, but I am familiar with the Bible. I have studied, to varying degrees, nearly every religion with more than a few thousand
followers (and some with less) from Sumer to Berkeley. The membership of only one of them has ever focused on a single issue like this (or, really, a
pair of issues, being abortion and gay rights/the forbidding thereof), unless that issue were a matter of what God to believe in. I say 'the
membership' because these issues, despite what their proponents claim, are not deeply rooted in the text of the Bible; they are largely
inventions of the modern world, and are not as heavily condemned by scripture as numerous other moral and social issues.
This would all make more sense to me if Jesus Himself had been a vocal anti-gay activist, but he never mentions the issue once. Only the ever-tolerant
St. Paul, in all of the New Testament, mentions homosexuality, and even then it is in passing, listed amongst a host of other terrible things the
Ungodly do. This is all well and good, as not everyone is particularly interested in achieving St. Paul's ideals of Godliness, and he can make them
as strict as he likes, but he doesn't mention getting trashed and playing "smear the queer" with his redneck Apostle buddies; this seems to
be a more recent, American invention, and one not as strongly rooted in Biblical lore as its practitioners seem to believe.
In my humble opinion, Christianity should be more about Christ and less about Paul. It should be more about the message of pacifist, socially
egalitarian philosophy preached by Jesus in the New Testament than the long lists of prohibitions and punishments ascribed by the pre-Christian
mystics and tribal despots that oversaw the writing of the Old. It should be more about love, and less about hate. But that seems kinda obvious,
I have a few pages of stuff I'd very much like to say about Creationism as well, but I'll save it. I'm sure I'll see that museum video again
someday, and it'll set me off again.
[edit on 24-3-2010 by The Parallelogram]