Tag Archive | Religious Extremism

Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/16/18

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce a Bill to Put In God We Trust in Schools

Following in the footsteps of Florida Lawmakers, who are working on a similar bill, State Senator Dan Hall of Burnsville is the chief sponsor of a bill to ensure the phrase “In God We Trust” is posted in every Minnesota school. He argues that it is really about American History which explains why his bill also requires a poster with the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” posted Minnesota schools as well.

Ha ha! No it doesn’t.

Now the odds are this bill doesn’t go very far. At least we can all hope it doesn’t.

What seems so puzzling to me is that lawmakers like Hall think kids are incapable of thinking about god on their own.  And even though he insists that the phrase “In God We Trust” is completely neutral since it isn’t “In Jesus We Trust” or “In Mohammed We Trust,” the fact that he’s a Chaplain and former Principal of a Christian school would suggest otherwise.

I am shocked, SHOCKED, to learn there is gambling going on in here!

Christian kids (and sure – any other non Christian kids who believe in a non-Christian god that is totally being represented by the sign) are 100% capable of thinking about god without a great big sign on their school wall. Such a sign represents a big old middle finger to any kids who don’t believe in god.

But seriously – who cares about them? They’re wrong anyway.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/28/17

North Carolina Church Reportedly Importing Slaves from Brazil

Post racial society, huh?

This report, which the church very pointedly doesn’t deny in it’s vehement tirade against the news organization that broke the story, suggests some troubling things.

Now I know we could all simply dismiss this entire mess because people aren’t that awful but history tells us that, yes, people can really be that awful.  There is currently a person that awful working in the white house.  And our President regularly listens to what Mr. Bannon has to say.

America is, we are told, the greatest country in the history of countries (sure we are) so we ought to be super upset about this entire problem.  However, with the possible exception of Vatican City, we are the most smugly Christian country in the history of countries and that means any report like this must be viewed with suspicion because Christians just don’t do that sort of thing!

And to be fair, most Christians don’t do that sort of thing.  We should really get upset, though, when some self professed Christians actually do that sort of thing.

Remember how we all got super upset about this story five years after it broke?

The response so far seems tepid.  It isn’t the sort of “what the FUCK” kind of response you like to see when a church is accused of enslaving people.  I mean the health care vote is a big deal and it affects all Americans so I understand why we aren’t quite as concerned about a few Brazilians.

Once we get this health care thing sorted out, though, can we spare a few thoughts for people tricked into slavery?

Oh fuck.  We’re never going to be done sorting out this health care thing, are we?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 6/17

A Senseless Massacre in Orlando

I pretty much have to lead with this, don’t I?  There’s no way to avoid talking about a killing spree in which almost fifty people were gunned down in the largest mass shooting in US history.  Although that depends on how you define mass shooting, as the internet has been careful to remind me.

As if arguing over the how extreme the slaughter was actually matters in the least.  Would it matter less if the gunman had only managed to kill five people?

The only thing that now seems to matter is that he was a Muslim.  Even though there is enough evidence to suggest that he was a homophobic man who was also likely dealing with a lot of self loathing because he was secretly gay, the narrative is all about his religion.

He may have wanted it to be that way because he pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack. But that is the narrative he wanted.

Not a picture of the actual shooter because fuck him.

Not a picture of the actual shooter because fuck him.

He wanted to be known as radical Islamist.  Is that because he didn’t want to be known as gay?  I have no idea.  What I do know is that the narrative revolves around radical Islam and that narrative originated with the man who did the killing.

No matter what, we haven’t spent enough time recognizing that whatever he used to justify his act, he deliberately targeted the GLBT community.  This act of violence was done specifically to harm a community he found objectionable.  The reasons he found the community objectonable are irrelevant because there is hate speak coming from everywhere.  Not just Islam.  I’ll get to that later.

We’ll talk about all of this for a few weeks.  And then we will forget about it until the next mass shooting takes place.

At which point, we will only talk about the killer’s religion if they are a Muslim.

One note though: if you want to talk about gun control, or not gun control, or Islamic fundamentalism, or whatever else you want to talk about, that’s great.  And it is important.  But please do something tangible as well. there is a Gofundme campaign that has raised over 5 million for the victims.  I know it seems like $5 won’t make a difference.  But it will.  If you want to make a difference, please do more than talk. Contribute to the campaign or donate blood or do something to support your local GLBT community.  Do something.

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Shit that Pissed Me off – 7/25

Syrians are Destroying Sculptures Because Allah

Dear everyone in the world:  Just because your particular strain of god does not approve of something is no reason to take that thing away from the rest of us.

When you destroy a sculpture that is thousands of years old, you can’t just make a new one.

This has existed for thousands of years and Allah has done nothing about it.  Therefore we must!

This has existed for thousands of years and Allah has done nothing about it. Therefore we must!

Unfortunately, this sculpture ended up in one of those places where the prevailing belief system says that historical significance is not a good enough reason to keep something around if there is a face on it.

So thanks, religious extremists, for taking something away from the rest of the world because you believe it will lead to eternal damnation! You guys are the best!

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