Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Thoughts on a Crucifiction.
Now I'm no angel, and I'm not a religious fella, in-fact I try to avoid it...
but some things are just plain obvious and I believe have to be said. So here goes with my post-Easter pulpit pounding message.
I wasn't sure if this was the right place..but since preachers focus on the intimate details of our love making from their pulpits...
what the hell - why not examine their behaviour from here?
As far as I'm concerned men have used the concept of 'God(s)' as an excuse for bad behaviour since time began.
'He' absolves us (or should I say our power brokers) of responsibility for most of our self inflicted horrors - genocide, war, ethnic cleansing (that sanitised way of saying - 'mass rape and slaughter is fine because 'they', the 'others', believe in a marginally different God to me')... trashing of the planet, you name it... we did it in the name of 'God', "God" gave us domain over the whole damn thing... yeah, right, weren't we the lucky ones!
Jesus however, well, I guess he probably lived. As it was taught to me, he was a man who challenged, and changed the known world. Amazing that his achievement, and spirit still resonate. The fact that his achievements were also wrapped up with the concept of God too.. well I guess it provided a powerful argument in the context of the time, and as an alternative to the Gods of the Roman oppressors.
He was a freedom fighter, a peaceful revolutionary, he overturned the certainties and the status quo.
He was progressive, a friend of the poor, a friend of the oppressed, a friend to prostitutes, friend even to his enemies. He looked down on no-one, or at least thats how I was told it as a kid.
You see I can go along with all that stuff. Its a way of living, and a way of accepting each other. It sets a kind of an example of the way people need to get on and pull together. Hey I might start a fan club!
So what's not to like? And why am I writing this here?
Well I'll tell ya, it's the Fundamentalist Christians, and Evangelists, they just aren't, er.. Christian!
My observations below are not very scientific and believe me I'm no theologist, but since those guys don't like science...
Fundamentalists: holier than thou.
Christ: promised heaven...
Fundamentalists: threaten hell.
Christ: preached love...
Fundamentalists: promote hate, condone murder.
Christ: threw the bankers out of the temple...
Fundamentalists: create huge cash-generating congregations.
Christ: sought truth...
Fundamentalists: make up 'creationism' to resolve credibility gaps in their old testament mythology.
You see a picture emerging? I could keep going till Christmas!
And what is the difference between a Christian and a Fundamentalist?
Well, I recon that a Christian follows the spirit and teachings of Christ... which illustrate the ways that a crazy mixed up human race might get along together and sort stuff out to our mutual benefit, while Fundamentalists are a bunch of not-too-bright men (sadly, 'it is written' - 'it is always to be men'), who pour over ancient, contradictory texts (which were themselves written, copied, re-written, by fallible men) to create their own, self serving view of the world, in order to exercise power over others (and no doubt, pull in some cash for themselves).
And why is all this a problem? Well I'll tell you.
As Western governments freak out about Muslim fundamentalists in the middle east, I believe that we should also be freaking out about the behaviour of our very own mischievious band of soul hungry nutters, those self aggrandising, self promoting, self appointed evangelical preachers.
Not happy with creating misery in their own back yard, now they head off to Africa to create trouble there... as if that continent needs them to do that!
And who do the fundamentalist christians blame for the ills of Africa? Yup, you guessed it the h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l-s.
Of course, yeah - we've always been known for our trouble making haven't we?! Getting girls pregnant... fights at the bar....
Yep, our home grown, money grabbing, bible-twisting terrorists head out to help the down trodden peoples of Africa to find someone even smaller and weaker to single out and tread down on (and maybe even cream off a few bucks to take home with them while they're at it). Very Christian.
And naturally, with decades of corruption and mis-management behind them, those weak, despotic rulers welcome with open arms anyone or anything to distract from their own failures. Famine, war, murder, rape, disease... nothing to do with the leaders, nope it's the h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l-s. Lets introduce life imprisonment, hey, maybe the death penalty, that will solve the 'problem' - cuckoo - thanks Mr President, thank you too God.
Religions have a lot to answer for. I have no doubt, there are a lot of Christians (and others) doing a lot of good around the world, and that is to be applauded, but these guys shame us all, Christian, atheist, agnostic, you got to take note, and we've got to start putting our foot down. They are as mad and bad as anything coming out of the middle east. Ok no suicide bombs yet I admit, but murder, beatings, and governmental oppression are kicking off big time purely as a result of there actions. Murder and incitement to murder are evil, and these guys preach it.
So there you have it. Fundamentalists ain't very Christian, and we, the ever so silent majority of moderates need to keep them in check, and western governments need to keep them at home - they are an export as deadly as toxic waste (and Africa doesn't need that either!).
Not sure what we can do for our gay brothers and sisters in Africa as yet, just let them know we are here, watching, and damn those regressive forces that export homophobia whenever and wherever we get the chance.
Here ends my Easter message. Torro.