Last week, after the epic ruling to cut funding for NPR by the House, Anthony Weiner got up and gave a really sarcastic speech about how he's glad that the economy is fixed and so many jobs have been created so that we can move on to more important things like going after the enemy that is NPR. Weiner is entertaining but I kind of thought it was a dick move. At the very least, the House was looking for a way to cut unnecessary funding so tax money could go somewhere more appropriate or dare I say...into paying off the deficit?
So I probably have a little bit of a reputation for obsessing over religion and for anyone who thinks that...I probably have to just give it to you. I really do do that. Now I'd like to tell you why. First watch this video of Louie Gohmert the very next day making a motion to reaffirm "In God We Trust."
Now yes...Louie Gohmert believes in "Terror Babies", regularly invokes the Holocaust into things that have nothing to do with the Holocaust, and thinks Congress should carry guns around with them on Capitol Hill all day. I'm not really expecting him to be the voice of reason but what type of asshole do you have to be to start campaigning for something that nobody is opposed to in the first place? I realize that "In God We Trust" is on our money and written in all types of public places and there are some ambiguous complications for that with the whole church and state thing but was this really bothering anyone? Like, it wasn't enough for it to be there but now we have to agree on it? Are you really so fucking insecure about your faith that you need your public display of God mottos to be reaffirmed for you? It's not enough for you to start every day with prayer but now you want us to as well and you have the audacity to bring this up during a house motion?
“I am hopeful and it’s my prayer that in support of this resolution by my friend [Representative] Randy Forbes (R-VA), that we can help reeducate America in an area it has been dumbed-down,” says Gohmert. “People need to be reminded and we need to make sure that a majority still supports that because, as Reagan said, when we cease to be a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under,” Gohmert says. “When you know enough about our heritage, and our wonderful President apparently doesn’t know very much about our heritage, then I think it’s important that some of us help educate those who didn’t have the history teachers that maybe they should have.”
FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU!
Sorry Gohmert...you can not give that speech and then claim that America has been dumbed down. You guys don't get to lay claim to the moral high ground anymore and in a world where people weren't so god damned afraid to think, you never would have. This sanctimonious bullshit is and always will be the biggest problem with the religious right. Falwell and Reagan even had the audacity to call it "The Moral Majority." I'm sorry...but you don't get that. This isn't specific to Republicans either. Where I live every one is liberal and Catholic which as you could imagine makes you quite the walking contradiction. I always wondered how someone could be politically agreeable to something but then have no problem considering themselves an upstanding member of an organization that morally condemns it. Like how does a Catholic lobby for women's right? Fuck...how does woman even be a Catholic at all?
I realize that like 80% of this country is drinking some sort of Jesus Juice on a regular basis and so I have no issue with you calling yourself a majority. It's the moral part that you really need to investigate. This is not to say that you can't be a Christian and have morality...you just can't be a very good Christian and have morality. These are the people that are far too pragmatic to buy 99% of the bullshit that's being sold to them but will go on believing in virgin births and physical resurrections just to make sure they're not messing around with their salvation. They don't necessarily believe in Rapture but if it really does go down like that, you bet they want their asses covered.
So you're still saying "As long as religious people aren't bothering anyone...what's the problem?" Well I can't address 30,000 religions so let's stick with the one that Gohmert is talking about. I get that he probably doesn't feel as strongly about his faith as he's letting on. I get that he's clearly just using time at work to pander to a bunch of retards that eat that shit right up. What I don't get is how you can stand there representing America and alienate so many people that are part of this country without batting an eyelash. Do you know what the most important word is in "In God We Trust?" It's not In, it's not God, and it's not Trust. "We" as in "Americans" and if you don't subscribe to the bullshit we're selling, you cease to be an American. This is morally reprehensible and as hypocritical as you'll ever see. It was Jesus who talked about not judging, right? I swear I read that in the bible. As a matter of fact...
...The Bible. Ew...The Bible. Some people theorize that you can't have read the Bible and still be a Christian because reading the bible will make you an Atheist faster than anything you could possibly look at. Let's pretend anyway, that although homo-sapiens have been around for like 100,000 years, that God just decided to spend a couple hundred years talking to a select few illiterate poor people in the desert a couple thousand years ago, have a son with one of them, and then he wrote a book about it which is sacred and divine to Christians all over the world. Except the problem is that the bible depicts God as maybe the most insecure deity that's ever been dreamt up. Could somebody all-powerful and all-knowing actually be as jealous and spiteful and as big of an asshole as that guy? "Oh, but what about the 10 Commandments, Vandelay? This is the moral guide for a whole civilization!" No it isn't. The first three commandments are all about making sure you don't cheat on God. I mean, Thou Shalt Not Kill is great and all except for the fact that God spends the whole book either killing people or commanding other people to kill people. Let us not forget the celebration of slavery, incest, rape, hate crimes, and misogyny throughout this sacred screed. I'm sorry...but you simply can't read that book and then say to yourself..."Yup...that's my guy"...and still consider yourself to be morally superior to anyone in any way.
Hey, who needs a book though? How about a little common sense? I'm positive that the reason that assholes like Gohmert and his sheep claim the moral high road is that at the most basic level, they don't believe you can have morality without religion...without God. They don't believe that you can go anywhere in life without prayer. Well, I think it's hard to have morality with religion. A lot of religious people tell me "So what if people live a moral life for the reward of eternal salvation or the fear of an eternity burning in hell? So what if we scare the fucking crap out of children with this lie about fire fire and brimstone? As long as it works, and leads people towards moral decisions, it's a good thing." I think that's sort of true although I also think religion enables a lot of people into making amoral decisions (like Louie isn't banging his secretary...emmiright?) The problem here though is that this type of morality doesn't lend itself to altruism and isn't that where true morality lies? Christianity speaks of a benevolent prophet who was put here for the sole purpose of being tortured and murdered and he did that for us...so that we could live with sin or something. Well, that's all well and good but didn't he get to be a God for it? Or just God? How does that work anyway? Is he God or the son of God but with God-like powers? What is going on with that relationship?
So what kind of world do you want to live in, Christians? One where every decision you make is flirting with your salvation or one where morality lies within you? Do you want to live in a world where you have to credit God for every good thing you do or one where you just rely on your own conscience and an inherent desire to be compassionate and show love? Do you want to live in a world where every time you fuck up it's "free will" but every time you do good you owe it to your faith? Do you want to live in a world where while God ignores the prayers of a woman being locked in a basement and raped by her father every day for 24 effin' years while her children watched but makes sure someone remembers to set a second alarm clock so they don't miss their flight to Hawaii? A world where God can't be there when a three month old baby is having her throat slashed because he's helping some millionaire score a fucking touchdown!!!
Oh I know...the Lord works in mysterious ways. Meanwhile, you have to be some kind of crazy ass narcissist to think that while 18,000 people are drowning in the streets, God was helping you with your History exam.
Look, I understand that when someone promises you eternal salvation, you'll buy into a lot of BS. Where Grohmert misses the point though is that we don't need to become more Christian to progress...we need to become way less Christian. Instead of saying..."Sorry, I already have all the answers. I got them from a book and a priest." Maybe we shouldn't be shutting down our minds like that? Maybe that's what's dangerous.
Lastly, in a country with so much diversity, we hear a lot about "respecting other's beliefs or that we have to respect each other's beliefs." Well for one thing...I don't really have beliefs. I just kind of have ideas. I have no idea if I'm right so it stops me from getting too self-righteous about my own "beliefs." You can't possibly offend me*. However, in anything other than religion, do we really respect each other's beliefs in this country? I don't think we do at all. Even within religion though. I know Christians always preach to atheists and agnostics about respecting their beliefs but how can anyone respect your belief when you believe that we're depraved souls only by virtue of not being a Christian? I have to respect the fact that you think my unbaptized child is a demon? WHY? Nobody really sees how fucked up that is? Do Christians respect Scientologists beliefs? If a politician ever re-ran for office and someone asked him about his faith and he started telling you how he's a polytheist and a big believer in Greek mythology and Apollo is his favorite God...do you think this guy would get re-elected? Do you think more than a quarter of the country would respect that? Of course not...especially Louie Grohmert. I can't stand Louie Grohmert.
Well, that was long but thanks for reading if you made it this far.
* The idea of people being offended is repulsive to me. It's just like...nothing. It doesn't mean anything. There's nothing remotely interesting about it. It's just mindless complaining. Oh you're offended because I think your religion poisons society? Who gives a shit? What does that even mean?