I tend to hold religion in a poor light. Not that the system itself is flawed (thought it is), but rather the people themselves. Of course we are all deeply flawed in many ways, but some of these beliefs are so twisted, so wrapped up in humanity’s extra crispy recipe crazy that I can’t help but distance myself. Who would want to voluntarily be so blind?
I only bring this up because of the go to weapon for the supposed “good” people of Earth: The Death Threat. Someone say something off color about your favorite fictional character? Someone doesn’t share your beliefs? Do they share your beliefs, but say that blue is a holier color than red?THREATEN THEM WITH DEATH AND/OR DISMEMBERMENT! I am being as vague as possible because I have no specific target. Each and every religion has a bat-shit moment where reason and love and trust and all those awesome things that whatever holy book you read teaches gets tossed out the window in favor of blind, ball-searing hatred.
It has been over twenty years since The Satanic Verses was published. A fatwah was declaired on Salman Rushdie for portraying Mohammed (his name be…I don’t know. His name be Mohammed, apparently) for like, seriously, half a chapter. In a dream scene. Twenty some odd years later, the Muslims still want Rushdie dead, to join his thirty-eight other conspirators in Hell, or something. That’s right, Mohammed (yes, he is directly responsible for this crap. “Ooo, we can’t have any pictures of him because then we might worship the pictures!” Dumbasses) needed thirty more people to suffer and die because some fop decided to type out some dream in a book.
This is where I begin my rant, pointing out that it appears that muslims have trouble with reality and fiction. Too late for that’un, but I do like thir ineptitude. Seriously, there were forty other people that needed to die first? “This account here, he signed the check! LETS GET HIM!”
In closing, I am reminded of a billboard in rural Florida. (The start to a great horror story, but shitty in real life) All it read was “Don’t Believe in God? You are not alone.” That’s it. No “Jesus was a Hippy, and Mohammed smelled like Crap”, no “Hey! It’s Christmas! But there’s no reason to celebrate because YOU’RE ALL LIVING A LIE!”…just a call out to like minded individuals, who believe (or rather, don’t) in something different. Someone tried to tear the sign down. Tried and failed, of course, but they’ll be back. And they’ll tear the sign down. It will be a beautiful message for all those in Florida who have had the tyranny of aetheists opress them for generations! Their children will be free to grow up in a world where any idea other than the ones given to you are dangerous. Because you can’t decide for yourself. You can’t make a statement. If you do, you have to die. Because you are wrong. Because the Bible/Koran/Torah says so.
In closing, I am reminded of a billboard in rural Florida. (The start to a great horror story, but shitty in real life) All it read was “Believe in God? You are not alone.” That’s it. No “God Hates Fags”, no “God: USA’s Terrorist”…just a call out to like minded individuals, who believe in something different. Someone tried to tear the sign down. Tried and failed, of course, but they’ll be back. And they’ll tear the sign down. As a hate crime, whomever is responsible will be tried and convicted. It will be a glorious day for all, as the last aetheist (or rather, the last vocal aetheist) will finally go away, leaving all the religions of the world to come together and do what they do best.
Threaten each other with death over their differences, and ignore their similarities.
(Those god billboard ideas came from the Westboro Baptist Church and their wonderfully insigtful picket signs. I love Fred Phelps so much, he can have my ass-virginity)