I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being.
Welcome to America
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) sent an email that referred to President Obama and the following Bible verse:
Let his days be few; and let another take his office
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
I absolutely, outright refuse to believe that a man who covers up child rape actually cares about child welfare or families
Bite my queer fucking ass
People act like you’re horrible for not liking the song, as though your musical preference precludes you from being a good human being. And although the government has sworn not to pick a theme song, they sure do like blasting it over their boombox a lot.
And I didn’t watch the video in the post, but it made me think about it and I think I came up with a pretty good comparison. Being an atheist in America is like if there was a song you hated that was constantly playing. Not only did everyone around you love it, but they were convinced that if you just gave it a try, you’d like it. It was constantly shoved in your face no matter where you went; on the side of buses, on billboards, etc. Every time you go home to visit your family, they ask if you’ve heard it and what you think about it, and then they play it thirty times in a row. And what’s worse is that you know this song will be pretty fucking popular forever and ever and ever, at least as long as you’re alive.
It’s easy to get a little bitter.
I’m probably 3/4 of the way through. I like Jacobs’ treatment of religion, how he tries not to be too judgmental, how he tries to find reasons for why the Bible’s authors may have written what they did. But I find it interesting that he seems to be getting more and more religious as the book goes on. I suppose it makes sense, but I can’t see myself doing that. Granted, he admitted to being agnostic in the beginning of the book, and I’m a pretty staunch atheist… But would I have become a believer if I had done something like this? I don’t think so, but I don’t think Jacobs thought so, either. I suppose his secular upbringing perhaps didn’t prepare him for how he’d take religion when immersed into it, though, and I already know that Catholic school didn’t take with me. I don’t think anything could make me religious. Hm.