If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Keep Your Religion Out Of My Politics
You have this annoying tendency to use the Bible to tell others that they are evil. You use it to pass repressive laws that discriminate against gays, women and, once upon a time, black people. You tell us that America is founded on its principles and that we should get back to that kind of theocratic tyranny. You tell us that you are better than the rest of us because you fear the right kind of God and that we are dirt beneath your fingernails.
Yet, you cannot tolerate any criticism of the Bible. You scream and cry that we’re “attacking your religion” and that you deserve special treatment. Guess what? You don’t deserve a damn thing. The second, the microsecond, the nanosecond, you whip out that book and tell me that I have to obey it then I get to verbally poop on it if I want. As far as I’m concerned, it may as well be the Constitution of Somalia (not that they have one) for all the worth it holds for me as a legal document. Keep it in your home (or your pants if you’re a Catholic priest) and we’re solid. I don’t give two figs about who or what you pray to. Wave it in my face and I’ll rip it apart like a cheap suit.
Love (in a non-gay way so you don’t get uncomfortable), Filthy Liberal Scum
Dan Savage, gay rights activist famous for making Santorum a Google sensation, took on this habit of the religious conservatives to flout their “superior” Bible-based morality. What happened? Some of the students got up and walked out.
The Bible. We’ll just talk about the Bible for a second. People often point out that they can’t help it — they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.
We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people. The same way, the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during the Civil War and justified it. The shortest book in the New Testament is a letter from Paul to a Christian slave owner about owning his Christian slave. And Paul doesn’t say “Christians don’t own people.” Paul talks about how Christians own people.
We ignore what the Bible says about slavery, because the Bible got slavery wrong. Tim — uh, Sam Harris, in A Letter To A Christian Nation, points out that the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong. Slavery. What’re the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? One hundred percent.
The Bible says that if your daughter’s not a virgin on her wedding night — if a woman isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death. Callista Gingrich lives. And there is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding night if they’re not virgins. At least not yet. We don’t know where the GOP is going these days.
People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle. They can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible about homosexuality.
Um, one other thing I wanna talk about is — [chuckles] — so, you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now, because I’m done beating up the Bible. It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back. (emphasis mine -FLS)
I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings. But, I have a right to defend myself. And to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible, and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.
“Pansy-assed” was being kind. Just call them what they are: sniveling cowards. If your beliefs are so weak that they cannot withstand pointed criticism then you have no right to tell others to obey them. If you can’t stand the heat, get your religion out of my politics.