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If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Keep Your Religion Out Of My Politics

Dear religious wrong right,

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.

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10 thoughts on “If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Keep Your Religion Out Of My Politics

  1. Lets also remember that The Bible was used as evidence against inter-racial marriages–which, from the 40’s to the 60’s, were also going to “destroy the institution of marriage as we know it,” if people who weren’t of the same ethnic group were allowed to legally marry AND have children. And we can see just how much into hell marriage has descended since Loving v Virginia, right?

  2. How about this-the bible was written by men, fallible men. Doesn’t this GUARANTEE that mistakes were made?

  3. As a big fan of Justin and Jesus, just one point…. all of what I consider “that crazy s**t” which is referenced above was written by other people, not Christ. So I don’t think there is any duty to adhere to letters written by some guy who never met Jesus, that some other guys decided to put in the Bible. I view those as just one of a plethora of religious writings down through the ages, deeply influenced by the writer’s culture and time.
    The other thing which seems ridiculous is the insistence of these people that one must interpret each word in the Bible literally. Now really good books have been written about the vagaries of translations, so just go read those if you want to argue about translations, but even if you skip past the translation argument, most of what Jesus said are parables. When he is talking about sheep, he doesn’t mean wooly animals, when he mentions vines he isn’t referencing climbing plants, and so on. So if you really want to take the Bible literally, you are stuck with advice on sheepherding and fishing and sowing seeds and measuring stones or wood. Obviously, no one uses it like that. So even those who claim to believe every word are forced to comprehend that they are actually interpreting.

  4. Gabriel Winke on said:

    I’m very happy to have seen that video. It was a fantastic reminder of the cowardice and idiocy associated with the right.

  5. An excellent post topic for Walpurgis Night, lol! I can imagine the screamings of the religious right if I presumed to tell them to live by MY ethical code (not, btw, derived from my religious beliefs); so they can BITE me if they don’t like being told where to put their “code”. I do bite back.

  6. RandomGuy on said:

    Love it, even though I am deeply religious I still love being a liberal (Don’t judge) and think that everyone should get to choose based off of logic, not forcing your beliefs down another’s throat! That’s what I think Christianity is =)

  7. One of Many Intelligent, Progressive, Liberal Christians on said:

    As has been pointed out here and many other places, the heart of Christianity, and the messages and parables taught by Jesus, are solidly progressive and liberal. Caring for one another as human beings, embracing the downtrodden, loving and accepting those of us who have been rejected by conservative elements of society, feeding the poor, separating church and state, demanding humility and responsibility from the rich and powerful, freely thinking for yourself and deciding to do good — these are all things that Jesus not only spoke of, but did himself and encouraged others to do.

    I despise the fundies’ hijacking of the very idea of having faith, and am severely pissed off that it has created a colossally inaccurate impression that “Religion” is a damaging force in the world. It’s not. Closed-minded fundie cowards who falsely claim that the Bible is the source of their idiocy are a damaging force in the world. Evangelist preachers who miss the point entirely and show more fear than compassion are a damaging force in the world. People in positions of authority who exploit those positions to harm others are a damaging force in the world.

    You know what *aren’t* damaging forces? Food kitchens. Homeless shelters. Hospitals founded by religious denominations. Aid missions to the Third World. Tutoring centers for at-risk youth. Free counseling to those in need, rich or poor. Religious leaders who stood at the front of the Civil Rights movement, the women’s movement, and who preach inclusion of their LGBT sisters and brothers today. Churches of every kind have been actively involved in these sorts of things since the beginning, and not only involved, but frequently they have been the guiding force and initial inspiration for much of it. To millions of religious people, in almost every religion around the globe, that is the core of what being religious is all about: loving one another, seeking fairness for all, and helping those in need.

    The fundies and others who get it wrong are lucky, in a way — because another big teaching point is forgiveness, so those among us who do subscribe to the actual core values taught by religion tend to be gracious and forgiving toward the loudmouths who get it wrong, so that their horribly inaccurate message is still the one that gets heard the loudest. And the humility of those who get it right tends to dictate a sense of decorum that is shockingly absent from the other side.

    I’m proud to be a filthy liberal scum, and you know who else is? The hundreds of members and clergy of my church.

    • “You know what *aren’t* damaging forces? Food kitchens. Homeless shelters. Hospitals founded by religious denominations. ”
      I’d take Hospitals founded by religious denominations off that list. Catholic hospitals are sometimes the only hospitals in an area but guess what you can’t get there?
      Contraception, including the morning after pill for rape victims, a tubal ligation while you’re in having your 9th child or a vasectomy.
      Why they keep buying hospitals is beyond me.

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