In these trying times, it is easy to believe that we might have somewhere along the way been abandoned by God. Either that or we simply don't know how to apply the rules to lives that bear no resemblance to those peope that Jesus walked amongst 2,000 years ago.
There are some that insist that God is dead. There is always some kind of new age bullshit that is foating around, trying not so much to convert anyone to satanism or other alternate religions, They are eitherr seeking to cause social discourse on the subject or looking for some excuse to explain away why they are such incredible losers.
Forget about these guys. Every twenty years or so, they pop up somewhere whether we like it or not. It's kind of like getting the flu, it may screw up your system for a couple of days, but you'll more than likely live through it.
And then you have your run-of-the-mill christians. I'm not going to knock any particular faith because I believe they are all guilty of the same things to one degree or another. They use the Bible, the written word of God, by selecting passages that allow them to rail against social changes that make them feel uncomfortable. However it is not the sluts or whores of this world that is buying mini-skirts and tops that look more like lingerie that casual day wear. No, the biggest spenders of the green stuff in this case are the girls that ten years from now will be soccer moms and running the sunday school class at you local church. In that ten year future though, they will be preching the virtues of modest dress and how God commands you to honor and respect your parents.
How many times have we seen someone take the bible and twist it toi fit their intentions. Even if the original texts of the bible is indeed 100% from the inspired wisdom of our Creator, how much of the original text remains? How many translations have been made before the ones we know of today finally came into existence
Parents, teachers, and a large variety of religious groups believe that it is not only their right but their duty to ban and/or censor our television, movies, books, and music. They believe that it is outrageous to take prayer out of school but think it is entirely proper to ignore the twenty or so other religions that make up the ethnic population of the classrooms. As far as the various forms of targeted media, they believe that it is society's duty to not display programs they view as "unsuitable" rather than actually pretend that they are the parents and should be the ones held responsible for a big majority of what their child is exposed to.
****Note to Parents**** You television does offer an on/off switch! Yes, I know that may seem a novel approach, but perhaps you should try it a couple of times instead of spending all your time griping at you congressman about how you feel that Sesame Street is not nearly as cultrural diverse as you would like it to be. Take your eyes off your latest 401K statement and spend some extra time with......come on, it'll come to you.....that's right, George Jr. Whew! Good thing you printed his name in his underwear.
Hilary Clinton once said that it takes a village to raise a child. That is the biggest load of crap!! It takes a mother that cares more about nurturing and defining their children's lives and less about how to achieve the optimal orgasm, and a father that still believes in playing catch in the backyard rather that spending his weekend trying to get in 18 holes at the nearest country club.
I have spent more time than intended pointing my tirade at christians. Are they only one at fault here? Of course not. It is simply that when you hear about a group that is more interested in limiting the freedoms that you possess and they dislike, the group is more than likely sponsored by or populated by folks that fall more on the religious right.
If I were a lawmaker, I would not only be against this type of behavior, I would take actions to quash it completely. How about having a "Conservative Hunting Season" from the first week in September until the end of the third week of September. Of course, I would be quite merciful and send to jail all those who had bagged over their limit.
Here's the problem with being critical of one camp, as I have. In the process of making my point, entirely in jest (sometimes), I send a message across that is as intolerant and abusive as those groups I oppose.
I consider myself a liberal christian. Sounds like an oxy-moron, I know. I tend to at times straddle the fence, so let's make some thing clear on what I believe in.
I believe the death penalty should be in force in all fifty states and should be carried out as swiftly as the law permits.
I believe that their should be no religious symbols or teachings in a school unless the school is completely funded by private money.
I believe that abortions are wrong except in a very few well-defined conditions. I am against the right to have an abortion taken from women. I do not believe it is the state's right to legislate what can or cannot happen to a person's body.
I believe that tax breaks for the wealthy seem like a vey good idea. With one caveat ---- every $5,000 that is saved due to special regulations, the benefactor should give back to the comunity 5 hours of community service. And no, I am not talking about setting up charity events or donating a yacht to the Boys/Girls Clubs of America. You want the tax break, fine, get your nice little orange jump suit on and get you butt out there picking up litter.
I believe in the right of an individual to express his/her opinion. Whether you disagree or fully support this entry, I honestly do not care. If you wish to write a rebutal...please feel free to write it. I not only encourage it, I plead for it.
We spend so much time using God and morality as a tool to exert our family values upon a society that no longer has the same concept of "family" as it did thirty years ago. Let's stop using God as an excuse to put others down and instead let's show that God is the source of love that many of us know Him to be.