JESUS WAS COOL. IT’S HIS FAN CLUB THAT’S FUCKED UP.
The supporters and opponents of Prop 8 include diverse backgrounds and agendas. Tonight’s demonstration inspired some thoughts regarding the religious based opposition to legalizing same sex marriage.I am not a Religious person. But I am Spiritual. To me, God is the force that drives
Love, Understanding, Compassion and Tolerance as well as creates the Beauty and Tragedy that is our lives here on this ball of dirt and water that sits spinning within a vast cosmic soup.
This simple formula has served me throughout my life and that is as close to practicing Religion as I will ever get. I’ve been informed by some Christians however, in no uncertain terms, that I will never reach true God, Heaven or Salvation because there is only one way there and I didn’t buy a ticket. I nevertheless have no animosity for these people who would damn me to a fiery pit, and I respect their right to worship however they wish because, well, why the Hell shouldn’t I? As for me, I believe that if there is any kind of God, out there, He might say; “Don’t worry man, you’re cool.” So I’ll just go about my business and take my chances.
What I am seeing here today is actions by certain religious people who are not happy enough to be in good with their God on their own terms, but need to do some of God’s judgement and condemnation work for him too (how thoughtful!). I see religious people who are afraid, angry, hateful and vindictive. I see religious people who are threatened by people who are unlike them because a book told them what is right and wrong. I see hypocrisy. I look into history and I see a religious force that has promoted itself through fear and has enforced a blind loyalty by fueling further fear.
I’d sometimes say to myself, “There are so many people in this world who have beliefs that I may find absurd or even dangerous, but perhaps if I stay out of their business, they’ll stay out of mine. They may be delusional or misguided but at face value, they may only be good people who want to be true to a good God.”
But this week I learned better. I learned that fear and ignorance are two of the most powerful forces in human politics, and that these elements within our world cannot be erased or changed by simple logical or reasonable means because logic and reason have nothing to do with it. I learned that sometimes fear and ignorance are one with the body. Inseparable. Destroy the ideology and you destroy the person. Attempt to tell someone to reconsider what they’ve clung to all their lives and you might as well try to remove that person’s skin. I’ve learned that all of the most wonderful, inspirational and enlightening words, ideals and dogmas that can ever be written in one book are only as good as the flesh and blood earthbound beings who may implement and practice them.
So now, let’s turn a pragmatic eye to more secular solutions.
What’s left for those of us who see a different truth? Faith in democractic process? Faith in prevailing reason? Faith in God? I don’t know. But I can hope.