The biggest thing that changed my mind regarding Christianity was more knowledge. The exclusivist claims of Christianity just didn’t stand up to the light of comparative religion. Aron-Ra has posted a fantastic piece today about the origin of his name while also dipping into the religious beliefs of Ancient Egyptians and parallels between older polytheistic religions and that of the monotheistic Abrahamic faiths. Which, by the way, totally brought back memories of ancient history with Groceries. Good times. :0)
Pharyngula had a rather disturbing post about the many conservative responses after Newton, Connecticut last week which in turn linked to a post on Right Wing Watch about James Dobson’s statements on his radio broadcast (complete with audio clip) where Dobson said:
Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I’m not talking politically, I’m not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.
I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.
Firstly, I don’t think I’m the only one who reads that (or any of the others who said something similar) and thinks “Ye gods what a tyrant!” But mostly? Fuck you, James Dobson. Yeah, that about covers it.
First Draft had a good post a couple of days ago about our national discourse and how “It’s Always Time to Talk About Shit that Doesn’t Matter.” From the end of the post:
It’s like there’s a list somewhere, of Things We Can Address, and it’s all stuff like why so many kids have ADHD, and how parents aren’t hugging their children enough, and where precisely in the schoolyard we should stick the plaque proclaiming GOD IS LOVE because that’ll fix everything. It’s how many teachers need to be armed, and how many cops need to be at every entrance, and the opinion that perhaps we need fewer cops in schools and OH SHIT RIGHT FEWER HOLES IN THE SCHOOLS’ ROOFS WHILE WE’RE AT IT never quite makes it through the World of Warcraft soundtrack blaring on every goddamned Sunday show.
(See, already there you go, asking why I have to put it just that way. Can’t I use nicer language?)
We have limited ourselves to addressing matters that don’t need addressing, so as to drown out the screaming of the things that do.
Eric Scott over at The Wild Hunt wrote about Christian privilege which seems particularly apt with the faux war on Christmas going on these days.
Lest all of the rest of that send you back to deep breathing (with or without any esoteric connotations), I’ll end on a positive note – things like this are happening in this country. Maybe one day saner minds will prevail and what we’re experiencing is the last terrible gasps of things that should be no longer. At least, that’s what I hope today.