For an organization that proclaims to be about peace, love and understanding, they sure do like to throw the shit around. Yesterday was Good Friday, and it seems the churches got together to make sermons against the rise of atheism. Oh, and everything bad in the world is atheism's fault, too.
More than once I heard religious people on TV saying things like; "I don't care if you're an atheist, but just shut up and stop telling me what to believe!" Excuse me?? Pot calling the kettle black, just a little bit. We're constantly told what we should believe and the buffet of religions available is confusing and quite honestly, full of sneeze. Just last week, there was a two page spread in the paper of some dickhead telling us all that Christianity is the only way for a better Australia! I never stare at folks who carry their palms, or have ash on their foreheads - I don't care!! I do care if your cross bearing Jesus and hymn singing parish block up traffic as you replicate the death walk of your saviour. Did you obtain the correct license for that public march and outdoor megaphoned meeting?? The street wasn't properly cordoned off. Yet Australia news-shows keep saying how Oz is not really a religious country - I beg to differ. Actually, I roll my eyes and make a "Tcha" noise while making masturbatory hand gestures.
One of the big news stories just now is football officials protesting about AFL Football (Footy) competing on Good Friday - they are expected to keep the day holy, but practice sessions are ok. Yet we have Rugby League (Also called Footy which gets really fucking confusing!) matches...I don't get the problem. Good Friday isn't even a day off in the USA, as far as I remember. Everyone thinks America is far more religious. Stores aren't even open here.
Several newspapers had articles by ministers and preachers saying all sorts of...well rubbish really. It's very apparent they've not actually talked to many atheists. It becomes a game of Spot The Canard!
The Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News online
They got together to spread more misinformation and bullshit. My favourite quote was from the Anglican Bishop who said that disbelief was an assault on God. In so much as not believing in fairies is an assault on fairies, or not believing in unicorns is an assault on unicorns. An assault is a physical act upon someone or something - where's the injury in not believing in Santa? Sticks and stones will break bones but words - God can't take even a few words? What a puss. I said on FB "Dear Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen: Saying non belief is an "assault on God" is as sensible as arresting a shadow boxer for GBH."
Stir up the hate, create an "Us *vs* Them" mentality and get the parish to raise their pitchfork in protest. Because that's what forgiving and turning the other cheek is all about. Everyone knows it's easier to forgive if the person isn't there to be a reminder. Terrible atheists with their getting on with life and not paying tithes, or praying, or going to church or...anything.
All this rubbish about Nazi's being atheists is ignorant. Hitler was a Catholic! They were trying to eradicate the Jews - those people who killed Jesus, remember? For fuck sake - why are religious organizations determined to rewrite history? It's like they keep trying to pull the Jedi mind trick "There was no evil here", "The church is a force of good in the world"
I know this was poorly written, and I'm sorry for that. I'm between colds - husband brought the tummy bug, kids brought the coughing one - and fighting the urge to sleep and sniffle and barf all at once. I did take a lot of pictures in Melbs yesterday, if you're interested. I'm going to take command of the TV and maybe watch some P&P.