August 29, 2005
The reasons for your anti-war protesting do matter
I'm obviously all for anti-war protesting. I'm also for pro-war protesting if you should feel so inclined. I do admit I don't fully fall into the "support our troops" camp (assuming I were American). I'm not in favour of sending them negative messaging but I wouldn't blow smoke up their butts by telling them they're fighting some noble cause, etc.
But, some people go way too far. This one is interesting too because the social conservatives get credit.
Apparently some church sent protestors to funerals of fallen soldiers with signs like "God hates you." Now, it'll take some effort, but follow their logic here:
1. Their god hates gay people
2. Their god hates the US because it harbors gay people
3. Their god is taking vengence on the US, because of #2, by arranging for soldiers to be killed in Iraq
4. Their god feels the above items should be made known to the whole world. Extra credit if the "making known" occurs during the funeral of one of those fallen soldiers. Extra extra credit if you make the family of the fallen soldier cry just that little bit harder.
5. Believing in the items above and taking the actions described is your VIP pass to heaven.
"That there's some darn good logic, Pa!" No need to sugar-coat this: These people are freaking morons and are just taking up space that could be used by someone who could possibly be considered a decent human being.
Here's the article: Anti-gay church protests at soldiers’ funerals
Posted by nthier at August 29, 2005 12:05 AM
From a recent amateur pOrn expo:
Dan Savage, one of Hump!’s organizers said the idea was partly good fun, partly "a slap at the American Taliban." "The anti-seX, anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-Darwin, anti-pOrn shock troops of the religious right have been on the attack since November."
The little pOrnographer's got a point. Let's not lose sight of the fact that the Taliban came to power in a religious and moral revolution of draconian absolutism. Don't let the self-righteousness revolution happen here too.
Posted by: Randy Nutjob at August 29, 2005 11:27 AM
To expand on your point it's self-righteousness coupled with religious conviction that's bad. Both of these by themselves aren't necessarily a bad thing. It's when they're combined that things get nasty. People lose all ability to reason and listen to others.
Take the recent Pope as an example. He had a lot more real/good religious conviction than some yahoo out in the midwestern US. But, he also listened to reason and factual evidence to admit that the world may not actually be only 6 thousand years old. These people here are basically making stuff up and then applying their religious convictions on top of it. Once they then feel so strongly about it they begin to believe their religious conviction is the root of the thought/intention.
I don't think there's danger of heading towards a theocracy here - the transition is almost done already. What politician can speak out against anything even remotely proposed under the guise of Christianity?
Posted by: Neil Thier at August 29, 2005 05:36 PM