Now my inspiration began the other day while I was over at Rivka's blog, reading up on the usual interfaith battles that seem to permeate the evangelicals of the country. Let me quote that bastion of wisdom (me) and some of his comments (because I like to hear me talking (shocker)):
In the quest for truth, whether you find it in a strict Biblical interpretation or a more creative mishmash of various elements (thus the meandering), the danger is to seek too many answers from one man and not from God.In essence, there are way too many people who take the Word of God and apply it to everything to a degree that has to piss Him off just a little.
Then I spent my Sunday night doing what I do most: Listening to talk radio. This is where I found the Allen Hunt Show (worth a listen no matter your faith or lack thereof). It was a rerun, because Heath Ledger's death was mentioned as news. But I hadn't heard the third hour before. Allen had, as a guest, some cunt (and I use that term after (unfortunately) visiting their site for necessary research) from the Westboro Baptist Church. This is the unholy bunch that pickets military funerals. Allen was trying to find out why she and her bunch were so virulent toward homosexuals. What it turned into was an idiot vomiting verse to back her evil interpretation.
This is from their homepage, godhatesfags.com (link not provided, because I don't want to link to their shit). If you feel the need to waste time reading the word of God the Hatemonger, this is your site:
Since 1955, Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has taken forth the precious from the vile, and is therefore as the mouth of God (Jer. 15:19). In 1991, WBC took her ministry to the streets, conducting over 34,000 peaceful demonstrations (to date) opposing the fag lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth. In response, america bombed WBC. Now, God is america's enemy, dashing your soldiers to pieces. 4,124 dead. 29,978 wounded.Also, here's some sites that they link to (that I won't):
America Is Doomed
Priests Rape Boys
Update: Dee did a post on these subcreatures. For more on the face of EEEVIL, go read it.
I'd share more, but I closed their webpage and have no desire to lower myself to that level again. Now I'll admit that these are the extreme of the extreme. But these are the enemy of a free and just people, just as the antireligious nuts are. But the worst part is that they take what is holy and pervert the shit out of it. I won't claim to be a biblical scholar (being that I'm a severely lapsed Catholic), but there's reading and interpreting scripture, and then there's picking verses to support your unholy view and forgetting a testament or two in the process.
In the end, it comes back to finding the truth in your faith and not perverting it into extremism or into the word of a single leader. To borrow from a Kevin Smith movie (interestingly, called Dogma):
Rufus, the 13th Apostle: His only real beef with mankind is the shit that gets carried out in His name - wars, bigotry, televangelism. The big one though, is the factioning of all the religions. He said mankind got it all wrong by taking a good idea and building a belief structure on it.Yes, I get some of my philosophy from a movie with a rubber poop monster and a preponderance of dick and fart jokes. But it does give me some interesting (and entertaining) perspective.
Bethany: You're saying having beliefs is a bad thing?
Rufus: I think it's just better to have ideas. I mean, you can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. People die for them; people kill for them.