Saturday, December 10, 2005

Merry F***ing Holidays!

So, the most pressing concern for fundamentalist Christians in these United States isn't a war that is immoral, people dislocated by hurricanes, poverty, racism, torture, a government who is more concerned about rich people than poor people or even keeping churches open on holy days.


I guess priority one is people who are going around saying 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'. Wow. How scary! What a terrible thing to do to our poor children! Who gives a shit if they starve, don't get a decent education or end up as cannon fodder so George can look like a tough guy and enrich his friends in the oil industry? This is CHRISTMAS damn it! This is IMPORTANT! The whole religion of Christianity rides on the number of people who say 'Merry Christmas'. I'm not really sure what the target number is, but apparently we aren't reaching it. Buncha commie, atheist slackers! Dire consequences await! Armageddon! Destruction! Wanton pillaging! Oh, wait, strike that-see the paragraph above about who the government favors. Horrible, evil things will come to pass if we acknowledge the existence of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or any other non-majority religion (at least non-majority in THIS country). By gosh it's a veritable attack on right-thinking, God-fearing Christians that people who don't share their faith aren't kicked to the curb in this season of love, tolerance and happiness.
Like many people in this country I went to a Christian church, including Sunday school when I was a kid. I was taught that Jesus taught love and compassion. I'm pretty sure I even read parts of the Bible that reinforced that apparently errant belief. Obviously I was mistaken. The TRUE practitioners of Christianity play by different rules I guess. For some reason I don't picture Jesus and his disciples living in multi-million dollar mansions or advocating the wiping out of people who don't agree with them. I have a hard time picturing Matthew, Mark Luke, John or Peter diverting contributions from good-hearted people that are supposed to go to help the poor into funding a diamond mine and propping up dictators.

I don't recall Jesus saying anything sounding like people who disagreed with you are scum. I was under the distinct impression that this judging thing was best left up to God.

But that's just me.

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