I've not been visiting much lately. Had a very busy 3rd quarter and just spent 2 weeks on holidays on an emphatic pursuit of some r&r. I needed desperately to take a moment out to address my fellows, comrades and in many ways, support structure - with the following:
What I'm about to write may come across as indignant, spiteful, morose, inappropriate, and in a prose not befitting a "gentleman atheist" - and please do let me know what your thoughts are - but this asshole just rang my number, and I, in a hushed tone at first, got angrier by the second. I've heard/seen similar sentiments the last few days, mostly in the form of cartoonish memes via facebook, but these are no less idiotic or petulant than the drivel that the knuckle draggers at FOX have produced in this sycophantic and patently narcissistic piece of shit video. I wept when I saw this. I weep as I write this. The cavernous, black, morally reprehensible depths to which people will go to in order to "bring in their sheaves" is too much for me to handle right now. I'm only 26 years old. Justifiably young, I'm sure, to the standards of many of the members that I speak to and hold in regard on this site. Young enough to see something like this and not be able to say: "ah, I saw that coming. Typical religious right". Young enough that tragic dissertations like this can still break my heart.
And so, to the American religious right, who so frequently and with such fervour feign pitiful martyrdom at every turn, buckle up.
I. Am. PISSED.
HOW DARE YOU turn this into a shameless sales pitch for your cause.
HOW DARE YOU make a judgement call on what may well have been a very serious mental health issue, and devalue and degrade it by calling it sin.
HOW DARE YOU imply that the bible's 10 commandments can abate a systematic cultural failure and make everything better.
HOW DARE YOU assume that your idea of "morality" can save us all.
HOW DARE YOU infer liberalism as the cause of something so horrific.
HOW DARE YOU suggest that denying you religious fucking yahoos the right to get away with whatever you want has brought us to this place.
Finally, and most importantly - HOW DARE YOU take this tragedy - a school's hallways run crimson with the blood of 6 year old children and their few adult protectors, families with gifts under their trees for children who will never open them - and desecrate the value of these precious youth by telling the families that their godlessness created the circumstances under which this has happened.
HOW DARE YOU!
Fuck you, especially for that last one.
Don't pray for your nation, do something useful instead.