I am a firm believer in the philosophy that another person’s belief system is no concern of mine – I’ll debate with them if I feel I have decent points to make, but if someone thinks differently to me, I figure that’s their inalienable right as a human being. I insist on the same freedom, so why should I deny it to others? The world is an open and free system – I advocate a sort of ‘Brownian motion of philosophy’. Do your thing, but don’t impose it on others unless they invite it. But current events being what they are, it’s hard to keep one’s personal feelings locked down entirely, especially when people’s beliefs come out of the corrall of their own heads and start infecting the world at large. Believe what you will, fine. But lauding those beliefs as justification for atrocities in which you take an ideological glee? That’s over my line of permissiveness.
What’s got me so riled (apart from the fact that, despite the thousands of years we’ve had to learn better, we’re still trying to debate ideologies with lethal weaponry, often deployed against those who only subscribe to said ideologies in ignorance, if at all), is the inevitable emergence from the woodwork of the Christian fundamentalists – you know, the ones who find all other fundamentalism to be abhorrent and an insult to their own retarded belief systems?
I’ve seen a fair few examples of this stuff floating around in the last few weeks, and have left it well alone. “Let them be, it’s their freedom of choice and thought,” I told myself. But I’ve had enough – after seeing this story, linked to by the excellent PZ Myers, I decided that I have a right to use my own little platform to voice my own opinion. So here it is:
An Open Letter to the ‘Children of Jesus’
Should you be one of the people eagerly awaiting the Armageddon and Rapture that you joyously proclaim the current Middle East conflict the be the herald of, I’d just like to let you know that I am eagerly awaiting it too.
You know why? Because the thought of being ‘left behind’ on a planet that has been denuded of every single fundamentalist blood-lusting crackpot Jesus-freak by some miraculous intervention of an unknowable higher power REALLY F*CKING APPEALS TO ME RIGHT NOW.
I’ve read enough of the Bible to know that you people are hypocrites (goodwill to all men? faith, hope and charity?); you are also racists and ideological fascists of the worst stripe, and the idea of being rid of you, in a pogrom that would stain no other sentient (or indeed existent) being with guilt, fills me with the sort of zeal that I imagine probably inspires persons with less restraint, education and ethical conscience to go and burn down the houses of people they don’t like.
The world is, indeed, overburdened with the sinful. The human race is carrying a lot of dead weight. If your god wants you back, I hope he takes you sooner rather than later. If there is a heaven, and it is populated with people like you, I’ll go to hell with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
Yeah. So come and firebomb my house, I’m an infidel and proud of it. I’ve not been the world’s most perfect person, but my conscience is pretty clear. As ambassadors for a religion (ostensibly) of peace and goodness, you’re doing a great job. Well, a better job than pondlife could do, at least.