Monday, March 30, 2015

Religious Perversion And Gay Rights

The bastardization of religion is an art form. Best perfected over a low-simmering pot of hatred and vile.

This concoction needs to be tasted, sampled and enjoyed by others, otherwise all that work stirring the cauldron becomes a futile endeavor. 

The irrational fears seasoned with an outrageous amount of hatred and a fistful of self-importance must find a plate in which to serve this overly-seasoned stew.

Nothing reaches more people faster than politics and the political landscape has been, like the zombie apocalypse, overrun by religious zealots no longer content with their ideology and scriptures restricted to an assigned house of worship.

The rise of the Koch brothers, with their extensions known as Alec, the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the right wing sponsored and funded blogs, their allies in the media known as Fox News, and their ultimate creation known as the Tea Party seemed, at first, disjointed entities that converged into the political scene randomly and with a force that knocked the air out of our collective sails.

While there is a Tea Party franchise that claims to be an organic movement that has nothing to do with the "other" Tea Party, it would be hard to discern differences between the two if we are pressed to do so.

The aforementioned entities, their subsidiaries and other spawns have one major theme in common: Religious Righteousness as their shield.

This religious bastardization of the Bible is no different that the religious bastardization of the Koran by religious zealots hell-bent on the destruction of people who don't share their common core values.

If we were to remove the religious identity from the conversation and focus on the language and actions, we would not be able to tell the difference between the two. Bombing abortion clinics and murdering doctors is not very Christian. Decapitating journalists and airline pilots is not very Koran-like either.

What does religion have to do with politics? - Absolutely nothing until it is used as weapon to legalize policies that are filled with hatred and discrimination.

These organization could not use common sense and true Christian values to guide their agenda, so instead, they focused their time, energy and considerable resources into stocking the fires of citizens who were considered to be irrational, uninformed, and perhaps riddled by emotional disorders.

Sociopath personalities with "good hair" have been groomed to take over state legislatures
"The Governor" ~ The Walking Dead
and governors seats across the country. The fringe has found an outlet for their hatred of "others" in the media and are empowered to continue spewing their venom across the country. 

A look at our current members of Congress is more than enough to make any rational person look into citizenship in another country because this one has gone insane.

Take a look at Louie Gohmert (Republican House Representative from Texas) --- (no really, take a look) and ask yourself if this man is not the poster child to advocate free mental health services across the nation.

It is hard to keep track of all Louie Gohmert has said because it is enough to make a normal person's brain explode but let's give it a try.

On an interview on Fox News on March 29, 2014 with Arthel Nevelle, he stated he had a plan to bomb Iran and its nuclear facilities. He stated that even Russia may be okay with it because "they are not crazy over there." - The Right Wing has made no bones about being in love with Putin and his tyrannical control on Russia's people and policies. 

Putin's regime is connected to poison, murder and disappearance of journalists and political enemies. Nothing crazy about this.

On religion, Louie Ghomert has a different way of expressing his hatred of "others" and his imagination allows him to equate President Obama with the Ayatollah. Which one? - In the Right Wing frame of mind, there is only one, but in the real world, this is a title accorded to a person - namely a high-ranking cleric - not the name of a person. But why bother with details? After all, there is only one Pope. It is not like it is just a title... No?

Ghomert's love-fest with Israel is just another way of saying "Anti-Muslim" and chiding the current administration for perceived transgressions against Israel is more fuel to stock the fire. The voracious beast of hatred and fear that forms his constituency demands additional helpings of the fetid stew.

The basis of all radical politics is a distorted view of religion to suit an ill-conceived ideology. This is not what religion was meant to be, but it quickly was utilized to feed the passions of sociopaths to further their need for power, control and profits. Ghomert is just one of the many across the United States in a position of power to use religion to suit a tasteless agenda.

Religion is meant to bring peace of mind and calm a troubled soul. It is meant to be used as a guide to improve ourselves spiritually and emotionally as we develop and grow into something that society, and ourselves, considers acceptable.

Not since the Spanish Inquisition has the bastardization of religion been used so well as a weapon. It has been honed to perfection in the United States and exported to other countries with the zeal of a gluttonous child that can never get enough candy. 

Not unlike the infamous Crusades.

The consequences of exporting this fetid dish have been dire in places like Uganda, where thanks to the relentless efforts to demonize gays, Scott Lively has succeeded in creating laws that carry dire consequences for our gay brothers and sisters. 

It is dehumanizing.

Religious doctrine, specifically the much touted teachings of Christ was meant to empower those without power and to humanize those who had it.

In Uganda,  torturing, imprisoning and killing homosexuals is now part and parcel of what they have to live with. Thanks to Scott Lively who believes "the gays" caused the Holocaust.

Not content with having achieved this major triumph in Uganda, he peddled this poisoned dish in Russia. It was all the rage! Another success across the globe in banning and punishing Gays for being... Gay. 

Hate masquerading as religious righteousness and so-called family values is a powerful and explosive combination both at home and abroad. The Crusades are back with a modern twist. We enact laws to make it illegal to be who you are, to love who you love and to live your life as you please.

That pesky "pursuit of happiness" or the much touted "Freedoms" and "Liberties" or "Individual Rights" is meant for the selected few. Not you. Especially if you are gay.

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) just to prove the point that individual civil rights are no match for organized religious insanity. 

Via Scott Wooledge @Clarknt67

The signing ceremony was obviously a religious event as the governors' desk was surrounded by women in Burqas and religious clerics.

Wait, no. Those were nuns and priests. My bad. 

This law empowers employers to discriminate against prospective employees and refuse service to customers they perceive to be gay. It also empowers the bigots among us to feel justified in deeds and thought. After all, it is the law!

There are 19 other states with laws on the books mimicking the same discrimination against Gay people. While it is a safe bet to state that anything below the Mason-Dixon line is ripe for the picking, let's not fool ourselves, the tentacles of the Religious Zealots spread wide and far and there are enclaves in every state that has their fair share of nuts ready to be polished and groomed as our next governor or congressman and to act on behalf of warped ideological values instead of our best interest.

The media is practically owned and steered by the fringe and the mentioned powerful institutions that represent them. Blogs, TV networks, newspapers and radio stations are filled with the same hatred against Muslims, Gays, President Obama... and whenever possible, all combinations are tried to see if they stick. 

"Hey! I heard President Obama is a Gay Muslim dictator, who is going to make Christianity illegal in the USA by promoting "The Gay Agenda!" ---- 

Sure, why not? Someone reading this might actually believe it is true, not because they saw it here, but because it re-affirms what they have already read in print and disseminated through their preferred social media channels.

For your amusement, or despair, a documentary spewing the contents of the cauldron will soon be arriving for your viewing pleasure.

The documentary, as reported by Right Wing Watch, in which Louie Ghomert, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and all the usual suspects make their appearance to terrorize the feeble-minded into believing that the United State is going to outlaw Christianity to favor Gay Rights.

Frankly, considering who is carrying the banner for this bastardization of religion, it may not be such a bad idea. Perhaps later on in life, after the dust settles and the lunatics are back under their rocks, we can embrace true Christianity, the one that promotes taking care of one another, helping those in need and being a good human being while we are on this Earth.

The most Christ-like behaviors can be sampled in the quiet and gentle caring of people serving the homeless population, aiding our veterans to find jobs and services, those who take time off to visit a nursing home and bring small toiletries, conversation and the gift of time.

Many of these Christ-like people are more often than not atheists, agnostics, or call themselves spiritual or not affiliated with any organized religion. They are also straight and will continue to fight for the true Gay Agenda: Equality.

These people are the true embodiment of what makes the religious right so very wrong.

By the way, the religious wrong will continue to make old dishes with new twists. The war on women is not over, it is just simmering in the back burner along side with discrimination against blacks and Hispanics. 

For now, it is "The Gays" that get their attention, but don't worry, if you are a woman, black or Hispanic, they will get back to you soon. If you are a black Hispanic Lesbian....

.... You need a ((Hug)) and a vacation to another country.

Peace - O


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Keith Fountain said...


Keith Fountain said...


Seeker said...

Good article! To me, however, this is not a religious effort at all.

Rather, its part of the flood of hate, that has been growing, churning, and bubbling in US politics since FOX SPEWS and hate radio started weaving their message about 12 years ago.

Hate comes from someplace, and it goes someplace. Its as real as anything we see, though we can't see it, but by the effects.

Hate also goes someplace, it grows. It spreads. A tsunami forms, if the hate and fear are deep enough, and powerful enough.

The religious aspect of it, is kinda the low parts of the beach, get hit first, by the income wave.

Worse than so many people now being hateful, and fearful, and how this is turing religious fundamentalist into radicals, is that this is not over.

The hate and fear is still being pumped. FOX news may have slightly pulled back from some of the worst of the hate and fear pumping -- some times you see a FOX person ask a reasonable question now, for example.

Too late. The damage is done. The people I know who watch FOX and get their view of the world from it and hate radio, are scary. They hate. They have no doubts. The are fearful of everything -- especially Obama.

The hatemongering was doing for political gain, but it does not matter WHY they turned millions of people into hateful fearful souls, who have no doubts. That is the condition of those folks.

No doubts - very scary.