The future as at best a haze. We can make or break it. My rants, visions, ideas and dreams hope to make a better future. Lets learn to live a better life. Raise your glasses (no it doesnt have to be alcohol - I am using orange juice!), and toast the future!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Homophobia, hate, violence and Religeon go hand in hand

BBC UK - Gay and Christian Police Row

This artical goes over a brewing row between the GPA - The Gay Police Association and the CPA - the Christian Police Association, after publication of an advert showing a bible beside a pool of blood, with the words "In the name of the Father".

Like it or not, religeon is a number one cause of homophobic behaviour, in both Christian, Jewish and Muslim religeons, to the extent of those like Sizzla who actively talk of seriously violent behaviour towards gay and lesbian people.

The CPA protest they are not homophobic, and yet, in the same breath, they say they do not reject Gay members, but require them to become celibate to join it as they beleive "homo-erotic behaviour is inconsistant withour world view".

Look, if the person is not physically trying to butt rape you personally, by holding you down, or having sex in public (which would be absolutely no more acceptable were it heterosexual sex), then doing what they do in closed doors is doing you no harm. Many anti-gay biblical mentions were there because of many men having to live in tents in the middle of the desert (as are so many other wierd biblical laws) and have absolutely zero relevance in todays society.

Those who use religeon as an excuse for discrimination, and worse still violence, are no more than hooligans. I welcome the current tube ad-campaign on ridding the work place of sexual discrimination. Unfortunately, I welcome less the "bible texts on the underground" campaign.

Hopefully, this kind of behaviour will allow the religeous groups to cut themselves enough rope to hang themselves with their own stuffiness and irrelevance. Get lost - we dont want you, we dont have a morality that involves not blowing the living daylights out of each other because we write his name that way and they write his name another, we dont have rules that say "dont each fish on a thursday" (!???) or that discourage learning and questioning and human development. We have our own moral code, of non-interference if it isnt hurting anyone else, and helping out where we can, of not going to war except in proportional retaliation to another violent incursion (Isreal - you are NOT proportionate - you are responding with massively over the top violence), of learning as much as we can and gaining understanding, of building links between communies and not finding reasons to seperate them.

Not only is it time to firmly state that I do not need religeon to have a very strong moral sense, but time to say that the religeous were never that much of a moral lot to begin with. The Christians, Jewish and Islamic religeons historically have mass genocide to answer for, and to be fair, are still no less reponsible for bloodshed todya than they were then. Who are the suicide bombers? The scientists, engineers and educated? No - mere religeous zealots who's only education have been the twisted words of sneering old men who are actually more interested in personal power than piety and world peace.

The religeous say god is love, if this is so, why are they required to conduct so much hate and violence in his name?

What can I say, religeon and oil, two things this planet would be vastly happier and vastly safer without.


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