I ended up chatting with two amazing women tonight about the same topic. Creation myths, often referred to as religion, by the way. I absolutely adore both of these women. One is my mother, the other is an old friend from high school. Both happen to be taking a mythology class. I took a similar class about ten years ago. My girlfriend is one of the more crunchy, granola people I know. My mom is the Jesus saves type. I’m still all about whore boots and really good coffee.
With my girlfriend…. The conversation turned to mythical beasts, witchcraft and the universe at large. Same generation. With my mother, it turned to a conversation about religious tolerance. Now, I love my mom and I assume she likes me, too. But we could not be farther apart on religious and political views if we were actually working on it as goal. However, we all agree that no one should make me release the flying monkeys.
Every civilization since the dawn of time has created a myth about where mankind originated. That’s why it’s called a creation myth. Me? I’m glad I was born a hairless monkey that could form words. Truth is, we don’t really know if there was divine intervention guiding humanity. Science strongly suggests evolution as the accurate answer. I really have no concerns regarding what your creation myth is….If having a mother or father or a flying spaghetti monster in the sky gives you peace and comfort, then you go with your bad self. There is, in fact, a church of the flying spaghetti monster. Really. http://www.venganza.org/ It’s the hate that bothers me…. America is not a Christian nation. It was built on the very premise that religious freedom is important enough to leave your homeland and start fresh elsewhere. Remember the pilgrims??
ISIS…the Islamic terrorist group is not a religion. It does NOT represent Islam, a fairly peaceful religion. I really don’t give two shits if a woman thinks her salvation comes from hiding her face and hair. Rock on sister. I imagine it takes you less time than me to pick out your clothes. I would hate every second of it. So…being an American, I choose differently. Despite current evils in the world, Isis is a beautiful, amazing Egyptian Goddess who is primarily concerned with women. I like her already. She was a healer, a mother and a teacher. Isis was the epitome of womanhood. I am ill that her name has been assigned to a terrorist group of fanatics. This is a depiction of Isis.
Let’s talk about the Ku Klux Klan…. Murdering minorities in the name of the Lord and Aryan pride. How about the IRA…. Now, I love Ireland to my very soul… but Catholic bombs are no more ordained by God than my toaster. How about the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Sudan? They force young boys into war and sell little girls into sexual slavery with the ultimate goal of a religious state based on the Ten Commandments. The Antibalaka are a Christian terrorist group in Central Africa, working on ethnically “cleansing” the Muslims. That’s just a handful of Christian Terrorist groups. Does any of this sound like the God you worship on Sunday morning? Yeah, I didn’t think so. For the general populace, we like niceness. So…. The New Testament kinda works for you, because it’s all about peace and loving your neighbor. Jesus sounds like he was a pretty cool guy and I suspect that none of the charming groups mentioned previously are quite expressing his divine vision. Probably Mohammad was a cool guy, too. Maybe his divine vision differs from ISIS, hmm?
It makes me ashamed…. But the reason America is so shocked by ISIS, terrorist group, is because they hate you partly because you are white. We don’t think of ourselves in that way…. We are the great white hope…. Good, Christian pillars of society who are here to alleviate your suffering. Humanity should be falling to their knees with gratitude. This is partly because in America, religion isn’t a reason for war. In every other part of the world, religion is the only reason to go to war. Put away your middle class values because that is not where these people are coming from. Don’t forget…. We want them to conform. We want them to embrace our values, to become like us….because it’s better to be an American than pretty much anything else. Do you feel like an asshole yet? If you don’t, watch that YouTube video linked below, that’ll take care of it for ya. And yes, I believe racism and religious persecution are linked.
Please know…. I am proud to be an American. No one is going to come for me tonight when I say that I believe in a woman’s right to choose, or my right to bear arms or that I don’t believe in God. Freedom must be freedom for all….not just what works for you. It irritates me to no end to listen to people yapping about bringing prayer back to school…. Who decides which prayer to indoctrinate the children with? Oh…you want the Lord’s Prayer. But what about the Jewish kids, the Muslim kids and the Sikh kids? You only know whether your faith is the One True Faith when you are dead, and I have news for you…. You aren’t getting a return trip to tell us about it.