Want two more reasons why I see so little to admire about the Christian's god or any of man's many gods for that matter?"Moses was angry with the officers ... who had come from service in the war. Moses said to them, 'Have you let all the women live? Behold, these caused the people of Israel, by the counsel of Balaam, to act treacherously against the Lord in the matter of Pe'or, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep her for yourself." ( 1 )
If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, entices you secretly, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods," ... you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him; but you shall kill him ( 2 )
Gentle readers, of what use is a deity that so easily and casually allows one small part of his or her family to go about committing genocide and rape against another? For that matter, what kind of supreme being has so little self confidence that he or she would tell a follower to murder anyone within one's own family who may have been misled or, more likely, found a god far more worthy of their time and allegiance?
This stupid and immoral "god" is the very same one that pushes all fundamentalists of all stripes into murder and greed and malevolence. It is the god that fundamental Islam adores and worships while they commit the slaughter of thousands of human beings in New York. It is the same god that Christian fundamentalists claim as their own that occupies the jet fighters and bombers that waste tens of thousands of innocent lives while dropping bombs from tens of thousands of feet in the air. It is that god which both of these vile and vulgar "religions" glorify while they go about their filthy business of murder and carnage and destruction.
For those of you in the vast minority of either religion that sees god as the source of decency and inclusion and the like, I'm not speaking directly to you. For those few of you who see peace and understanding as the key to a relationship and understanding of whatever god you worship, though, you are responsible for the evil of the majority only if you do not speak out against these creatures high jacking your religion for the purposes of greed and malicious self interest. To simply wish for peace and brotherhood is not enough, you must also speak out and speak out loudly against the contemptible actions of so-called followers of Christ or Islam. Nothing else can be seen as acceptable.
This article may be far shorter than the average. That's fine. It has served its purpose if two points have been made. First, that the word fundamentalism in any religious context nearly always has been warped into synonyms for hate and greed and the murder of anyone not following the exact same superstition as the group with the guns or box cutters or whatever. Second, but far more important, is the reality that anyone who claims to worship the same god as the immoral fundamentalists must speak out against them if they are to ever wrest their religions away from the contemptible grasp of those who rape and murder in the name of some unseen and invisible and bloodthirsty god. Got that? If you don't speak out against evil then you engage in the same level of evil and are simply allowing doors to remain open that must be locked and sealed forever. Nothing less than the loud condemnation of those animals can be accepted. Nothing!
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