Think Before You Speak

Facebook is rapidly becoming a repository for dimestore philosophy, uninformed political opinions (both left and right) and truly frightening religious zealotry. It’s everywhere. And it’s worsening daily. But the more worrisome part of this is the fact that the people posting this mess aren’t just on Facebook. They’re out there in the world. They believe their own bullshit. They breed. They vote. They influence others.

Some of them are people I know. They’re going off the deep end and drowning in their own intolerance. This saddens me because I truly care about my friends. Those of you who are not one of those I’m referring to probably see some of the same stuff I do. Those of you that I am referring to likely don’t have a clue. But if I just stepped on your toes, then pay attention snowflake.

Carl Sagan said it best years ago:

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…”
– -Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995)

Yeah, Sagan saw it coming. It’s as if some Americans are wearing willful ignorance as a badge of honor.

FuckTrumpProtestWhile most liberals are more willing than righties to learn something new, many are just as dogmatic as religious conservatives. Some of you seem to believe that anything which doesn’t fit your preconceptions (mostly political) is just part of some vast right-wing conspiracy, or the idea is stupid, or maybe even racist. And don’t talk about conservatives being hateful. A lot of you are just downright nasty. I’ve never seen such a bunch of shrewish, screaming bed-wetters in my entire life. Listen to yourselves!

And Christians? Good grief people. You throw verbal and written stones at people who’ve done nothing to you. You repeatedly attempt to violate church-state separation and scream about “persecution” when you fail. The stuff I see some of you posting on FB makes me wonder if you’d be better off in a padded room. You excel at making yourselves look either ignorant or patently insane. Or maybe you just need to take a Civics course.

Let’s start with you liberal and Atheist folks:

Liberals and Gun Control…
BrophyFamilyGunsWho the hell do you people think you are? Do you really think you’re going to blow off the Second Amendment and take people’s legally-owned guns away? We have millions of firearms and trillions of rounds of ammo. And half of you don’t even know which bathroom to use.

Go ahead, come and get’em. Just try… Oh wait! I forgot. You don’t plan to do it yourselves. You want to hide behind other people who have guns and badges to do your dirty work for you. You should take a look around, because a lot of cities and counties have already stated they’ll never allow such a violation of rights to occur. The Democrats could win every seat in both houses of congress, and you still won’t have our guns. It’s only a matter of time before the few inroads you’ve made are wiped out and the Second Amendment will properly stand as the only “gun permit” people need. Trump’s bit of waffling around with bump stocks and red flag laws won’t last. And the shining example of liberal gun policy otherwise known as Chicago, IL will likely be the catalyst for change. The Second Amendment exists because the Founders knew people like you would try this sooner or later. You. Will. Lose.

Liberals and Racism…
You people need to get a new buzzword. “Racist” and “racism” have become two of the most overused and misused words in the English language thanks to liberals’ incessant attempts to paint all conservatives as a bunch of knuckle-dragging bigots. Preventing illegal voting is somehow racist. Enforcing border security is racist. Welfare reform is racist. You find ways to encourage impoverished people from other nations to sneak into our country illegally, and then you use my tax money to bribe them with all manner of freebies. You work covertly to get them phony voter registrations and then tell them how to vote. I’d say YOU are the racists, not those on the right who simply want our laws to be obeyed. You’re not only racist, you’re anti-American.

Atheists and Religious Freedom…
Anyone who knows me knows I’m an Atheist. But I’m also a strict constitutionalist. Yes, many religious groups have tried to blur the line of church-state separation. But some of you take it to an extreme when it comes to enforcing that line. I totally agree that religious symbolism like the Ten Commandments has no place in front of a court house. “In God We Trust” has no place on our money or on the backs of police cars. But why do you file lawsuits against small towns with a nativity scene in some tiny city park at Christmas time? Go ahead and tell me your rights are being violated. Go ahead and tell me you’ve been harmed in some way. I’ll gladly look you in the eye and call you a liar. All you accomplish by doing this is to make people hate us. You’re making our long term goals more difficult to attain by galvanizing the religious right against us. The vast majority of religious people are fine upstanding folks. They do not deserve the problems that the FFRF and others cause them. If you want them to listen to reason, then be reasonable yourselves. Suing a small town over some mannequins gathered around a wooden trough is just plain silly. Live and let live, ok?

Now let’s talk about Christians / Conservatives a bit…

Christians and School Prayer…
SchoolPrayerMemeI know of no public school in which prayer is banned. Students and faculty can pray to their heart’s content as long as it does not interfere with school activity. What is prohibited is forced or institutionalized prayer. The school principal for example is not supposed to start a required assembly with a prayer. Students cannot be forced to pray or attend a gathering in which prayer will occur. In other words freedom is enhanced, not taken away. But many Christians apparently don’t realize this. You keep posting this same stupid meme demanding that school prayer be reinstated when it was never banned. Still others wish to return to a time when kids were forced to participate in prayer regardless of their parents’ wishes or knowledge. This is ethically and morally wrong.

Christians and Public School Curricula…
Christians earnestly and sincerely feel that it is important to all of humanity for them to spread their Gospel. They honestly believe that a horrific eternity of punishment awaits those who do not believe upon their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They feel an urgency akin to that which I might feel while rushing a badly injured family member to the hospital, or rescuing a drowning person from a raging flood. They’re also desperate to preserve their slowly-dying religion, and they’ll do pretty much anything to get that done.

donkeypreacherAnd that’s why they have repeatedly tried to shoehorn their beliefs, specifically “Intelligent Design” into the curricula of public schools. In 2005, a Federal court ruled in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that Intelligent Design is simply window dressing for Creationism and not in any way scientific. The following November, eight of the nine members of the Dover school board were defeated by challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class (The ninth member was not up for re-election). The new school board president subsequently stated that the board did not intend to appeal the ruling.

But several southern states have since found loopholes to allow them to present Intelligent Design as an “alternative theory” to evolution. This, in spite of the fact that no credible evidence exists against evolutionary theory, or in favor of creationism. I wonder how these religious zealots would respond to having an evolutionary biologist like Richard Dawkins barging into Sunday School class and offering evolution as an alternative to the Genesis creation story? Turnabout is fair play after all. But no. That’d be persecution, right? Those loopholes will be closed in time. The Bible is not a science book. Bible stories as such have no place in science class. And Christians have no right to subvert the teaching of real-world knowledge to benefit their own agenda.

Christians and Islam in the USA…
Our Constitution guarantees freedom of and from religion for all people within our borders. You can believe what you will, and you can live according to those beliefs as long as you respect the rights of others. But some Christians seem to think that “Freedom of Religion” actually means “Freedom of Christianity.” And that is indicative of a lack of knowledge where the Constitution is concerned. The Founding Fathers recognized that the right to believe as you wish must be respected for all people. And that is why the Founders created a secular government. And no, “secular” does not mean “atheistic.” The word “secular” means “Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body.” The Founders recognized that government and religion are both served best by staying out of each other’s way. And they were correct.

BanIslamMemeAnd yet many Christians seem to desire a theocracy. Many want Islam to be banned in the US. Many brainlessly regard all Muslims as terrorists, or at least a potential threat. I know quite a few Muslims. Nice folks, every one of them. Most of them are here because their native country scares the bejabbers out of them. They came here to escape Sharia law, not force it upon us. Are there Muslims who are here for the wrong reasons? Do some of them actually want to make America an Islamic theocracy? Yes, unfortunately. But they are a small minority. And they can be dealt with if politicians will grow some stones and do so. But Christian memes like the “ban Islam” image shown here put the Christians who post it in the same category as Muslim extremists. They seek to take away the constitutionally guaranteed restrictions on government that provide freedom of belief and conscience. They’re blind to the fact that they would be shooting themselves in the foot.

Christians and Gay Marriage…
And of course Christians still have their weird obsession with other people’s sex lives. Look people, “the Bible says…” is meaningless in the real world, ok? Keep in mind that no matter how much you claim otherwise, this nation’s governing document is the Constitution, not the Bible. Whatever the Bible has to say about homosexuality is irrelevant to civil rights in the USA. And guess what? The US Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gays have the right to marry. End of story. They win. You lose. Get over it. Yes, I know you have rights to protect your “sincerely held religious beliefs.” And I wholeheartedly agree with that. I think that any gay couple that tries to force a church to accommodate their wedding is being hateful and unreasonable.

KimDavisBut remember that Christians fought vehemently against marriage equality for decades. You tried to deny them the right to marry who they love, based not upon the Constitution but upon your precious scriptures. Once again as above, you were ethically and morally wrong. Former County Clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky found this out the hard way, and she deserved it. Your life doesn’t change if Adam marries Steve instead of Eve. Your own marriage isn’t damaged if Gwen marries Jill instead of Phil. You have no right to dictate through legislation or defiance how other people live. Not in America.

So what’s the point of all this ranting and bitching? For one, I feel better having said it. I needed to vent (and that’s mostly what blogs are for). But hopefully I got a few of you out there to stop and think a little bit. America is at her best when we stand together in spite of our differences and work to better our country. We don’t need red baseball caps with silly mottoes to do that. And we sure as hell don’t need people like Bernie Sanders trying to push us down the bottomless pit of socialism. But we do need to cut the crap and do something real. Sitting at home and posting silly memes and running your mouth when your brain is in neutral is worse than doing nothing at all. An uninformed opinion is unworthy of sharing. And hatefulness benefits no one.

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