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Sep
06

Johnny says: “I don’t respect peoples’ beliefs!”:

            Respecting
the beliefs of others is considered the right thing to do, nowadays, especially,
and people think they’re being so tolerant and fair-minded by saying that and
practicing it (or pretending to).  But, I don’t respect beliefs
that I think are wrong or harmful. People have the right to hold crazy beliefs
in a free society, but I don’t have to respect them, no matter how traditional
or popular, or deeply held they may be.

             A long time ago I stopped believing in
the idea of an omnipresent, all-seeing “God” because it follows that
“God” witnesses horrors like torture and horrible abuse of children
but does nothing to stop it. That sick notion is often “explained
away” by an even sicker notion that “God” doesn’t or musn’t interfere
in the “free will” of the perpetrator! So the “free will”
of a rapist overrides the cries of the poor, innocent victims for help from God?
Well, then why do we tell children to pray for protection for themselves and
their loved ones?

            “Don’t
worry,” we’re told; “That cruel sadist will pay the price; nobody
gets away with anything. Just wait until “Judgment day!”  But don’t hold your breath. And,
another interesting idea is that if the worst victimizer in the world sincerely
asks for forgiveness, even with his last breath – it’s granted.  So, what’s it about: delayed punishment,
forgiveness, revenge, mercy? 

            They
say the truth will make you free, and I think we can at least be free of
conflicting, illogical beliefs that only serve to confuse us if we dare to hold
them up to the light. You know what really gets me? It doesn’t matter how
logical and well intentioned we are when we challenge the cruel contradictions
of Religious dogma. There’s always some theologian, or Bible scholar, or rabbi,
or TV evangelist or kindly priest or snake-handling holy roller to put us in
our place with the idea that “God’s ways” are not ours to question or
understand and we should shut up and step back before we get our arrogant selves
in some trouble we can’t get out of – forever.

            Why,
though, would God give us brains if he wanted us to ignore the obvious or not
try to make sense of things we’re told by other people to believe
unquestioningly?  Look, I’m not
insisting that there’s no God. I’d be asking you to respect what would amount
to MY “belief” and, besides, how could I know that? You can’t prove a
negative. I can’t even prove that my neighbors don’t have a unicorn in their
garage that disappears when you open the door or a camera’s around. But I do know
that lots of people are bullshitting themselves or other people when it comes
to Religion, and they think they’re being righteous in the process. But come
on, People: The Judeo-Christian Tradition?  They try to be ecumenical and “nice” and say the
right things in public, but both camps think the other’s myth is Brand X. One
group thinks the other side is too
stupid to know a messiah when they see one and the other side thinks their
counterparts are too stupid to know a false
messiah when they see one.  That’s
the “tradition” that’s guiding us?  Why don’t we just do our best to follow The Golden Rule, obey
the Law, and forget about making ourselves and our kids believe a bunch of
stuff we can’t prove or really make sense of?  Why would any “God” worthy of the name punish us
for that?

Comments

  1. ‘Look, I’m not insisting that there’s no God. I’d be asking you to respect what would amount to MY “belief” and, besides, how could I know that? You can’t prove a negative. I can’t even prove that my neighbors don’t have a unicorn in their garage that disappears when you open the door or a camera’s around. But I do know that lots of people are bullshitting themselves or other people when it comes to Religion, and they think they’re being righteous in the process.’
    BRAVO!!

  2. Anger is a mans game.
    No woman can win
    What she can do.
    Is change the game.
    Men believe their thoughts.
    (Thoughts are ego)
    Investigate your thoughts Roseanne
    Cause thinkin is our demise.
    We can evolve. But men can’t lead us.
    thanks for reading.

  3. i think that was wonderfully said, EVERYONE has something to teach another, if only every1 was open minded enough to except that gift

  4. Please spend a few minutes here. It could change Roseanne World.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8vLJazT08o

  5. Roseanne, peace starts with you.
    With all your money and power, you are powerless.
    Like I said, your anger will awaken you.
    If you don’t get Tolle, watch some of the Byron Katie videos on Youtube.
    It took me a long time to wake up. I’m a 58 year old vietnam era lesbian veteran with mechanical knees.
    But you only see a fucking twerp.
    I love you. Because I love myself first.

  6. I dont know if I believe in god per se
    part of me just believes in spiritual principles
    i believe alot of things ive been exposed to alot of belief systems, i think.. including the A.A. and whatever other rehab one.
    A. A. prob is most practical ..It seems to be basically common sense.
    I havnt gotten deeply into the principles of A.A.
    but like they say in there take what u want and leave the rest.
    thats pretty much how i navigate thru all religions.
    I think kabbalah is just a tool really.
    i havnt meditated sincerly but i also feel in constant state of meditation its a paradoxx.
    CArolyn myss got me into archetypes thats very interesting and the whole gestalt thing and roles people take on.
    Its just all very fun.. the discovery thing.
    I enjoy looking at the stars and wonderin.
    yes i know its hell on earth and its crazy that we all smile thru it and act like its all good.
    I wouldnt know where to start for real change.
    we know its riggd now
    tower of babylon maybe it should just falll

  7. george carlin saw the truth of things, and naturally what he saw made him mad as hell, as it should everyone

  8. hey, octobersan, does passive aggression like yours work?

  9. The Anger doesn’t work. Never has never will guys.
    Every bit of anger you put out comes right back at ya.

  10. Lol. I love your retort Roseanne! Anger is passion…some people have called my beliefs for change or pointing out life’s reality as “hostile”…lol. These people love to live in blissful ignorance, wear rose-coloured glasses and simply can’t handle the truth. They are part of the “problem” and willingly participants against changes for the good of womankind. It’s a sad world we live in.
    You go Roseanne!

  11. You little fucking twerp…anger is the greatest thing on earth, look into it. It makes people march and demand an end to racism sexism and everything else. Do you think sitting around on your ass talking about the power of NOW does a motherfucking thing to help anyone? Get off your drugs you dipshit, so that you can begin to hear what this man is saying.

  12. You’re mad enough to see the light soon! George Carlin never did, and he was a s close as you. Step over the anger. Cause it don’t work. And it really truly doesn’t feel good inside you.
    Turn the frustration to NOW. It’s there then, the power, there really is a way out of this human mess.
    When we realize we’re all crazy in the head;-}