Of Monsters and Blame

I wrote this in June 2016 after the attack and the death of 49 Americans in a Gay Club in Florida. I think it still stands and wanted to share it.

Should we consider that ISIS is at war against gays and lesbians? Of course, they are. They have been for a while when we see them throwing gay people from roofs. But is Islam the problem? Aren’t we supposed to be better as supposedly the ‘Occident’ and the “Cultivated” ones?

  • Can you blame Islam for being against gays when you have acts around the world that are homophobic and perpetuated by people of other faiths and especially the Christians?
  • Can you explain to me how a Lieutenant Governor of one the biggest states in the US can tweet homophobic Bible verses?[1]
  • Can you tell me how you can consider your country, your culture and your people better than those perpetuating acts of terror against the LGBT+ community when you have people like Pastor Kevin Swanson[2] who is calling on his followers, the true Believers of the Word of God, to kill gay people? I would like to hear comments from this Pastor. Does he believe that an act of Terrorism is justified against Americans if they are gays? Is he then considered as an ISIS sympathizer?
  • And lastly, what is the difference from a Muslim American going into a Gay bar killing Americans and a White Supremacist American going into a Black Church killing Americans?

Moreover, we heard comments from a few pastors who said they were sad that it was not the American government who killed those “Pedophiles” and that they should kill all of them.[3]

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An important question comes into my mind. Where do they get this from? Are you a bad Christian if you hate homosexuals? Or are you a good Christian if you don’t?

I mean, I believe those are fair questions. Can we let a book written 3,500 years ago guide people’s morals?

Slavery is praised in the Bible[4] (yes, the old Testament is part of the Bible so don’t tell me this is forgotten because Jesus was born), getting your daughters raped to save Angels is praised in the Bible[5]. Killing your son to show your allegiance to God is praised in the Bible. Genocide is praised in the Bible if we deceived God.

I am pretty sure most people who say they consider themselves as Christians are against most of the “that’s fucking crazy” stuff written in the Bible. Can you pick and choose what you want and don’t want to believe and practice from a Book that you consider Holy? What about Jews who did not have the “chance” to believe Jesus was their Messiah? (FYI, there are Jewish people who believe Jesus is their savior but still say they are Jews. It’s like a guy eating a Burger and still thinking of himself as a vegetarian.)[6]. Are they more justified to be following word for word the Torah?

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My point is, we have no lessons to teach to the Muslim world. We are supposed to be the Prize, the place to be for every person who wants a fair chance in life and having equality and respect for whatever we believe in. But this is also the place where 50 years ago there were racist Southerners hanging Blacks just because of their skin color. This is still the country where women were considered equal in terms of voting rights only 100 years ago (and how long until they were considered equal in society? – I don’t even think it happened yet). This is again the country where homosexuality was still considered a crime not so long ago. Can you imagine being a black lesbian 100 years ago? This country and all the “modern” part of the world is still full of inequalities whether it’s about race, sex, culture, gender, etc.

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone  at her.” John 8:7

If it weren’t for cultural and community reasons, most of the Christians today would only consider themselves deists (considered an insult when Lincoln was alive), agnostics, or any other  relevant acronym. In a sane world, there is no place for any of those Abrahamic religions. In a sane world, there wouldn’t be a difference between Al Baghdadi and Kevin Swanson. The latter is just limited by the sanity of the people who lived in his country in 1776. Those religious extremists are no different from so-called moderate believers. They choose and pick the holy words that support their ideals. I will go further and say that it is because Moderates (from any faith) do not have the courage to stand strong and denounce all the shit that appears in their Holy Books that extremists can still be believed as believers from some communities.

Do you realize how hard it is in America for someone who lives in a Christian community but who suddenly has seen the light of Atheism? Or worse, imagine that same person realizes that he likes men or that she likes women? It’s no different from a Scientologist who wants to leave his crazy folks. This is no different from Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabians will try to cure him/her, they will despise him/her and finally he/she will have to leave all the people he/she knows because they think he is some sort of degenerate. Is this the country of Free Speech and Free opinions that we know? What is the point in having a first amendment right if the individuals who are closest to you despise you for what you believe in or for what you are?

“We fear what we don’t know”. Or what we are learnt to fear. Some fears were learnt by time and lessons of life, the fear of snakes for example. But what justifies the fear of anybody’s religion, of anybody’s sexual orientation, of anybody’s race? The pastor’s preach? TV?  Our Holy Book?

“And why behold you the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but perceive not the beam that is in your own eye?” Luke 6:41

Can we say that we are in a more respectful and with less hatred place than Muslim places that we criticize and denounce? As a country, the values drifted to more liberal and more respectful ones, but it is and has always been full of people who hate other people. It is just that they have less power. But if you give any power to any of those crazy moronic Christian pastors, you would have a Theocracy again exactly as the ones we see in the Middle East (see what they helped do in Uganda[7]). In our times, when the world seems to get more and more polarized, we need to make sure that we don’t forget that the crazy ones can get into power if we keep reason drift.

[1]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3637672/A-man-reaps-sows-Texas-governor-sparks-outrage-anti-LGBT-tweet-just-hours-Orlando-gay-club-massacre.html)

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBDbGyv6SIQ

[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/06/14/pastor-refuses-to-mourn-orlando-victims-the-tragedy-is-that-more-of-them-didnt-die/

[4] Ephesians 6:5; Exodus 21:20-21; Titus 2:9-10 and else

[5] Genesis 19

[6]http://www.mjaa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=rd_messianicmovement_messianic_judaism

[7] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/how-uganda-was-seduced-by-anti-gay-conservative-evangelicals-9193593.html

 

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