I need a new religion. I've come to the conclusion that American-style Christianity sucks. I've just recently realized that that the one I (pretty much) was a member of has decided that they really, really want to make everyone else think like they do - and if you don't, by God, you're going to jail, Bub!
My politics are just not aligned with conventional Christian belief systems, I guess. I'm really getting sick of organized religion getting so deep into the political muck. I'm sick of Mormons and Catholics throwing dollars into the political process to “protect marriage,” even when more than 50% of which wind up in Splitsville anyway. I'm tired of hearing them whine about having to dispense birth control from their hospitals to people who want it, on one hand, while with the other they gladly accept Medicare and Medicaid dollars. I get really worked up about both of these “strange bedfellow” religions wanting the human race to breed itself out of existence by having (married) women having as many kids as they biologically can.
All those Protestant preachers on TV railing about “family values,” and gay marriage, and godless, European-style socialists, and “lib'ruls” just give me a giant headache, and more than anything make me really mad that they have about as much regard for the message of Jesus as I have for the message of Hitler.
It all came home just a day or two ago when I noticed that a group I've actually given money to, and “marched” with a few years ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, decided to withdraw it's funding for Planned Parenthood – ostensibly on the basis that it is “under investigation” - by the Congress of the United States, an investigation begun by the far right wing Republican majority in the House of Representatives, largely because about 3% of the work PP does actually involves abortion.
Adding insult to injury, that porcine governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, decided to cut Planned Parenthood out of the state budget altogether. Now 7 states have placed some kind of restrictions on Panned Parenthood, an organization absolutely dedicated to women's health issues and whose clients are by a wide majority poor or at least of modest means.
I'm not wild about abortion, but I'll be damned if I'll impose my religion-based ethics on someone else, regardless of whether they're co-religionists or anti-religion, or whatever. Because that's what they're trying to do, I think.
They think, like all true believers, they have all the answers and anyone who disagrees with them is just full of it. Well, they don't, and so I'm out looking for a new religion, although I doubt I'll find one that really suits me.
Maybe I'll start my own. I'll call it Flylooperism. Has a nice ring to it. Just one commandment: Be nice.
I get a tax deduction, too, I think.