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Friday, 20 February 2004

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1554 - On religion and politics

bronxelf_ag001 posted this entry in her LJ this morning, quoting from sunfell's LJ. It's a diatribe by Mark Morford against the religious right, taking aim at everything the left hates, from the war in Iraq to the Second Amendment. It calls on people who hold those views to dump their religion and, thereby, free themselves to adopt the views of the Left.

This came along on the same day that I had a couple of well-dressed women come to the back door (the front door is inaccessible, as nobody ever uses it) and ask me, "Have you thought about becoming closer to God?" I will no doubt surprise some of you by noting that my reply was firm but courteous. I didn't rip her head off. I merely said that I'd consider getting closer to God when those who espouse his religion quit condemning me and my partner. Her reply was a simple "Oh.", and I wished her a nice day and closed the door.

It should be obvious from that that I am not a Christian, nor, as I've noted here before, do I hold to any religion, period. Thus, Morford's diatribe really, really irritated me. He seems to feel that everyone who supports the things he loathes with such vigor does so out of a deep-seated religious fervor. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have arrived at the positions I hold - which specifically include complete support for the war in Iraq, a belief that the Second Amendment means exactly that when it says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", and that while the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law to all citizens, the way the mayor of San Francisco is going about his fight to legalize marriage for all is just plain wrong - all without any consideration whatsoever of what any supreme being, should one actually exist, might think about the matter.

In the process, Morford commits the same error he ascribes to those he despises: he assumes that religion dictates political views. His call to "reignite the feminine divine in this exhausted, macho world" is no more right than the women at my door's calling me to come closer to their God. Morford wants to proselytize his religion to the masses, just as the women at my door wanted to proselytize theirs. Both are just as wrong.

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all without any consideration whatsoever of what any supreme being, should one actually exist, might think about the matter.

Not that this is ANY revelation to you, but those of us who are atheists support this very thing-- because as far as we're concerned there's no difference between what one fictional character thinks and another. You may as well ask Frodo Baggins what he thinks because it's just no different.

And again, though I think you know me well enough to have known that anyway-- I have always supported the second amendment, to the letter. :) But really, for me, the Morford piece is anti-organized religion, specifically fundamentalist Christianity, which well... I am. *shrug*

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