Monday, October 26, 2009

Let Try This Again

Just because last week's 'Fatwah' put on me by our fellow humans of the Christian Taliban wasn't enough of a finger in the eye of organized religion I have been inspired by my brother Lemmy Caution to once again make another attempt to bring some sanity to our little corner of Heaven. Of course that means starting the whole shit storm over again. Silly me thought it was all the ranting about the Cephalopod Menace that would bring all the invertebrate loving freaks from beneath their rocks but what do I know? Aparently some are more interested in defending the cute bronze age book of fairy tales than fight against something equally if not more dangerous to your person. So as the tentacles drag you down to your dark, cold and icy death let me share some wisdom that was shared with me.

"This brings me to something for which I have no sympathy at all: the Bible is important to some people, therefore it "deserves" respectful treatment from everyone? No, I don't think so. If the Bible is important to someone then they are of course welcome to treat it with all the respect and reverence they feel is appropriate, but expecting others to treat it with the same or even similar respect is going much too far.

No one should have to treat any book, text, or tradition with any respect, much less reverence, especially in the context of religion. It might bother people to see a lack of respect for a text they consider important, but that's one of the consequences of living in a free society. No person, class of people, or institution can be the arbiter of how others must handle, view, or treat any book. This is especially true when the alleged "problem" is nothing more than knowing that somewhere out there, someone is illustrating or reading that material in a way you don't like."

(Do you get it now. Your ranting about the 'holiness' of this poorly written book is just as silly as my fears of the octopus and his ink squirting ilk. Its all just crazy talk so take your sign to another corner of the street. This one is mine.)


Drake said...

I used to ask about the dinosaurs all the time as a kid and why they're not mentioned in the Bible, never did get an answer.
I think most people that love the Bible are good folks looking for answers, i went looking elsewhere.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Well everyone knows that Moses was an rabid dinophobe and with those tiny little stick arms they just couldn't keep up a decent backstroke.

Lemmy Caution said...

Glad you enjoyed the quote. I thought it worked rather nicely as a rebuttal to those that were so 'offended' they swore to never return.

Their loss.

Artman2112 said...

people are funny sometimes...they will chop up, break balls and 'disrespect' to their hearts content but when someone says something they dont like about a thing THEY are into, well look out now! case in point: Isaac Hayes. he had NO problem spending years on South park lambasting practically every religious group, political idea and social convention (and making a decent paycheck doing it) UNTIL they took aim at his precious Scientology. His taking a stand for his beliefs would've been admirable if it wasn't so hypocritical.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I think that is what we all hate the most..the hypocracy...the refusal these devotees have accepting the harmful things this book encourages with an almost blind devotion. We have all seen examples how that can so quickly become corrupted to justify really terrible actions. I would meet them half way but there is no chance of that.

vancouver mark said...

Cal, I read all the comments you had on those two posts last week and couldn't spot the "Christian Taliban" and the fatwa you mentioned.
There really didn't seem to be that many critical comments.
Robert said that your words aren't clever, but are mean and hurtful.
Mykal was pretty critical of you and said goodbye.
Surge suggested that if you have an opinion you should state it wisely instead of "throwing it around like a shit-covered knife."
John said he's not a Christian but found your words ignorant and narrow-minded, and concluded by saying "have a good life, idiot."
And then there was me, suggesting that should look at Christ's words and that you sound like a pretty angry person.

There was also one comment you deleted. Was that the fatwa?
Did my comment sound like Taliban to you?

You say you would meet these people halfway but "there is no chance of that." Are you sure?
Is this because of their extreme views or because of yours?

Lemmy Caution said...

Is this because of their extreme views or because of yours?.

Not being superstitious....not believing in ghosts, goblins, angels, demons, psychics, virgin births, unicorns, resurrections, giants, dragons.....

That is an extreme view? If so, then I am proudly logical, skeptical, and extreme. Sigh.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I like to keep religion in its place: my D&D game.

Artman2112 said...

Rush summed up my feelings about it in their tune Free Will:

There are those who think that life
Has nothing left to chance
With a host of holy horrors
To direct our aimless dance

A planet of playthings
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
The stars arent aligned ---
Or the gods are malign
Blame is better to give than receive

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path thats clear
I will choose free will

There are those who think that theyve been dealt a losing hand
The cards were stacked against them ---
They werent born in lotus-land

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate
Kicked in the face
You cant pray for a place
In heavens unearthly estate

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt
Thats far too fleet...

lyrics by the Professor of the drum kit, Mr. Neil Peart. :)

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Can't go wrong with the greatest Canadian Trio in rock music. Good choice.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Hey, Neil Peart wasn't in Triumph!