Sunday, July 31, 2011

Behold the Fruits of the Fringe

If doing God's work means being a creepy pederass
and looking the part, then this cock sucker has us
all beat.
Yesterday saw some good discussion about why I used Jesus flipping the bird, and some on Christianity itself.  In college I took a class on the history of religion in America, and my professor--a staunch Catholic who did her graduate degree work at Notre Dame and is considered one of the leading scholars on Bishop Fulton Sheen--mentioned something once: Mormons are Christians.

It was definitely weird for me to consider that fact, because I myself viewed Mormons as being radical weirdoes with a made up religion.  But they do believe in Jesus Christ and that he was the savior of humanity.  So as nutty as they are, they are indeed Christians.

Well, in keeping with the theme of hypocrisy and horseshit, here's a story about a crazy Mormon, Warren Jeffs.  This is one of those ultra-Mormons who still believe that polygamy is okay, and apparently he's also okay with fucking 16-year-old girls.  He is currently standing trial for rape, and the other day he apparently had this to say about the whole thing:

God demanded the trial end or "sickness and death" would come to all involved.
Jeffs believes so steadfastly in his conviction that raping underage girls is what God wants for him in this world, that he thinks God will punish his prosecutors for their transgressions against such a holy man.  It's always nice to think that the ultra-radical fringe loonies are elsewhere in the world, but when you see that it happens here as well, it's fairly disheartening.

Now before the flames start rolling in, I just want to make it clear that I understand a few key ideas in this little number.  I understand that Mormons who still believe in polygamy and all this ridiculousness are a small minority compared to the whole of the Mormon faith.  I also realize that these people are not beheading anyone or committing physical violence in that sense.  But I must say that I'm not sure beheading wouldn't be preferable to what some of these young girls have had to go through.

Could you imagine subjecting your own daughter to such horrors; marrying her off to your pastor or community leader at age 16, knowing that she'd rather die than be deflowered by some old man for whom she doesn't hold even the slightest affection?  As unimaginable as that may seem for some people, myself included, these people are convinced that their way of life is righteous.  They offer their children as lambs to the sexual slaughter, and they believe in their hearts that it's what God wants.

And what's more, their conviction is so rooted that they believe God's punishment will fall upon those trying to stand up for the rights of these girls and for justice.

This should serve as a lesson to everyone on a general level: no matter how deeply you believe your convictions to be just and true, there is always the possibility that you're wrong.  That's why I love it when people question me, because it gives me an opportunity to further examine my beliefs and either strengthen them by arguing from a different angle, or discovering them to be bunk and ultimately rejecting them.

Jeffs is a vile human being whose mind is imprisoned by his warped convictions.  He's also a Christian.


Jersey McJones said...

Religion is irrational. People are more predictable. A smart man can parlay the irrationality of religion just as a good street con can play a high-rolling out-of-towner.

Religion is a convenience for smart people with bad intentions.

"If you believe in things that you (really, really, honestly, really) don't understand, then you suffer."

Great song... I bet they all listen to it. It's a shame so many people eat it up.


Jack Camwell said...

Religion is far from irrational, Jersey. What is irrational about human beings trying to rationalize the world around them and the things that we cannot immediately perceive?

Perhaps some of the conclusions are irrational, but the institution of religion itself, the codifying of belief and the search for Truth, is not irrational.

After all, we humans seem to be programmed to endeavor to solve the mysteries of existence.

Harrison said...

Every religion is "made up." I'm sure 2,000 years ago people thought Christianity was a lot like Scientology is thought of today (but without Tom Cruise).

Jack Camwell said...

You make a good point, Harrison. At first, Christians were seen as underground weirdoes who allegedly partook in cannibalism.

My guess is that Constantine would have been like the Tom Cruise of his day, except Constantine could make laws.

Peter McCullough said...

How come no one's rode dinosaurs in the holy land, and where where the cavemen?