January 13, 2010
God Needs a Better Marketing Department
When one of (using the following term very loosely…)“God’s Servants” says stupid shit like this…
"They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.' True story. And so the devil said, 'Ok it’s a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another,"
~Pat Robertson (Jan 13 2010)
I want to throw up! I consider myself a Christian, albeit I am not an overly “Religious” man, I am spiritual. I choose to not wear my personal spiritual views on my shirt and treat my friends as “Mission” subjects. What’s mine is mine.
I have never appreciated the In Your Face style of many on either side of the religious spectrum. I detest angry Atheists who’s sole mission seems to be to attack religion on all fronts, as much as I detest holier than thou Christians, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, etc… who think their specific key is the ONLY key to unlock the pearly gates.
I tire of the debate, spirituality is a personal choice, and I welcome ideas from people of all spiritual or secular philosophies. I may not agree with many concepts presented, but I would be a fool to think I couldn’t learn from each. (Although it is a well known fact that ministries from the Church of Anthropological Global Warming’s lead Bishop, Al Gore, does get my panties into a bunch!)
Many good things, ideas, morals and ideals have come from religious messages, and many millions of people find great solace in its varied teachings. But, yes many terrible things have come from religious and ANTI-religion fervor… the Crusades, the Holocaust, the 9-11 attacks, all can be traced to this angst. All of these contribute to a continuing frustration with Religion and Religious teachings, understandably so.
When tragic events happen to people, an all too common response from many of a highly judgmental religious focus is, “Well, the heathens had it coming!” or “They made a deal with the Devil and paid the price!”
Bad things happen to good people all the time, to explain it as “God’s comeuppance” is trite! We as humans make the judgment call as to whether their fate is deserved, not God (my God anyway).
I think Robertson and people like him… I’m talking INDIVIDUAL nincompoops here folks!… NOT, repeat NOT speaking of them as if they represent any religious group! Are mod one, mark zero dipshits! And to those listening to his words and wanting to use his words as a banner to stand behind as they slam religion need to do the same!
Robertson is a pinhead. This does not mean that all Christians, or evangelists are pinheads too!
My prayers go out to the suffering people of Haiti. I hope yours do too.
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John great post. I never understood the "it happened because God hates you." Or the "my religion is the only way". From what I can remember Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe in the one God; so killing other followers of God in the name of God seems to smell a bit like Bullshit. A little understanding can lead to wonderful discoveries. As far as Haiti goes, a bad bad bad event happened. The terror of it is hard to describe, I know. The people need our support, help, and prayers ( thoughts, chants, and any other good wishes) not the condemnation of a nut job like Pat Robertson. Check his comments about Katrina and 9/11.
Posted by: Motorhead | Jan 14, 2010 3:38:08 PM