As you know from my many rants about many things in the world, there are a lot of niggly things that irk me, or ‘drive me crazy’ as par the prompt for this post.
One thing that absolutely makes my blood boil is ignorance. Now, I don’t mean if you innocently just don’t know something and wish to learn, I mean the ignorance where people are exclusionary, prejudiced and just outright awful to others for ridiculous reasons. Namely, this comes in the form of stark generalisations of demographics of people.
I see it a lot on social media. If you advocate for LGBTQ rights, you’re a ‘snowflake libtard’. If you choose to wait until marriage because that’s what works for you, you’re a ‘religious nut-job’. If you’re a woman, you’re automatically a feminazi whore who should get back in the kitchen . If you’re a man, you’re automatically a misogynist predator who advocates for extremist patriarchy. I could go on.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about this more as I’ve been reading up more on religious and social texts. To clarify, I’m agnostic, but take a somewhat Quakerish approach to religious scriptures.
Coming from a multicultural, multi-faith background, I feel it’s paramount to learn as much as possible about the world and the myriad of cultures and customs it has. For example, I’m not Orthodox Christian, but I find Orthodox Christian chants particularly beautiful.
As well as how religion has shaped and continues to be a part of billions’ lives, with the amount of stereotypes and misconceptions there can be, I feel it’s important to go straight to the horse’s mouth, as it were. There’s a lot in the world that say:
‘All Muslims are terrorists’ (NO) or
‘All Christians are like the Westboro Baptist Church’ (NOPE) or
‘All English people wear top hats, say ‘What ho, old chap!’ and drink tea’ (ok, well the latter isn’t a lie) etc. etc. etc. without having actually read a thing about/visited said place(s) to do with the misconception they are referring to.
That being said, I mean this in any capacity from any background. For example, the cult in America of religious zealots that have coined the ‘Make America Straight Again’ nonsense. They are Christian extremists that advocate for the state to execute people who are LGBTQ according to what they believe is their faith. It’s ludicrous. Many Christians and non-Christians alike have spoke out against them. I spoke to my mother (note: a Christian) about them, and needless to say she was horrified by them.
This ignorance irks me again from the other side of the spectrum. When people such as this use that ONE line in Leviticus and Romans to justify hatred towards many innocent people, while being clean shaven and wearing a combination of cotton and polyester etc. (In Leviticus and Deuteronomy, it cites as forbidden to do any of the aforementioned, along with eating pork and mixing crops).
That is hypocrisy to me, which funnily enough, the Bible condemns. As well, they use the King James Version of the Bible to spew such bile. Joke’s on them though, King James was allegedly bisexual!
My agnostic take is, that these scriptures were written 2000 years ago and a lot can change in such a time. For example, there are verses that talk about how to keep and treat slaves. We can all agree that in 2019, keeping slaves is for obvious reasons, very wrong.
This doesn’t condone it before at all, but merely stating that we’ve come along way in 2000 years and if many God-fearing Christians can throw out slavery, mixing of fabrics and crops, condemnation of period sex, etc. because, historical context, we can certainly throw out homophobia.
As far as in the name of Jesus goes, Jesus himself didn’t actually say a thing about homosexuality at all. He said ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ and he didn’t stutter or change his mind on that one.
So…yeah. Lesson of the day: if you’ve been hypocritical own up to it (I’m just as guilty as anyone else) and don’t be dicks to each other!
All my love,
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