Monday, January 18, 2010
When I was a boy, my parents (mother..dad wouldn't have cared) made sure I went to bible school every Sunday. As I got older, it was church. By this time my adolescent brain had figured out this was all a bunch of malarkey. In fact, I think I had that figured out when I was about 9 years old. Of course to say anything in that regard was to risk being tossed out of the family. Well maybe not quite that bad, but it was easier to keep my mouth shut and just put up with my once a week duty. Besides, it wasn't all that bad. I sat in the back of the church with a girl named Cathy... so I'm not all that sure what any of the sermons were about. All I know is that there were some Sundays when that service went by way too fast!
In any case, when the opportunity (college) arose to stop going to church...I stopped. Besides, Cathy went away to college, and I rarely saw her after that. People say that as you start to get older, religion begins to take on more meaning in your life. In my case it was just the opposite. It still is. The older I get, the more ridiculous it becomes (at least to me).
To prove my point, I offer you the latest joke of the day, Pat Robertson. How in the world men like this can call themselves Christians is beyond me. We've seen things like this happen time and time again. AIDS is a plague from God to punish us for putting up with homosexuality...9/11..yup, another punishment from God. And now Haiti. Through all the sorrow and devastation going on in that country, the best a man like Pat Robertson can do is to blame it on a "pact with the devil" that supposedly happened many years ago. God certainly does hold a grudge, doesn't he?
The news media makes a big deal about donations coming from religious groups, but two of my favorite groups are quietly going about the business of saving lives without all that much publicity. One is the Red Cross and the other is Doctor's Without Borders. Both of these groups will/have received my financial support.
As far as Robertson goes...he is an old joke that is no longer funny. He and his kind should be kicked to the dustbin of history and ignored. There's too much work to do to bother with the likes of him and his cronies.