Friday, January 21, 2005

the bile rises

utterly horrified by this ridiculous piece of news: Christians Issue Gay Warning on SpongeBob Video.

just totally fucking stupid. sometimes i am amazed that these people are actually the same type of animal as me. really.

the part that bothers me the most is this:
Christian groups however have taken exception to the tolerance pledge on the foundation's Web site, which asks people to respect the sexual identity of others along with their abilities, beliefs, culture and race.

"Their inclusion of the reference to 'sexual identity" within their 'tolerance pledge' is not only unnecessary, but it crosses a moral line," James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said in a statement released Thursday.
here is my question: where in christianity is it taught that tolerance is crossing a moral line? is not christianity about making decisions for yourself and not casting proverbial stones at the "sinners"? and even if one is to take an evangelical stance, is it not the responsibility of a christian to reach out to the "sinners" and embrace them, and to share their belief systems with them? tell me where it is taught that you should lash out at others? tell me where it is taught that you should fill your children with hate?

god i hate fundamentalists.

if you don't want to watch the fucking video, then don't watch it. but don't come in here and try to dictate the decisions of other people.


Anonymous said...

excellent read, thank you for saying it! i totally agree, as you already know: the religious right is definitely neither, and i usually try to do my part to piss them off.

i am so very glad to have such rational friends like you!! :) -tom

jo said...
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jo said...

Jackie, I have been thinking about my comment for a few days. As a Christian, first I feel like I should say I am sorry, I know that it is not my actions that have upset you, but I understand how you feel. I am so often conflicted about things like this. I believe that we should be reaching out in love to people instead of turning them off so badly that they never want to return. Christians often appoint a "leader" of sorts, so if so and so says that spongebob is bad then people all of a sudden jump on that band wagon. I have been called to a high standard of living, because of my beliefs, but that does not give me a reason to hate. If I had children, that would be a decision I would make in my own home. I know that you in no way meant to lump all Christians in a group, and I was in no way offended by what you said. You are entitled to your own opinion just as I am. Our belief may be different, but that isn't something I would treat you badly about.

I double posted above, that is why my first comment was deleted:) Silly Patrick...

jackie said...

hey jo! you are SO right!!! i definitely do NOT mean to lump all christians into a single group. believe me, i know that in NO faith are all the members the same. i grew up in a christian home, went to a christian school, and definitely believe in god. but the problem i have is with the extremists who attack other groups without remembering the fundamental teachings of the faith. and so many people, like you said, jump on the bandwagon of a single spokesperson without making decisions for themselves. it is often the spokesperson who is guilty of lumping all members of a single group together. and it's the spokesperson who is the turn-off to me--unfortunately those extremist spokespeople often end up as the main examples of christianity in the public eye. and in cases like this, i think what this man is saying is as silly as those few members of the islamic faith who preach that terrorism is the Right Thing. they seem to just be missing the point.

i think you and i, were we to meet in person, could have one of those all-night conversations about this. :)

thanks for the thought provoking comment.