Friday, October 10, 2008

Beware Of Lightning On Your Way Out

I got one of those forwards from a friend a while back with commentary that included the idea that god is gone from this world because we asked him to leave.

(Oh yes, that's right- I'm going there... talking shit about religion...)

And this idea was used to describe why so many horrible things are happening today.

I much rather prefer this bit of dialogue spoken by Al Pacino's character in The Devil's Advocate:

"Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahaha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's a tight-ass! He's a SADIST! He's an absentee landlord! Worship that? NEVER!"

(some of your jaws might have just hit the ground. I tried to warn you... it's okay if you leave now without reading the rest of this post)

I propose to you, dear readers, commenters and lurkers, that the only difference between 2008 and the year 8 is how the media reports and spins the news. Ain't nothing new under the sun- crime, war, godlessness- all existed since forever... you just hear about it more now because we are plugged in 24/7.

YouTube alone broadcasts some of the craziest, godless crap I've ever seen!

So we didn't "ask god to leave." "He's" still here like "he's" always been watching over this crazy science experiment called life.

Now, I don't have a problem with god. I know y'all think I do but I don't. I was Catholic for roughly 20 years of my life; it's not something I can toss aside so easily even though I have left the Church, so I still know how to "act right" and whatnot.


I do have a problem with patriarchal religious doctrine and dogma, created for the clear purpose of controlling people, especially women. Catholicism is extremely sexist and homophobic and, contrary to what the Church preaches, judgemental and hateful.

(That's right- the Church be having mind control on y'all... I said it. And what?)

That quote from the movie describes none other than the god that the Church created to benefit its own agenda and presented to me over and over again from grades K through 8, and then later as a teacher of Saturday Catechism classes. And THAT, like Pacino's character, is someone I will not worship. Ever.

So, whatever, if "he's" gone then let "him" be gone. Maybe now we can get some shit done!

Talk to me about a loving god, and maybe I'll listen...

*smooches...hoping I don't meet the afterlife with egg on my face...*
...although it's still not enough to get me to go to church... I'm sure the Christian god would prefer an actual believer than one who's there "just in case" there's a heaven...