If god were a better parent . . .
Been a long time since writing anything, but the schedule is finally getting a little better. Why the "better parent" title? I'll get in to that. Yesterday, I caught wind of this video of Bill Maher from his most recent episode:
First of all, Bill Maher is a comedian. We have heard rants like this from MANY comedians, but this is most i've heard people complaining in regards to such a rant. I may have missed something in the media before that was a bigger story, but I see it all over right now. It seems that this has brought up the question of whether or not ridicule is permissible. People are saying, "let people of faith be and do not publicly criticize their ideas". This is an absurd critique. If we did not have ridicule, then we would get nowhere in the idea of progress. If someone raped someone I knew and loved and I merely applied calm reason to them, that would be ridiculous: "excuse me, but I would really appreciate it if you would no longer violate the personhood of this person I love. I forgive you for already having done it once or twice, but to continue might be too much." The more appropriate reaction would be to immediately get the authorities involved and ridicule his/her behavior as immoral, and probably swear a lot. If someone tells me that they don't believe in vaccinating their children, I don't say, "good for your opinion. keep it up". I say, "I hope your ok with the death of your child and propagating poor reasoning methods". When somebody tries to tell me the glory of god's creation and explain how wonderful it is that god saved Noah and his family so that we could start over, I don't say, "yeah, that's pretty amazing". I say, "yeah, that's pretty fucked up that the creator of the universe couldn't just teach people to be good, and instead resorted to being a 'psychotic mass murderer'".
The idea that religion should get a free pass is absurd. In our country it bleeds in to our schools, our government . . . every where! And when I say religion, I mean (more specifically) Christianity. Christianity is the majority of our nation and the majority of our politicians. Just the other month there was the bill in Arizona to be able to discriminate against homosexuals. Who the fuck do we think we are that this would be ok? Imagine a bill that would specifically make it permissible to discriminate against Christians. The difference is, Christians 100% make the choice to be Christian. Homosexuals do not make the choice to be homosexual.
So, why is it so unacceptable to make fun of Noah's ark? I mean, the old Testament is what people most love to pick and choose from. So, why not just accept that Noah and his ark are not a real thing and chalk it up to allegory? Why is it that a flood story (Epic of Gilgamesh) existed before the Noah story, but nobody is up in arms that the ancient jews ripped that story off? Why is it that it seems acceptable to believe that a man lived to be 900. Why is it acceptable to believe that 8 people could get 2 of of each kind on to a boat in the middle east? Why is it acceptable that god is not questioned for his ridiculous behavior. The question always comes up, "what would it take to make you a believer?" The first answer is, "evidence". The second answer is, "even if your god proved him/her/it-self to me, I still wouldn't worship it." This is a figure that deserves no respect and just because he demands it in scripture, does not mean that he deserves it.
So, if god were a better parent . . .
- he would care to tell his writers about science, you know . . . since he created it.
- he would know that light cannot exist before the sun and the stars.
- he would not plant a tree for two stupid people not to touch and leave them to themselves.
- he would have known where they were when they were hiding and would not have had to ask.
- he would not have created an imperfect people that he couldn't properly communicate with.
- he wouldn't drown his children . . . ANY OF THEM!
- he wouldn't allow his one righteous man to condemn his children because he passed out drunk and naked.
Alright, I think you get the point. This is a short list . . . very short list. I may make this a new section to the web page actually.
I have every right to ridicule these things because these beliefs bleed in to my life and the public sphere . . . and they should never be in it. The god of the bible is an awful figure as far as I am concerned. I am a big fan of mythology and finding the moral implication of a story, but most ancient stories are very detached from contemporary morality. They are primitive and uninformed. They exist in these small bubbles of a very old world that was finally communicating thoughts in a written language. These are not stories for us to live by.
I know i'm taking this thought more directly from someone else, but it's ok to ridicule. I will rarely ridicule the person. Sometimes, in the case of a Fred Phelps it is necessary. It is completely ok to ridicule an idea though, and a religion is an idea. It is not a scientific theory. It is not a historically validated truth. It is an idea and, at best . . . a story.