Allow me to begin by saying, I am an atheist. I don’t believe in God or Jesus or the Holy spirit…none of them. But I don’t associate the true believer of the religion to any sort of vile or violence, even though their book of belief — their story book, the bible — hosts stories where their god allows men to kill unborn babies, rape women, kill the men, women and children and pets, and allow for human sacrifice… For example:
I believe there are good Christians out there who follow the new covenant and actually support their fellow human being and yes, accept LGBTQs. But they are in the minority. They lack the hundreds of millions or billions of dollar to spread their word like Pat Robertson:
According to Robertson, god led Wade Michael Page to the Sikh temple and killed the church-goer because I hate god…OK. How can I hate something I can’t see? There seems to be some sort of desperation from the religious right, be it, Florida Pastor Terry Jones, Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart or the right winged religious kooks who turn a blind-eye to these so-called christian soldiers:
Michael F. Griffin
Rev. Paul Jennings Hill
Eric Robert Rudolph
And shift the blame to non-believers. All these men are anti-choice, all convicted murderers and all Christian. Yet the nonbelievers, the liberal Christians, the people who follow the teaching of Christ, who abhor the violence are the TRUE enemies of god. The right-winged belief seems to be to not necessarily lead the sheep to their god, but to drain the life-blood of already gullible folks, so televangelists can part you from your money and guarantee you a mansion in the clouds called heaven. And when you are broken, blame people like me.
In my humble opinion, there have been more terrorists attacks upon our citizenry than say from the Asians in the middle east, yet people like Page are either mentally ill or spiritual martyrs doing the lords work. But this time, Page was NOT mentally ill, but a purveyor of hate. He gets his message from the folks like Robertson: kill the OB/Gyns, kill the non-Christians, the atheists, the liberal Christian, because this is God’s country and folks like Robertson praise these hate-filled groups by shifting the blame to people like us.
How can all this end? Two words: Tax churches. With no platform to spew their bigoted hatred, the real ministering can be done because there would not be a platform to spread the gospel of lies. No more tax breaks or the usage of OUR public airwaves to cause violence… intentionally or out of sheer stupidity. Tax deduction is NOT a right but a privilege, and maybe if churches paid corporate taxes, the funds could go to programs to actually do God’s work.