This coming Sunday is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” where some Christians have decreed a day where they can speak their minds about various issues from the pulpit and thus from a position of authority. And indeed, I am glad that they have made it so easy to watch just how Christians don’t agree on much of anything and of course have no more evidence than the next theist to support their claims of having a deity-approved set of supposed “moral truths”. Here’s last year’s post about it.
The PFS is an intentional effort for churches to try to have their cake and eat it too, by directly supporting certain political candidates and thus certain political intentions. It’s notable that it seems that only the most ignorant and vile positions are taking advantage of this event. Everyone can see just how hateful and intolerant many of these churches, full of that “Christian Love”, want to force everyone to obey only a certain version of a certain religion. We can see that these wannabee theocrats are no better than the theocrats of other countries, like the imams in Iran, those Christians who want to demand the death penalty for homosexuality in various countries in Africa (of course often supported by these “loving” Americans), Buddhist monks who encourage attacks on other religions, etc.
This year, the people behind the PFS, are encouraging their flock to preach against homosexuality and gay marriage. The US Supreme Court is likely to hand down its ruling on gay marriage soon.
It’s always good to know that those who hate someone for what they are will so handily stand up and identify themselves. But it’s a shame that they don’t also stand up and speak against other things that their religion claims as “sin”. Why oh why don’t we have protests like the following:
Protests at Red Lobster and other seafood restaurants: Leviticus 11: 9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. 11 And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you. Brought to your ridicule by http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/ and the Christian League Against the Maine Lobster Industries Sacrilege (CLAMLI).
Protests at Denny’s for their highly sinful Baconalia and any diner: Leviticus 11: 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.”
Protests at JC Penneys, and Old Navy and Saks Fifth Avenue: Leviticus 19: “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”
Protests outside of maternity units for daring not to keep the women who have given birth away from holy places and daring not to make sure that they make the required sacrifices to make them clean again: Leviticus 12
Protests at tattoo parlors: Leviticus 19: 28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Well, protesting folks who get tats may be as smart as protesting at a biker’s funeral. (my husband has a couple of lovely tattoos, and if I could decide on one, I would too.)
Now, we’ll have such Christians claiming that the laws that they choose to follow are different from all of those silly ones above. But alas, their god doesn’t say that they have a choice of what to follow and what not to: Leviticus 19: 37 “‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.’”
Now, all of this silliness is from the Old Testment. Our TrueChristianstm get their “10 Commandments” from there and they get their hatred for homosexuality from there, but oh don’t tell them they have to follow the rest of it!
The next claims will be that they don’t have to follow the Old Testament at all, that Jesus Christ wiped that all away and they only have to follow him now. But alas, JC himself never said that the law was no longer to be followed. He said to watch for the teachers of the law, but not to ignore the law itself or worse, to pick and choose what you think you want to follow from it. He said that to gain eternal life, one must follow the law *and* give up all of your worldly possessions. We have exactly one instance where JC says that the law is to be ignored in his opinion, the law concerning divorce. Indeed, where are the strident screams that a law forbidding divorce should be forced on everyone in the United States? Oh yes, this is why: Christians question divorce statistics and http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm If you note, the arguments against such stats are by those Christians who wish to define Christians as those who don’t get divorced, a lovely and typical circular argument.
The last gasp of the Christian who wants to support their personal hatred and discomfort with homosexuality will be Paul. Though it is debated, most Christians think Paul is against homosexuality in Romans. He’s pretty much against anyone who doesn’t agree that Paul is the only “right” one. We have his diatribe against anyone he doesn’t like, and his rather sad little lies that those who don’t agree with him disobey their parents and have no fidelity, love or mercy. Paul then goes on to say in his letters that women shouldn’t speak in church, shouldn’t teach men, etc. It seems that some Christians pick and choose those instructions too, whilst keeping their own little prejudices firmly as god-approved.
So, again we have a religion that is based on what humans want, nothing more. We have some Christians claiming that their god hates homosexuals and they should be killed; we have some that say that their god hates homosexuals but they don’t need to be killed since they are already damned; we have some that say that they hate the “sin” but love the sinner but they’re still damned anyway; and we have some Christians who have no problem with homosexuals or homosexuality either, making their religion quite a bit different from the others. Not to mention all of the other religions that have some variant of the above.
And this Sunday, some of these people are going to be claiming that their version is the only right one, and they are going to be telling people to vote only for those who agree with these claims and who will do their best to force this nonsense on everyone. They will do this by ignoring their bible when convenient, sure that they should hate homosexuals, but not so sure that they should obey and support the governments that this god of theirs supposedly puts into place and commands them to obey.
They want freedom for themselves but no one else, not even other Christians. They are hypocrites and they are dangerous. This day should be used by everyone, including Christians, to stand up and speak against such people. Not in churches, but in the public square where anyone can have a say to make sure that freedom remains the right of everyone, not just some self-declared group of “chosen” people.