(Editorial Comment from the American Heathen® radio show – Air Date 04/23/10)
Hate. It’s a strong word. Usually reserved for the expression of total dislike, a passionate aversion, or extreme hostility toward something or someone. The reasons for hate can be logical or illogical, they can be benign or malignant, just or unjust. But, hate is what it is, a human expression that can be destructive if expressed in a manner that usurps human rights or wrongly tramples upon the character of individuals.
Christians accuse me of hate. And, indeed, I do hate a lot of things. Notice I said “things”. I rarely, if ever, hate people. And, when I do express my hate for an individual, I do not hand down my judgment based upon frivolous, trivial, illogical dribble. I have carefully measured the character of the person and found it to be lacking in the extreme. And, the few people I do hate would never have to worry about being discarded or ignored by me should they find themselves in dire peril. We are human after-all. My hate doesn’t preclude me from feeling empathy and compassion. But, I get accused of hating christians anyway, and on a regular basis. It’s par for the course when I call believers out to defend their religious rhetoric and vitriol. Of course, this doesn’t surprise me. A lot of christians cry “persecution!” at the drop of a hat. However, it’s not the christian believer I attack, it’s christianity, the religion. The religion doesn’t deserve accolades, honor, nor respect. The religion is vile, disgusting, reprehensible and utter bullshit. Therefore, the religion of christianity gets its due share of my venom. Yes indeed, I hate christianity. But, the people who cherish this putrid dogma… Well now, that’s a whole other issue.
You see, I don’t compartmentalize a person’s character with their dogma. I can separate the two. How? Think of religion as a car. You don’t really need one to get around, and if you do happen to want one, you pick and choose your way through the myriad of manufacturers, models and features, that best suit your lifestyle at the time. Your car isn’t reflective of who you really are, although it may represent what you want to look like and feel like at the time.
Ultimately, you will either trade in or sell your car, buy a new one, and leave behind nothing of yourself. That is how I separate the human from the machine that is religion.
Christians seem to think that their religion is who they are. But, if they took the time to reflect on their human character, they would quickly discover that their religion is nothing more than personal taste in transportation. Eventually it wears out, ages, loses its luster and gets rusty. Yeah, some folks will drive their religion into the ground. But, in the end, they really have no choice but to succumb to the reality that the rust bucket they drive can no longer serve them or suit them. They eventually have to get rid of the thing, never the worse for wear themselves. Their human character still intact, changing over time and adapting to the environment, the believer will move on, never the thought for what the human character didn’t leave behind.
Character – the aggregate of features and traits that make up the individual nature of a person. The sum of a person’s human parts. It’s not the type of car they drive, its color or its features. It’s a quantifiable measurement of their human qualities. These human parts are my measuring stick. I hold a person up to the light of humanity and look deep into their character. If they have integrity, honor, and loyalty… if they show compassion and empathy… then,
and only then, will they earn my respect. But, religion does not have integrity, honor, or loyalty. It is absolutely void of anything humane. And it’s alleged compassion and empathy come with a hefty price tag under any circumstance.
I don’t hate you… I hate your religion. And, I’m not afraid or ashamed to say it. Christianity will never be capable of earning my respect, nor will anyone ever succeed in forcing me to respect it. I will not respect a disease. And, christianity is only one cancerous tumor, out of thousands of supernatural, unscientific, unreasoned, illogical diseases, that will meet my verbal wrath at every opportunity because they (religions) are a threat to humanity. But, I do not hate christians, or anyone who believes in religious dribble. If believers can’t separate their human side from their religion… If they take my words as an attack on their character, then they don’t know what character is. It is then that I’m forced to ask, ‘Who’s really the fool?’, and conclude with ‘Blessed are those who take stock of humanity in the light of reason, for they are rich in knowledge and drowning in respect.’ By the way, you won’t find that “blessed” quote in any book. It’s mine.