Teleology

The title is a word which means assigning invalid motives and results.  It is done far too often.  It can range from the small to the large.  A guy says to his woman, “Gee honey, that outfit looks great on you.” and she replies, “Well, if you think you’re getting lucky tonight, you’ve got another think coming.”  Maybe he was hoping to get lucky.  Maybe he was just trying to be the thoughtful, caring, supportive mate she says she wants.  Either way, it might be a long time before he compliments anything of hers again.

The small stuff can just be irritating, but this process is often carried on by politicians and religious rulers.  It can be most dangerous when the two come together.  It is usually driven by egotism and insecurity.  After the recent meteor which streaked over Russia, the leader of the opposition party (Who apparently is the majority stockholder in a vodka firm.) released a statement saying that the phenomenon was caused by “a secret American weapon”.

So, this couldn’t be just a case of God shaking the dust from His sandals over Russia.  Something that left only a dust trail in the sky, and an ice-fishing hole in a frozen lake, had to be a weapon, an American weapon, and a secret weapon.  It would break Igor’s ego heart to know that the Americans haven’t taken Russia seriously since 1991.

Two recent related political/religious stories have me gnashing my teeth.  Two insecure, egotistical pols in North Carolina are trying to establish Christianity as the State Religion.  Ignoring the edicts and directions of the founders of a country offering freedom and tolerance, they are using the best psychological bases to achieve their ends, by wrapping this endeavor in the name, Defense Of Religion.

It simply is no such thing!  It is not defense of Islam, or Judaism, or Shinto!  It might be Defense of a Particular Religion – Christian – but it’s not even that.  As in my Aug. 14/12 post, A Gored Ox, they had been asked nicely, not to begin State Legislature meetings with a Christian-only prayer, in legal contravention of the “Separation of Church and State” directive.  Now they want to pass a law which allows them to do just that.  The only thing that this law will defend is Christian religious monopoly.

I can smell the insecurity from here.  People like this amaze and anger me.  If they are as sure of the monopolistic validity of their beliefs as they would have us believe, why are they so adamant to silence opposing views?  If you ain’t one of us, you ain’t welcome!

The other legal/religious situation which irks me, is the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA!  Like the above, this is a carefully crafted psychological crusade to conceal the fact that it isn’t what it says it is.  If two homosexual men are allowed to marry, not one heterosexual couple will be forced to divorce.  If two lesbians are allowed to marry, not one heterosexual couple will be prevented from marrying.  No man will be forced to marry another man!  No woman will be forced to marry another woman!  In other words, if gays are allowed to marry, the only change – the only thing that Bible-thumping, Good Christian, heterosexuals will lose – is the morally highjacked right to the monopolistic use of the term, married.

I am glad to see that the American Supreme Court has finally ruled against DOMA.  This is not the end.  The Westboro Baptists and their like will still need their daily doses of ego and insecurity to feel good about themselves, but it is, perhaps, the beginning of the end of this moralistic bitching.

To justify not allowing gays to call their unions a marriage, they say, “We never have in the past.”  I’d like to call this circular logic, but there’s no logic applied, just exclusionary emotion.  There is no need to Defend Marriage!  It is not under attack.  Many gays, having been clearly and pointedly shown that they are not welcome within their previous religious groups, opt for a civil ceremony.  Others marry in churches with more open, accepting rules.

As citizens of democratic countries, they want what all other citizens of the same country legally receive.  Why don’t they call it a Civil Union?  It’s the same thing.  If it’s the same thing, why don’t you let them call it a marriage?  Civil unions, especially in areas controlled by moralists like these, do not always accrue the same benefits as marriages.  Companies do not provide spousal benefits.  Long-term partners are not granted care decision-making in hospitals, or burial arrangements for deceased partners. Unlike even common-law partners, in the event of a split or death they do not receive a fair portion of shared assets.

Many of these same Good Christians rail against the attempted application of Sharia law for Muslims, yet feel they are justified in forcing their opinions into law against those they morally resent.  They want to apply religious law in countries which are supposed to be secularly governed.

Not letting you push Christianity and your, perhaps mistaken, opinion of Christian morals, down my throat is not an attack on your religion.  It is my Defence of Freedom!  Christ was accepting and inclusive of many who might be called fallen.  It would honor Him and His teachings to do the same!  Let some of the pressure out of your self-important ego, stop jumping at every imagined religious slight, and get on with it.  I’ll let you do your thing, as long as you let me do mine.

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23 thoughts on “Teleology

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    The Christian Right aims at shoving their values down everyone’s throat. After all, they know what’s best for everyone … and if anyone doesn’t believe that, just ask them!

    As for North Carolina, they (like other states, like Texas) translate the Founding Fathers to adjust to their perspective. Oh boy!

    Good post Archon! … but please remember that the Christian Right does not speak for the majority of Christians.

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  2. Kayjai says:

    Great post, Archon.

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  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    You are not the first, Archon, to paint the gay marriage issue as teleological and not financial, but the monetary ramifications of it are large. A New York Times article last month said that married gay couples would gain access to more than 1,000 federal benefits, including Social Security and family leave rights, not to mention being able to file income taxes jointly which alone could amount to a couple of thousand dollars a year or more. I would also dispute the inference that allowing gay marriage has no material impact on the rest of us. If that sizable bloc is paying fewer taxes then the burden increases for the rest of us, taxes being necessary for the panoply of government services that makes society work.

    All that said, however, I’m in favor of gay marriage simply because it seems socially just. But if I really had my way I would opt to eliminate the whole damn Frankenstein tax code down here, including the mortgage deduction and joint filing. When the country was 90% agrarian and we needed more farm hands, it made sense to encourage big families, but why in the modern world do we want to financially subsidize marriage at all? I would replace the tax code with something simple like a VAT or national sales tax that would treat everyone the same. But then that would create more problems, wouldn’t it? If the politicians didn’t have the tax code to constantly tinker with, what would they do with their time?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I am aware of the financial impact, and gave several examples. My somewhat polemical hyperbole referenced only sexual/moral/Christian sensibilities.
      Slaves have been declared “persons” under the law, and freed, to ride buses. Women have been granted person status, and the right to own property, and vote. It’s way past time to affirm full citizen status for gays, and enforce the laws as written. I can understand the financial reluctance to pay out what is due, but it irks me that it is couched in moralistic blather.

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  4. H.E. ELLIS says:

    I agree with Jim here. It is my understanding that American homosexual men are the fastest growing demographic among the rich, and granting them the right to marry would deny our government a sizable portion of funds due to tax allowances.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      If, by “fastest growing demographic”, you mean willing to come out of the closet, I will agree with you. The rich legally avoid more taxes than the commoners ever pay, simply because they can afford to hire better lawyers. Despite Bible-thumper rantings, I don’t believe anyone decides to be gay, and certainly not for tax breaks that could be had with a “passing” wife. Softer, fluffier topic coming soon!

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  5. whiteladyinthehood says:

    That was a very good rant, Grumpy Dude!

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  6. Archon's Den says:

    I was just over at your place. You weren’t home. If I’d known you were coming here to visit, I’d have made tea, or chilled beer. Thanx for the head-pat. 🙂

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  7. BrainRants says:

    I often remind people of a little period called, The Crusades, which means we ‘Christians’ more or less started this fight. And, I hope the Westboro fucks burn in the hell they imagine for homosexuals after I methodically gut them like deer, one by one, watching the life fade from their inward-looking eyes.

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  8. Archon's Den says:

    The Crusades, The Inquisition, all the good stuff the Good Christians aren’t taught, or learn to ignore to make themselves feel good about doing bad. I’d like to take a few for a ride through a Medieval dungeon to see if they enjoy it as much as the “heretics” did. 😈

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  9. Sightsnbytes says:

    parts of it I guess. You see, I am Pro-God. I have to stand up for what I believe in. You have to stand up for what you believe in.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      You should, indeed, stand up for what you believe in, but be sure exactly what that is. I believe in God….just not your God. This post was not about God, it was about what governments do, and don’t do, to citizens. I believe rule of law is better than imposition of any religion, Muslim, Catholic or Zoroastrian. I believe that, if we allow mistreatment of our fellow men for religious reasons, we will soon be back to torturing and burning left-handed people, red-headed folks and old ladies who know how to make an herbal poultice, as witches. Slippery-slope time – that’s why there are laws that say we can’t. Equal citizens should get equal treatment under law. What the churches do after that….?

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  10. You know I loved this one… 😉

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