Don’t Be Sad

The Toronto Sun has a regular columnist who writes about a variety of issues.  When he writes about politics or social concerns, he is as clear as crystal.  Occasionally though, he strays off the well-traveled road, and into the religious minefield, where his work immediately resembles Beijing smog.

Several years ago, he wrote of being Jewish.  Six months later, he claimed that he was Catholic.  When called on it by several readers, he “explained” that his family had Jewish ancestry, but he had converted to Catholicism.  Oh good, just what we need, another gung-ho turncoat.

He quickly learned the Catholic method of the straw-man argument, to belittle those who did not agree with him.  Call them names; assign a definition, then make fun of them, to justify making himself feel better.

Just before Christmas, he took a swing at committed atheists.  He called them the most unhappy, lugubrious, neurotic special-interest group he’d ever encountered.  Then he corrected his accusation, and listed feminists and socialists first, truly an all-you-can-offend-buffet bigot.

He has decided to call atheists, Sads.  They must be sad; it’s an atheist’s nightmare, Christmas coming just two weeks after Pope Whasshisname was named Time’s Man of the Year.  He is convinced, that atheists are convinced, that the world is a dark, hateful place, where everyone is against you.

It’s sad that he doesn’t see, that atheists enjoy the commerce and conviviality of the season, without the need for a supernatural crutch.  He says they don’t grasp irony, but it’s ironic that atheists don’t care that the Pope received this honor. (?)  It’s much like Clay Aiken winning the American Idol crown, nobody with a three-digit IQ, and a life of their own, really gives a damn.

People in the past have sent him “misspelt emails” and they really should learn to master the apostrophe.  He’s a master at turning the subject from criticism to punctuation.  He’s heard the one about God being like the Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny, that Hitler was a Christian, that Jesus didn’t exist, bad things happen to good people, and more wars have been fought in the name of religion than anything else – blah, blah, blah.  Doesn’t sound like blah, blah, blah to me, and many others.  It sounds serious.

He has dismissed these claims in, not one, but three, books; not “dealt with”, dismissed!  Yet Hitler was a Catholic, bad things do happen to good people, prayers are unanswered, and religious wars are still fought.  He wants critics to come up with something new, and challenging; religion is a game to be won, to him.  How about admitting to, and dealing with the old problems first?

It apparently makes him feel good to think that those who disagree with him feel bad.  Not exactly a loving Christian outlook, but then, he’s not exactly loving – or loved.  He admits that Easter is more theologically significant, that Christ probably wasn’t born late in December, and that the whole thing has been clumsily commercialized and secularized, but says he cherishes and believes in it because the show supports his “faith.”  That’s it fella, don’t let reality get in the way.

He would be sad to admit that Atheists quietly, happily, productively, co-operatively, are getting on with their lives, and making of them, as much as they can, without a vague promise of a second chance on the other side of the great divide.  He speaks of “all that is the pure, sparkling joy of the season, gloriously plump with giving, loving, forgiving, enjoying, rethinking and celebrating,” but then denies that they are available to any but his Good Christian compatriots.

He thinks nothing of launching attacks like this, but, should anyone have the temerity to express different thoughts, he falls back on another “Definition” defense – Religism.  This is defined as an attack on any or all organized religions, but, in his case, simply means somebody said he might be wrong in his heart and head.

A Protestant New York minister played this game recently.  He raised such a fuss that he was allowed to be on The View, where he railed to Liz Hasselbek that a bookstore had a shelf label on The Bible, showing it as “fiction!”  After his televised furor, he admitted that “it might have been a simple clerical error.”

The Sun columnist is a sad, shrivelled soul!  It is sad that he gains so much twisted happiness in spewing his bigoted hatred, and taking so much joy in his belief in the imagined pain and suffering of others he deems unworthy.  It is sad that he is not unique, and that there are so many more judgmental, condemnatory Christians like him.

I, on the other hand, would be very happy if you drop lots of likes and comments in the collection plate.

 

BTW, FYI – Lugubrious means mournful, dismal, gloomy, sorrowful or melancholy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.  Sounding pompous doesn’t make you right.

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22 thoughts on “Don’t Be Sad

  1. Gee, I have quite a few words for that columnist…none of them are nice. I am a former Catholic, because I couldn’t stomach the hatred, exclusion and hypocrisy of the church. And I find it telling that people like this columnists conveniently fail to acknowledge how much evil has been committed in the name of one god or another, throughout history.

    It seems to me that more often than not, self-described “faithful” members of any faith are the most sanctimonious, closed-minded, unforgiving, and uncharitable towards anyone who isn’t exactly like them. Meanwhile atheists aren’t the ones condemning people because of their sexual orientation, gender, or anything else.

    Interesting, ain’t it?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      A guy at the Free Thinkers meetings has a tee-shirt which reads, “You never see a group of Atheists wanting to stone a Gay to death.”

      Interesting? Perhaps. Definitely Sad that they advertise their “Love For Mankind”, yet some are the most hateful, exclusionary examples of humans. I admit to no particular religion or congregation, and sometimes am so embarrassed that I don’t want to admit to being the same race. 😦

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      • Interesting in a sarcastic sense, of course. They make me so angry. And you can’t argue with them or even have a discussion. Because they’re so convinced of their own righteousness.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      And how did you get the first comment at five in the morning?? Were you still up, like me, or did you rise before even Rants? 😕

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  2. 1jaded1 says:

    He is pathetic. That’s all.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      He is pathetic 😦

      Headed for Warren, MI in a week. Anywhere near your old stompin’ grounds? After 25 years of touring Taylor, I’ve been hitting the map app for directions to Meijers, Krogers, WalMart, GNC, and Outback. 🙂

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      • 1jaded1 says:

        My sister and some acquaintances used to live in Warren. It is about 40 minutes away from where I used to live. How long will you be there and what is the occasion?

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      • Archon's Den says:

        Going to the “spring” knife show in Novi, but we tell the border guards we’re going down for shopping, which is true. The wife has her list of stuff not found in Ontario ready, the daughter is writing hers up as I type, and we got an email request from the wife’s niece/our massage therapist/osteopath, for some health store supplies. 🙄

        We’ll be going down Friday morning and coming back Sunday afternoon. Just a chance to see someone else’s rat-race for a little while. Plan on visiting the County Line Trade Center, a mile or so back down DeQuindre from a different Red Roof Inn. 🙂

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  3. BrainRants says:

    This guy sounds like an attention-starved troll who will try anything for some controversy. Unlike the bigger mainstream media entities who have moved to the next level of “make up shit and skew the election.”

    This is why I don’t really consume TV or much news.

    Now you’ll please excuse me. I have to go pray to a cat turd on my lawn.

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  4. You are correct when you say Religion is a minefield. As a child growing up there were certain topics that were never discussed at the dinner table, because they caused such animosity. Now as a columnist, he has every right to write about whatever but this should be done within reason with the ultimate goal of not spewing hatred, etc.

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  5. Daniel Digby says:

    You forgot to mention how the columnist became an atheist, feminist, and socialist to have picked up so much information and insight into their thinking. Is it possible to be all three at the same time? What a triple whammy that would be. Until you mentioned it, I didn’t know how sad I felt. Is that anything like having to feel super-intelligent to be a Bright or having to feel blue and have a freely flowing third chakra to be an Indigo? This is still kind of new to me, and you must be glad to have a columnist who explains it so well.

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  6. Daniel Digby says:

    Sorry about the previous note. It interpreted the HTM in spite of enclosing it in quotes. I’m still a novice.

    There’s a bewildering list of subjects at http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_examples.asp, and a specific list of examples at http://www.w3schools.com/html/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml_formattingch. The ‘p’ and ‘/p’ create a new paragraph, which you don’t really need.

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  7. benzeknees says:

    As a Claymate, I must protest! I think if Clay Aiken had won American Idol it might have been noticed. I think it’s SAD when others try to push their beliefs onto other people in the name of religion. Most religions I have become acquainted with have some type of “treat others well” philosophy in their beliefs which makes it hard for me to understand the concept of “religious” wars. How can you treat others well if you are killing them, harrassing them or denigrating them?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’ve never heard of Claymates. I should have checked to get the name of someone who actually did win American Idol. 😦 Shows you how interested I am. BTW, you’re the only one who protested. 😉

      For some, “last man standing” means they’re Right, and that’s far more important than any silly philosophy.

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