Cognitive Dissonance II


A California lawyer has submitted a referendum proposal to outlaw homosexuality in the famously liberal western US state, on pain of execution.

“The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha,” reads the proposal, registered for comment on the attorney general’s website.

“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us… the people of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method,” he wrote.

When I read this, I couldn’t understand why this man’s head didn’t explode, I know mine almost did. In seven words in the second line, this lawyer goes immediately from “freedom and liberty” to “commands us to suppress.” The arrogance of this religious Fundamentalist, is matched only by his ignorance.

Only the night before I read this, had I reluctantly watched with the wife, a National Geographic TV documentary about ‘homosexuality’ among animals. In a one-hour show they listed seven examples, including coyotes, dolphins and Canada geese, and mentioned that there were several more. So much for his imagined “crime against nature!”

I don’t know where you’d store an Ego large enough to make you think that you have the right to speak for God. Perhaps in the same twisted, dark corner of the brain where you believe, without proof, that homosexuality is ‘evil’, or that God deigns to command you to do His work, and suppress it.

The Bible does speak against homosexuality, but I have never heard or read of anyone who claimed that ‘God ordered’ them to do something, who could point to anywhere other than their fevered religious imagination, for validating ‘proof’ of their Crusade. These delusions can be suppressed with proper medication and therapy.

This man seems to fear death from a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah destruction. The self-believed expert on the subject even managed to misspell Gomorrah, in his application. If God didn’t take out various 17th century Italian cities, 18th century Paris, or 19th century London, He’s not going to stir himself about a bunch of fags in San Francisco.

Even were such a destruction to occur, does he not believe that the God of Love would forgive him, and the other innocent Lots, and condemn only the sinners? Does he feel that God is too stupid or venal to judge each of us individually?

Like many of his religiously judgemental confreres, his very zealotry proves that he is not actually familiar with the Bible, instead, relying on what he thinks it says, or what someone else told him that they thought it says. I can recommend several good short passages.

Love one another.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
As ye have done unto these, the least of my brethren, ye have done unto me.
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Judge not, lest ye be judged.
Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.
Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s.

I feel sorry for depressing, narrow-minded, opinionated, supposedly-religious assholes like this….no I don’t! If they all died tomorrow, I’d stand in line to volunteer to load them into trucks with a pitchfork.

Amen means a soft, accepting ‘let it be’, not ‘use fire and sword to force your superstition on the infidels.’ We leave that to the likes of ISIS, who recently bulldozed down historic, artistic Iraqi Assyrian statuary. I feel sorry that the rest of us kind, loving people, like Job, are afflicted with them.


12 thoughts on “Cognitive Dissonance II

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    Having retired from my first career to settle in the bible belt, I found myself making business trips with men who were avowedly religious, mostly Baptists. It was common practice when away from home to stray from the strictures which governed their local behavior, principally but not exclusively the consumption of alcohol. It would be fair to say that they looked forward to it.

    Perhaps this should not be surprising, given that the attainment of Christianity’s singular goal, everlasting life, depends only on willful and publicly-avowed belief and not on (forgivable) behavior. After all, it is a postulate of the religion that all people are sinners anyway. This is only one of many realities that I wrestled with over many years of trying to comply with the ethos everyone around me seemed to accept. But the application of rationality to the problem leads only to rejection of the concept.

    You do well, Archon, to list the core underpinnings of the belief system. Those good parts are embraced as well, and perhaps better, by humanists than Christians who set themselves up as interpreters of the conflicted and antiquated lore that is the handbook of the faithful.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I just can’t accept the blind belief, lack of rational thought, and hypocritical actions – especially from the most vocal. I suppose I should cut hypocrisy a bit of slack. My very existence is a result of it. One of my uncles, and 2 or 3 of his friends, regularly drove to a town 25 miles away, to do, at least, their drinking. Therefore they had a perfect candidate available when my mother needed a second husband. All this while they evaded/avoided military service during the Second World War – good Presbyterians, all. 😛

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Everyone has an opinion. Hers is that you can be Good without God. She believes in all the nice things and social support that the Church can provide, just not that it’s necessary for God to stand up at the front, like an orchestra conductor, controlling every note. People are more important than blind belief. 😆


  2. BrainRants says:

    These idiots should be marched into a deep ocean trench. Our Constitution guarantees freedom and liberty – I assume y’all have something like that, but more Canadian.

    Bottom line here is, these ‘conservatives’ (scare quotes for mockery) are just people who are afraid of their own erections.

    Also, my ego storage bin is next to this guy’s, but I use mine for benevolent (mainly) purposes.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Actually, Canada is a tad more regimented and restricted than the US. Our Prime Minister just had a law passed that prohibits saying terrorist-y things. We’re waiting to see how many civil liberties the RCMP’s interpretation shaves off.
      What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
      A good start!
      Wow! A kind and caring tank commander, who only uses his powers for good. 😕 My mind is officially boggled – again.
      ‘Degree’ is finished. I owe you a written report ASAP. 🙂


  3. Marie Keates says:

    I think the bullets to the head could be better used on this stupid man!


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