Uncivil Discourse

Because civility is overrated.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

I'm So Weary of Christ

And here of course I don't mean the Christ of the Bible, who I think would be a cool person to chill with. I mean the fucking action-hero Jesus the religious right likes to hoist on all of us in that circus of faith they parade around.

Worst. Circus. Ever.

Here's what I think many of their leaders would like to see -- a nice, large Passion-Christ, nice and beaten and bloody, hanging from the cross, in every building. Hell, in every room. In the Supreme Court, in the White House, in schools, in mosques, in janitorial closets. Then you would understand that this is a Christian country, and goddamnit, you did this to him, so shut the fuck up and do what you're told.

Sigh. I'm glad I wasn't really aware of many of these things during the Reagan years, because I might be feeling some deja vu. What I do know is that these guys are good at hiding their thoughts in secular language. A little too good.

There's the Ten Commandments thing. Now, look, I understand the Ten Commandments is important in Christianity, and thusly in history, but it's not a historical document. The Declaration of Independence is a historical document. The Constitution is a historical document. The Magna Carta is a historical document. When Indiana Jones comes back with the Lost Ark, I will freely agree that the Ten Commandments is a fucking historical document.

Our laws are, quite simply put, not based on the Ten Commandments. For all we know, they don't actually exist as a document outside of being excerpted from the Bible. So what was the deal with backward-ass counties in Kentucky and elsewhere trying to imply that to be the case? And what the fuck is with that Supreme Court frieze?

It's a huge bait and switch. Nothing more, nothing else. The second we admit either it was important in our legal system or that they're a nice historical document, we're opening the floodgates, because they are neither of the two. The Sixth Court of Appeals put it this way: "When distilled to their essence, the courthouse displays demonstrate that Defendants intend to convey the bald assertion that the Ten Commandments formed the foundation of American legal tradition..." And that assertion is a complete load of shit.

But here's the thing. This is just a small part of it. Yes, even Roy Moore's traveling rock show was a small part of it. And even the groups bringing schoolkids and lining up like rednecks off to do some lynching (come on, it's guys like Dixie Rising and the Southern Party of Georgia that are getting in truckbeds to view this) are a small part of it. It's one small piece, but it's one that makes us maybe forget some of the others.

Like that pathetic dickwad of a public school teacher in California who evangelized to his kids in class. Or like the persistant claims that kids are being banned from praying, even to themselves in private, at schools. Or, hell, this particular FOX lie. All in the name of trying to convince us that we are a Christian country, and we've erred in our ways by turning our backs on our true heritage.

But that is just as much a load of bullshit as the claims that the Ten Commandments are a major foundation for our legal system. Is God mentioned in some of the Founding documents? Well, sure, though rather pointedly not in the Constitution (including the amendments). But why is that?

Part of it is that mentioning "God" to yahoos living in cabins in the middle of nowhere is kind of like showing a shiny trinket to a ferret. And the Founders realized they needed that. In particular, Ben Franklin knew that. When Thomas Paine, who had done so much to help the revolutionary cause, wrote his pamphlet Age of Reason, he sent it to Franklin, and that whoremonger warned him "Think how great a portion of mankind consists of weak and ignorant men and women, and of inexperienced, inconsiderate youth of both sexes, who have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue, and retain them in the practice of it till it becomes habitual, which is the great point for its security." And of course, after the pamphlet was published, Paine was abandoned as the Founders and others ran to show just how "Christian" they were. That doesn't sound familiar at all, now does it? No, it's quite plain that in many of the cases, the mention of God was a distraction to placate the public.

Bread and circuses, man, bread and circuses. Tax cuts and fundamentalism. The Bush administration paying lip service to "Christian" values is a circus. The whole lot of them, the raving lunatic clowns James "Dog-Beater" Dobson, Chuck "Sodomized for Nixon" Colson, Jerry "Oedipus Complex" Falwell, and Pat "White People's Votes Just Gotta Count For More" Robertson, they'd make Barnum & Bailey proud. And it's a small piece of it all, because while they dance for us, while we focus on their issues, there's a world being destroyed around it.

Let's not forget that. Rebuff them, and don't stop, but it doesn't end, or even begin, there. It's all a big superficial circus we can't get to caught up in, even this "Justice Sunday" circlejerk. It's there, and we have to deal with it, but it's like a herpes cold sore.

And if Rambo Jesus really does have nothing better to do than to try to get some judges appointed to the Supreme Court, maybe we have bigger problems on our hands after all.