Thursday, July 2, 2015

Here we are again.

There’s a lot of hysteria in some parts of Christianity right now with the gay-wedding ruling in the USA. Some are almost hysterical with joy, others, with outrage. It was always going to be a contentious decision, as the recent decades of culture wars have shown. There are predictions of doom, ongoing bashing of homosexual people and overall panic from those who resolutely hold to a certain biblical viewpoint of the topic.
It is a passionate issue (no pun intended) and people are most vitriolic when their strongly held convictions feel threatened. This is a natural response in any arena.  Couple this with a fear of God that says all will be lost if this is allowed, then we see how people can get to frothing point.

There are a few points that need to be examined, one of which I will look at in this post.

I find it at best, ignorant, and worst, hypocritical, when Christians believe that allowing homosexual marriage is the end of ‘the’ nation, America, and any other nations who have already accepted it. This fixation on homosexuality, and sexuality in general, is in need of attention. To put the homosexual issue up on a pedestal and ignoring all the actual nation-ending actions that the Bible talks about, is hypocrisy. Why? 

Because Christians, at least it seems many of them, are no-where near as vitriolic about the injustice to the poor, the injustice to those nations who have had war waged against them, the injustice of structural poverty and the like. Probably because they support these structures. These injustices are what will destroy nations, as we are witnessing right now, while Christians hide behind the LGBT veil. Maybe the LGBT is a veil to hide all the unjust institutional actions that some Christians happily follow?

A case in point is Sodom. Today, the story of Sodom is seen as a major proof text of what will happen to a town, or possibly nation, which condones homosexuality. It is a popular text, probably because it feeds the idea of God’s absolute intolerance of sin. This is a legal position and I won’t be dealing with it here. But what has been construed as God’s anger toward homosexuality, and only homosexuality, is a complete misrepresentation of the Sodom story. I hope that any of the Godly men who would come across the same situation as Lot would also throw their virgin daughters to the throbbing masses to be gang raped, so as to appease an angry God. I’m sure God would be pleased.

The clincher is this, and it is an obscure little passage (2 whole verses in the Bible), so maybe we can disregard it (?), but Sodomy is this: wanting sexual intercourse with angelic beings. A common desire back then, and seemingly a common desire now, if the growing section of dark romance novels in the bookstores are anything to go by. Sodomy being interpreted as homosexuality or sexual acts with children is a misnomer.

So the Sodomites did some horrific things, and a Godly man would happily sacrifice his daughters to the gang outside, but God says that their sin was…..? Ezekiel 16:49:

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.

So God did do away with them. And if you are part of an institution or organization that aids, implements and maintains a system and structure of oppression of the poor, then your days are numbered. And if you, your church, thinks that paying your tithe, or giving scraps to the poor is a get-out-of jail card, God does not play monopoly. The goats will be done away with.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Argh, what to write.

The 2015 story so far:
  • 1800 people drowned this year so far in the crossings (Africa to Europe).
  • The UK's electoral system has given the Tory government a free-hand to dismantle, among other things, the human rights act with wrecking-ball Gove. 
  • Theresa May can continue her anti-immigrant, anti-human and deceitful stance on most things, supported by her prime minister
  • The EU is being even more stupid, if that was possible, by wanting to somehow, not even God knows, attack targets in Libya to halt smuggling operations.
  • Cameron makes sure that just because his boat (ahem, Her Majesty's Ship) is being used to pick up destitute asylum seekers doesn't mean they have any recourse to applying for asylum in the UK. Better bill them for any urine, excrement or vomit deposited on deck. I think the going rate is £50, if I recall the signs in the London cabs.

In the next exciting chapter of 2015:
  • The people decide they have had enough with politicians and the system, so they establish their own government by the people, for the people. Unlikely, because people don't co-operate much. Or are being bombarded with fearful messaging and 'control your own' destiny scenarios.
  • Rampant capitalism is dismantled, somehow.. possibly only by collapse: we live in hope.
  • Aggressive, but not violent, disruptive protest is held in London and other key locations, real or imaginary. Some protest may happen, but I think the small pockets will be violent and not have any long-term positive effect. Online organization may just end up being a feel-good exercise with no real change.
  • The UK and/or EU attack anything that looks like a wooden boat or rubber dinghy on the Libyan coast line, or actually shoots boat loads of migrants (Katie Hopkins will be really happy with that). Doesn't matter if this is military action against a vaguely sovereign state, it's what we do. After another attack on a passing civilian ship yesterday, Libya is clear that it is in a fighting mood.
  • Add that to the global dis-ease and we're looking at a lovely end-of-year party, fireworks and all. Russia, China, Libya, Japan, NK, USA if a Republican wins, and on and on and on.
Good night, and good luck.