free folks

Why should the beliefs and behaviors of any religion be forced upon the general public? And…

Why would any religious group want to force or have to force its beliefs on others? Does this type of behavior show to the world these folks probably feel a lack of attractiveness and perhaps are power-hungry and may feel threatened by a secular society?

As for the rest of us, how would their domination over nonbelievers solve things for these folks? Would any law based only on religious teachings or beliefs violate our right to freedom from religion and our pursuit of happiness?

Why do religious wars fill so much of human history? Are religious conflicts usually about domination rather than about freedom? If so, why do we free folks put up with religious zealots and their politicians who would love to guide our thinking and be able to tell us what to do?

Should we bring attention to the stupidity of what they are trying to do and to how it makes them appear? Are they seen as haters rather than lovers?

Don’t they know that forcing nonbelievers to live by their arbitrary religious beliefs is wrong and causes free folks to despise them and their god and their dictatorial ways?

What are they afraid of? Do they feel their god has called them to deal with what they call the evildoers? Is it that they want to help god do its dirty work?

Is their job by their own definition to bring their “good news” to everyone and not to be bringing pain and suffering to those they should be loving?


the wooing of a lost world

During the next few days our Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of the right of gay folks to marry and so receive the comforts and responsibilities of married life. Some comments…and questions.

Why is it that a great number of Christians have to support the taking away of important civil rights from people who are homosexual?

One reason might be because of their belief that every bit of their holy scriptures (the Bible) was written by their God using human beings as instruments to record God’s own actual thoughts: the recorded words of the all-powerful and all-knowing God, the only true and real God.

Where did the idea that all of the Bible is totally true and was originated by the only true God—come from?

The Bible proclaims itself to be God’s personal message to human kind, and since every word in it is believed to be the actual words of God, this literally has to be accepted by a great number of Christians. Their mantra is “the Bible is God’s word and cannot be questioned.” So I must ask…

Why then did God allow so many miracles and contradictions in the Bible? Did God intentionally include unbelievable passages to test the faith of believers? Is there another explanation for such a situation to exist if the Bible is actually God’s words?

Is it that if believers don’t follow the teachings of their God-given scriptures, they would be sinning just as they claim gays are sinning by not following God’s ideas about gay relationships?

Is it that we shouldn’t be too hard on those Christians who believe that being gay is a lifestyle choice because if it isn’t a choice, then comes the question: If God made them that way, what is all the fuss about?

Would believing that homosexuals are born gay put a crack in one’s faith or even destroy faith? Is it that nonbelievers don’t want to disparage anyone’s faith unless the faith is used for ill like killing and maiming innocent folks or trying to scare folks into believing in their religion because it’s the only way to avoid an eternity of torture or trying to undo the lack of prejudice against gays?

It’s true that Christians do a lot of good things, but is this gay issue a huge stumbling block? Are they caught in a terrible thought vice that’s squeezing the creditability out of their spiritual teachings?

Well, not so fast. They could become more liberal in their Christian beliefs rather than deserting the whole faith. There are many Christian churches which would welcome them with open arms.

The fundamentalists know this yet they stay where they are because they can’t admit that their God who controls and knows everything would create a gay person. Being so firmly set in the thought vice of their beliefs, they have to somehow support the belief that gayness is a personal choice.

They are literally forced by their teaching and interpretations of their perfect holy scriptures to take a sincere stance against gay relationships. So, why do they want to punish gays by trying to make them partial citizens?

It seems they must think God has put them up to this task of punishing the gays just as Christian leaders convinced knights and armies to take back Jerusalem from the infidels during the Crusades: a debacle which lasted from the 11th into the 13th century. What about all that unnecessary misery and death?

Christian teaching says God will punish the evildoers, and it also tells the followers not to judge, and in their not judging, they will avoid the risk of being judged.

By widely propagating their judgments (“Being gay is a choice.”) and actions against gay relationships (trying to keep gays from the comforts of marriage), conservative Christians have opened the door to be judged by any and everyone.

So why the persecution of gays? Do a large number of Christians think the gay evildoers will escape the just punishment of their all-knowing and all-powerful God?

Are these self-appointed judgers and punishers shouting to the world by their words and deeds that God can break the promise of dealing justly with evildoers?

Is the gay issue just one of the detour signs hindering Christianity’s true path: the wooing of a lost world?