There is an unspoken rule that authors should steer away from any discussion regarding religion or politics because it could offend potential fans. Well, okay, it’s not an unspoken rule, actually, there are a lot of advice blogs insisting on this advice.
But today, I’m going to break this rule. Because after holding in every opinion for years, it has to come out and today is the day I’m going to do it. I am prepared for the nasty comments, though there shouldn’t be any. I am a human with an opinion and why can’t I share my views too? Right? Well it doesn’t always work out that way.
See my real issue is with my fellow Americans. We are a diverse bunch and with the exception of pure blooded Native Americans, our heritage comes from every corner of the planet. (Yes, I know, it’s round. There are no corners.) So I will break this down into chunks:
My background: I grew up going to church two to three times a week. I even went to bible camp in the summer. I started in a Gospel church, switched to a Wesleyan church, landed in a Non-Denominational church and now…I don’t go to church. I don’t even want to be called a Christian. First, I sin entirely too much for that moniker. Second, I don’t want to be associated with the fanatics out there who want to brow beat anyone who doesn’t follow their specific set of rules. Fuck that.
My issue: Google religious stats in the U.S. Just to speed up the process, click on Images instead of the links and you’ll see just how diverse the stats are. The numbers aren’t consistent but what is consistent is that we are diverse. There are many religions, and a large number of those with no religion at all. I can’t say I blame those who are Atheist or Agnostic. I mean really, religion has been and continues to be violent. Many religious wars have taken place over the years and a lot of blood has been shed in the name of God.
Yet, whenever a political issue arises, people want to cite biblical references. HOLD PLEASE. We have freedom of religion in this country. Your religious beliefs and laws are not synonymous. I know, I know, many feel religion is at the epicenter of their moral core. Is it? Is it really? Because there are plenty of those who believe in no god that still have a solid moral core.
Beliefs are NOT fact. I believe liver and onions might be the most disgusting dish on the face of the planet. It is my mother’s favorite meal. So…my belief is not her fact. There is a monumental difference.
The real problem? People become argumentative, hateful, spiteful and verbally abusive when it comes to their religious beliefs. Think I’m wrong? First, remove children and pets from the room. Then, troll some posts on Facebook about the trans/bathroom issue.
My background: I started off a young Republican voter. Now…there really isn’t a party that represents my ideals. There isn’t one person I’ve ever felt excited to vote for since I turned 18 and registered to vote. I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal. So who do I vote for? My choices are always dumb and dumber so… yeah. I cry every time I have to vote.
My issues: I have an Aussie friend that asked me to explain our election process. See, across the pond where she lives, the candidates are only allowed to campaign for a very short amount of time, then the voters vote. It was a long response to explain the campaign process from the Primary Election to the General Election. Then she was blown away when I told her the difference between the popular vote versus the Electoral College. Nope, the president is not elected by the people. Ever.
This year, the protesters have gotten so bad, so violent, it really shows how fear driven and angry our society has become. Political cartoons have been replaced by internet memes and propaganda driven to promote fear of the opposition.
Quite frankly, they’ve all scared the hell out of me. By ‘they’ I mean the candidates. My husband and I both knew it would come down to Trump v. Clinton before the elections even began. It was obvious. Why? That’s where the media attention went.
When I went to the polls and had to choose to vote Democrat or Republican I wanted to tell the woman ‘neither’ but that wasn’t an option. My ‘party’ was choosing their candidate. So I had to choose a ‘party’. I’d rather rip my own eyes out but hey… it’s a process.
Honestly, I almost wrote in Anonymous. It wouldn’t matter either way but at least it would be a solid statement.
I do not understand why my fellow countrymen cannot respectfully disagree on anything. I don’t know why it has to turn so violent, so spiteful, so hateful…
I do not understand why my fellow countrymen insist that their way is the only way and if you disagree, you are called every name in the book…
I do not understand why my fellow countrymen cannot, for one second, recall history. Our politicians don’t come though on their promises.
Like the meme says, I wish they had to wear suits like NASCAR drivers, so at least you’d know who their sponsors are.
These problems are not new. And it begs to recall a song released in 1970 by Black Sabbath. I give you: WAR PIGS
Generals gathered in their masses,
just like witches at black masses.
Evil minds that plot destruction,
sorcerer of death’s construction.
In the fields the bodies burning,
as the war machine keeps turning.
Death and hatred to mankind,
poisoning their brainwashed minds…Oh lord yeah!
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor
Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait `till their judgement day comes, yeah!
Now in darkness, world stops turning,
ashes where the bodies burning.
No more war pigs have the power,
hand of god has struck the hour.
Day of judgement, god is calling,
on their knees the war pigs crawling.
Begging mercy for their sins,
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings…Oh lord, yeah!