Category Archives: Religious Tolerance

As We Forgive Those

Today I saw a Meme, and it immediately inspired me to write this. Someone I adore, and wish I had as a friend once said “I’m all but ashamed of my faith.”

I couldn’t agree with her more. So although I do not feel shame after reading this Meme, I do feel the need to speak (type) on it.

  

Here are just some of the problems with this Meme.

1. The Christian doctrine teaches that “God” forgives us for our sin, even those which are natural (like lust, and anger) and he also forgives us for being inquisitive enough to question what Man (the author of religion) has told us. 

So if “God” condemned them for having an interest in sex, and for not subscribing to a particular religious denomination, then said condemnation would go against the very teachings of that God’s sun: specifically the part which says “no condemnation”

2. The person who wrote the caption in this Meme (and those who agree with it) did not personally know Mr. Nelson, nor Mr. Jackson, and therefore all of their claims are mere speculation.

As a result of being completely ignorant of these gentlemen personally, they also don’t know what is in the hearts of each individual. Something that many believers use to justify their willful disobedience of their God’s laws.

So, if those disobedient Christians are safe from damnation because of “grace and mercy” then why aren’t these two men? It is as if your sin isn’t considered as damning as theirs.
Which reminds me of the quote “Sin, is sin.” as to say that it is all considered of the same level of severity. Which is odd because logically a torturer should be considered more harmful than a person who believed in a different religion.

3. Anyone who condemns these men (by making, posting, or agreeing with a Meme like this) in their heart has already condemned their fellow Man. And has failed to forgive others, as God has forgiven them.

So, by all definitions you would be a hypocrite and a condemning person who failed to show the same mercy and forgiveness that you say is shown to you. If you’re not perfect, then why were either of those two supposed to be?

The Godless Jesters

Here’s why it’s disturbing to see the family & friends of the men & women who were slain in Charleston, South Carolina this past week. I was raised with Religious Doctrines, and I know how powerfully euphoric they are. The people in this world are unfathomably cruel, they are inconceivably inconsiderate, and destructively impulsive. So when those of us who are polar opposites of those things use Religion to try and make sense of such wickedness.
We tend to use a belief in a specific Deity to help explain why such horrors could be allowed to happen. And for us Blacks, we often answer hatred with love and forgiveness: as we are taught show forgiveness and Pray for those who hurt you. The sad but definite truth of this world is that Evil will not show that same compassion. Regardless of Ethnicity or Race, wicked people come in all genders, ages (except children) and races. And they don’t care about your God, your Christ, or your Word. So for me to watch as hate is met with love, hurts me.
Hatred should be met with isolation. This young man, Dylan Roof should be incarcerated and put into Solitary Confinement for decades on end. I would not elect for the Death Penalty, as it would be an end to his contemplation. For him to be isolated and confined to solidarity, would allow him to spend years contemplating & reflecting upon his actions, and the rationale that he created for proceeding with those actions.
The bigoted, prejudice, White Supremacists who advocate this man’s works do not care how grieved the families are. These particular people, who according to theory are afraid of Genetic Annihilation: are some of those impulsive, destructive, inconsiderate people that I spoke of. They should not be protected under the United States Constitution any longer. 
I’ve never read a Comment on Social Media Forums, talking about how these specific individuals, these White Supremacists are Savages, or Thugs. The only people I’ve ever seen being referred to as those names, are Black victims. This suggests that some of those people on the Facebook pages like ‘Conservative Daily’ may harbor the same ideologies as the White Supremacists. 
I hope that one day, with some traumatic event these people will understand the words of Psalm 35, and to realize that these Godless Jesters of Racism & White Supremacy, Black Supremacy, and any Race-specific segregative groups: do not need forgiveness, they need atonement. 

Challènge

I have recently discovered that there are members of this society who feel that mockery can be intellectually vilified.

I had no idea that people were so cynical, to say that your teasing of another is justifiable is very distorted and quite revealing as to just how the reverence of one person to another, is diminishing.

Respect means more than “I won’t kill you” it also means “I won’t scoff at you because you’re different”. I thought this generation was Anti-bullying but there are many who misconstrued mockery for Constructive Criticism.

There are those who believe that a juvenile sense of cynicism is the same as “challenging an idea” but that’s completely inaccurate, challenging another person’s ideas do not include teasing them. And as I said to the atheists who made that claim: what need do you have to challenge another person’s beliefs (or “ideas” as you call them) anyway?

If you think that the strong faith that a person holds dear is foolishness or “fairy tales” then it shouldn’t be too big of a concern for you, should it? Mockery, cynicism, scoffing & ridicule are not acceptable. But to some, they are acceptable when directed towards religious people.

I’ve heard it said that “life’s not fair” which is what someone tells you after they’ve been unfair, but I say that it’s not “life” that is unfair…just the people in it.