[CONTENT NOTE: abuse, stalking, threats of violence.]
Loyal Readers™ may recall the Palace’s ongoing mission to extract $82 billion worth of benefits from the Religion-Industrial-Complex on behalf of U.S. taxpayers, on account of our $82 billion yearly taxpayer subsidies to same. One of the ways we accomplish this is amusing ourselves by mocking a church sign in the small town where my mother lives. We have been remiss these past few months because (a) we are notoriously lazy, and (b) apparently so is the church sign changer, who left up the message “LENT IS LIKE SPRING TRAINING FOR CHRISTIANS” long past Easter. And really, what are you going to say about that one? It practically mocks itself.
During this weekend’s visit to mom I discovered that the lazy church sign changer had finally gotten around to spelling out a new message. But this one was far more ominous than any I had seen before:
Holy Mother of Dog. Not only does this god character sound like a jealous, controlling creep stalking his target, but have you heard what he did to his own son? With a concept of “love” like his, exactly how much better do you figure the rest of us will fare?
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
As a survivor of an abusive relationship, my advice to you is this: RUN, people. Block this god d00d on social media, screen your calls, avoid contact with his Facebook friends and followers, and do not hesitate to seek a restraining order if necessary. There are many resources on the web that can provide you with help and support.
To be clear: I am not mocking or belittling those who find themselves in abusive relationships by comparing domestic abuse to religious abuse. For one thing, the parallels between the two are well-documented and striking. Moreover, it is my contention that Judeo-Christian narratives both underlie and signal boost misogynist views and behavior toward women, and for this reason alone Christianity cannot disappear from the face of the Earth soon enough—except as a cautionary tale, the subject of rigorous scientific and historical study, and the everlasting target of humanity’s scorn.
Which brings to mind another quote, this one from Bertrand Russell [h/t Don Ardell]:
Men tend to have the beliefs that suit their passions. Cruel men believe in a cruel God, and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly God, and they would be kindly in any case.
Cheers to kindly men.