First and foremost, I want to thank everybody for the e-mails, Facebook messages, Twitter mentions, cards, smoke signals, and general condolences on the loss of my grandmother. It’s been a rough couple of weeks, and your support has been amazing.
For those of you who don’t know how my crazy literary ride began, you can thank Sue Bell for exposing me to the wonderful world of political “trolling” around the time of the 2012 Presidential Election. After my “real life” Facebook account got shut down for calling a few people mouth-breathing rednecks (and sometimes worse), I met my good friend Cletus T. Cousinhumper. Though him, I found a great outlet for venting my frustrations with the current political discourse in America. This column and my Politics Without the Crazy Pills page have helped me to have the opportunity to meet and interact with some truly brilliant people.
It has also introduced me to entertaining characters like Short Little Rebel, who very well may be a brilliant troll for the Religious Right. More likely, she’s a bored and misguided housewife who doesn’t get any attention from her husband, and has resorted to spending her free time looking for even the most remedial of human interaction. SLR has the same issue that many conservative-leaning people have: She is completely non-receptive or tolerant of viewpoints or opinions that differ from her own. At all. Ever. Period. I’ve written before about this new “take my ball and go home” attitude that Republicans have had in the wake of Obama’s landslide 2012 re-election. Secession, revolution, nullification, stockpiling of guns, a record number of hate groups and “patriot” groups forming, and a country more divided than ever. When was the last time you heard a conservative say, “You know what? I see your point.” in the course of even the most basic exchange of different views?
This is no more evident than when religion is brought into the equation. I got into a conversation about the Catholic church today (Since it’s Sunday and all) where their platform against homosexuality was the point of contention. The Church is against all forms of homosexuality (ironic for their internal problems, I know) and considers the act a sin. For my religious readers: Can you please point to where in The Bible Jesus speaks out against homosexuality? It’s only in the Old Testament? But… Christians don’t follow the Old Testament, right? That’s how we get to enjoy eating bacon and shrimp! Sure, the Catholic Church does a lot of good for the community. Of course, the Nazi Party had a LOT of great ideas that were overshadowed by the whole “exterminating the Jews” thing. Did I really just compare Catholicism to Nazism? Sure did. How can you support the organization if you don’t agree with what they stand for? Think about that the next time you are sitting in your pew, Catholic-guy-who-has-a-gay-friend-and-doesn’t-see-a-problem-with-it-even-though-you-go-to-a-place-every-Sunday-that-says-your-friend-will-burn-in-hell.
Here’s the issue: The Bible was originally written thousands of years ago by men. It has been rewritten and reinterpreted countless times in the past two thousand years… by men. If that is not enough, we then go to church, where ANOTHER man reads verses from The Bible, and then gives HIS thoughts on what it means. It’s like some big international book club with a few really dedicated hosts who wear fancy robes, give you crackers and wine, and occasionally sexually abuse children.
–Sean Kemmerer is a freelance writer, administrator of Politics Without The Crazy Pills, and knows that Jesus loves you all… Unless you don’t believe in him in which case, Jesus says you can burn in Hell.