Friday, November 03, 2006

Evangelical Hypocrisy

Did I ever break out in laughter last night as I watched CNN last night. A leader of 30 million head-in-the-sand Evangelical Christians is exposed for being a closeted gay man. Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as head of the National Association of Evangelicals after a gay escort went public with his relationship with Haggard. I probably would have given Haggard the benefit of a doubt on this one had he not immediately resigned and said he would be seeking "spiritual guidance" on this. (I am just now reading he HAS confessed to "some" of the allegations, so we know where this is headed)

I didn't laugh at the fact he's gay inside. In fact, I think it's sad he was forced to hide his true feelings and nature because of the giant cult he belongs to. I laughed because the more Evangelicals become involved in politics to pursue a 17th century moral agenda and force their ass backwards belief systems on the rest of us free-thinking folk, the more they are exposed for...being human.

A close friend of mine once told me that whenever you see someone fighting so hard against something in public - be it pornography, homosexuality or other sexual-related issue - more often than not that person is doing so out of guilt. There was a prosecutor in Texas a few years back leading a charge against the sale of porn in Texas. Guess what? He was carrying on an affair behind his wife's back. Mark Foley championed going after Internet pedophiles and sex predators. We all know where that ended up. Snake salesman TV preacher Jimmy Swaggart lead a moral crusade against every vice imaginable. Guess who got caught banging a hooker? And now we have anti-gay crusader Ted Haggard. Leading a bogus charge against gay marriage and brainwashing his flock that gays are immoral, evil people - yet he's been with men for years.

I wouldn't mind this whole evangelical thing if these people would stay out of politics. Frankly, I don't care how my neighbor lives his or her life. As long as they aren't killing, raping or selling drugs, they can do whatever they want. That's one of the great things about the US. If you want to live by a book of fairy tales called the Bible, be my guest. If you're happy, I'm happy. But what I sure as hell will not stand for is when you force your asinine belief system on MY life. I don't want people who are brainwashed by religion to decide what I read, what I watch, what I say, what I think.

Gay marriage has NO effect on my life. If Steve and Dan want to marry, have a commited relationship and raise kids, go right ahead. There is ZERO threat to my marriage. If you're so worried about the sanctity of hetero marriage, then why aren't you doing something about the 50%+ divorce rate among straight couples? Why? because that's not scary enough for you. It's easier for politicians to get you all riled up about gays because many of you are sexually insecure or have been brainwashed into thinking gay people are bad.

Abortion has no effect on me. It's not my decision to make when a woman gets pregnant. It's not your either. Yet, it's a scary issue because you talk about dying babies and it works when politicians use your narrow-mindedness against you to get you to vote for them. Never mind the fact they have sold our country to large corporations, let millions of jobs go overseas, allowed corporations to pollute like no tomorrow (aren't you all supposed to take care of God's creations?), allowed lobbyists to make decisions how your hard-earned tax dollars are spent and sent more than 2,800 of our soldiers to die in a desert for no justifiable reason. You evangelical sheep ignore the IMPORTANT issues in favor of ONE completely irrelevant issue election after election. You can't see you are being completely used. You can't see you live in the 21st century. You can't accept normal human sexual behavior.

So when one of your "leaders" is exposed for who he is - which is simply HUMAN - I have to laugh because your bubble of "reality" is burst. I'm hoping that some day you all will wake up to that. We're all human. We don't all see eye to eye. We all don't worship the same "god" or religion. We have needs - emotional, sexual, physical, intellectual. And just because a 2,000 year old book says something doesn't make it true nor does it make it right for you to force others to live the way you see fit. This is America. Home of the free.


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