Questionable Motives

October 15, 2009

It is not my fault

Filed under: Atheism,civil rights,Culture,Politics,Religion — tildeb @ 2:13 pm

Mormon underwearLDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks on Tuesday likened the post-Proposition 8 backlash against Mormons to the persecution blacks endured during the civil-rights struggle. This is an absurd suggestion. The blacks fought long and hard and suffered much to eventually achieve civil rights they had been systematically denied on the basis of race; the Church of Latter Day Saints urged its followers to support Proposition 8 to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to wed in California. The first is to further civil rights, the latter to withhold them on the basis of sexuality.

“During my lifetime I have seen a significant deterioration in the respect accorded to religion in our public life, and I believe that the vitality of religious freedom is in danger of being weakened accordingly,” Oaks said. “Atheists and others would intimidate persons with religious-based points of view from influencing or making the laws of their state or nation.”

So here’s an apostle of the Mormons justifying his church’s direct support to withdraw the legal rights of other people on the basis of its warped theology and cannot figure out why there might be a justified backlash. It must be the fault of…. atheists! And as a former state supreme court justice, he has the temerity to complain that the reasons atheists and other ethical people who want separation of church and state on legal matters are some kind of unfair intimidation! (How did such a person with such a polluted view on civil matters ever get on any legal bench? Shame, shame, shame.)

So it is I who have apparently misunderstood the issue. It’s not a matter of ignorant faith inserting itself into the public domain at all, messing about with civil rights to the applause of its followers. No. It’s about religious persecution of those who think messing about based on theology is a good thing! The problem is actually a lack of respect for unethical elders themselves and not a question of why such support by the elders is unethical. Of course. Silly me. God gave me a mouth to  shut and a neck to nod my head politely and that’s how we honour God. Yeah, right.

It is people like Oaks and their hypocritical religious practices inserted into the public domain that shows them to be the theocratic bullies they are and, when challenged by reasonable people on legitimate grounds, hide behind religion’s skirts and whine that it’s all the fault of somebody else.

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1 Comment »

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    Comment by HomPootteWedo — November 15, 2009 @ 5:52 am | Reply


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