Superman is Immoral (rant!)
Superman is Immoral.
At least, that's what they said. They say a lot of things... those drooling, duped fools who sit in the center of the classroom. They come in every day, and sit together, and gossip about church, and trade experiences from their missions. Today, they talked about how immoral Superman is and how they will never watch that movie again, because that is not something the prophet would be happy seeing.
I listen to this three days a week for at least 10 minutes each time. I listen to how blessed they are, how much they love God, what the prophet said, how they love their religion, how true their church is among other things. I listen, and I listen and I listen. I sit about as far away from them as I can get.. but I can still hear them. there are five of them, their voices raise in pitch as they get more and more excited...
There is one of me.
So Superman is immoral, and there were about 5 minutes worth of reasons, all tied back to their religion. So I listened all the while chewing my bile. How can people that dumb get into college? They had this reason, and this reason, and this reason.. so many reasons why this is such a huge problem I wasn't even sure what the problem was. Inside I was dying. No one was talking but them....
And Sarah reached peak tolerance.
"Excuse me." They didn't listen."EXCUSE ME" I shouted. The whole class looks at me.. the professor walked in right then. I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. I never do anything half assed, so I plunged on. I just gave an oral presentation in my last class, I can do it again in this one. "While I appreciate your discussion, and it's seriously... riveting, I really don't want to hear it anymore. I don't want to hear about how true your church is, and whether or not superman is moral or immoral. I really don't care. Can you please, kindly, shut up?"
The blond kid who's in my math class that annoys the piss out of me turned around and said "free speech, and plus, our church is the true one". I think I might have slightly lost my cool.
"Oh, okay. Want me to make you a banner? Yeah you have first amendment rights, but I do too, and I'm going to exercise mine. You are trying to educate a bunch of strangers about your church, and what you feel is moral and immoral, and I don't, personally, want someone younger than me, who has never met me telling me what I should and should not be doing. Are you qualified? Do you know my life story? Don't pretend you do. Furthermore, you plugged your mind into the mass. You gave over all "freethought" when you were baptized into your sham of a religion. I wouldn't brag about it being the "only true church" when most of the world sees it for the bullshit it really is. Shut up. Seriously. I don't need to hear your crap."
The guy turned around, red faced, angry as hell. I sat down in complete shock. I just SAID all that to a class of over 25 people. I couldn't believe it. I just told someone, in front of my class AND professor to shut the fuck up because I didn't need to hear the bullshit he bought into. I'm not the most *popular* person in class now, not like I ever was. I'm anti-social, I prefer to be left alone.
I get annoyed. I get really annoyed when people try to tell me whats best for me. I get pissed when people don't realize how disrespectful that is. I can't stand it when people try to educate me about how I should live my life when they don't even know who I am or what I've been through. Don't tell me about myself. I already know myself.
What the hell is the problem? Some puke returned missionary looking for a wife (who is in two of my classes and yes, he does this shit in both of them) always feels the need to spout off about how enlightened he is. It pisses me off. If he's so ready and able to tell the rest of the world how fantastic he is, I think I have fair right to turn the tables and tell him how full of his own shit he is.
You believe in a guy, who saw two people floating in the air, in a forest... who very possibly had mental issues (yes, really.. read historical records) who was a womanizer, started polygamy, had one wife who was 14 years old.. and moved your asses clear into some desert because if he didn't the whole of the united states was going to raise up and slay him for fucking all their wives.
Conveniently, they receive "revelations" at the most important times. "Wait, we don't hate black people anymore. They can get to heaven now, because if they can't, we're going to get our asses sued. Oh, wait, God told me to stop baptizing the Jews.... yes, God told me.. not the courts, not pressure from the people offended... but God." How convenient is that?
"Oh, don't forget, God wants me to tell you things too. God wants me to tell you how important we are. God also wants me to tell you that he can't balance his checking account. He keeps bouncing his checks. Funny, huh? He just buys too much shit. So God wants me to tell you that you need to give us 10% of your money. We'll give it to God. I promise we will. It's our job. See the word "church" in our name? That means we're honest. So give us your money. Please? Pretty please? If you don't.. your going to hell. No, we can't even call it hell. It's the Terrestrial Kingdom. You will be banished for being a greedy mother fucker. God told me so. He really did. He tells me stuff all the time. Your just too worldly and don't listen."
Fuck that. I live in Utah, so I guess I have to expect the mindless masses trying to drive their personal bullshit belief down my throat, but that does NOT mean I have to be quiet about it. No, damn it, I don't want to have missionaries at my door. No, I don't want to hear your speech. No, I don't buy into it. Yes, I really do think you've lost intelligence for believing that crap.
I mean, honestly... they say they know it's true because they "feel" the holy ghost tell them so. Are you sure it's not just a really bad bought of gas? I can *feel* whatever I want to feel whenever I want to feel it. And why the hell are people so proud of "faith"? "I have faith in this..." Wow, congratulations. I don't have faith. I'm proud that I don't have faith.
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so."
You have completely sold your intellect for a feeling, oh and because if you don't sell your mind, your going to Hell and Hell is one of those horrible places. How do I know? Because the very name of it is a "bad word". So, your great if you "do" but just so you know, God demands so much, no one can ever "do" just enough just right. And if you "don't" your damned.
Um... are you a fucking moron for not seeing through that? It's the classic scheme!
So, no, I don't want to hear about Joseph fucking Smith. I don't want to hear about how great he is, and how great your religion was. Remember? I was part of it for 15 years. I know what it's all about. I'm surrounded by it. I removed myself FROM it. I don't want to hear about why your too dumb to NOT remove yourself from it. Keep selling yourself to the asses of the masses. It must be comfortable not thinking.
I don't want to hear about it. The only time I do want to hear about it is if you will give me equal say. You think your religion is great? Good. I'm happy for you. I think it's bullshit. You want to hear why? No? Then don't fucking tell me why you think it's great. If you want to give me your speech, you better be damn ready to hear mine.
Don't light the fire if you can't stand the heat.
Food for Thought:
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. ~Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov: A Memoir
Prayer: How to do nothing and feel like your doing something.