To expose yourself to any news medium today is to encounter a veritable tsunami of religious bullshit, enough to confirm my worst visions of humanity and make it all the more difficult to hope for a secular future, free of religion’s enslavement.
The Pope comes to America. At incalculable cost, we learn, unprecedented security measures are being employed to protect his holy self. Why not trust God to do it?
A potpourri of Popery
A guy from Argentina who bought into a psychotic mythology, combined it with being nice to people, and rose in the company hierarchy to the very top, all the while maintaining the demented groupthink-- that’s all I see. He is regarded as semi-divine by huge numbers of ignorant followers. There’s an explosion of Pope products. My favorite is a Pope toaster that gives you your holy image via science, not magic.
An anecdote from his past recalls that he chose the priesthood over being a physician, claiming – this is profound! – that he wanted to offer “medicine for the soul.”
What does that even mean? Doesn’t it also apply to psychiatry and psychotherapy? Besides, why go to med school and memorize all that anatomy when you can traffic in bullshit and make it up as you go along?
Somewhere along the way, the guy thought he learned economics. He seems to think socialism will solve humanity’s problems. I’m with those who think the Pope should stick to fairy tales.
Nowhere – and correct me if I’m wrong -- will you hear anyone openly deny the truth of Christian mythology and complain about the exorbitant cost of protecting a guy from Argentina who insists on dressing as if it’s 1500.
"He's makin' a list..."
It’s also Yom Kippur, so fortunately Jews have something to do other than watch the Pope on TV. This is the end of ten days of repentance, the holiest day (whatever that means: are we extra-serious?) of the Jewish year.
Everybody supposedly stands before God to be judged. “He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice” expresses the essence of Yom Kippur. So Jews spend some quality time with their imaginary friend. It’s all very solemn and holy. For many Jews this is about it for the year, so the rabbi goes all-out in his sermon.
For the strictly observant, one must fast, not bathe, and otherwise debase oneself – I suppose, so God can see what miserable sinners we are. The fast is central. Even practitioners of Judaism Lite will fast, then have an immense meal at the end of the day. You made it, guys!
I have nothing against self-evaluation and repentance, but you don’t need God, and you do it at every opportunity, not just once a year. Again, that’s something you’ll hear no one say in public.
In politics, we have the debate as to whether Obama’s a Muslim, and in the background, the sounds of Sunnis and Shiites blowing themselves and each other up. Not gonna resolve that one any time soon, I bet.
On the positive side, I hear that large percentages of Millennials/20somethings are agnostics or atheists. But for now, religion is way too goddamned important.