Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

For Those Keeping Track Of Faith-Based Initiatives....

On the one hand, Alabama has some great people.  I worked with a guy from Alabama who told me I should visit there.  I said I wasn't sure how a Yankee would be received.  He said, "Oh, don't worry.  You're polite.  You won't have any problems there.  It's the ones who act snooty that we give a rough time to."  I've known a couple of other people from there.  They are good people who really get shafted by life.  There's a picture of the US from NASA showing the US at night, and the sheer amount of darkness over Alabama (read that:  no outside lights like Chicago or NYC) is stunning.  They were ignored in the days after Hurricane Katrina as everyone talked about poor New Orleans.  Despite Birmingham teaming with XO's One Laptop Per Child to give every student a laptop, they are still depicted as inbred illiterate dirtballs.

It might be because of people like this....

Alabama has a new governor, Robert Bentley.  Just before he began his administration, he told a church crowd, "Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."

If you want to know why I, a Christian, have so few friends that are Christian, this is why.

On the bright side, Bentley's staff has been in spin control mode.  That means they've pissed off a lot of people.  In other words, not everybody is cool with his statements.  "The governor clearly stated that he will be the governor of all Alabamians — Democrat, Republican and Independent, young, old, black and white, rich and poor. As stated in his (inaugural) address, Gov. Bentley believes his job is to make everyone's lives better."

I know Alabama really takes its Jesus seriously (that was also where the fight over the Ten Commandments monument took place, with Alabama Supreme Court justice basically crapping on the very Constitution he swore to uphold), but come on.  There are two ways to look at this:

1)  Christian dogma.  Jesus did not force anyone to follow Him.  He was a friend to anyone that wanted to be friends with Him.  His disciples were Jews (there's some debate about Luke, but even if he was a Gentile, he was the only one in the group) and not only did they not give up their beliefs, Jesus continued to observe Jewish traditions (He was Jewish, too).  You did not have to worship as He did, you just had to be a good person.  Therefore, only associating with Christians violates the teachings of Jesus Himself.

2)  General population.  Refusing to associate with anyone who doesn't like the same thing you do is just so fucking high school.  We're supposed to get over that.

I may be Christian, but Bentley is no brother of mine, no matter how much he believes or wants to be.  Then again, considering I write stories about an Atheist who faces off with church leaders so that souls can't be denied a Heavenly reward, I guess that kind of figures, doesn't it?
Tags: haven't we suffered enough, news, politics, religion, stupidity
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