Those who parade their self-pious, intolerant, bigoted behavior bother me most. It matters little whether they are Christian, Moslem, Jew, Buddhist, Taoist, Shinto, "spiritual," or whatever. These strutting judgmentalists give no evidence of their tie to any religious leader who was ethical, moral, tolerant, loving, etc. They are simply people-haters, and they single out one or two groups to hate and judge and lambast.
We sometimes label these people as evangelicals, pentecostals, fundamentalists, etc. But sometimes they are simply following their twisted belief in their form of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, or some branch of Sunni, Shia, Sufi, or whatever. Using an old Bible reference, "you could meet them on the streets of Jerusalem..." Jesus taught tolerance in his story of the Samaritan. Mohammed is quoted as speaking in support of people who were considered outcasts or deviants. Buddha's entire life was one of inclusion, not exclusion. But the fundamentalist seems to know more, know better, and know how to judge and condemn.
It is never-ending; the self-pious, the self-righteous, the self-religious, the self-proud. The question is not how much good can these self-righteous people do, the question is how much harm can they do?
Parading around the United States are groups of self-ordained, pompous, self-serving individuals who like to "show" you how "pure" they are. Their purity is pure b.s. They love to judge others. And while condemning you or judging you, they are hurting others.
With Islamophobia rampant in the United States, perhaps it is time to pause and put things into some perspective. Far too many Americans judge Islam based on the actions of some extreme right-wing nuts in the Middle East. These crazies have carried on their hatred and violence in the name of Mohammed to all parts of the world. If you haven't read the teachings and writings of Mohammed, you are prone to think of all Islam as loaded with terrorism, hatred, bigotry, distorted fundamentalism, sexist judgmentalism, extreme parochialism, and purposely misleading statements and actions about Islam itself. Misleading.
Please make an attempt to put things into historical perspective. Christians have terrorized Islam and its followers almost from the beginning of the founding activities. European Christians road roughshod over the Middle East, always for the satisfaction of getting what they wanted. Spices. Slaves. Oil.
Continuing from my last blog entry...
Yes, I know the horrors of recent terrorism, often enacted in the name of Islam. But Moslems themselves have been embarrassed and disgusted by these terrorist acts. I don't think I need to remind you of the abundance of terrorism that has taken place in the name of Islam; Western media is full of this stuff. And the rush to judgment of Islam is rampant. Islamophobia lives! But Western Christians are not terrorism-free.
...continuing on from past two blog entries...
Whether the American hypocrites want to poke their noses into a physician's examination room while he attends to a woman, or if these bigots really think that being gay is a choice, or that Global Warming is a hoax, or any other of the amazingly ignorant perspectives that seem to inhabit people with more conservative or fundamentalist "beliefs," for different reasons it all continues. And it continues while there is strutting self-piety, greed, insensitivity, war profits, scriptural quotes, and blind goose-stepping to judging people and keeping them from having a reasonably decent life. The greedy pride manifests itself in many ways. And all-the-while these same people take refuge in their own self-styled religion and man-made God to order.
Greed is ignorant about sharing, or decides to purposely ignore it. The greedy farmer says, "All I want is the land next to mine." That is, unfortunately, how too many wealthy Americans view sharing. Meanwhile they go on with record-breaking profits and still want tax breaks. How to view this. Emergency! Wake up, America. Your country is being purchased by groups of right-wing, selfish, greedy, bigoted, narrow-minded, influence-buying zealots. They are destroying our democracy. Wake up!
"We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth. Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what, they call socialism." -Richard T. Ely