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Okay, so the night before last, I caught a few minutes of this movie A Joyful Noise. Something about a gospel choir. And there was a scene where a mother and daughter were having an argument, and the daughter accuses the mother of having low self esteem and says that God can't really help her with that... and the mother slaps her and goes on a yelling rant about not bringing God into her "adolescent bullshit" (or somesuch, I'm not positive of the exact quote, but I feel I should stress that the woman's issue was that the girl spoke of God in a way the woman disagreed with), hereby winning the argument.

Shortly after, I changed the channel, and...

I've been stewing over this in the back of my mind since then, and I just really feel the need to get it out. Because this is something which some Christians have been struggling with for a while, what with their human bonfires and Inquisitions and Crusades and abortion clinic bombings.

VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF GOD IS NOT OKAY.

For that matter...

VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF ANY GOD IS NOT OKAY.

Little shit like that slap is where all the big shit starts. All of you kids can squabble in the sandbox all you like about who Daddy loves best and who the most special snowflake is (which is unavoidably the mental image I get, when any particular group talks about whatever god's chosen people, and, Their Way being the Only Way), but the second anyone takes it into their head that they are so special that their faith exempts them from being responsible for committing violence just by saying "this is for my God," they are instantly and irrevocably wrong.

Provided there is a God of one sort or another out there somewhere, why would anyone with a brain--assuming they use it--think that God needs them to fight his battles for him? This is an omnipotent, omniscient being. Moreover, it's generally agreed that this God is big on love. He is, in fact, generally considered to be a being of pure and perfect love.

Think about this, please, because this kind of arrogance needs to stop.

So, if this being is not only big on love, but made of it--of perfect and pure love--in what universe does committing even the most small violence in his name make any kind of sense, whatsoever? People can say God moves in mysterious ways all they want, but here's the thing. You are doing this. Not God. You. You have free will. It's one of those things which, as I understand, signified that God favored humans over the angels, right? That's what your devil's supposed to have Fallen over, right?

So, take a little responsibility. God wasn't offended. That's like saying en elephant can be offended by an ant. You were offended. And you wanted an excuse to feel righteous about hurting another person.

And this brings me to another thing, and then I'm going to finish making this quiche and wrap goddamn Christmas presents.

Faith without logic and reason to balance it is nothing but another form of insanity. And the world is sick enough as it is.

Thank you, and goodnight.
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