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Blog Against Theocracy

This weekend is Blog Against Theocracy weekend. I didn't think I had anything to say. Clearly, the politicized, Dominionist religious right is dangerous and clearly they should not be allowed to worm their religious agenda into politics. But I'm sure plenty of people have said that already, and have talked about serious issues like a woman's right to control of her own body, like the bloody trail of religious persecution throughout history, etc.

So I just thought I'd share with you an experience I had many years ago, when actually decided to go to something resembling a church. A local Unitarian Church allowed a pagan group to meet there. I joined it, even though I didn't quite fit, and found that no one did. That's what it was there for.

I could, I suppose, say a bit about being misfits and stop here. But what's really caught my mind, and I'm not sure if it's entirely on topic or not, was a debate that eventually rocked our tiny group. Some of our group were upset that some kinky pagans met and did spiritual SM (or something, I wasn't there so I don't know what happened) at the same events attended by more upstanding, healthier, or just plain less slutty pagans than them.

There were a lot of worries about children, and I don't know whether this is because children had seen something, or whether it was because they were afraid of the SMers and imagining that we wouldn't care what their children saw. I do know that I can't imagine anyone wanting children to see things that were inappropriate for them.

What followed was me standing up, admitting that I'd been into leather for longer than I knew any of them, and telling them that for me doing SM was a spiritual experience. What followed were people who never thought about such a thing, staring open-mouthed at someone they thought was perfectly normal who had revealed herself to be one of the people they were mocking and saying should not be allowed to worship with them.

If you think about it, it's a privilege to even be able to have this conversation. Even being able to criticize them, to stand up and say that I experienced communion with the divine during sexual practices (and ones that the people around me were clearly prejudiced against anyway) is pretty amazing. I'm lucky to live somewhere where I don't have to be afraid of saying that or even of thinking it.

Of course, most of the mainstream would likely lose their shit if they are me say that. But it's still my right to do so. I can say it on this blog and know that no one will come for me in the night. That the people who will call me minions of Satan for that don't have the power to punish me for saying it.

And that's one tiny part of why stopping those people from getting more power in the government, which they clearly want, is worth doing.

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rootietoot
Apr. 9th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
As someone who looks an awful lot like a Religious Right Winger, the direction I see Christianity in this country moving is disturbing, to say the least. I don't want my faith taught in the schools, because it's my job to teach my children, not the state's. I resent the way the Religious Right imposes it's will on people, bullying their way into lives and convincing people that thinking freely is Anti Christian, never mind that Christ was a dissenter extraordinaire.

There is a movement in the Christian church, that is returning to the teaching of Christ, of charity and compassion above all else. Unfortunately they don't get alot of air time, because it's more interesting to talk about the preachers who fall from grace.
fierceawakening
Apr. 9th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Rootie, I'm sorry for just saying "Religious right" as if I meant any Christian conservative. I hope you realize that I didn't mean you--I know there are many people who are conservatives and Christians, but who are not for evangelism and conversion, much less governmentally sanctioned forms of it. I mean the same people you mean, the people who think that religion means not thinking for yourself. The people who think that this brand of mindless religion should have the fist of government behind it.
rootietoot
Apr. 10th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
I knew what you meant- and I'm not the least offended. The so-called Religious Right are a very noisy group of people, and we all know it's the noisy ones that get noticed. I said I look like the Religious Right because I do- I dress modestly, I pray before eating, and I own a minivan. (and my liquor cabinet is hidden behind innocent looking doors)

There's a very strong psychological reason why folks blindly follow the leaders of modern Christianity, it's a developmental thing, postulated by Abraham Maslow in his Hierarchy of Needs. Some people need to be lead, rather than think on their own, because they lack the capacity for free thinking and scepticism. They just haven't outgrown the need to follow. They glom onto Christianity because the consequences of their beliefs are eternal. What if they turn away, and are wrong? Then they get to spend eternity in Hell. And if they're right? Eternity in heaven. And if you point out that both heaven and hell might just be human constructs, then you're the one who's going to burn. So, better to be wrong in Heavens' favor, just in case. And better to follow a Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell than to risk being wrong.
fierceawakening
Apr. 10th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes. You're exactly right. As a youth I was very afraid of them, because even though I knew that what they were saying didn't make sense, I was frightened that perhaps God didn't make sense and perhaps God would punish me for wanting things to make sense. I spent a short period trying to be one of these people. It didn't work, and it rather impressively fucked with my head.
rootietoot
Apr. 10th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
I imagine it did. I grew up in a church and a family that demanded I make up my own mind. I was to come to my own conclusions about God and Christ and my place in the church. As a result, I have an intense faith in God, (after leaving the organized church) and very little faith in people. If I had grown up in a fundamentalist family, I'd probably be as opposite from them as I could, and still be on the same planet.
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