December 22nd, 2008

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I Hate You!

My brother-in-law got me to thinking about something several days ago that I'm now ready to talk about here, and maybe see if I can write up a more serious entry at A2.0, that being the history of hate.

His example focused on religion, but it can be applied to any group that can be formed.

He said, rather correctly, that every "minority" group that has been discriminated against and then rose to power has turned around and done the same to some other "minority" group, or even the group that previously discriminated against it. Jews and Pagans did it to the early Christians, especially the apostles and disciples of Christ. Then when the Christians gained power they pretty much began a reign of terror on Pagans, Jews, Muslims, and others who didn't follow their beliefs. There were inquisitions, Crusades, the complete wiping out of indigenous peoples (which were as racially and ethnically motivated as much as religiously) all in the name of religion. That isn't to say all Christians are bigots, but religiously speaking I'd almost guarantee that most are whether they realize it or not.

Now the Muslims are becoming a dominant religion (worldwide) and their most radical factions are beginning a reign of persecution of those that aren't Muslim or Islamic for no other reason than they finally have the power to do so and cannot see past their own xenophobia. Just like the Jews, Pagans and Christians before them, they are taking up a mantle of hate — whether or not their religion really calls for it against non-Muslims is beyond my knowledge at the moment — and persecution and doing the same thing for which they are wanting retribution for, yet they wonder why the "West" keeps interfering in the Middle East.

And now Christians (and certain other groups), especially in the U.S., are lining up to start a new round of persecution. This time on same-sex couples who want to marry. What should be just a legal contract between consenting adults — if even that if they so choose — is being used as a weapon in a new holy war, one endorsed by many religious dominations against the mostly secular same sex couples. Unfortunately many states are allowing such decisions to be made in hate, to hurt and discriminate and push away the GBLT community much like the Jim Crow laws pushed away black people and tried to marginalize them for no other reason then the color of their skin. California is an example of why democratically enacting any law is a horrible idea. There is a reason you elect senators and representatives (or whatever you call them) to your state's governing body. To enact laws fueled by hate and mistrust is immoral at best and unethical at worst. So who should decide what a marriage legally is? The adults entering into it consentingly and no one else. That doesn't take away the issue of persecution, though.

Now we have a prominent minister claiming that all those who are part of the GBLT community are pedophiles, likened them to incest and other such depravities, delivering the inaugural prayer for President-elect Obama.

Don't forget the KKK, Neo-nazi's and <insert–race/etchnicity/religion–here> supremacists of all stripes who go on hating because they haven't been taught any other way. For some it's too late to stop the hate, for others there is still a chance for change. Lets take a moment to reflect on what Christmas is supposed to mean. Peace on Terra and Good Will Toward Men. Stop hating because you don't agree and start loving because of what we share. If Christ were here, I think he'd be disheartened by what's going on in California. Not because of homosexual marriage, but because marriage is being used as a weapon of hate.

He'd also be disappointed about what's going on in the Middle East. If Muhammad is a real prophet of the God of Abraham, then I'm most certain that he and Christ are kicking it around up there and shaking their heads at their respective followers. Hate isn't a family value. Ignorance of the unknown shouldn't be passed on like a commodity.

When you go to pray today, if you pray, take a moment to reflect on God and Christ's message of love, peace and tolerance. Then try to live that message every day remaining in this year and of the new year. If even only 1 person in 1 million could do that, this world would be a much better place for it.

[tags]religion, politics[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.