After reading someone’s facebook status and the comments below from other people I have become rather irritated. See below for a mini rant.
I think ‘telephone’ is another name for the game ‘Chinese Whispers’.
I have no qualms with those who are religious, or believe in a god, I respect their right to and am interested in what they think. I do, however, have a problem with those who claim the bible is authoritative or those that pick and choose the nice sounding bits whilst disregarding the slightly unsavoury bits. Especially when they use these bits to make others feel bad, unworthy or sinful. Luckily most of my religious friends aren’t like this. This is not a argument against Christians or any other religion, nor is it meant to offend. It’s an argument against bigotry and dogmatism.
I tend to take issue with those who never question or analyse what they think, I mean, isn’t it a coincidence that the religion of the country or family you’re born into happens to be the right one? How very convenient you weren’t born in another part of the world where they all believe the wrong thing. Yes there are lots of lovely psalms with rousing quotations and some nice things about love, family and women, but there’s also a lot of sexism, murder, slavery and mistranslation.
Also, before you say it, it’s not all in the Old Testament, examples from the New Testament abound:
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.” –1 Timothy 2:11-13.
More examples can be found from Paul and other apostles and disciples:
“The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man” 1 Corinthians 11:3
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands……..Husbands, be considerate of your wives as the weaker partner” 1 Peter 3:1-7.
Let’s not even get into the Book of Revelations!
If you argue that ‘oh it’s an outdated cultural thing’ or ‘oh it’s a mistranslation’ or ‘oh it’s symbolic, taken out of context’ then doesn’t that also invalidate the whole rest of the text? You can’t take some things literally and also claim other parts are symbolic or metaphors when it suits.
Also this link for a lovely bit of Chomsky and the website these photos are from.
Apologies, cynicism over. I could go on forever and I know there are gaps in this logic but I don’t think anyone wants to read an essay length blog rant. Feel free to comment with thoughts or defences.