It is not the word of God that concerns me but its interpretation by humyns, in prosecuting their creed of hate. I freely acknowledge the Bible is both a tool for good and hate it enshrines core humanistic values and beliefs, while Haters draw on phrases often quoted out of context to justify their ignorance. This bastardisation of the message frames a campaign to persecute and discriminate against people who do not conform to their narrow vision of humanity including those who identify as LGBTIQ. The most infuriating of all Haters are those who quote the Bible chapter and verse or draw on a loose thematic analysis to qualify their position.
It seems futile to enter into a conversation where the topic is about a belief system mired in the superstitious thinking of an Iron AgeMiddle Eastern tribal culture. However, do not be dissuaded from initiating such a conversation but be warned, our strength is to ask questions, to challenge the narrow worldview of the ignorant and naive. Our weakness is the deep wound of rejection we all feel as an individual and collectively as marginalised people, this emotion often appears as anger and may impair our ability to express ourselves in any conversation. It is about managing our weakness, in drawing on our strengths to promote learning in seeking understanding and combating ignorance.
In a world increasingly dominated by spin, the need for not only children, it is up to us all too critically question everything seems paramount. The News is not what it seems, rather a commentary infused with the belief system of its authors. Something presented as a factual account is often pitted with both explicit and implicit value statements. An example being current affair shows and some mainstream News broadcasts present station programming promotions and other service announcements as News, when in fact it is commercial advertising. Do not accept anything as fact without questioning it, Who, What, Where, When, How and why, check and double check, do not accept any convenient truth as a fact.
What the Right can’t get is that tyranny doesn’t come from government; it comes from the concentration of power. It makes no real difference whether the concentration is public or private. When power is concentrated in government, private interests become its puppet. When power is concentrated in private hands, government becomes its puppet. Either way, the people lose. The U.S. federal government was set up so that power would be diffused through the three branches and among Washington and the states, and in this way power in government wouldn’t concentrate in any one place and become too strong for citizens to control. But in their monomaniacal quest to destroy government in the name of “liberty,” the Right left government vulnerable to takeover by non-governmental powers that are not answerable to citizens at all. By fighting a phantom tyranny they have gone a long way toward creating a real one. The Mahablog☀
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