I was rushing to an appointment today, pushing my way through a hideous herd of broker types on their lunch, when a little old woman darted out from behind a pillar. And shoved this Jesus freak pamphlet into my hand. Normally I would have just shaken my head and handed it back. But she was so old. And I was so stunned, and so late. That I just stuffed it into my coat pocket, and rushed on.
Only to spend the rest of the afternoon wondering what was in that pamphlet. And whether it was as homophobic as the one in this postal story.
In a lengthy text with headings such as "Homosexuality is Unhealthy" and "The High Cost of Low Living" the booklet describes the host of ills it says are brought about by homosexuals and homosexual behaviour. In the tract, homosexuals are blamed for the AIDS epidemic, thousands of orphans in developing nations, increases in sex crimes such as rape and contributing to the death of nations.
Because that one made me really mad.... I wish I could be as cool about it as this brilliant gay brother. Who can make me laugh even when I'm angry.
Or as thoughtful and restrained as my blogging mentor. Who believes that hate only leads to more hate. And reminded me to thank those postal workers for being so damm decent and so Canadian. Beacons of hope in a very dark country.That's slowly losing its soul.
If Sebastien was here, instead of so faraway, I'm sure he'd say something like Simon my flaming Scottish comet why burn yourself out for them. Let's just turn the pamphlets into paper planes. And the first one to land one on the bonfire wins. But I just can't be that nice. It sometimes makes me feel really alone. But I can't help it. I hate those wingnut homophobes so fucking much.!!!!
And the reason I do is because the hateful tracts they put out have nothing to do with the argument over gay marriage. They don't even have anything to do with the bloodthirsty Bible.
I don't recall that talking Burning Bush saying anything about AIDS, orphans, rape and the death of nations.
It's just pure evil hate aimed at who we are and who we love. An attack on our very humanity. It insults me and my friends. Those who are alive and those who are dead. It incites violence against us. If it had been Jews, or Muslims, or blacks there would have been a hell of a fuss.
So how come gay people are just supposed to shrug it off in the name of religious tolerance? Or accept it as just another unfortunate fact of life. The price of being second class faggots in a world full of freaky straight bigots.
Well not in my world. And not in my life. I'll never accept to live like that. And all I can say is if one of those homophobic pamphlets materialized in my mailbox, I'd find out who sent it. I'd travel anywhere to meet them. I'd roll the little hate pamphlets into sturdy tubes. And shove them up their asses. Or down their throats. Since they're always bitching about that.
Which means I'm going to be really busy...because the War on Homosexuality in Canada has begun. First there was that Klan Klown party in Ottawa. Then came that filthy pamphlet. Now the most monstrous porker homophobe of them all. The Bigot Bishop Fred Henry, is on the warpath. Again.
Oh I don't know. Maybe of being accused of mixing politics and religion. Like when he demanded that gay people should be thrown in jail.
"Since homosexuality, adultery, prostitution and pornography undermine the foundations of the family, the basis of society, then the State must use its coercive power to proscribe or curtail them in the interests of the common good."
How could I not fight back against a porker homophobe like that one? How could I not want to see him squeal? Or pay taxes.
Although......sometimes I think it would probably be more effective to just encourage him to blather on. And let him hang himself. And the theocon Harper government. The thing about crazy religion is that the closer you look at it the sicker it becomes.
Which brings me back to the pamphlet that I ended up with today. As soon as I got home I went through it carefully to see if there were any homophobic passages in it. In the end I didn't find any. Just a lot of other weird stuff:
"And if your hand or foot causes you to sin cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than have two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire."
Which made me wonder. Does that crazy shit also apply to the filthy tongues of bigot bishops?
And gave me an idea......... Since religion is the root of all evil. And since the little pamphlet was too small to turn into a paper plane. There wasn't much I could do with it but throw it into the everlasting fire. So I did....
It burned beautifully.
The way I see it the day crazy religion goes up in smoke..
Will be the day the planet stops burning. And the day my anger finally stops burning as well.
That day can't come soon enough for me.
In the meantime, if they want a war they've got one...