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WARNING! This site is meant for atheists and recovering religionists only! If you are a devout Christian, Muslim or Jew and/or rely on Fox “News” for your “information,” you will be offended if you read any further. If you ignore this warning and become offended, it’s your own fault. Don’t take it out on Atheist in FundyLand™…or any other atheist for that matter.
If you insist on being offended, do it someplace where the atheists will gently explain to you why you are wrong. Atheist in FundyLand™ doesn’t have the time or inclination to assuage your outrage or engage in pointless debate.
I’m a member of the FundyLand Community Chorus™, directed, accompanied and sung entirely by fundies.* The chorus is supposed to be secular–a class offered by the local community college–but an objective observer would conclude it is a church choir, wholly founded to support the cause of right-wing Christianity.
The director is a fundy. The accompanist is a fundy. We practice in a church. We sing our concerts in churches. Most of our songs are religious or patriotic. (Unquestioning devotion to Amurca-Love-It-Or-Leave-It® is a main tenet of right-wing Christianity…unless we’ve just elected a black president, in which case, all bets are off.)
I put up with the FundyLand Community Chorus™, because I love classical music. And I forgive the composers because in their time, religion was the only game in town…or else. I especially like songs sung in Latin, Italian, German, Spanish or some other language I don’t understand. If I can’t understand the words, I won’t be offended by the dogmatic beliefs they espouse.
“But Mom! I don’t pay attention to the lyrics. I just listen to the music!”
Last weekend, while waiting to go onstage for the second half of the concert, I was looking at the wall decorations of the church. One was a sampler of DaVinci’s Last Supper.
Here’s what I was thinking and I swear to God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Krishna and the Prophet Muhammad, I honestly couldn’t help myself.
Obviously, I couldn’t lean over to the fundy next to me and share my thoughts.
I’ve discovered humor–even ridicule–is the best medicine when it comes to fighting fundamentalist Christian indoctrination. Once you realize the difference between taboo morality (based on religious mores) and real morality (based on what is best for people), it is therapeutic to break the hold of taboo morality as often as possible by engaging in activities that don’t hurt anyone, but defy the silly morality religion taught you to obey.
How are they bad? As Cartman from South Park said, “They don’t fucking hurt anyone.” Swear as much as possible. (It is a good idea, however, to keep in mind the situation. It isn’t pleasant to have an entire town full of fundies angry with you.)
How is that bad? It is a natural function of the human body. It is in religion’s best interest to control sexuality. (For more on this, check out Darrel Ray’s book, The God Virus.)
Rebel against the absurd while upholding what is truly moral. At first you may feel guilty, but in time, it will lighten your load.
*OK, there are a few moderate or liberal Christians, plus a token atheist: me.