Category Archives: legalism

why you gotta be hatin’!


I had lunch the other day with my dad and as pursuant to his M.O. he moved the conversation towards religion.

His spiritual path has seen him walking as a young man almost entering the priesthood, to evolving into a rabid atheist, to finding religion again and becoming an equally rabid religious legalist.

He asked me if I’ve found out any more about the UU Ad Campaign. (which by the way it is my opinion whoever thought up that lame ass campaign should be fired, shot or both. If anyone from the UUA reads this you might want to go check and see if the person who thought this shit up even has a marketing degree.)

But I digress. Apparently the adverts are being seen. As we talked about it a little, he made a condescending remark, kind of imitating the voice of a whiny child saying the next thing you know you will have homosexuals coming to your church because “they don’t want to be told what to do. And, ‘I can do whatever I want’.” Sounds like what a religious legalist would say right.

To which I responded, “actually that is something that we pride ourselves, in that we are accepting of everyone. Our history of universalism tells us that we believe in universal salvation. People are too good for God to condemn and my congregation actually does have some homosexual couples who are members.”

“What?!? You have homosexuals in your church?”

It confounds him, as if he just heard some scientist say we’re on the brink of technology that can allow us to heat food in a box in only seconds… “we call it a microwave.”

“WHAT! It can’t be. There’s just no way. Heat food in seconds? Homosexuals allowed in church?”

You know… I would think if there was something so important for us mere mortals to concern ourselves with such as what grown consenting adults do in their bedroom, certainly Jesus of Nazareth would have said something about it. Anything!  Something!  At least, “don’t do that.”

But he didn’t.   Jesus never directly said anything about homosexuality and there are only six places where it is mentioned in the Bible.

We ought to try and expend more of our energy on trying to treat each other with a little goodwill rather than slinging hash about what we do in the bedroom.

[Deist thinks of Seinfeld episode The Outing and giggles to himself, “hee hee hee… classic. “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Bwaah haa ha!!! ]

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