5: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

You know how freaky we Americans are about the Constitution? Very freaky, right?

But it’s understandable. This is the founding document of the United States, the piece of paper that CREATED the nation. Every word in it is important. Every word in the Amendments is important. Every word.

There’s a founding document of Christianity, too, isn’t there? If you think about for about 5 seconds, you’ll realize that the Constitution of Christianity is … the Bible.

Oh, yeah. And there are millions, possibly billions of people who will fiercely, staunchly defend it. They claim it is the unerring truth, on history, on science, on morality, on so many other subjects. They will act like it is The Word of God.

… Oh, wait.

But seriously, that’s what the Bible is. Truth, with a capital “T.”

Except when it comes to the ouchy parts. Like, say, the bears that tore up 42 children. Or Lot offering to give his virgin daughters to a howling mob. Or the utter ridiculousness of Genesis — with God creating day and night on the first day, but creating the Sun and Moon on the fourth day. Then it’s all “Oh, that’s a metaphor.”

Here’s the text of the First Amendment to the Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’m going to take as gospel (see what I did there?) the bits about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the rights of people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

But that business about Congress making no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … ?

Fuck it. I’m going to assume that’s just a metaphor.


This is post 5 of 12 of Blue Collar Atheist’s Blogathon in support of the Secular Student Alliance. Donate by clicking the “Contribute” link in the SSA ad over in the right column. Or go to the Secular Student Alliance directly.

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  • dd

    Back before there were bibles and torahs and korans, leaders played fast and loose with religion. “Guess what everybody, I was chatting with our god the other day, and he told me that all this time he was just kidding us about his name. Actually he is the same god that these people we just conquered also happen to worship, and they have known his real name all along. I know, what a joker, right? So, anyway, yeah. I decree that we’re all gonna call him by this new name from now on. Oh yeah, and all the stories we have about our god? They’re all true, but so are all the stories about him that these conquered people have. What do you mean that doesn’t make sense? Who are you to question GOD? Shut up and like it or I’ll behead you or something.”

    Nowadays with people going “Well, it says right here in the bible…” it’s a lot harder for leaders to say, “oh, you silly Israelis and Palestinians! Don’t you know, God came down and told me just the other day, you should all just get along!” Could the books be to blame for some of the inflexibility that so many of our modern religions seem to display nowadays? Maybe they need a “divinely-inspired rewrite.”. I totally think the Pope should get on that. He could tell everybody God said birth control is cool and to think about what overpopulation is doing to the planet. And to stop harassing those nice LGBTQ people next door and let them love each other in peace. And for those fighting wars, maybe a big fat reminder that THOU SHALT NOT KILL still stands.

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