My Sickening Things

This is an poem by Philip Appleman. It appears in the March 2013 issue of Freethought Today. You can read other articles from this publication here and subscribe to it by becoming a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

My Sickening Things

(To the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

Muslims kill Jews and the Jews murder Muslims,
Sunnis kill Shiites, then die by the dozens,
Christian explosions make Irish ears ring:
These are a few of my sickening things…

“On, Christian Soldiers!” defies “Allah Akbar!”
Pork rinds are banned from a Syrian snack bar.
Our sirens shrieking while their rockets zing:
These are a few of my sickening things…

Hindu kills Buddhist, and Buddhist kills Hindu,
Neither will reconcile, for it’s a sin to.
Infidels tortured and sent to the grave:
Faith all that sickening’s simply depraved…

When they’re praying
And they’re saying
That the heretics must die,
Then I remember I’m not one of them,
And I know I’m a lucky guy.

Philip Appleman is a poet and Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.

(image via Shutterstock)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Dave Muscato

    I don’t know how to feel about this. It’s very well done, but it makes me very sad, too.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      It was depressingly awesome… or awesomely depressing?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        yeah, me too. i played on the other poetry thread and left some of my samples, but this one isn’t as fun and i don’t feel like trying… because it would be too easy to keep going, and going, and going with depressing examples of religious violence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.clayten Bill Clayten

    Since when have Hindus and Buddhists been locked in religious war?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1192321397 Martin Stone

      Sri Lanka….

      • http://www.facebook.com/bill.clayten Bill Clayten

        Is that REALLY about faith? It’s more about these things:

        - Disagreement between the Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic communities
        - Denial of citizenship to estate Tamils
        - Declaration of the “Sinhala Only Act”

  • Robster

    There’s enough religious wrongs for many more verses.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    Before I reached the end, I thought the voice of religion had been personified. Then I read the last two lines. Who is this lucky guy, and why does he claim ownership of these sickening “things?”

    I dislike the inclusion of “murder,” since it usually indicates a violation of law. Killing can be legal and justified. All of the groups in the poem kill, except for the Jews. The Jews murder. [insert conspiratorial evil laughter]

    Creative license, I guess.


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