Two articles that will just depress you.

My niche as a blogger is to deconstruct religious statements.  However, these two pieces need no commentary from me.  If you read these articles and find yourself nodding in agreement, then you have mental faculties of a caliber that suggests you need to be watered regularly.

First, Rachel Adams interviews David Bahati, the Uganda legislator who authored the kill-the-gays bill.

Have you seen the Ugandan Human Rights Commission’s (UHRC) position on the bill? It states that most of the provisions violate international human rights standards.  
I know this. It adds no value to the process of negotiation. It’s actually a waste of time. Of course they have enough resources to splash around, but it takes nothing from the will of the Ugandans to defend the family as between man and woman. They will not be given an inch. Actually, if the law was there, these publications wouldn’t be there. That’s why we need the law.

What do you think about what Desmond Tutu and other religious leaders have said about the proposed bill
We read from the same holy books as Desmond Tutu. I don’t need to be told by Desmond Tutu about the verses regarding this issue. He’s a human being, he can be lost. On this one, he is lost. Very lost indeed.

The second comes from Susan Shannon (who runs “a blog dedicated to seeing the political landscape through the lens of Christianity. Susan Shannon, author of Short Little Rebel, uses Bible Scripture and God’s inspiration to analyze both national & international news”).  She opens a recent blog by touting her Sherlock Holmes-esque deductive abilities.

Friends, there is a gift that God has given me:  I can smell something fishy a mile away.

And proceeds to tell us how she has used her god-given deductive reasoning to conclude that the Sandy Hook massacre was a result of Adam Lanza working with our liberal government to give leverage for gun bans and to work more tightly with the UN.

I believe our GOVERNMENT shot those kids and teachers and used Adam Lanza and his family to pull it off.  They might have killed two birds with one stone.  One:  If these men are involved in the LIBOR scandal, they can manipulate their testimony.  Two:  they get gun control.  How very, very clever and efficient of them, right?    I hate to say it.  I hate to put myself ‘out there’ with this because I KNOW how I will be attacked.  But I don’t do this for anyone’s approval.  I do it to help the American People.

She’s not just a single lunatic.  Conservatives are in the comments agreeing with her in force.

Stupidity and unreason, they corrupt the best of humanity.  And religion makes people think god is vetting their decisions, and so empowers and gives confidence to even the most inane and belligerently stupid among us.

These people, in particular, make me ashamed to share a species with them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Dave

    I think it’s sad that so many of the commenter’s on Shannon’s site have can’t afford to get the Caps Lock key fixed on their computers :( To be so crazy and to have to put up with a faulty keyboard so just tragic!

  • Dave

    It is also sad that my iPad autocorrects in apostrophes where they are not needed!!

  • UsingReason

    I have neither enough faces or palms.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      This is where friends and family come in handy. You can form a circular face-to-palm formation that can at least come within an order of magnitude of the required facepalmitude.

      • Nate Frein

        You have this knack for finding the perfect way to lighten up the comments sections.

        Hats off to you <3

      • UsingReason

        That could go bad quickly:
        family, holidays, wine and facepalming

        I see some escalating happening.

      • Capt Dingleberry

        You mean like a ‘Human Centifacepalm’?!

        • Stogoe

          You are The. Worst. Literally* The. Worst.

          *not literally

  • Ani J. Sharmin

    You’re right, JT. This really is depressing.

    If we suppose that homosexuality is a universal human right, then why do you think American people don’t allow the practice of same sex marriage? If it is a universal human right, why don’t they allow it? They have enough work to do in their countries. Let them sort that out. (David Bahati)

    Remind me of this when people here in the US brag about how they’re so much better than religious fanatics in other countries. They’re position of not killing LGBTQIA people, and instead “only” restricting certain rights, is the result of their being dragged forward from the very position they would now be horrified by— not some kind of principled stance. It’s the result of the same bigotry but of being embarrassed enough to admit that, yeah, maybe killing gay people would be going a bit too far.

    Don’t remind me that you took me as a slave. Don’t remind me that you took our resources to enrich your countries. Don’t tell me you’re more superior than I am. You have funded us for over 50 years—have you changed anything? These activists are agents of imperialism and we’re not going to take it easily. They are agents of colonialism. How can you continue to act like slave masters? The suggestion that Africa can only exist with America’s help is wrong. Africa was here before you. (David Bahati)

    This kind of thing always annoys me because (a) it ignores the actual harm that’s been done to lots of people in various countries as a result of imperialism and (b) it’s an example of people who have been historically harmed turning around and accusing the people in their own society who are being persecuted of being persecutors. Apparently, anyone he doesn’t like (no matter how disadvantaged or in danger they are) is an imperialist, even though he’s the one harming them.

    It’s not an exact analogy, but this reminds me of something from Irshad Manji’s book “The Trouble with Islam Today”. Manji (who was, coincidentally, born in Uganda and moved to Canada when she was four years old) writes about how she was working on a show called QueerTelevision, and on one episode, they talked to gay and lesbian Muslims. In response, she received letters saying that the gays and lesbians who were on the show must have been Jews. It’s not an exact analogy, because the history between Jews and Muslims is not the same as the way various countries colonized and exploited various places and people in Africa, but the similar part is that they can’t believe the idea that a group they don’t like is really “one of them”.

    Please pardon the long quote, but it’s really stayed with me after reading the book.

    You know what happened after the show aired? Of all the complaints I got from Toronto-area Muslims, the most common was that these homosexual “pigs” and “dogs” whom I had featured must have been—brace yourself—Jews. Never mind the heinous video of Iranian stoning practices, or Adnan’s willingness to accept a theological thumbs-down about his sexuality, or the religious advisor’s call for God-conscious humility on everyone’s part. None of it registered with these incensed Muslims who wrote and phoned in. Only one thing scanned—that gays and lesbians couldn’t possibly be part of “us.” Homosexuals are manifestly moles for “them.” (Irshad Manji, The Trouble with Islam Today, Ch 2, p. 30)

    • Steve

      Because not allowing people to get married it the same as executing them. Total equivalence.

      • Ani J. Sharmin

        I never said they were equivalent. In fact, I tried to go out of my way to explain myself … It’s not that they’re the same. It’s that the Bible does say to execute certain people. Christians who just want to stop gay marriage, etc. will say that people who kill gay people are misinterpreting it, but they’re not. The stance of only being against gay marriage but not in favor of killing gay people is based (partially) on the verse that says to kill a man who lies with another man. It’s based on the same premise that this book is a good thing to follow and hatred of the same people. It’s going in right direction to say they’re not going to kill gay people, but they’re holding on to the same prejudice.

        I mean, if you start with the premise that a certain group is evil, and that they’re evil because this awesome book says so … it’s not that surprising that some people will come to conclusion of actually doing to that group what that book says to do to them.

        • Steve

          I guess I should have used a sarcasm tag

          I wasn’t even talking about you, but Bahati. He basically said they’re the same.

          • Ani Sharmin

            Sorry for the misunderstanding.

      • Ani J. Sharmin

        And that’s not even counting the non-government violence that still happens against LGBTQIA people, even in places where it’s not illegal to be gay. Again, that’s not to say it’s the same or just as frequent, but they can’t pretend like the disapproval of homosexuality is totally unrelated to people thinking violence against them is okay.

  • nakedanthropologist

    These people are sickening. You were right, JT. Now I am depressed.

  • Doris

    I was just wondering to my husband yesterday when we would be hearing someone blame it on the government. Absolutely outrageous!

  • George

    Someone should get this crazy womans blog and fb shut down. She says she is a Westpoint Grad, just tons of crap. She is lying to people and tons of them are falling for her crap.