The story of Alan Turing, the math wunderkind who led a team in decoding the German Enigma machine, thus helping to end WWII two to four years sooner, covered far more than simply his brilliance at problem solving.
Alan was homosexual. And the mere act of being who he was was a criminal act punishable by prison or 12 months of hormone therapy. After being found guilty of a tryst with another man, he was given those two choices and chose the hormone therapy. A year later, he took his own life.
Dead because of who he was. Dead because of the prurient society around him. Dead because of religious certitude.
While the world has made strides in this area - he received a royal pardon in 2013 - and there is now in Great Britain what is referred to as The Alan Turing Law, the informal term for the 2017 amnesty law that pardons men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts - the world and its holier than thou occupants are still intent on harassing, marginalizing, demeaning, and condemning those not like them.
Case in point - yesterday's announcement by head Keebler Elf, Jeff Sessions, of the formation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. His reason? Because America has become “less hospitable to people of faith."
Hmm, I would hazard a guess that the myriad LGBTQIA people who are constantly discriminated against would call that "less hospitable."
How about the transgender women who are murdered regularly for simply being who they are? I'd say they would tell you that being killed is "less hospitable", but hey, lucky you, they're dead, so they can't answer.
How about the number of women in this country who have had their hijabs ripped from their heads in public? They probably don't feel that act to be dripping with hospitality, Jeff.
Or the mosques that are vandalized, the synagogues that are threatened? How about the innocent black people constantly having white people make 911 calls on them? Or the parents whose children have been kidnapped by this heinous adminasstration? I daresay they would rank their treatment as "less hospitable."
So let's just call this task force what it is, a task farce. It has zero to do with protecting anyone but the insecure Christians who are more and more finding their brand of Christianity to be viewed as truly virulent and socially repellent. It is not about defending Muslims, Jews, Taoists, Wiccans, Buddhists, Hindus, Scientologists, <insert any of the 6,000+ currently practiced religions.> (Yes, I included Scientology because it is every bit as replete with man made tenets as any other, and you cannot tell those congregants they are wrong either.)
Here's the thing, Christians, or let's be honest here, CRASStians, are 140+ million strong in this country. They are not a minority. They are not being discriminated against, being kept out of bathrooms, denied services, finding the doors of their churches chained shut, being imprisoned for their choice of worship, having their rights stripped away. Are you listening, you hypocritical, sanctimonious, sacrilegious whiners? Yes, you, the self professed Christian swearing at the fast food worker for having brown skin. You, the proud Jesus lover who laughs at children being ripped from their parents arms. How about you - the Sunday worshipper so convinced of your own righteousness you email me to condemn my son to Hell?
Your behavior has gotten increasingly unconscionable. As your racism, your hatred, your insecurity, your victim complex, your bigotry has been given safe harbor by Trump and his disciples, you have mixed it, mired it, melded it with your identity as Christians. As if what you believe makes your tantrums, your attacks, your targeting, your endangerment of others HOLY, ordained.
What you believe is your CHOICE. Whatever psalm, sonnet, fairy tale to which you ascribe - I do not give FUCK ONE, nor am I required to. I do not care if you slather yourself with mud and roll naked in thorny rose bushes. Dance with snakes and speak in bullshit tongues if that makes you happy. Help fill a football arena "church" to capacity and give all your money to the charlatan wearing a designer suit and a Breitling watch. Whatever feeds your soul.
But do not deign to think it is allowed to cross your church threshold or creep out of your home and try to influence my life or anyone else's. We are not required to entertain it, adopt it, adhere to it, or incorporate it into our lives. Your chosen boundaries are YOURS. Someone taught them to you and you CHOSE to incorporate them into your life, into your behavior.
I do not have to bow down to your bastardized version of "God." I do not have to follow your cherry picked verses written by man for man. And our secular governance is not to be baptized with your bullshit. We have a Constitution. We have a Bill of Rights. And while it protects your right to worship mung beans in the moonlight, it protects my right to NOT.
The constant whine from Crasstians is insufferable. You want to know why society is less hospitable, Jeff? Because nothing your pew dwellers espouse is even remotely Christ-like. It is laden with targeting, venality, condemnation, and hypocrisy. That is why so many people are leaving the churches of this land. Because they see the threat, they see how their fellow citizens are being treated for simply being who they are, and they do not wish to be associated with a cathedral full of the Hellbound.
Yes, I said it.
More and more, I find myself truly wishing there is an afterlife in which every person comes face to face with a Greater Power. A place where the lava flows 24/7/eternity. But I also find myself wishing there is stadium seating so every person who has been murdered, marginalized, discriminated against can watch as each Crasstian gets dropped kicked into the fire by the very power whose robes they have hid behind for all their filthy machinations.
I wish that a lot.
Now before you come at me with the tried "not all Christians" line - DON'T. You know exactly who I am talking about here. But pay attention - if you sit quietly in a pew, dropping your dollar in the basket, while a preacher screams at you to condemn my son? You are part of the problem. If you attend a place of worship where the instructions on who to love and who to revile are spread like butter on warm toast, yet you sit silently - you are part of the problem. If you buy into and support a rancid orange gourd of a man whose only use for your Bible has been to wipe his hands, his feet, his ass on it - you are part of the problem. You are the vile sewer you choose to marinate in, and you deserve to be called out for it at every turn.
Don't like feeling society is "less hospitable"? Then keep your "deeply held religious convictions" in your churches. That is where they were created. That is where you decided to adopt them as your own. That is where they are allowed to have influence. Outside? Not a bit.
Don't understand? Well, how about I create the Church of Shit My Cat Says? And I begin insisting you follow the tenets? I get some congregants and we begin treating you as lesser than? We grow and get more people to believe my unprovable fairy tales and start trying to take away your equal rights?
What's that? We can't make you believe this way? The Constitution protects you from having to believe Shit My Cat Says?
Sorry, Crasstians. You don't need a Religious Liberty Task Farce. You need to mind your own fucking business. Or better yet, how about actually trying to live in even a remotely Jesus-y way? You know, accepting everyone, helping others, being kind?
Because right now, WWJD? March you Crasstian soldiers straight to the 7th Circle Resort.
Alan Turing was targeted, convicted, tortured, and died because of religious certitude slithering within governance. We are now playing our own Imitation Game - imitating the acts perpetrated on him and so many others for so long.
And we are losing.