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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Religion sucks

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:00 AM

I realize I'm going out on limb here, but good Christ can we let religion find its way back into closets once occupied by the queer community? I get it: solace and comfort, sure. Like pets or a crossword or a puzzle. Or maybe like a good Facebook epithet for how to live your life. But come. NOWHERE. NEAR. INSTITUTIONS of PUBLIC POLICY. You don't get to invoke ancient scripture when you talk about how to best organize contemporary society. Use it privately, sure. You can even do it in clubhouses like churches--go to town. Be exclusive. But "belief" in the metaphysical powers of a 2000 year old preacher and an omniscient immortal being who apparently invented both daisies and the Holocaust does not get to dictate what's fair, what's good, or how we should treat each other. As human societies develop and learn, we get to move past things. It's much harder to do that when you slavishly follow teachings from when the world population was 4% of what it is now. —Can Tanker Russ

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