It’s getting nuts out there. This was posted yesterday on Dangerous Minds, and it’s the worst example of fundamentalist hate I’ve seen. Because it’s not even hateful – people are enjoying themselves. Hate is borne of pain. When you’ve shed the pain and the hate becomes a celebration, that’s when things get really fucked up. Quoting myself from TABOTD, when the American govt. decides to unleash Armageddon:
I do not know what this could have felt like to them. Imagine all the pride in the history of America felt in one rush. They suddenly had proof of God, they were the most important men to have ever lived, they had jurisdiction over the Earth, they were absolved of any guilt or doubt, they were free. I don’t know, it must have been fun.
On another post on DM, someone made the comment that if the devil was real and he wanted to turn people away from Christianity, what better way than to infiltrate the Christian church and turn whole flocks of people against the ideals of their savior. I’m not saying I believe this is happening, but here’s a spooky clue.
Meanwhile, just a day later, a pastor calls for the government extermination of gay people. Disgusting, but logical, if they’re following the words of the Bible to the letter. Better for them to say exactly what they’ve meant all along than to speak in dog whistles.
“Terrorists are dangerous, the economy is a real and present danger,” Pastor Curtis Knapp told his congregation on Sunday. “But there is simply nothing other than the holocaust of the unborn which imperils the safety of our country or places our people in jeopardy as does the leader of the Western world publicly raising his fist at the heavens and declaring that the bedrock institution of society, ordained of God and meant to be protected by the state, is little more than a convention of convenience with the children of Sodom to transform the meaning of something, which is precious to Jesus Christ, and a living picture of his love for the church into a legally protected justification for perversion and a vehicle of hatred aimed directly at that love.”
Knapp went on to read from Leviticus 20: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.”
“They should be put to death,” Knapp declared. “‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should.”
This happens in The American Book of the Dead Part II (which may be done this week). But instead of a lone lunatic pastor saying these things, it’s the policy of the American government.
I’ve wondered if I should be more allegorical, as science fiction tends to be. The books may be a little bit on the nose – but this is what fuels me, these stupid people. We’re in a moment where religious fervor is both having its last gasp and becoming more mainstream. It’s possible this last gasp doesn’t come and only gets worse. It’s crunch time, and the climate is too pressing for allegory. I don’t want to speak in dog whistles either.