Tuesday, August 14, 2012

SEX IN AMERICA

We are so immature; we're all a bunch of puritans who are upset by sex, obsessed with sex, and in fear of sex. By making it so taboo, we've made it too exciting.  Other countries are blase about topless beaches, but in America we've made icons out of the breast and the penis. I am raising sons and am so embarrassed that they are growing up in this era where every TV commercial is about drugs for dirty OLD MEN who can't get it up!  What do our kids think of us? All we care about is erectile dysfunction?  

Our culture's fascination with porn, nudity, youth, and sleaze is creating an entire generation who have only one thing on their mind: graphic, faceless, mechanical, and sometimes violent forms of sex. Not romantic, loving, monogamous sex. We don't even seem to enjoy the excitement of mystery. It seems to be all about flesh, body parts, and the objectification of youth. 

Our children crave and deserve innocence. They deserve to have their childhoods back — a world in which imagination is more important than knowledge. I am mentoring teen girls in our neighborhood and I've never seen such rampant abuse and pedophilia of the mind. 

I am hearing things you cannot believe on a daily basis that are going on in our middle school. The herd will always flock to porn, gossip, horror films, trash and conflict. If it bleeds it leads. The more horrifying, the better the ratings. 

I've been thinking about the root of hatred lately — and it's obvious that "evil" is always the same regressive, self-centered fear-based bigotry that Christ fought against and that has been here since the beginning of civilization: the ancient dark force of fundamentalism. Narrow-minded provincialism; small minded "us versus them" thinking. The same mentality that burned women as witches at the stake in Salem. Fear is the fuel of evil. I don't believe in evil as a force of its own. There is, of course, no power in "evil," but this is our only enemy — the primitive hateful force that was behind the Inquisition, the Ku Klux Klan's bigotry, Hitler's pathology, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the slaying of abortion doctors, the killing of Matthew Shepherd, the illegal invasion of Iraq, fear of Muslims, gays, immigrants, dark people or "the other"; the sick warmongering campaign of Bush-Cheney, the obsession with automatic weapons, fear of helping the poor, fear of free medical care, fear of being equal, fear of giving women equal pay for equal work; the fear of peace and the crucifiction of the Great Peacemaker — the force that is most represented right now by the extremist political right wing in our country. And of course their messengers and propagandists: Rush Limbaugh, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Glen Beck, et al. 

THE ABORTION ISSUE 

There is a reason the womb is encased in the separate individual body of a the woman, a human being.  Her womb is not community property.  As far as I know, there are no public womb farms with rows and rows of wombs protected by armed guards. This is not a state or government issue. No bureaucrat, government agent, policeman, moral judge, religious tribe, fanatical fundamentalist -- or any other human being has the right to dictate what a private citizen does with her private parts.  They can legislate things like suicide, but it's hard to convict a suicide victim for taking his own life. It's hard to put a dead person in jail. 

Every God-fearing Christian must at least know this: that the Bible is a history book about the wandering tribes of Israel, their journey out of captivity and slavery, and the salvation of their soul, depicted as their search for a spiritual homeland. The whole point of the Bible is the soul's journey toward freedom and God. But it is the choices we make which form our character. We are not robots.  Every human being has the right of free will. FREE WILL means each person can choose to make a mistake and his or her soul has to suffer the consequences and grow from this.  Every story in the Bible concerns deeply flawed humans who made terrible mistakes, but were forgiven and redeemed if they turned to their Father — God. Without free will, they could never have this journey or learned these lessons. The whole point is love, forgiveness and redemption.


Christ's most important law is the Golden Rule, or how we treat our fellow human beings.  But before you say "How we treat a fetus is more important than how we treat living, born human beings!" you are decidedly WRONG.  This is not what the Great Peacemaker taught. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  No where is this subject mentioned in any of his teachings, or anywhere else in the Bible.

Is flesh really man's most important quality?  It is absurd to think that a piece of prenatal tissue that may or may not be viable, and that is the genetic result of a supremely private act between husband and wife (or tragically, between rapist and victim) -- and is part of a distinctly separate human woman with free will, living in a land of freedom, with privacy rights and civil rights — to think this is worth killing a born, living, breathing,  human being over is the ultimate evil. For these hateful, anti-Christian, pro-death extremists who call themselves "pro-life" and would murder a living human being to save an unborn defective fetus -- to think that a "potential life" that is ensconced within the separate, free, individual body of a woman, a private citizen — is more important than the living, the born, the mother's own life, the victims of our illegal  bombing campaigns, our soldiers, the Iraqi children, the homeless, the poor, the orphans, the destitute or even one's enemies such as Dr. Tiller —  is un-Christian, immoral, and against everything Christ himself taught.

A guy on Twitter actually made the ridiculous statement that "if Rush Limbaugh had been lying, then his ratings wouldn't be so high!"  Tell that to Joseph Goebbels the Nazi Minister of Propaganda who had the whole country believing that Jews were actually related to rodents: dangerous, dirty and rat-like, non humans!! 

Somehow we love to be horrified, scared, shocked, upset, and angry. That's why Jerry Springer and Rush Limbaugh (and Glen Beck, Ann Coulter, etc) are paid $45 million a year to shock and divide us.

I've been thinking about the root of hatred lately —  and it's obvious that "evil" (I don't believe in evil) is always the same regressive, self-centered fear-based bigotry that Christ fought against and that has been here since the beginning of civilization: the ancient dark force of fundamentalism. There is, of course, no power in "evil," but this is our only enemy — the primitive hateful force that was behind the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, the Ku Klux Klan, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the slaying of abortion doctors, the killing of Matthew Shepherd, the illegal invasion of Iraq, the campaign of Bush-Cheney, the obsession with automatic weapons, the fear of Muslims, the fear of immigrants, the fear of helping the poor, the fear of free medical care, the fear of peace and the crucifiction of the Great Peacemaker  — the force that is most represented right now by the extremist political right wing in our country. And of course their messengers and propagandists: Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Glen Beck.

It has always been the same force of evil, it just keeps changing its name.


I am stunned and deeply saddened over the called "pro-life" terrorists in this country. They are pro-death, not pro-life. They are anti-life. They are so deeply wrong and tragically flawed in their thinking, it is beyond comprehension. 


In all of Christ's teachings, he only cared about how we treat each other: The Golden Rule. In every one of his Beatitudes, he taught the laws of love. "The meek shall inherit the earth." Life is not about flesh, it is spirit. The soul is not located in the material body or in fetal tissue. The spiritual values of love and compassion are the only things Christ cared about.


The law of love, the spirit not the flesh, how we treat our each other, how we treat our enemies. "Turn the other cheek. Love your enemies."  There is no substance in matter. Christ was offended by the Pharisees with their rules, gold, robes and rituals. So much focus on ritual and "material" rules and complex food laws that bogged down the spirit. Remember he said "It's the spirit of the law and not the letter" meaning "It's how you LOVE ONE ANOTHER that matters to God."   It seems these modern day Pharisees, the evangelical extremists such as Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, John Hagee and people at Operation Rescue — are focused on everything BUT what is important. When will they learn?


Again, it's the dark force of primitive fundamentalism that puts more faith in fear than in God; that condemns sinners instead of bringing the light of love and forgiveness, as Christ taught; that controls others with lengthy rituals and icons of idolatry.  This very same force is responsible for the current economic crisis. Style over substance.  Fundamentalism >authoritarianism > materialism (greed) > consumerism.   


How dare you, Scott Roeder and others of your ilk, that is to say "pro-life killers"  those who kill doctors.  To Scott Roeder:  You have no idea what cases Dr. Tiller was treating. You twist the legal language to suit your malevolent purposes. Women who had no other choice but to have an abortion because the fetus was not going to live, or was a threat to the life of the mother -- Dr. Tiller was obeying the law and saving lives. Until you have walked in the shoes of every woman going through this, you have no right to judge, or take away the rights of another individual, who has nothing to do with you. 


If you take the bible as the literal word of God, then why don't you take God's words literally?  Bless those who curse you, Thou shalt not kill; turn the other cheek; love your enemies; and 'Judgment and vengeance is mine" (as G-d said.)  


I do not know a human being, liberal, libertarian or atheist or Muslim who is pro-abortion. I just know that in a diverse, secular society (unlike a religious society such as Iran, run by Mullahs) we cannot subscribe to the Police governing our bodies or our intimate relationship with the God of our understanding. 

That's why I like the 12 steps. You design your own higher power. But it's all LOVE. 

God is love.