Preface to my Christian friends who I know personally…you’re potentially going to be offended reading this. Potentially highly. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
The 2016 US presidential shitshow election has come and gone. The world now waits with bated breath to see whether or not Donald Trump will, in fact, be replacing all of the porcelain toilets in the White House with solid gold ones. And whether or not he’s going to make it through his first 100 days without getting impeached for grabbing stray pussies that inadvertently wander into his cruise-ship sized ego’s sphere of sentience.
As the dust settles though, can we just talk about the bloody Christians for a bit? Because Jesus H. Christ did they only come out in full fucking fundamentalist beast mode over the last few months…I’ve not seen so much frothing at the bung by a group of people since…well it’s 2016 and the Age of Outrage, so everybody is always frothing at the bung about something. Anyway – the Christians.
As a prelude, in case you don’t know me and have accidentally found your way here hoping that “Subtlety” was the name of an amateur pornstar and this was her website, it’s salient to this piece that I was, in fact, a born-again Christian for a good 13 years – worship band, creative ministry, the whole bang shoot. So I’m not talking out of my arsehole when I talk about Christianity – I lived it. I was fucking miserable, but I did it. The point is, I when I give Christianity shit, it’s from a first-hand perspective, not a preconceived notion based on an inherent bias and no actual knowledge.
So, with that out of the way, can I get an answer to a simple question – why the goddam hell is Donald Trump the candidate of choice for the Christian right? I’ve literally spent the last day exhausted after a mammoth Facebook debate with a fellow who was abso-goddam-lutely convinced that Trump was a saint and Clinton the devil incarnate. The best part about it was that all of Trump’s negative attributes were simply excused and explained away using the same bits of the Bible that he used to condemn Clinton to the pit of Hell. Sadly, this impossible position was lost on my sparring partner, who eventually called me an ape and told me I love evolution (in fairness, I do). I’ve seen a lot of comments about how Trump is the right choice because Clinton has “destroyed the family structure” and “she supports abortion.” A lot of those comments have been made by friends who I genuinely love and respect. But bigotry, sexism and blind misogyny cannot simply go unchallenged. This isn’t about supporting either Trump or Clinton, it’s about calling out bullshit. So let’s fucking have at it.
I’m not going to point out the obvious hypocrisy of supporting a man who thinks sexual assault is ok because he’s famous, who believes that the building he named after himself serving tacos makes him not racist even though he thinks that everybody from the land of tacos is a rapist and murderer, and who won’t take women seriously because they menstruate, whilst condemning a woman who did not do any of those things but did have the temerity to support peoples’ rights to live and love freely – in the name of Christianity. Well, I might get there. Not now. But what I do want to do is ask another simple question:
Where on earth do you Christians get off thinking that you’re more important than everybody else?
Seriously, I think Christianity is a load of horse-shit. Well, that’s not fair to horse-shit – at least you can see and touch the fucking horse, unlike Christianity, where the horse is a magical invisible deity who, in all honesty, is a bit of a cunt based on both his alleged actions and inactions over the last 6,000 years (according to Biblical chronology at least). But, if that’s your thing – and it was mine for a long time, so I get it – I’ve got no problem with that. Enjoy it. Be absolutely denialistic and miserable free in the warm, tender embrace of your faith.
But please, please stop expecting people who believe differently to also pander to your fucked up whims because you possess some sort of self-ascertained God-given monopoly on the truth and are entitled to enforce it. I know you believe that is the case, but we don’t. So seriously, stop.
Clinton has destroyed the family structure by supporting gay marriage. Really? Fucking really? REALLY? If you honestly believe according to your faith that a family should comprise a male father, a female mother, and offspring, good for you. Not for one goddam second do I want to force you to believe otherwise. Not everybody believes what you believe though. So why do you think you have the right to demand they acquiesce to your belief anyway? Donald Trump has been married how many times now? Is Dad, mom, step-mom and ex-step mom an acceptable family structure then? Should single folk not be allowed to adopt kids? Or do you just find the idea of gay people icky and not want to admit that your religion that claims love and tolerance is actually kind bigoted and cunty?
Now, I know that Christians love to cite completely, totally, definitely-not-aiming-for-a-specific-outcome objective research carried out by other Christians pertaining to the negative effects of being raised by wolves gay couples. For some reason, this research is fixated on the apparently uncontrollable and rapacious sexual appetites of those naughty naughty gays, and tends to conclude that children raised by same sex couples are absolutely going to be sexually abused, and in turn grow up to be abusers, addicts and leeches on society themselves. This is important because no sexual abuse has ever occurred in a traditional home you guys. That’s why kids from heterosexual homes are always so well-adjusted and successful. Also, think of all those gay couples chaining their kids up and locking them away in basements for years on end, or injecting them with fucking heroin to get them to sleep, or committing incest. And we’re all getting pretty sick and tired of all the mass shootings that kids raised by gay couples keep on perpetrating. Right, straight Christian folk?
The other issue that seemed to cause the collective explosion of Christianity’s head was abortion. Clinton supports abortion. Firstly, no, she supports a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion or not. That’s a subtle, but important difference. Secondly, would you please, please, please stop fucking bleating on about how abortion is murder? Murder is always taking a life, taking a life is not always murder. Kill a man in self-defence – not murder. Apparently a large number of Christians are unaware of the New Testament, and feel that the death penalty is definitely not retributive justice of the type that the Bible is clear is God and God’s alone to dole out, and totes not murder either. So why do you think you have the sole right to decide whether or not abortion is murder?
What happens when a mother’s life is endangered by the pregnancy? Just let her die? Is that not murder? And if you fucking tell me it’s not because it was God’s will I will mail you horse-shit in a box every month for the rest of your life. Ok, I won’t, but I wanted to make a point, and the italics weren’t punchy enough for me. What about where a foetus is going to live in pain and suffering for all of a day or two before dying due to some birth defect – did I miss the verse where Jesus said “Verily, I say unto thee, be cruel to tiny helpless babies because that’s what this shit is all about yo.”? No? Still haven’t updated the Bible to include that one? Where do you get off demanding that women don’t get to decide what’s best for them and their baby in consultation with medical professionals, but you do in consultation with a book that makes a lot of completely unproven fantastic claims about things like turning water into wine and feeding large crowds with starvation rations? The Bible rails against arrogance repeatedly and here you stand smug and secure in the knowledge that you are right because, like, the Bible – and the good ship Irony sails right on by up the river Ignorance, buoyed by the ever-incoming tide of No-Facts-Needed-For-Faith.
I could go on and on about Christianity, and maybe I’ll write another post another time unpacking my general dislike for it and all organised religion really – this post was presaged by the US election specifically, and so I’ve focussed on the two issues that really grated my carrot as I read what people I respect, know and like were writing on social media. But I will make one more point.
If you’re reading this and are Christian and have made it this far, I hope you are by now offended. Potentially with a side of disappointment.
Because now you understand exactly how I feel when I see you stand up and unthinkingly attempt to defend the indefensible purely because you believe some book tells you to do so. When society condemns your bigoted beliefs, words like “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of Religion” are tossed around with, ahem, gay abandon, and then the moment society backs off and leaves you to it you turn around and start doing exactly the same thing. So please, for the love of Christ, stop.