I’m going on my soapbox for a moment, because there’s no way you make something like this into a cartoon.
Let me start by saying I believe in a Higher Power. Call Him/Her/It God, Zeus, Ea, whatever you want, there is indeed something out there bigger than we could ever hope to be. I also believe there was a man named Jesus who walked around the Middle East trying to convince people to just be nice to each other, and, as Douglass Adams wrote, he got “nailed to a tree” for his bother. Whether or not he was the son of God is irrelevant. It is his message that matters: one of peace and love and compassion.
Now… down there in Florida, we have a “man of God” who denied a family a burial for its son because the deceased was gay, and the Word of God dont cotton to such things in His house, according to this fine minister (a certain T.W. Jenkins, pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church). The only reason he was approached in the first place was because the dead man’s mother had been a regular church-goer there for some time — as apparently had Julion himself as a child. But upon finding out that Julion was not only gay but had a husband… well, goodness! We cant have that! And he cancelled the service and told them to take the body elsewhere. There was no room in the inn.
Naturally, good Christians all over the internet are saying he was right, that this is God’s word, and God dont make mistakes, uh uh. They say the Bible is inerrant and unchanging, and that this mother should have known better.
Well, at the risk of upsetting a few of my twelve readers, let’s look at that book for a moment, okay? In the Old Testament, it says, among other things, that it’s okay to hand out your underage virgin daughters as party favours in order to prevent an intruder from doing harm to your houseguests. Aside from those long-ignored dictums about shellfish and mixed-blend cloth, it also says divorce is strictly forbidden and that adulterers are to be put to death. If a woman is not a virgin on her wedding night, the man has the right to murder her in their marriage bed — curiously, it doesnt say what the woman can do when the man isnt a virgin. Draw from that what you will. If a man dies without a male heir, his widow is to marry his brother and produce one, even if the brother is already married. God never rescinded any of these, at least not in the Bible. So I gather that as long as same sex relations are an abomination in his sight, we must also adhere to the law that says recalcitrant and unruly children are to be put to death, preferably by bears.
In the NT, Paul, that apostle of Christ, says that you need a Weekly Tampon Check, because women, during that special time of the month, are forbidden from entering God’s House. If a man touches his wife during that special time, he too is unclean, and there’s a whole ritual for both of them and the church to be re-sanctified. Further to that, women are to STFU and let men do all the religion talking.
Is all of this starting to sound a bit like an agenda? Think maybe that women werent highly prized in Biblical times, and gay men (who were of course seen as women) were considered even lower for supposedly giving up their “masculinity”? But we’re not finished here, nossir…
In the OT, the Hebrews are supposedly ordered by God to wipe out this or that tribe, “yea, to their goats and camels”. Now, I’m sure no one bothered to ask the goats or camels what they thought of such a situation, but here’s the thing: if God hates such and such a tribe so much, why couldnt He just wipe them out? Un-create them? Why tell the Hebrews to do His dirty work? Certainly it couldnt be that those tribes that God supposedly hated had… oh, I dont know… better farm land, maybe? And the Hebrews, the “Chosen of God”, just couldnt accept it?
Believe what you want about the Bible, but increasingly I see it as a book written by a bunch of guys with an agenda, one that didnt include women, didnt include gays, damn sure loved slavery (You get to beat your slave as much as you want as long as he can get up three days later.) and thought rape was pretty cool. What Jesus had to say about love and compassion and grace, all that stuff that all these “Christians” love to trot out, gets lost in the madness and the murder and the mayhem that makes up the rest of the book. If that’s your idea of a True God, go for it. But when you rail about how awful it is that a poor pastor is getting put upon for denying a family the burial of its son, dont expect me to take you seriously.
If souls exist, I hope that poor man’s has found its rest. I hope his family — his mother and his husband — can see past the bigotry masking itself as “Christian love and compassion”.
We’ll get back to the cartoon later. But I had to get that off my chest.