1.  The Roman Catholic Church did not officially acknowledge that the Earth revolves around the sun until the mid 1990s.  Isn’t that just mind-boggling?

2.  Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS has conducted “over 40,089 peaceful demonstrations (to date) opposing the fag lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth”.  What a prick.  He’s probably a closet fag himself.

3.  The Southern Baptist Convention asserts that “[a] wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ”.  Blah blah blah.

4. Latter-day prophets strongly discourage the tattooing of the body.  Those who disregard this counsel show a lack of respect for themselves and for God”.  Yeah, try getting away with that line of bullshit in your neighborhood biker bar.

5.  L. Ron Hubbard, the science-fiction author turned founder of Scientology, once said: “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”  Well, at least, as scoundrels go, he’s honest.

6.  Once… there were these bunch of Muslims, and they, like, decided to hijack some airplanes and they, like, killed all these people and totally made a mess of downtown NYC, because they, like, thought they’d get some virgins and olives in heaven and shit like that.

7.  The Catholics believe that Jesus was born to a woman who had never engaged in sexual intercourse.  We seem to take this one for granted, but it still never ceases to astound me.

8.  If I drive a Mazda, does that make me a Zoroastrian?

I’ve stumbled upon an organization called Truth Wins Out, who, according to their website, are “fighting right wing lies and the ‘ex-gay’ fraud”.  Sounds good to me.  I found one of their videos on good ol’ YouTube, and I was nearly moved to tears when I watched it today.  It is revolting – yet not at all surprising – that the Mormon church (among others) has encouraged gay people to marry someone of the opposite sex in an effort to “cure” them of their homosexuality.  Lester and Barbara Leavitt have a much different, much sadder story to tell.  As you’ll see in the video, “isn’t it time we stopped destroying families in the name of Family Values?”  For lack of a better word, amen to that.

I can’t recall in recent memory a stronger urge to throw my television out the window than Thursday night, when my local 11:00 newscasters told me that an appeals court said that the state of Texas had no right to remove 400 children from the wacko Yearning For Zion Ranch.

Riddle me this, my bruthas and sistas – why does religion get a free pass?

If I were to start a commune – not on the basis of a religious faith, mind you, just a hangout sort of place – and say, “Oh yeah, I want to gather a bunch of my like-minded friends together and build and live in a fortress and raise up young girls so I can marry them off to my older pervo friends when they still don’t have pubic hair”, then I would be locked up sooner than you could say “pedophilia”.

But oh… how dare we tread on someone’s right to practice their religion. Yeah – a religious faith that condones the “when they bleed they can breed” mindset.

So much evil in this world is a direct result of this free pass that we, as a society, keep doling out to these religious wackos. And religious moderates only make it worse, not better, by being too timid to speak out against them, because heaven forbid we should encroach on someone’s birthright to practice the religion of their choice. Hell, doing so might cause all these spineless moderates to question their own faith. And we can’t have that, now, can we? Then the tax-free money might dry up!

Where was the freedom of choice, though, for these poor kids who are growing up in a world where dressing up like Laura Ingalls Wilder and having sex with men your grandfather’s age is not only OK, but is sanctified by your family and church leaders? Answer: there was no choice. And, to my mind, that’s precisely why it was OK to remove these kids in the first place – just like those poor kids in Austria.

Let’s stop walking on eggshells where matters of religion are concerned, and call the kettle black when there is no question that it is black.