***WARNING – RANT ZONE AHEAD***
Religion bashing makes no fucking sense to me.
Maybe it’s because it smacks of bullying, and I had a number of friends who were bullied when we were young. Maybe it’s because I never saw the point of trying to make others look small to make myself more important. Maybe it’s because I just think it is incredibly stupid and makes people look more like jerks than they already are. Whatever the reason, whatever the season, bashing religion in general or a specific religion in particular just does not compute for me.
I understand baggage; everyone has baggage and some of it is definitely religion-specific. I understand bad experiences; I’ve had tons myself. I also understand a lousy fit; no matter how badly the proselytizers wants us to believe it, there’s no religion out there that is perfect for everyone. I’ve noticed, though, that baggage, and bad experiences, and lousy fits don’t (usually) lead to blanket bashing. They do lead to constructive criticism and personal opinions and discussion and debate…all of which are good things.
So, here I am, trying to make sense of something I don’t grok and I’ve actually latched onto a couple of thoughts that may or may not be helpful:
- People who bash religions they don’t follow are operating from a place of ignorance either related to a lack of education on the topic or a viewpoint that their own religion is the only true one.
- People who bash religions they don’t follow (often) don’t remember that there are assholes in all groups and that one asshole does not a failure make.
- People who bash religions they don’t follow may actually be the asshole of their own group.
(Okay, that last one gets a winky face after it, but you know what I mean.)
I guess I’m operating from a particular point of view (well, when don’t I?) but here’s the thing for me: I want my religious path to be respected, if not understood. I’d ideally like it to receive the same acknowledgement of being valid (not true – they’re two different things) that the JCI faiths do. Why on Earth would I bash someone else’s religion if I want my own to be free of similar bashing???
Do unto others, after all.