Now, this is going to be a bit more of an emotional post than some, but I thought I would address something that occasionally comes up. You see, here at UAA, there is going to be a candlelight vigil for Roe v. Wade. The stupidest possible thing that has ever been done, and it is here at UAA. Yes, because giving women the rights over their own bodies was such a bad thing, right? Wrong!
The group who is running this show is called “UAA Students for Life.” As you might have guessed, they are anti-choice (pro-life). They believe women should have no choices. They think that giving a rape victim a way out is just the worst thing to ever happen in this country. It’s really, really pathetic. Up until recently, the person who ran this organization was a bigot named Natalia.
There was a class I was in, last year. She was in it too. There was a guest presenter who had made a film there. It was called “In-Laws and Outlaws.” He was a good presenter, and it was pretty fun, up until Natalia opened her stupid fucking mouth. Then came all the vitrial about the “gay-agenda” and how he’s “living in sin.” It was on and on and on, and when everybody turned on her, mostly because of how disrespectful she was being, the teacher lectured everyone else. Yes, because letting the bigot talk was so good. Never mind how unbelievably disrespectful she was being.
I have another friend. She is hardcore Catholic. I sometimes question why, since I know she is a thinking and analytical person, but I don’t talk about it with her. Which is ironic because she talks about it with me. She talks a LOT about the Catholic stuff. I am kind of proud of myself because I don’t go off the rail about how the Catholic church is a corrupt institution that breeds people like Natalia, along with child-rapists that they protect with their corrupt aristocracy. But she recently defended Natalia, pointing out that she was actually sorry for what she said.
Here’s the thing – I don’t buy that. I don’t buy that she feels bad for ANYTHING! You know why? Because she has no conscience. None. She will stand outside of Planned Parenthood and scream about how those women are whores, and will lambast a guest speaker at a school. People who do that aren’t people who feel sorry for their actions. They are people who are proud, and think themselves heroes for the cause.
This is my problem with religion. What I call the Natalia Dilemma goes beyond her. It is a term to describe completely bigoted people, that get defended from decent people. I talked with somebody else I know, who also defended Natalia’s actions, saying that she isn’t as bad as I believe her to be. But she is. She is the worst kind of person.
And here’s the truth – it’s her religion that made her that way. I am DONE not attacking a person by attacking their beliefs. The fact is that the concepts are intertwined. And since I can see all the harm that this faith bullshit does, I can immediately attack it by pointing out the people like Natalia. She’s a Catholic, by the way (big surprise, I know). The Catholic church. I recently posted something on Twitter -
Catholicism – committing crimes against humanity, but still getting tax breaks.
And that’s the absolute truth. This is an organization that is doing deplorable things to people, but almost NEVER getting taken to task for it. What’s more, their institution defense their actions. They will defend, to the bitter end, what these people do. They will make statements like -
It’s just their faith.
No! Wrong! It isn’t just their faith. It is the entire institution of religion. A lot of people have come out over the years, even among my atheist crowd, and said that religion in and of itself isn’t the problem. I have caught myself saying that from time to time. But I realize now that that outlook on things is wrong.
I have no doubt that my Catholic friend must have a thought in the back of her mind that I am going to Hell. She’s a VERY religious person. I have no doubt that it has come up a time or two that they are going to go to Heaven, and not see me there. Maybe that causes them some inner turmoil, maybe not. The point is, as much as they try to be open-minded, and good-natured, their dogma teaches them things that make no fucking sense.
The biggest problem in the debate with people who are religious about whether or not God is real or whether or not Christianity is true is that I can point out to them, time and time again the problems, the flaws in their arguments, the logical inconsistencies. I can point out the complete and utter paradoxes of their arguments, but they won’t listen to me. They won’t even take the time to consider it. I might as well be talking to a brick wall.
Back to the Natalia Dilemma, the people who fall into this category are almost universally religious. I haven’t met an atheist yet who takes such a hardline position as she does about how being gay is a sin and how women who get an abortion are whores. But society comes to their defense. Quick as you can say it, the people will be out, defending the statements of people like Natalia, because it’s “their faith.”
Faith is the ultimate enemy to social progress. That’s the truth of the matter. A person without faith cannot get far in government. Faith is what leads insane people to do insane things. And don’t come at me with Stalin. The difference between him and Bush is that Stalin didn’t let his atheism guide him. that was just an accessory to his character. Bush spoke openly about how his faith guided his foreign policy. His foreign policy! The LAST thing that religious should have its mits on is what we do in other countries!
The Natalia Dilemma is clear – people who can be as horrible as they want, but get defended by society at large. They are scum, pure and simple.
Until next time, a quote,
“There’s a tendency to miss the trees for the forest and treat religion as a separate entity from the people it’s composed of. In truth, the problem of organized religion wouldn’t and couldn’t exist if it weren’t for religious people.” -Zinnia Jones, “Organized religion” isn’t the problem, religion is