October 16, 1998
Once again the cowards of the religious right are in ecstacy. Another person whom they deem to have no rights has been killed. Again, they celebrate the extermination of someone, who through no fault of their own, was born gay. Again, they claim to know what their supreme being would want. Again, they are wrong.

The death of Matthew Shepard once again proves my hypothesis that, for the most part, the more religious a person is, the more violent they are. While the two vermin who beat Matthew to death were not religous, at Matthews funeral those who claim to know what is right celebrated his death. They jeered those who mourned his passing informing everyone that is was Gods wish that every gay person should die because they violate his laws. That homosexuality is wrong and no gay person has any right to existence. A nice Christian attitude if I ever heard one. Reminds me alot of what Hitler used to say about gays and people of the Jewish faith. Also reminds me alot of what the Jewish right says about Palestinians. See a pattern developing?

Whenever I pose the following questions to persons who take their religion very seriously, I am amazed at the looks of horror and contempt that are thrown upon me. Question: who created everything? Answer: God (or a supreme being). Then if God created everything and everyone he also created gays, didn't he? It is at this point that the response turns to one of indignation and usually anger. How dare I even suggest such a thing! How could I even presume to suggest that God would ever create a gay person! And why not? After all, wasn't I just told that God created everything? And if God created everything then that includes gays as well, doesn't it? One can't have it both ways. You can't both say that everything we see was created by a supreme being but not homosexuals. Even if you use the suggestion that somehow this is a "chosen" lifestyle, the fact remains that these people were created by a supreme being and since God gave the power of thought to these people, he gave them the right to choose.

The history of mankind is strewn with battles whose origins were based on a religion for it is religion that shapes our societies. Remeber the Crusades? What were they based on (for the most part)? Religion. It was with the blessing of the church that the Crusaders marched upon Jerusalem and the Holy Lands to wrest control from the heathens now inhabiting those lands. It is religion which to this day prevents a lasting peace in the Middle East, especially between Israel and its Arab neighbors. If the truth be told, their is no real difference between the Israelis and the Palestinians except for their religions. Both people came from the same land and so are both of Arabic descent. But don't try telling them that. All they can see is the differences imposed upon them by their religions.

Remember Bosnia? Again, the three supposedly distinct people aren't really that different. In act today, because of the amount of intermarriage between the groups over the centuries, there is no significant difference between them. It is only because of religion, Catholicism, Eastern Catholicism and Islam, that they are separated. But again, don't try telling them that.

Mankind by its very nature is an aggressive animal. However, coupled with this predatory nature is a force which serves to concentrate this animosity; religion. It is religion which drives men or a society to condemn and even kill his fellow man simply because they do not believe as you do. It is religion that has brought down cities and countries, justifying the slaughter of thousands. It is religion which serves to drive a wedge between people and drain the coffers of man by building edifices to their god, to show the world that their god is more important that anyone elses.

To those who would claim that it is their way or no way, who threaten, harass and torment those who do not believe as they do, who rejoice at the death of those whom they believe deserve no life, I give you this:Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Sound familiar?

In memory of Matthew Shepard: 1977 - 1998

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