"Gift to the World"
Catholic League president William Donohue is at it again:
The fact of the matter is that what -- we can't figure out exactly, as
mortal human beings, what is exactly at work. Job certainly didn`t understand it
in the New Testament [sic]. Talk about Murphy's Law. Everything that could have gone wrong for that guy went wrong.
But what did it do to his faith? He kept his faith in God.
Okay, once and for all. The message of the Book of Job is basically: Even though God may hurt you, kill your loved ones, and give you diseases despite your faith, it's really out of love and you shouldn't blame God or lose faith. Let's put that message in human terms and see how it stands up to moral scrutiny: Your boyfriend/husband may hurt you, kill your children, and give you sexually-transmitted diseases because he's unfaithful despite your faith, it's out of love and you shouldn't blame him or stop being faithful.
The whole point of Job is to absolve God from responsibility for the abuse He heaps upon the children he supposedly "loves" and to tell them that they should worship and adore Him for abusing them thus.
Job is taught to "take it and shut up, bitch," and he does. Even if I believed that the God of Job existed, I would not worship Him, for it would be just as immoral and unethical to worship an abusive god as it is to make apologies for an abusive husband.
But we do know one thing: that Catholicism in particular is a theology of
Well, sign me up! Jeesh. Why would I want to worship a God preoccupied with creating suffering?
There is no greater suffering than what Christ did. He died on the cross,
but that's a source of optimism. That`s a source of redemption.
I find the assertion that there is "no greater suffering than what Christ did" offensive. For one thing, Jesus is God and suffered only by His own choice. And don't give me the "He had to die for our sins" bullshit, because God doesn't have to do anything He doesn't want to. If he didn't want to die on the Cross he could have decided to make humans without sin, or not to penalize humans for the acts of Adam and Eve, or to absolve humans from sin in some other way. Jesus' crucifixion was, itself, nothing more than a passion play, the operative word being 'play,' because it was nothing more than a big show for the audience.
Secondly, even if we look at what happened to Jesus, scourging, beating, and crucifixion, many have suffered equally, and further, many have suffered worse. Mothers who lost their children when the tsunami swept the children from their arms suffered much more. There are mothers in southeast Asia right now who would beg to be scourged and crucified if it would bring their children back.
And what kind of torturous logic does it take to get to the idea that your abusive, genocidal (think Amalekites), immoral, unethical, violent God's crucifixion is a source of optimism?!? If your God tells you that His crucifixion is a good thing and a source of optimism, what would be a bad thing and a source of pessimism?
In one strange sense, then, what's happening to these poor Asian people is
their gift to the world. It makes us think about our mortality and about
salvation and about redemption. That's what we should be thinking about.
If Donohue really believes that his God would murder 175,000 Asians in order to teach fat, rich, self-righteous assholes like him a lesson, then Donohue believes in an immoral, mass-murdering God who deserves no adulation or worship, but deserves to spend everlasting eternity in the very Hell Donohue would send homosexuals to. And Donohue is guilty of desecrating the memories and graves of those people by implying that their lives were worth less than his and could rightly be taken from them in order to teach him a lesson.