We Shall Call You Sinful

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Children are so much smarter than adults give them credit for. As a kindergartener laying on the floor watching the old black and white Dumont. There was a TV program that played Three Stooges shorts. Every day the host would tell us not to try any of the Stooge antics with our little brothers and sisters. I remember thinking to myself, if I poked my sister in the eyes like Moe. My mother would snatch me up off the floor by the hair like Larry. Kids can pick up on concepts; it’s nuances which escape them.

Texas in its quest to be the largest third world disaster area in North America, will propagandize to its children in the name of pointless Christian Nationalism. “You know; that religion where you Zig Hiel and must be at least this white, to ride this ride.

It’s an article of faith among the Reich Wing community, that propaganda is everything. Gay people are groomed and led to a life of sin by the devil and his wily cohorts. Liberals are misled intellectuals, who run with their hearts instead of their heads. They’re taught to be that way from egghead professors from liberal books in states like Wisconsin.

It just couldn’t be a normal reaction to the world. Someone had to make you perverted that way. Yer, yer, you’re not like me! You have funny ideas which run counter to my own. Therefore, we shall call you sinful.

During the Civil Rights movement, this same crowd insisted the African American community was quite happy and content with injustice and discrimination, and that all would be well. Except for White radicals…Communists! They were infiltrating into the African American community stirring these people up with books and pamphlets and crazy ideas. Somebody had to be doing it or causing it, because they didn’t think African Americans could do it all on their own. See, that ran counter to their belief system and ergo, thus couldn’t be so.

“Vote for me, George Tirebiter. Because I’m never wrong and I’m always Reich!”

A new Texas loophole to allow religious proselytization in public schools, by calling it something else. You see, under the rules of constitutional fairness. The state isn’t supposed to enforce religious conformity, but if someone else donates the material. Then that’s not the state now, is it? So, the state will begin adorning underfunded Texas classrooms with donated “In God we trust” posters. (McGruff the Crime Dog, Woof!) Like the pledge of allegiance or singing the national anthem. Just something else to be forgotten about in school.

Can’t they see how well it works? Just say, “No” while the hillbilly heroin industry says, “Yes” pumping out billions of pills worth billions of dollars.

Meaningless exercises in devotion, “We all love the country, right?” We all support the local sports team, right? Because we all live here and don’t need lessons on how to live here. But maybe a hundred “Our Father’s” will set you straight and settle your hash. Maybe, if you went to Church on Sunday, you wouldn’t be so liberal. Wrong, like a boat becoming unmoored and slowly drifting away.

If this Christian belief is so vaunted and superior, why must it always be propped up? Why not through its own majesty attract adherence? Why print it on money and shove it down school kid’s throats? Because…you, you, you, don’t think like me and so, you need to be corrected. It is just sad to me a faith that must bully school kids. Wheedle and scheme and connive trying to get its foot in the door.

To teach and religiously indoctrinate youth into the belief that God got real pissed off at mankind one time. So, he told this old guy to build a big-ass boat. Then all the animals two by two, just sort of showed up at the boat. Nobody noticed two camels or two elephants or two giraffes, walking through the streets of Judea unescorted.

The logistics of penguins coming from the South Pole and arriving in the Mediterranean is never discussed. Nor insects in swarms that don’t breed two by two. But if the Ark were three times its size, it couldn’t hold all the animals, nor near enough food to feed them all. The story doesn’t hold water. (pun intended)

So, they always fall back on plan “B” God did it with magic. What? You don’t believe in magic? You don’t believe that God stopped the sun, so that Joshua could finish the battle of Jericho and we all didn’t fly off? That a man was swallowed by a whale and didn’t die. Well, fortunately for us, we still have whales and all we need is one good Christian volunteer to show up at Sea World and prove the concept. Come on, where’s your faith? We will even let you pick your own whale.

It is not enough that parents indoctrinate their children with religious dogma, now the state wants to help. That way, you won’t be Gay and won’t ever vote Liberal. But more than likely the opposite will occur, after having been proselytized at up to their ears for twelve years, (and sometimes more) will want no part of religion upon exiting school. We don’t go to Algebra class on Sunday either.

Christianity is an anathema to pluralistic democracy. The only religion with a sales department and an army of Storm Preachers. If they refuse to believe the way, we tell them to believe; we burn them to ashes! The just can’t stand it that any contented living soul could ever exist, without the patent medicine they’re selling. “What’s in it?” Never mind! Just drink it! It’s love, now drink it before I smash your face in!

And because the Republican Party has been subverted by the White Nationalist Christo-fascists. The Republican’s have a new impetus to inflict religion upon the non-believer. They want to teach the children to love God and vote Republican. The Party that fears indoctrination indoctrinates. It’s those books you read, or you might not be Gay. If it wasn’t for that book you read in the ninth grade. You might not be a liberal, if you hadn’t read all those dirty books sometimes call classics.

Sit down, shut up, do as you’re told. Don’t make waves and ask no questions. Let your women keep silent in church. And if you’re a slave, be a good one! Do a real good job and do as you’re told and maybe someday, the kingdom of heaven awaits! (Har, har, har!) Never mind about poverty and injustice; it’s God’s will. Never mind about your own poverty and injustice, that’s God’s will too.

And if the Republicans want to mine and drill the earth into a super-heated cinder, you better let them. It was God’s will, after all. You see if you pray hard enough. That little silver ball will jump right off of that black space and onto a red one. If it’s good enough for the twelfth Century, I suppose it’s good enough for me. Magic is magic.

“I’d like to do a song of great social and political import
It goes like this

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So, oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me
I wait for delivery each day until three
So, oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?

Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
I’m counting on you Lord, please don’t let me down
Prove that you love me and buy the next round
Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
Everybody

Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So, oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”

That’s it – Janis Joplin

Don’t listen to politicians, listen to God. Because God says, listen to Republican politicians. Pure self-righteousness on display! (But don’t touch the display)

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