Come To The Dark Side - We Have Cookies Too
If you're gay and a Christian (horror of horrors), they want to cut up your membership card and deny that you are part of their club (or ever were), and when you abandon their faith or even go so far as to change religions and want nothing more to do with them, they still persecute you because you have somehow "proved them right" - and then they see you as an even bigger "threat" to their paranoiac little "worldview".
Many Christians automatically assume everyone else is a Christian too, or if they aren't, should be - which is why I often receive these annoying spam chain letters filled with snarky comments about Muslims or other faiths - or about us dirty rotten trannies and queers who just don't seem to get the message. God has got our number and will be coming round to punish us for our "sinful lifestyle choice" - oh yes, and presumably to pat them on the head for a job well done. And quite often, these people do not realize the harm they do to their own image and their own cause - take for example the following:
What do I mean? While I appreciate their friendship and their honesty, I know for certain that should I ever hear the trump of boots at my door in the wee hours one morning, if one day "they" ever come for me, I certainly doubt they will even publicly admit to knowing me, let alone lift a finger to help. You see, I think that while they are far more close to the originator of their religion, the Christ they all speak of - but only a few honor - they are lukewarm Christians as in everything else as well. Be that as it may, it is the others I fear we need to watch out for - the fundamentalists.
Yes, the fundamentalists - those folks who swallow a dose of hate every time they read a passage of their holy book, looking keenly between the lines for the bits where the same Christ who reportedly never condemned anyone to death, actually meant to. The empty spaces between the lines are filled with things ordinary folk don't know about - where things God meant to say or thought - or said to them in their private moments of coherence, are written - presumably in invisible ink. Things that inspire them to act as if they are the right hand of their God, sent out to strangle the freedom out of the world to make the choices which their book says their god gives us all - in order to take away that choice completely.
Why do I mention the death sentence? Why, because there are some folks in every Christian community in South Africa that believe the death penalty will sort out all their problems - and especially for that troublesome "gay" problem. You know it's true - how many of these radicals are also ardent supporters of the pro-gun lobby both locally as well as internationally? Do you even know who your pastor is who is up there laying down the law and giving you the "good news"? Or do you just sit there and follow blindly, swallowing everything as if you have a funnel stuck between your jaws?
There are even folks in this country who belong to a few political parties supposedly representing "all Christians" in South Africa who argue that way. They want gay and trans people "punished" for being gay or trans - and for not "listening" to them. Just up the road in Uganda, for the past three years, there has been a serious attempt to do just that - kill all the Pink people in that country just because they live life in a slightly different shade of human. And while you might be thinking that this is just politics, let me ask you if you ever stopped to wonder if people who argue so hatefully against us Pink folks ever use medical or scientific proof to demonstrate their point? Or if you look closely, do they demonstrate a keen religious - and definite fundamentalist undercurrent - in their arguments?
Does any of the so-called evidence and "studies" they present as they did in Uganda for instance, where they still believe that gay people recruit children in schools, and people can become gay just by looking at one, stand up in the light of serious inspection? Do you even know? Well I'll tell you - no, it doesn't. It's propaganda, twisted by openly religious fundamentalist stooges wishing to destroy the lives of people they don't want to grant the right to live in peace beside them, on purely religious grounds. And take a look at the most vocal people in the tragedy on the Ugandan stage these past three years - they are Bishops, Reverends, Priests, Pastors, foreign evangelists, government ministers who are also religious officials or champions of the Ugandan genocide bill. If one day this tug-of-war ends and the Bill passes and the Ugandan government begins to slaughter it's Pink Community, it will not just be a human tragedy that could have been avoided, but it will be a genocide fueled by religious fundamentalist Christianity.
The irony is, these fundamentalist Christians feel the same way about people of other religions, they grant no-one else the peace to share the world with them because they see everyone else as enemies and competitors, and an insult to their beliefs and way of life - which fits neatly into a space big enough only to hold their holy book, and no more.
And when I know that there are political parties in this country only too keen to mix politics with religion, and in most cases solely to attract votes from the fundamentalists, it worries me. Mostly though it is all smoke and mirrors, just a ruse to attract votes - but in a few frighteningly fanatical cases, it is a genuine expression of a dark and deep-rooted desire to take over the world South Africa and to bed and bend us all to its will.