God, Christians and the United Nations
I have a bit of a problem with some Christian philosophy. I’m a man of logic above faith: I am not about to leap off a bridge believing that it’s God’s will and if God wishes me dead, so be it—if he wishes me to live, he’ll send his angels to slow down my fall.
One thing that is certain in life is we have control over our lives. We may find opposition to fulfilling our whims and desires but we still have control. Even in a dictatorship where our lives would be taken from us if we revolted for freedom, we still have the power to do as we please. We have free will—and if our will is to take down the dictatorship, we can at least try. We may die trying but we still have the power to do it. We have control. God gave us that gift.
So, no, I do not go on faith. My faith in God ends at having faith in His existence. I’m much more a deist in my heart than the Catholic I was raised to be. So when someone says that we need to put God in control, what we’re really saying is we want people who think they know what God wants in control. I’m not about to give power to the dictators and despots who pretend to hear the voice of God in their heads. I do not believe God has a plan for us except the plan to not have one.
I should note first that I have no love for Facebook. It has helped me got in touch with family members I probably wouldn’t have spoken to for the rest of my life. It has, however, put me in contact with people in my past I do not agree with on certain things; thankfully, I have managed to keep the rabid Christianists and super conservatives off my friends list. Someone on my friends list, however, linked to a Fox News article about a U.N.E.S.C.O. report [pdf] advocating “a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, an ‘informed approach to effective sex, relationships’ and HIV education that they say is essential for ‘all young people.’”
Apart from the recommended age beginning at 5, the big problem people have with the report is in the Fox News’s lede in the story: “The United Nations is recommending that children as young as five receive mandatory sexual education that would teach even pre-kindergarteners about masturbation and topics like gender violence.”
I’m all about parents choosing what their children should learn and have no problem with people having religious reasons for protecting their children from learning certain things that should be respected. If people want to protect their kids, they have the freedom to homeschool or send their kids to private schools where they can be protected from the filth of reality-based education. That, however, is a privilege people possess in the United States.
People do not have such privilege elsewhere in the world. African nations struggle to educate their people. Both secular religious organizations do as best they can to help people in poverty stricken nations. There are religious organizations in particular who do a disservice to people they try to help. Here are some thoughts of mine I posted as a comment to the link on Facebook:
The thing about this is you have religious organizations going to African countries and telling them to not use protection because it’s a sin. The kids, teenagers and adults who don’t have the faintest understanding of how disease functions are told to not use condoms because sex is sacred, they should wait until they’re married and have sex only with the intent of procreating.
In their defense, however, they are also trying to get people in Africa to abstain so they do not share disease and unwanted children who will end up only in poverty which further exacerbates the problem.
That’s fine and dandy except that’s not how reality plays out. What ends up happening is peer pressure and the culture they live and breathe is a stronger force, compared to what some preacher says, leading them to have sex and cheat on their wives and girlfriends. Women aren’t as respected as they are here in the U.S. and it’s not uncommon to have a wife and several mistresses. To tell people they should not use protection because it’s a sin is tantamount to murder and that’s what religious organizations are doing.
So what the United Nations suggests is to educate early on how masturbation is o.k. and acceptable instead of calling it a sin because, as Christians put it, it’s spilling one’s seed. Masturbation is a MUCH better thing to educate about as it is an alternative to dealing with one’s sexual urges instead of what abstinence is: NOT an alternative. In nations where the only things in life are food, hunger and poverty, the only source of satisfaction might be sexual gratification. The human need for satisfaction is one of the most powerful — it is a basic human need. People WILL have sex whether you pray for them or tell them not to.
Masturbation is a superior choice for people than raping women or cheating on their girlfriends or wives. Masturbation is a superior choice for people than spreading disease and stirring the loins of Famine, Plague, War and Death. That is what Christians have been spreading in the African countries. That is not their intent but an ignorant people trying to teach another ignorant people to do stupid things like not protect themselves and simply, magically abstain from fulfilling their basic needs is tantamount to murder.
So, yes, in the name of God, Christians have been spreading the work of the four horsemen. God is not and has never been in control. We have been in control — and a bunch of people thinking they know what God wants (they are disgusting and proud to a fault to think they can know the will of God Himself) is doing the work of the devil now and always.
Fuck that shit. Research and logic leads to knowledge and if experts who sit down and try to figure things out using that research and that logic find that a certain route is more effective than the antediluvian crap that’s been fed to people by the people of faith, my money’s on the people who think for themselves instead of relying on a dust-caked tome for all their answers.
Sure, I went a little bit crazy there towards the end but what am I supposed to say?