Another day, another pie fight. Actually, last I checked in on the highly-rec’d diary that has spent most of the day on the wreck-list, it wasn’t much of a pie fight. It was mostly atheists, agnostics and sympathizers vocalizing, with some justification, just how much they’ve been discriminated against – that they are the victims of bigotry. It is true, as claimed in the diary that “American’s don’t like atheists”. Then again, American’s have a long history of not liking somebody-or-another – but more on that later.
In the meantime, there were plenty of comments to make the converse argument – that atheists have considerable bias against their believing counterparts. To much applause, religion was compared to a penis). An excellent comment about the disdain shown toward religion by numerous dkos atheists was retorted with the comment "Cry Baby"
Attention: 1% of the U.S. controls 40% of the wealth. If you are not part of that 1%, YOU are a victim of BIGOTRY and DISCRIMINATION. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Jesus, Moses, Bieber, FSM, or the ghost of Carl Sagan. It doesn’t matter if you are a college professor or a bricklayer or a McDonald’s worker.
The vast majority of bigotry – though not excusable – is grounded in the innate human fear that somebody else has more than their fair share of power. That’s why they tell us that gays are getting “special rights”, that Whites are subjected to “reverse discrimination”, that union-members and teachers are “greedy”, that intellectuals have a "socialist-secular agenda". And of course, hippies vs. soldiers . Whether such confrontations really happened or are urban legend, rest assured, the Kochs of the world will be there to pour gasoline on the fire, and make sure that the enmity persists.
Of course, they don't need to tell us that the uneducated, or southern Whites, or Midwesterners are bigoted rednecks. We're too busy saying that to ourselves and each other.
So yeah, your run-in-the-mill storefront Baptist preacher stands a better chance of getting elected to the local school board than does the typical member of the Ethical Society, or the Unitarian Church for that matter. It just ain’t fair, is it?!
The day I visit this site and see a volume diaries devoted to organizing against and discussing the real enemy -- in proportion to the amount of wealth held by the elites -- That's the day I’ll believe the progressive movement stands a chance in hell of being born again (puns intended). On that we day can proclaim:
Those who speaks evil of our brothers and sisters day and night have been cast out.
(Paraphrase, Revelations 12:10)
The devil is the one who sows the seeds of division. On that point, I’m a biblical literalist.