*** First off, I know I'm way behind on comments. I have the next two days off, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up. And I owe some people some goodies to post, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get to that as well.
I just watched a really cool movie, For the Bible Tells Me So
, which came out like 4 years ago but somehow I never managed to see before now. I would HIGHLY recommend it to most everyone on my flist, even if you're not a Christian (which I know most of you aren't) but because virtually all of you guys are LGBT-friendly.
Basically the documentary is about 5 Christian families who each have a gay child, and then how they dealt with it, or not. In some cases, the parents were really cool and supportive... in other cases, the parents were antagonistic and basically cut themselves off from their children, with tragic results. Interspersed throughout all these family stories are interviews with religious scholars and leaders who shed some light on those famous Biblical passages, such as the one where it says "If a man lies with another man as he lies with a woman, it is an abomination and he should be put to death". Yeah, well, like President Bartlett and everyone else has pointed out a million times, it also says a couple lines up from that passage that eating shrimp is an abomination, and putting two different kinds of seeds together in the same hole is an abomination, eating ham is an abomination, working on the Sabbath is an abomination, etc etc etc. And yet when was the last time you saw Fred Phelps standing outside Red Lobster with a sign saying "God Hates Shrimp" and "AIDS is God's Punishment for Working on Sunday"? DUDE.
One thing that I found REALLY interesting was something one of the interviewees said, that "Biblical Literalism" is a relatively new phenomenon. Like, it didn't really start until the beginning of the 20th century. So when all these hardcore right-wing Evangelicals say the Bible is literal and infallible, that's not a traditional way of approaching Christianity. So we kind of had 2,000 years of one kind of Christianity or whatever, and then about 100 years ago the Evangelicals came along and decided the Bible was absolutely, 100% literal - except for the stuff they didn't want to follow, like that part where it says you should give literally all of your money to the poor. Somehow, that part always gets ignored. INTERESTING.
Did you know that Pat Robertson pulls in $450 million a year? I'm not sure if that's his entire organization, or just him alone - it was just a number quoted on the screen. But still, DUDE! I wonder how much of a difference he could make if he followed *that* part of the Bible literally, donating it all to the poor. $450 million could feed a whole lot of poor people. What's he even going to do
with $450 million every single year? At some point, don't you sort of have everything you could ever possibly want? Like, "Gee, another house, another car, another yacht, another private jet. Ho hum".