Dick Cheney & George W. Bush Make Me Want To Be a Christian

I am a devout atheist. This is not to say that I am not religious. On the contrary; I am more religious than most God fearing people that I know. Why do I say this? I say this because I live by a strong code of ethics and I do so with no hopes of Godly rewards, personal gain or a membership in a post life heavenly resort. I don’t really think I need a book to tell me how to be a good person and I don’t really think I need a book to tell me who I should hate. I try to be good for the sole reason of being good.

I am a big boy now and I have pretty good parents and I think they did a good job in making me a decent person. I learned a lot about character from being around them. My dad worked very hard his entire life. He never took bribes from salesman when he was buying materials for the low paying slave driving mens clothings company that he worked for in the 60’s and 70’s. As a matter of fact he never even accepted the usual holiday gifts like bottles of liquor or the tickets to sporting events that were offered to him throughout the years (and you have no idea how mad I was when I found this out after missing all of those boxing matches at the Garden as well as Yankee, Met, Knick, Giant and Jet games!!!) My mom was a school teacher who never wanted to be promoted because even though promotions would have increased her income they would have taken her away from the classroom, where she felt that she could do the most good for the children of our society. My sister, as much as I joke around about her being the Loch Ness Monster (or Big Foot, or the Creature from the Black Lagoon), is so kind that she actually puts her fear of insects aside to rescue the odd spider from her home and place it safely outside as opposed to killing one of natures living creatures. Of course she tortures me, but that’s another story:-)

So you see, I believe that even though I don’t follow an instruction book, I had some good teachers around me and I developed my personal religion based on their influence. My religion: Do the Right Thing and Just Don’t Harm Others. Pretty simple. It’s not exactly a tax shelter, and I don’t have any special holidays or fancy garments, but I’m happy.

That being said, there are times that I wish my hyper logical mind could make room for some illogic. I sometimes wish my hyper critical thinking could be suspended for just one thing. That one thing would be to believe in some God based religion. I did the religion thing when I was a kid but my critical thinking kicked in as an adult and my brain would have none of that. I don’t think it is a conscious decision, it is just something I can’t relate to. Religion stands less of a chance surviving in my mind when I see all of the real life examples of the vile and deplorable conduct of so called religious people around the world. Religious people murder, start wars, support wars, molest children, cheat on their spouses, rob, lie, you name it. So I say to myself, what’s the point? Why not just be a good person? This way if I do stray from my code of ethics at least I won’t be a hypocrite! Because let me tell you there is no bigger hypocrite than one who hides behind a holy book!

Now about Cheney and Bush…here is the thing…when I see people like Cheney and Bush, and just about all men and women of their ilk, Democrat, Republican, Nazi, whatever, I really and truly wish (I know…who am I wishing to…I DON’T KNOW:-), that there was a Hell. I truly wish that retribution was guaranteed in life. I picture a place where people like Bush and Cheney have to spend the rest of eternity facing all the people who have been harmed by their actions. I have a difficult time living in a world where evil people with power get free passes, so in the back of my mind I hope one day to find out that I am wrong about religion.

I think I would make it into Heaven based on my conduct during this life. I surly have a lot of apologies to make, but to be honest I try to make it a habit to apologize for my wrongdoing while I am alive. I don’t know if that cleans my slate, but I would think that it counts for something.

In the movie Slingblade the main character, Karl, is speaking to a good man who happens to be a homosexual. In other words this man is considered a sinner according to Christianity, and Karl is a bible reading Christian. But after getting to know this man Karl uses his critical thinking and eventually professes to this man “But I don’t reckon the Good Lord would send anybody like you to Hades.” By this he meant that by committing the so called sin of homosexuality the man really did not harm anyone and he feels that a “good” lord would not look upon that man as a bad man and want to punish him for eternity by sending him to Hell. I guess like Karl, I believe that if that of there is a God and a Heaven and a Hell, that a “good lord” would not send anyone like me to Hades just because I never believed in him. I may have to write some things on a blackboard over and over a few hundred times however.

So let me publicly apologize to my sister for all of the monster jokes, and let me say that even though my weird little brain won’t let me believe in a religion in the conventional sense of the word, I kind of hope to find out some day that I am wrong. And I hope Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and all people of their ilk also eventually find out that some odd guy from Brooklyn named Jesse was very, very wrong! Think about it!

7 Responses to “Dick Cheney & George W. Bush Make Me Want To Be a Christian”

  1. robalb says:

    I appreciate the sincerity and simplicity of what you have said, Jesse. I think you have a philosophy of living that seems to work for you, and that’s what’s really important.

    I happen to be a Christian. In fact, I went as far as to get my B.A. in religion and philosophy and my M.Div. several years later. That being said, I would rather listen to your thoughts about people and life than I would most Christians I have met.

    A brief comment about why I am a Christian. I very recently read an essay by one of my favorite authors, the late Stephen J. Gould, a professor of Natural History and Evolution at Harvard (I think it was Harvard). He happens to be a Jew, but he loved singing great choral music, much of which has been written by Christians (Bach, Hayden, etc.). Anyway, he described in a very personal way why a scientist like himself would take an interest in religion in any form. One of his conclusions was that religion, when honestly approached, can help frame hope and joy into life (I wish I had the book on me right now, because he says it so much better than I can).

    Where I think just about every religion goes wrong is when they start getting dogmatic. Dogmatism divides people up. Love, joy and hope bring them together.

    Have a great day, Jesse.

  2. Fran says:

    Thanks, Jesse, for a beautifully expressed
    explantion of my own beliefs. (And your sister’s, LOL. I rescues spiders to) Your editorials resonate with me, very often, but this is the first time i’m compelled to blog a reply. Thank you!

  3. worldman says:

    Jesse: You’ve got it a lot right. Just picture reincarnation…, one of them dudes being brought back as one of them spiders. Carefully remove said item from your domain, and deposit it somewhere it belongs. Having the choice up to you, would you feed it to a lizard, or some such devouring creature? Or set it upon a pretty flower and say good luck, little creature of Creation?
    Really, I think we have been made as human beings, and will remain so. A whole lot of misfortune and bad luck awaits these men, in the future. Karma, yin and yang. We have all been given the easy and simple saying “Be Good.”
    The awakening is coming…

  4. skeptx says:

    Looking at the church next door and I see “W 04″ “support our troops” American flag decals and other stickers supporting GWB I wonder what they are preaching in that church. Are they preaching to the congregation to support Bush? Support war and the murdering of innocent people?
    I first became aware of the danger of lies and deceit by Christian evangelicals, when I first heard of Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. Not to long after th that I began seeng another Jim on TV, Jim Baker and his wife Tammy Faye. I knew right away what phonies these clowns were. Then we had Jimmy Swaggart and now Ted Haggard who had weekly conferances with Bush. When are American people going to wake up to the lies and bullshit on corporate TV. We Americans are a brainwashed peiople brainwashed by the churches and schools and the radio and TV news lies. Thank you Jesse for an excellent site and I look to have something to “Think about” daily.

  5. worldman says:

    Odd to mention the Jim Jones Massacre. Explore a different version of evens through the Dr. Peter Beter letters regarding this matter.
    That most of them were murdered, more than drank some bad Kool-Aid. And a politician got into something he not ought to have.

  6. Truth Seeker on March 4, 1972 on January 7, 2003 on August 21, 2004, or no, sorry, actually says:

    ROBALB, I respect what you said, but religions are all about dogmatism! If you were to somehow completely extricate dogmatism from any of the major religions, what would remain? If you ignored all the horrible things–misogyny, xenophobia, murder, torture, intimidation, condemnation, and so on–you’d be left with a few good, proper, guiding moral principles.

    But those principles can stand on their own. Atheists (for the most part) share those principles.

    So why bother with religion at all?
    (This is a rhetorical question.)

    Saying that you are a member of one of the major religions, but rejecting dogmatism, is like saying you are a scientist who rejects rational thought.

  7. trustno1 says:

    Religion is a crutch and an escape from reality. It’s better and easier to live in that Lalaland than to face the ugliness of daily life. All the more power to those who can so willingly surrender their minds to the make believe so long as they don’t try to shove it down my throat.

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