Disappointing presidential races, nightclub shootings and alligators: it has indeed been a long week—what more can I say? By now, we have at least earned a good chuckle at the expense of religious hypocrites (the subject of this week’s cartoon).
On this topic, the late Christopher Hitchens once remarked:
“Whenever I hear some big-mouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite.”
Whether or not the allegations that Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, was secretly a frustrated homosexual have any merit to them is irrelevant. It is enough to realize that religions which force people to hate their own natures (and themselves as a consequence) are not healthy for the mind. If we have learned anything from the likes of Ted Haggard and countless other high church officials (who among other transgressions, cannot seem to keep their hands off the altar boys) it is that sexual repression is not good social policy.
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