02 March 2012

Did the Mormons Burn Anne Frank's Koran?

Okay, I spent February as a lazy, moribund writer.

I reflect tonight on what may be a different aspect of curmudgeon-liness.

Have you noticed that the news is junked up with lots of, well, junk? The implication is, we’re obviously supposed to care deeply about what the purveyors of news tell us to care deeply about.

And so, I’m thinking tonight about lots of random things that I’m supposed to shudder about that I just really find irrelevant, boring, stupid or simply unworthy of a whole hell of a lot of attention. I made a list. In no particular order:

George Clooney’s sexuality. Hell, I don’t know if the guy’s handsome. Looks to me like he needs to shave a little more often but maybe ladies these days go for the abrasive thing. I am told I’m supposed to care about who and what he likes. George: Stay away for me. Other than that, I just don’t care.

What anyone named Kardashian looks like with or without makeup. Or, for that matter, in any particular garment or combination of garments. If it makes the news because there are hordes of people who want to know, God bless them and I hope they acquire some taste or class at some point. But beyond that scant hope, it’s really not my problem.

What anyone named Kardashian has to say on any subject. As nearly as I can figure, these people don’t do anything useful in society and I’ve not heard any evidence that they know anything useful. I don’t see any reason to care about their opinions.

The political opinions of entertainers. Ted Nugent just endorsed somebody. I don’t know who. I don’t care. They want to tell me how to sing or how to act, I’ll listen if I want to know those things. If they want to tell me how to vote, I really find their opinions irrelevant and boring.

Burning the Bible. I intentionally start with this one due to other things in the news. Mind you, anybody that flames a Bible is a really flaming ass hole in my book. But this is America, and the First Amendment says they can do it. My God is a fairly robust God and I don’t think that weakens him. Giving flaming ass holes attention validates them. Ignoring them marginalizes them. Who knows, maybe that means I really do care in a way, but I’m still going to deny it.

Burning the American flag. This is another First Amendment thing, and the people that do this are equally flaming ass holes. But this is still America. I confess I have to work to ignore this one.

Burning the Koran. You could see this one coming. Muslims think the people that do this are worse than flaming ass holes, they are infidel religious terrorists or some silly shit like that. I think the people burning Korans are really boring. The Muslims reacting to it with Jihad, fatwas and so forth are certified whack jobs. They want to be victimized so they can react in self-righteousness. PS, they must think Allah is fairly weak if burning a book annoys him.

The guy who got all pissy because a judge would not jail a Muslim who hit him because he was mouthing off about Allah or Mohammed. Yo, even when you exercise your First Amendment rights, there are some consequences. The Muslim didn’t shoot you, he just mussed your hair, so either shut up or go home and stay with your mommy.

Gay relationships. Theoretically, if I were unattached, I might be interested in what some particular lady might do with me. Beyond that, I really don’t care what adult does what with what other adult or object. It’s really boring.

Anne Frank and the Mormons. Lots of Jewish “spokesmen” are really all in vapors because some fringe Mormons baptized Anne Frank in absentia and postmortem. Holy St. Bartholomew, guys, lighten up. If what the Mormons did was effective, you and I both had been barking up the wrong theological tree. If not, it was just a bunch of gibberish. Ok, let's try this. I just inducted Joseph Smith into the DAR. Hey, it’s official, I lit a candle and everything. Now, his spirit is going to have to attend high tea, act snooty, and complain about immigrants. Right? What a bunch of idiots.

Anything any cleric says based solely on his or her status as a cleric. Look, I bet the Pope is a really decent fellow. I kind of liked John Paul II better, but I think he probably a lot better press agents. But when he spoke ex cathedra, it was still him and not God. When Jimmy Swaggart says to stay away from hookers, I confess he know ought to know, but he didn’t learn that in seminary. Well, for that matter, his opinion is probably worth more than that of a genuinely celibate priest.

Anything Rush Limbaugh says. Boring.

Anything anyone says in reply to Rush Limbaugh. Equally boring.

Anything else the press says that people are “outraged” about.

I’m not outraged. I’m bored.


Jim N said...

Oh, so right on target, Roger! What endless, needless strife we allow to occupy our valuable time simply by giving the religious/ political zealots access into our hearts and minds. Whenever I come up against "my way is the right way," (which usually means a stubborn refusal to discuss and evaluate openly and rationally--often from talented individuals who consider themselves "experts")--I go by another way. It's mind-boggling how individuals who have been exposed to advances in human understanding can continue to hang on to the decrepit nonsense they were indoctrinated into as children; it's almost as if they really do believe in Santa Claus as a real-life human beneficiary who gives all "good" children, regardless of their circumstances, anything and everything they could possibly want. They also seem to reject the thought that God is involved in the changes of human understanding, urging creation on toward ever newer insight into the nature of life. But, I guess genuine change happens very, very slowly. The primary reason I, a retired United Methodist pastor of 46 years service, no longer attend church is that, whereas in times past, there seemed to be more openness in sharing differing ideas in order to make decisions, now it seems in many places that open conversation is discouraged, and most people are willing to go along with what the supposed authorities define as truth. They seem to be handing their hearts and minds over to the zealots. The zealots seem to assume that their gifts and graces (talents and capabilities) make them experts in everything, no matter the hurt and disappointment their opinions cause others. They need to learn that genuine authority is earned and not acquired by status or some public show.

OMG, look what your post stirred up in me. But at least in this venue, there is still freedom to speak one's mind. Thanks for the opportunity to reflect, even though it raised the specter of disappointment, from which there was no other alternative but to walk away.

Roger D. Curry said...

My beloved brother Jim, this venue is always open to people of good will. A vigorous Marketplace of Ideas is one hope for the future.