Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Should these men get to tell you what's right and wrong?

WARNING- Read no further if you don't like incendiary posts.


(Link to article from which I got the picture)

Bush says he wants to honor the Pope's conviction that, “...there’s right and wrong in life, that moral relativism has a danger of undermining the capacity to have more hopeful and free societies.”

Hmm... let's think about that. Yeah, there's right and wrong, but who says the Pope knows best what they are?

Figuring out what's right and wrong takes careful thinking and discussion about the happiness and suffering that may or may not be caused by an action. And that's not at all what the Pope does. Rather, he cherrypicks his definitions of right and wrong out of a crusty, old, racist, sexist, homophobic, self-contradictory body of literature based on made-up revelations from an imaginary being.

So rather than honoring the Pope, I think we should call him out on this prolonged scam. We should realize that "morals grounded in faith" really means "arbitrary rules based on personal bias and ancient superstition". Popes, prophets, and presidents might imagine that they have a magic moral guide, but really, common sense and rational ethics are all that any of them, or we, have ever had to decide what's right and wrong.

Don't let them take those things away from you.

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