Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Couldn't Be Insecurity, Could It?

Yes, because Pagans don't love their neighbors, and monotheists always do. And because Pagans don't see themselves as manifestations of the divine. And because the monotheistic gods are never capricious and wicked. And because all monotheistic wars are just.

Let’s imagine a world without the Judeo-Christian command to love one’s neighbor. Let’s imagine a world in which every individual is not made in the image and likeness of God. Let’s imagine a world in which the gods can be even more capricious and wicked than their own worshipers. Let’s imagine a world in which wars were neither just nor unjust, but instead just a fact of life. And let’s also remember—because we don’t have to imagine—the Peloponnesian War, a war that needed no competing Gods to produce a casualty rate unimaginable today. (It would be as if 44 million Americans had been killed in the European and Japanese theaters of Word War II.)

What's oddest about the post isn't its lack of logic, although that's rather pronounced, nor its ignorance about modern Paganism, although that, too, is rather pronounced. What's oddest is the need to demand -- even when one must create specious examples to back up that demand -- that monotheism is so much better than polytheism. If xianity works for the author, fine, good, that's nice. But why the need to compare and create lies that allow the author's religion to "win"? It's the true oddness at the root of monotheism. You want to worship just one god; fine. What's at the root of your need to put down my gods?

Picture found here.


Olivia said...

It could be insecurity, it could just be a complete and total ignorance of the last 2000 years of history. Today is Veterans' Day. I don't hear any WWII vets praising God for helping them to defeat the Pagan Nazis.

Teacats said...

Reminds me of the "Wal-Mart" approach to business .... totally wipe out the competition. Seek and Destroy. Because if there ain't no comparison around -- nobody will question the Ways-and-Means.

Scary. Scary. Scary.

Jan at Rosemary Cottage