The Cry of the Flagellant (The Paranoid Delusion of the Zealot)

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Atheism, equal rights, LGBT, Perspective, politics, religion
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The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history.  One Quarter of the population of humanity was wiped out, killing an estimated 350-375 million people from Asia to the shores of Europe.  The plague respected no one.  Kings, Pope, priests, and nobles that were supposed to be able to protect the townspeople were powerless to it’s destruction of life.  Prayer, isolation, offerings, all fell on proverbial deaf ears. 

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During the plague’s migration to mid-Europe, there was a group of religious zealots that took matters into their own hands, The Flagellant.   They would mimic the torture and suffering that Christ was supposed to have suffered during his trial and Crucifixion.  They would whip themselves with cords fashioned with stone in them to afflict severe wounds.  Loss of blood would be wiped up by the clothes of women following them, smearing the very blood over their faces to show their penance to a god who would or could not hear their pleas for healing and restoration.  These groups would move town to town in hope to save themselves and others from certain judgment from their angry god for their sin.  They would gather those in various town, torturing and killing those who were found in their ‘witch hunt’, of sorts.  Those guilty of ‘sins’ within the various towns and provinces  It was a ghastly time, fearful, and inescapable.  

 The mindset of various religions today, continue in the fear of judgment of an all powerful God.  The plague they now face has been labeled as the destroyer of our nation, this new threat – the equal rights of the LGBT community.  The delusion of judgment, and purging of sin, is still practiced today, spreading out in communities and effecting those that do not ascribe to it’s beliefs.  These ‘flagellant’ Christians are now gathering within the United States, amassing those who would ascribe to the notion that ‘sin’ is something god will judge and is currently judging, from the President on down.  They are congregating in various states, trying to persecute all those that do not ‘shore up’ to their beliefs and are beating on themselves with things like “The War on Christmas”, or refusal to serve the LGBT communities, or to marry them.  They are bullying those who do not agree with their view of god’s judgment, and are working nonstop to legislate their phobias into law, allowing them to refuse service and other functionality to persons in our progressive society.  They cry out ‘Take our country back’, similar to the 14th century, as their prayers as well continue to fall on deaf ears.  They have taken matters into their own hands, willfully spreading lies and financing marketing to publicly ‘weep’ of their ‘religious persecution’.   They tried to quell integration just decades ago, all in the name of their god and his supposed holy writings using this same platform of hypocritical righteousness. 

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The Crown Jewel of the U.S.A. is celebrating our diversity in a prosperous, free society.  It’s citizens, all equal, all Americans, deserving freedom to practice their religious beliefs or not.  All men (and women) are created equal, but these groups will not tolerate anything that THEY deem as sin that cannot be tolerated.  Sin is sin, but they forget that…as they would not be able to function in their own communities and churches, should they start enforcing it.  Lately, their self created, paranoid delusions are causing many to join them in helping their supposed ‘all powerful god’ by sitting in his very seat of judgment…as god is not responding to their prayers of segregation and discrimination.  Religion is in the heart, and does not belong in our court system, affecting all those who do not share their views – or at least it shouldn’t be.  Separation of Church and State is the true ‘holy text’ here in the greatest nation on earth.  There is no other country with both our size and diversity. 

Let’s continue to thrive to build a safe haven for ALL our citizens, and not make the mistake of taking some belief system into our system of government.  If we fall to this insanity, we will no longer be a republic, but a theocracy.  And THAT cannot be tolerated!  Lincoln’s phrase “government of the people, by the people, for the people” … that bell must ring for ALL!

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