I've been thinking a lot over the past couple of months about intolerance. As you know if you read this page often it's a subject I touch on quite often from one angle or another. That's because I regularly see examples of it and it's something I'm rather ironically not prepared to tolerate…
I always find religious intolerance the most interesting. Did you know that I've been told by two Christians in the past five years that a paedophile who rapes children but believes in Jesus will go to heaven while a man who does good things, always helps people and believes in God but not that Jesus was his son wont get any access to paradise if they happen to be wrong. Can you believe that these people would rather spend eternity with baby-raping scumbags than people that don't share the exact same beliefs as them? It's ridiculous. I remember during the Iraq war one of the guys, who later told me that, was watching the news report about how many Iraqis had died in bombing raids. He turned to me and, in all seriousness, said "They're gonna get a shock where they're going." I was totally disgusted, and the conversation soon turned to his beliefs and how he's trying to artificially impose them on others. He just couldn't see that when he dies he might be the one getting the shock, not them, or even how horrific it was that he'd think that about others while counting himself as a good person.
One can only think of the Westboro Baptist Church when reading this strip. Members of that church were protesting outside the University of South Florida today, holding up signs that said "God Hates Jews". Members of the same church were also protesting outside of a Bon Jovi concert in Tampa over the weekend. The signs then read that "God Hates Fags" and "America Is The Devil's Playground". One has to wonder if the people who attend these protests and make these signs ever once stop to think why their God who loves everyone is so determined to turn them into instruments of his hate. How is it that an ever-loving God would want these people to go out there spreading hatred and intolerance so vehemently? It's almost like someone else has come in and perverted the word of God with their own political agenda and bigotries.
Next time you think you're following the literal word of God, stop and think how many times that word has been changed over the years and how many people have added their own slant to it, their own perversions. Stop and think about a God who loves all people regardless of how they live their lives, and ask yourself if that deity would really want you to do this sort of thing to other people. If the answer is no then spread that word to others who you've seen fall into the same traps you have. If the answer is yes then the religion you subscribe to is a lie you're telling yourself. This is the new Word, the Gospel according to Furie.