Friday, November 28, 2008

Rant on Evangelism

"In Christianity, neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point." - Friedrich Nietzsche.

Decanted from Lourdes, an insipid, youthful fountain's liquid.
Oh, Christian Evangelicals,
As vacuous, ex cathedra tyrants,
You eviscerate humanity on inquisition's rack.
Why torch freethinkers as witches and sorcerers?
How can you repudiate civility
Within civilization?
With missionary zeal

Every culture you loot and rape!
God's glorious conquest provides
Your bounty. The compassionate
Christ, your very own loving Lord,
Vomits in organized, opulent edifices

To obscure hypocrisy's stench.
Moses sought not to obliterate Egypt
Nor to convert Pharaoh's loyal subjects -
His goal, liberation, retained modesty

Obeying the coming Commandments.
Respect and love others as yourself
Without limitation, and unconditionally,
Expresses the meaning
Behind "Do unto others..."
Can you practice what you preach?
Or do you use words only as devices,

Creating pretexts for aggrandizing conflicts?
Coveting anything, including souls - sin's commission;
Destroying cultures - the most grievous crime against humanity!
By demanding everyone succumb to your immorality:
Refusing to bless gay couples' loving fidelity,
Denying abortion as a choice,
Restricting access to contraception,

You flip the finger at God given Free Will!
But your ultimate blasphemy
Lies in breaking
The Commandment known as,
"Thou shalt not kill,"
Even more so by killing

In God's name.
War, mortal sin,

Just like capital punishment.
When Jesus says,
"Whoever is without sin
May cast the first stone,
Why do you all
Hurriedly cue to cast it?
"Judge not
Lest ye be judged,"
Means God shows less forgiveness

To those who are unforgiving.
Remember Jesus in Jerusalem
Cleansing money idolaters
From the temples -

Imagine his reaction to televangelists and hat passers today!
Vengeance is a sin - even for 9/11,
Or did Jesus err by suggesting we turn

The other cheek?
Preemptive war equals blatant murder.
Perpetual war reveals Hell on Earth:

Satan's reign.
Vitriol defines you
from your garrulous gospels.
How did love cease to be

Your religions' core?
Would you even recognize Jesus
If he did return today?

This is an edited version of a poem which was originally published by Eleventh Transmission on March 3, 2008 in their Vol II Issue 3. A link to the archived publication has been placed on the right column (8 poems on Eleventh Transmission).

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