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Joel Watts and Pat Robertson Want to ‘Legalize Weed!’

December 23, 2010

Joel Watts, aka Polycarp, aka number two, from Unsettled Christianity, aka The Church of Jesus Christ must be using the chronic. How else do you explain siding with Pat Robertson on anything?

Joel agrees with Pat “In several things on this video actually…” Clearly the dutchie has been passed from the left-hand side before someone writes that sentence!

As an aside Joel, you have to be very careful siding with someone like Robertson on anything because he is sure to make up for any moment of clarity with a hundred of insanity, therefore, you need titles like, “For some god-forsaken issue I find myself in agreement with PR on this one minute detail and nothing else.”

And regardless of any ‘sense’ he might make on one issue, the man should be forever ignored for the many terrible things he has said:

Aristotle stated that luck is when the other guy gets hit with an arrow.

This utter lack of empathy is not just a failure of the idea of divine providence but also a massive failure of imagination. Failing to explore and consider seriously the tragic lives of others as if they were our own breeds judgment and apathy not compassion and support.

When we realize that many of us are alive and well today for many reasons and variables that have nothing to do with who deserves it then we should understand from the start that those who suffer more than us need our empathy and respect not judgment and mind-numbing excuses from on high.

To “sanctify” and justify other peoples tragic suffering to ease your troubled mind is beyond weak and cowardly.

Some Christians think bad things only happen to “bad” people but the truth is tragic things happen to many innocent people and deserve or purpose has nothing to do with it. That is why a five year old child suffers with cancer and dies while Joseph Stalin who was responsible for millions upon millions of deaths lives to the old age of 74.

Everybody dies and many innocent people die in tragic circumstances. There is no security on this earth and there is no eternal security after death. Christians can put their head in the sand but the truth is there to see for anyone with the courage to face it.

Hannah Arendt attributes Eichmann’s wrongdoing to his “sheer thoughtlessness,” to “his lack of imagination,” “to his remoteness from reality.”

This interventionist christian concept of god is an insult to those who have suffered on this planet.

“I always have to think too of a little boy sitting on the banks of a river in west Africa who has a worm boring through his eyeball, turning him blind before he’s five years old. And I reply and say, “Well, presumably the God you speak about created the worm as well,” and now, I find that baffling to credit a merciful God with that action.”
-David Attenborough

Christianity seems to have lost its claim to universal truth when it has limited itself to only a specific time and a specific place in America. Can you imagine any of these American preachers being transported to Auschwitz in 1942?? Or how about the killing fields of Rwanda in 1994? One realizes how irrelevant and limited the christian american message really is. Charlatans and political power lead the way to the frugal and passive Jesus of Nazareth? If Christianity is credible it should be above time and culture not dependent on it.

God wants you rich. Your best life now. Steps to success. These platitudes are limited to geography, time and culture and are not grand or true enough to survive the reality of the whole human experience. This american christianity is not universal in time or place. It does not deserve the respect of reason nor does it pass the test of justice.

Dogmatic religion requires solipsism because once a person goes beyond their little bubble and starts to imagine and contemplate the human history, the natural history, and the depth of the cosmos the sheer weight of all of it will cause one to give pause to dogmatic certainty.

“A general problem with much of Western theology in my view is that the god portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy much less of a universe.”

-Carl Sagan

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 9:59 am

    nice work

  2. Jake permalink
    December 23, 2010 5:11 pm

    If ever you needed proof that de-criminalization was a bad idea, there you have it. A basic fact of life, more unerring and constant than life and death itself is that you should always, ALWAYS do the exact opposite of what Pat Robertson says.

    Time to get seriously tough on weed folks.

  3. December 24, 2010 5:12 pm

    Yeah, Jake, I’m sure the prison-industrial complex and the cartels south of the Rio Grande agree with you. America’s war on drugs = huge profits for all concerned.

    But seriously, as far as PR goes, “even a blind hog can find a nut every once-in-a-while,” “Ihad a busted watch once. It was right twice a day,” choose your aphorism. Legalizing pot is a good start. Once heroin, meth, cocaine (in all its forms), PCP, LSD, etc., etc., ad nauseum are also legal–or, preferably, decriminalized–well, then you’re talking the beginnings of real positive social change.

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