Between being abused in the name of Christ by Catholic Nuns, to the shots at my wife's sexuality, and our chosen brand of kink. To say I had an issue with organized religion, was to make a monumental understatement.
Now I wasn't sexually abused by anyone, but I was physically abused. I had the unmitigated nerve to be born Native AND left handed. How dare I! I was repeatedly strapped and our whipped with a Rosary, for instinctively crossing myself with my left hand. I was never believed when i reported being bullied by the white pupils. None of us little red bastards were.
As I grew up and escaped the Church, I still came up against religious nut bars. I was once asked by a fellow employee what the little satchel around my neck was. Once I explained to him what a medicine pouch was, he asked if I believed in God and Jesus. I told him not as the Church does. His reply, "OH, you're going to hell."
This is by no means an isolated incident. I have traveled extensively across Canada, the US and much of the Globe and no matter where I went, you could find those of such faith, as to preach you perpetual pain in hell, all because you don't embrace Christ as they do. Rest assured though, wayward Christians certainly don't have a lock on that type of thinking.
All this only fed my hate and justified my contempt. I eventually sought out Christians to exact my revenge upon. Even confronting a Priest in an restaurant and asking him quite sincerely about his beliefs in homosexuality. He gave me exactly what I wanted, according to him it was a sin. Without even being prompted, he explained Leviticus to me, quoting passage and verse. I then quoted passage and verse of Leviticus, about it being a sin to eat shellfish, as he raised a pealed shrimp to his mouth.
Am I confrontational? You bet, no denying it. It's my nature.
It took me years to get over the scars left by the Church. I still don't believe in organized religion. I'm pretty much what you would call a traditional, in Native spirituality terms. But I can see the good in the Church, I even came to understand how it influenced the development of the west and how that has benefited people like me.
I guess this is a process of maturity that some people go through, when they open their minds. Some people take years to pull it off, some never do. I see a lot of the latter here.
So, here we are. Take your shots at the Church here. Doesn't matter which one. Roman Catholic, Anglican, whatever. Come sh!t on them here. I mean some of you obviously have some deep irrational issues with the Church of (insert you choice here). Hell, some of you can't even separate reality from fiction, or isolate an issue. You generalize and encompass whole groups of people with your BS. But because you think you have a lock on righteousness, you seem comfortable to negate whole groups and justify your asinine rhetoric, without ever doing any self examination.
Pollute one thread with your immature trolling and jabs. Instead of trying to incite religious wars in every thread.