I went to bed early last night, so of course I’m up before the sun this morning. Last night I went off on a rant because Germany decided to ban circumcision, and Jews and Muslims got up in arms about their ancient right to slash their babies at an early age in order to mark them. Someone I normally respect said “but it’s Germany. Could there be any worse country to make this choice?”
You know what? I’m no fan of Germany, given that they have a judge who ignored EU human rights laws and the wishes of a child’s mother to have a trans child locked away in an insane asylum at the whims of a transphobic father. But no one got up in arms to defend that child, and no one seems to give a fuck about all the male babies being mutilated every day by these religions. In fact, no one seems to be all that concerned about male-dominated religions trampling the rights of literally hundreds of minorities under the guise of their “right” to freedom of religion.
You can’t call me anti-Jew or an islamophobe. As a transsexual, I’m called an “unclean abomination” to these faiths, and many of their most holy men would call for my death or imprisonment. These male-dominated religions are also Christian and Buddhist, or Hindu, and in all cases, they demand that the man always be in a violent position of power. Because if they are not, God, or the gods, will be very angry.
I’m fucking sick and tired of this bullshit. I believe in God, but I believe that were are a bacteria infecting one blood cell in the body of an ever expading God. I believe this is but one of many such bodies of gods, and that these gods do not concern themselves with our activities the way our organized religions claim they do. I believe that people have taken the religious text of their faiths, cherry picking these texts to justify individual excuses to hate and exclude everyone they do not agree with.
Religions came about as a way to convince people to behave and think of others, and yet, most modern people use them as excuses to behave like complete douchebags. It’s a personal narrative of “me, me, me!” They make death threats against women for opposing their rules. They abuse children; they strip minorities of their basic rights of self-determination, and they do all of this is the name of a deity they’ve never seen or heard.
People use religion to deny science. They use it to justify mistreating the planet as much as they mistreat infant children. I would sooner strip these men of their rights and tell them “No, you can’t cut your male babies’ penises until they’re old enough to decide for themselves if they want it.” I would strip them of their right to dominate girls and force them to cover themselves head to foot in fabrics. Because really, the truth is that even when little girls wear baggy hoodies and hide their gender under layers of cloth, men still molest them and violate their rights to self-determination. Then they tell the girls “It’s your fault for being born as the object of my desire. I can’t help that I’m a rapist. God made me incapable of controlling my sexual urges, and if you want to avoid this fate you’ll have to act more prudish and less slutty around me.”
This is the excuse that religion affords these men, be they Jew, Muslim, Hindu, or Christian. This is the covenant that men make with each other, that their violent patriarchal control of women, children, and minorities shall remain unquestioned, because they assert that they have a right to mistreat others. And if they should ever lose that right to abuse people, then God’s will is being tested. It’s not God’s will being set aside. It the mindset of men that patriarchy should cede power to a more balanced system of true equality. It’s the ignorant view that maleness is next to godliness, and it’s a perspective that needs to go away. PERIOD.
So I don’t give a fuck if it’s Germany telling the Jews not to slice babies or the French telling Muslim girls not to cover their heads. I’m sick of fucking organized religions asserting their right to indoctrinate victims at a young age. I’m sick of religions asserting their right to mark their children with surgical wounds, only to turn around and tell people like me that we’re sick for mutilating our genitals. I’m sick of religious people using their faith as an excuse to remain ignorant of their influence on our planet and on our societies. I’m sick of bible thumpers beating up people with their so-called “good books.” And I would happily take the right of religion away from them if it meant giving women and children the freedom of self-determination. If children could get away from abusive and oppressive fathers, or indeed away from ANY abusive situation, simply by saying “I need to escape,” then hell yes, I would call myself anti-religion.
Now, go on and boycott my ass for refusing to respect your back-asswards ignorant views. Go on and threaten me with violence because I do not support your right to call me an abomination, or to abuse your children and turn them into victims of Stockholm Syndrome. You go whine to your elected officials that your rights to be a patriarchal abuser comes over my human rights to self-determination. But don’t you ever fucking demand that I respect your abusive ways as a right. Because what you have is a privilege that you’ve abused and turned into an excuse to be ignorant motherfuckers for way too long.
And if you think this means you’re being persecuted, let me just ask you this: when was the last time we fed any of your ignorant asses to the lions?