I have often wondered what our world would be like without the various forms of religion that inhabit our Earth today. A world where one is not discriminated or judged for being Muslim. One where one could love whoever wherever. One where science and technology would be dramatically further along. One where citizens can attend a Lady GaGa concert.
Over the past month, various countries in Asia have been protesting and demanding the pop superstar be banned from touring the countries. Indonesia succeeded, with religious protesters claiming she was too “sexually provocative” and “satanic”. I find this somewhat amusing that something worn by GaGa in the 21st Century can be seen as provocative where as Adam & Eve’s half-ass attempt at covering themselves is taught far and wide. All being said, they are entitled to their opinion, as am I. If they do not wish to see Lady GaGa, they should simply not attend the concert. However the thing about religious protestors is they force their beliefs upon everyone else. Citizens that bought tickets to the sold out show are now unable to see it simply because someone else didn’t want them to.
I’ve experienced my fair share of Christian protestors in Adelaide over the past few years. Constantly within the Rundle Mall strip, shoving outdated and downright stupid nonsense down your throat as you try and shop in peace. Once again, I believed that although I didn’t agree with it, they can make themselves look like fools and say as they please. However when they crashed the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered rally for equality on the 12th of May, that was a whole other story.
They felt the need to come and chant their hate to us as we were demanding our legal rights. Towing a life size “string-up Jesus now” cross on wheels and holding banners “warning” us, attempting to stop us from marching through the city. Imagine the scandal if I rocked up to Sunday church with a 3 metre dildo on wheels demanding them to accept me, yet it’s all okay as they’re doing it “in God’s name”.
This worlds screwed up idea of God and his beliefs leave me to believe in two possibilities. That 2000 years ago, Jesus was the J.K. Rowling of the time. His best selling fictional novel, “The Bible”, was adored by fans so much they started a fan club at what they called Church. Their love for the novel got so out of hand it has spawned into this chaotic frenzy of delusional people. The other possibility is that its all true. Jesus is the son of God, and he came to Earth to forgive our sins. However at the moment they’re looking down upon their followers cringing.
No matter the reason or excuse, religion is no excuse to forbid other citizens the right to do, see or hear something. In the words of Lady GaGa, “there is nothing Holy about hatred”.