Hafez: God belongs only to you.

The Monty Python god

A little background here: this dude? He’s the assistant football coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who expresses some anti-gay sentiments, saying “Ultimately…at the end of the day it matters what God thinks most.” He further says that he will continue to speak out and that “he’d consider it an ‘honor’ to be fired for his devout faith.”

First, dogma (in any form, be it Christianity, the Yoga Sutras, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, etc.) is dangerous. It removes the need and opportunity to speak and think for yourself. We can’t succumb to the siren song of dogma and all its trappings of comfort and clear right and wrong (hmm…mixed metaphor? Ah, well).

Hafez said “God belongs only to you,” meaning that faith and religion are wonderful expressions of love and commitment, but you must find them for yourself, not in a book written to encase all the answers. The god you encounter in books is someone’s imagining of god (i.e. a fictional character). It doesn’t mean he (or she or it) doesn’t exist, just that you need to find him or her or it for yourself.

Second, HOW do you know what god thinks? Last I heard, god quit talking to and smiting people thousands of years ago? But, if we’re keeping track, god also “said” this:

“For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.” That’s right. DEATH. I don’t see any Starbucks/fast food/24 hour gas station employees (and everyone else works on Sundays) being put to death. It’s ridiculous. You can’t pick and choose. Why don’t we revisit our moral stances and base them on something other than a 2,000 year old book of questionable authorship?

I mean, sheesh.

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