Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Morality - Binding, Eternal, and Totally Optional

Aren't Christians fun? On the one hand, god drops unassailable moral truths from the sky, so that the rejection of god involves an "anything goes" moral chaos in which Adam and Steve get married, wiener dogs roam the parks and streets unleashed, and children mix breakfast cereals in ways their manufacturers never authorized or intended.

On the other hand, with god in your life, all is permitted because all is forgiven, or all is permitted/forgiven because you really dislike paying taxes, or all is permitted/forgiven because Jesus was tortured to death, or something. Don't take my word for the latter -- take the word of former congressman, renowned family values lecturer, and conservative intellectual juggernaut Newt Gingrich, who

 ... asked [one of his ex-wives] to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.
He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, "How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?"
"It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live."
That's a good deal if you can get it, and by "get it" I very explicitly do not mean "accept Jesus as your personal savior" -- I mean "get it" as in find a way to inhabit one functional mind in which all morals are knowable, definite, and binding; and, simultaneously no morals matter for purposes of your individual choices. I leave the reader to ponder the open question of whether Newt Gingrich possesses a functional mind.

1 comment:

larryniven said...

Oh, if only it didn't matter what that fucking asshole did or didn't do. Maybe we can take this as a suggestion and put him some place where it won't matter - I hear desert islands are nice this time of year.