If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that hypocrisy is one of the main reasons that religion really irks me. It’s not that I care much whether a pious person sits in his room and talks to a non-existent being, no matter how ludicrous that seems. No, it’s that usually – and I stress usually, not always – that same person takes his beliefs out into the world and tries to impose those beliefs on everyone else, while ignoring them himself.
In all fairness, though, it doesn’t help that the book he relies upon to find his morality, and for Christians it’s the Bible, is so inconsistent and contradictory, making it that much easier to catch him in egregious hypocrisy. This story I bumped into from a few years ago illustrates the point quite nicely.
“Thou shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination.”
The hypocrisy comes in when you turn to the next chapter of Leviticus, specifically Leviticus 19:28, which says;
You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD
So, this Bible loving Christian, a true Christian™, cherry-picked a passage from the Bible that confirmed his hatred of all things queer, tattooed the passage onto his bicep, while completely ignoring another passage from the same book of his cherished scripture that admonishes him to refrain from tattooing anything on his body. And this absolves him of any guilt for physically hurting someone because of their sexual orientation.
In short, hypocrisy.
Chalk this up as another data point of evidence for why the world would be better off without religion, CL.