Reza Aslan And Religion

14 Oct

Guatemalans and Gays were brought up in an article. That’s what I am!

I’m both!


Unfortunately it was for this Reza Aslan interview about religion and how wrong Bill Maher is which are two topics that are really tired already so why are we still writing about them? Wouldn’t you all rather read about Guatemalans and Gays?


You have Christians in the hills of Guatemala who view Jesus as a liberating warrior who takes up arms against the oppressor, and Christians in midwestern Chicago who believe that Jesus wants you to drive a Bentley. Who’s right? They both are! That’s why Jesus matters.

Jesus matters to Guatemalans because he’s part of colonialism, meaning he was straight up airlifted into the hills of Guatemala so that my grandmother and mother could buy little wooden crosses and little bodega scented candles with the image of the Virgin Mary printed on them. When I think Jesus in the hills of Guatemala I do not think the wonderful varied beauty of religion. Invoking this imagery creeps me out.

I would say, in much the same way today no respectable figure would posit a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, because almost everyone knows someone who is gay, 40 years from now, a lot more people will know Muslims in day-to-day life

This is the interviewer’s sentiment but Reza agrees. In New York Muslims are the minority and you better believe they’re persecuted, but there’s a difference between religion and sexuality. I don’t want to sound like a Lady Gaga parade float but <<points to self>> Born this Way <<points to Religious Person>> Born Into Religion And Hopefully Did The Required Reading And Agreed To The Thing.

Religious people are locked in a war of ideas that gay people are not so the hope that one day the PR machine will just work for Muslims like it worked for the gays probably won’t pan out.

Will say this: Reza’s notion that people bring their values into their religion is just as simplistic as the New Atheist notion that religion is the master of a follower’s thoughts. It absolves religion too quickly of its imperialism, violence, and subjugation. I don’t think religion is solely to blame for atrocities like American slavery, but I think it’s so wrapped up in it that it would be hard to disentangle it.

3 Responses to “Reza Aslan And Religion”

  1. Patrick Nathan October 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    I like this. A lot.

    • Kevin J. October 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks, BTW. Did you ditch twitter?

      • Patrick Nathan October 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        Temporarily. I needed a break.

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