Write About Being Gay, Having Eye Crust Is Fine But Dear God Scott, Don’t Write About Religion!
Through the years of writing this blog I always find it more than interesting the blogs that people comment on and more interesting the ones that they don’t. You see I began these blogs as rants and that’s basically what they are, a way for me to vent the frustrations of everyday life as a Jewish, gay, short, fifteen (really twenty) pounds overweight man just wondering why I can’t be famous, rich and in the tabloids. The one constant I’ve discovered is that I can write about being gay, having eye crust, reasons I won’t be a male prostitute is fine but dear God Scott, don’t write about religion! – Don’t Get Me Started!
To a large extent I do get it. Religion (for me anyway) has always been one of the most personal things about me. I’m one of “those” that consider myself “spiritual” but not religious because the whole word “religion” makes me think of organized religion and I can’t think of a group more hypocritical than those in organized religion except bitchy queens. They’re really the same. They’ll tell you one thing to your face but in their heart of hearts they don’t believe it. For the religious they act all “holier than thou” and then when they’re in private they’re begging for their “privates” to be tortured or whipped creamed or something odder than odd. With the bitchy queens, they spend their lives being horribly funny with their put downs of others but late at night when the eye lashes come off, they sit alone depressed that they don’t have washboard abs and aren’t mistaken for Lou Ferrigno instead of Lou Ferrigno’s mother.
Look, I had a good mother too who instructed me to never talk about politics or religion in mixed company. (Did you ever notice that “mixed” company is just when you’re in a room of people who don’t all believe what you believe? And shouldn’t that be a good thing, causing thought provoking discussions? When what it seems to have come to mean is just that you’re in a room with people who need to be “protected” from certain topics. Isn’t it time we all get a little less sensitive?) So perhaps that’s why people don’t comment when I go off about the Evangelicals releasing a statement that they’re disappointed in Obama. Who are they to be disappointed and why should we care what they think?
Just like the kids who put naked pictures of themselves on Facebook, if you put something out there you don’t really fully “own” it anymore. I don’t care if it’s a picture, a phrase or a video blog, once it’s in the “web zone” you’ve handed it over to the public at large and very rarely can you take it back. So while there was a time when politicians and religious leaders would be haunted by an old photo found of them with their ass cheeks sticking out of a car window when they were twenty, I have a feeling with all the MySpace, Facebook, etc. there will be very few “future leaders” who won’t have bigger skeletons posted in their online closet and I have a feeling we’ll decide as a society that things like naked body parts aren’t as big a deal as we once thought that they were or we’ll understand that we all do things in our youth (and some people in their adult lives) we wish no one knew about but thanks to technology most likely no matter what you do and where you do it, someone somewhere will get a picture or video of you that will undoubtedly haunt you (are you listening Michael Richards, Michael Phelps and everyone else?).
I guess what I’m really trying to say about all of this is that I welcome people who disagree with my point of view so don’t worry that you’re in “mixed” company when it comes to me. You can tell me Jesus is disappointed in me or tell me I’m completely wrong, don’t understand and I’ll relish every moment of it because I made you think and it made you passionate enough to respond. I’m all for being polite but I think we’ve all been too polite for too long. I have filled my life with people who are passionate and I live by the motto that I honestly only do things I feel passionate about. Perhaps I’m too passionate for my own good but that’s me (and that’s why God invented Xanax). The thing that I don’t understand is how anyone can passively sit back and not respond to someone you think is completely off base. When I read the article about the Evangelicals, I was so riled up that my fingers couldn’t type fast enough. We need more passionate people in the world so start being one, okay? And while I appreciate the people who comment on the fact that no one probably noticed how crusty my eyes were when I didn’t discover it until about 10am that day, I’d also like to give every single person who reads my blogs or watches my videos permission to “let loose” when it comes to the blogs about religion or any of the blogs really. Even when what you have to say is write about being gay, having eye crust, reasons I won’t be a male prostitute is fine but dear God Scott, don’t write about religion! – Don’t Get Me Started!
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