Your Thoughts On Religion…

…really don’t matter to me.

I found this old (2009) thing what I wrote and thought I’d put it here.  It’s not exactly eloquent, but I stand by the message of “shut up.”  Anyway…

Most people I know believe whatever they believe and are quiet about it and that’s great.  But then there are the people who are vocal about it and have a desperate need to make sure everyone knows their opinion.  To those people I say this:  You know what I find interesting about your opinion on God and/or religion?  Nothing.  Seriously, I don’t care what you think and I’m tired of hearing about it.  I can’t imagine anything (with the possible exception of SEO seminars) more boring than yet another debate on whether or not there’s an afterlife or a god.

Atheists:  People have always believed in God or gods or witches or ghosts or aliens or bigfoot or whatever else and they will until the sun burns out so fucking accept it and get on with your lives.  Oh and by the way, I have an incredibly difficult time understanding how a bunch of you organizing and discussing your beliefs is terribly different from a church.

Everyone Else:  You NEED to shut the fuck up.  About everything.  Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, or Jew, just shut your fucking mouths and live your lives as well as you can.  Islam isn’t evil and the Pope isn’t the Antichrist and all of you need to stop judging other people because when you do, you’re stepping on God’s toes.  If two guys want to get married and you believe that’s an offense to God and they’re going to burn in Hell for their sins?  Let them burn in fucking Hell.  But what they do here in this life is none of your concern.  I understand you think that your way of life is the best and you want to share it with everyone but that’s crazy because it’s your way of life.  I guarantee you there’s someone in the world right now who thinks the best way to live is to start every day with a chicken soup enema and if he started insisting that everyone follow his lead, someone would slap the shit out of him.

I’m rambling.  I’ll end with two quotes from a guy who happens to be both a priest and one of the wisest people I know:

“God is bigger than our religion.  God is bigger than all religion.”

“Who on Earth would want a god they could understand?”

About

Tim Hatch lives in a secret volcano headquarters somewhere in the South Pacific, where he controls the world economy and writes confessional poetry about his disappointing childhood.

His poetry has been published in MungBeing, East Jasmine Review, The Pacific Review, The Vehicle, Touch: The Journal Of Healing, Apeiron Review, and he is the recipient of the 2014 Felix Valdez Award.

He finds writing about himself in the third person to be an overtly seductive invitation to tell lies.

He once captured a French Eagle at Talavera.

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