Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick can burn in hell

Wear green, get drunk, destroy indigenous cultures. Practically the founding ideologies of this country. Well maybe not the wear green part. Alright, here’s my issue. St. Patrick was a Roman Catholic that came to Ireland to prosthelytize the region. In a nut shell, spread the word of Christianity in order to wipe out the heathens (read: Banishing the snakes from the island).

What’s wrong with being a heathen anyways? I’m a heathen. My beliefs and ideologies pull from across the globe, but I’m still a heathen. I’m no fan of Christianity (or any of the big 3 monotheistic religions) but I don’t deny anyone’s right to follow them. I may not agree with someone’s beliefs but I do respect the fact that people believe different things.  
However, if you try to wipe out my beliefs, I will show you why you have no right to impinge on them and display your ignorance with a childlike glee. Granted, now I won’t get burned at the stake for it, which, to be fair, was a concern at the time. But, still. We’re celebrating the destruction of a culture and the annihilation of an ancient belief system. That, I do not respect. People don’t even bother to consider what it is they’re toasting to.
When do we get to celebrate Indian Assimilation Day where we all wear war paint, feathers and smoke it up?
Do holidays really have any real meaning in this country? Or are they just an excuse to gather and get drunk? 
I understand the desire for camaraderie (says the girl that doesn’t like to be left alone), but do we need to exploit it? When does the commercialization corrupt the ceremonial spirit?
When so many things are arbitrarily recognized, it detracts from those things that are worthy of note or cause. Diminishes and devalues what should really be important.
Nothing is sacred anymore. Then again, I guess everyone has a different idea of what is sacred. If your idea of sacred is green beer and puking up a Car Bomb… Cheers.

3 comments:

  1. So very well said. I don't think 5% of people even know the origin of most holidays, but any excuse to drink is good enough for them.

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  2. Agree with the holiday. Sorry about your st. patrick take. Instead of looking at it as trying to wipe out indiginous populations - which misguided "Christians" admittedly did all too often- the goal is to share the hope of a life with God in heaven. And sadly, some people feel it must be done in the mode of dragging someone unwillingly from a burning building. I don't look for brownie points for saving someone. I'd rather plant the seed and let God grow it if He will. It should be that we have a gift we want to share.

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  3. @CWM ... I like your perspective. At the very least there's an element of respect there and that's something I value.

    Things are different today. Even when people spread their truth, it's less a damnation or oppression.

    Back then it was so different. It was war, battle, and blood all in the name of a god that was supposed to be omnipotent and good. I believe that anyone that will violate the rights and life of another in the name of their diety has missed the point and I will not abide it. It just makes me so angry that people hide behind an ideology to express and act on their bigotry and hate.

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