Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Can't Believe a Person Who Claims to Be Spiritual Would...

Whenever somebody is upset with Paul and me they always start their harangue with the phrase "I can't believe a person who claims to be spiritual would..." do, say, believe, neglect to do, say, believe, write a story, take a picture of, act like, associate with, refuse to repudiate, condemn, refuse to condemn, etc. This approach is used to disparage just about anybody who is willing to speak about their spiritual orientation in public. And it is especially used to squelch discussion of polarized political issues.

I thought I'd start a few short lists.

I can't believe a person who claims to be spiritual would...
  • Vote for McCain
  • Vote for Obama
  • Believe abortion should be legal
  • Oppose abortion for victims of incest or rape and women with health issues
  • Believe gay people should be allowed to marry
  • Refuse to allow any two people who love each other to have the same rights and protections other married people have
  • Go to war
  • Refuse to fight for one's country (be a conscientious objector)
  • Express an opinion like that (on such an important issue)
  • Refuse to express your opinion (on such an important issue)
I can't believe a person who claims to be spiritual would...
  • Eat meat
  • Wear leather
  • Wear a low-cut blouse
  • Wear so much eye make-up
  • Wear blue jeans in public
  • Dress like that
I can't believe a person who claims to be spiritual would...
  • Get angry
  • Fight back
  • Feel worried
  • Feel afraid
  • Get confused
  • Think a single negative thought
  • Refuse to see things the "way they are"
  • Make a mistake like that
I can't believe a person who claims to be spiritual would...
  • Fill in the ___________ with your spiritual prejudice here

2 comments:

kim* said...

oh the list will go on forever. :)

Gifted Designs said...

Doncha know that spirituality equals not being human???

*shakes head*

I think people should be allowed to be themselves regardless of what they believe...