Friday, November 19, 2010

Quotes of the Damn Day: John Irving on Religion and God

Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.

It's not god who's fucked up, it's the screamers who say they believe in him and who claim to pursue their ends in his holy name.

Note: I've often wished John Irving was God. I think the world would be a lot kinder, saner place.

8 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

With more bears.

Jeannie said...

Amen sisters

Sarcastic Bastard said...

BEARS ARE WONDERFUL!

Syd said...

Yeah, the screamers of righteousness are a pain.

The Wit Continuum said...

Love this quote. Hits home in one way here. Locally, a young soldier recently died in Iraq and his body was sent home. His lovely wife and twin 9 year old daughters have to face this...just weeks before he was to come home for leave. And in planning his heart-wrenching public funeral do you know what else they have to face?..this fucking church group from some other who state who makes it their mission to protest at all soldier's funerals, claiming God is punishing them for their "sins" etc. This is what they think Jesus wants them to do. How do people become so delusional when it comes to God? Anyway, I thought of this when I read your post from Irving.

tulpen said...

What? He's not God?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Jenn,
That is awful. Sorry to hear it. Love you.

Tulpen,
Sadly no.

Parabolic Muse said...

Dear Jesus, protect me from your followers.

I do like that Irving fella. However, if I want to protect someone's ass and make them do things, I will. Most people are dum as roks.


That wasn't what I was going to say when I started this comment, but I guess it just slipped out.