The church that runs the boarding house where little girls are beaten
Finds the media attention rather odd
It exemplifies the problem with America today—
We put little children’s safety over God.
The republicans out courting votes, to energize their base
Call the global warming scientist a fraud
“We are taking back the country from the liberals, because
They trust scientific findings over God.”
A polygamist in prison, on a hunger strike for days
Thinks his trial was a ludicrous façade
And the problem with humanity is obvious to all
We’ve been following the law instead of God.
As I look through all the stories I see daily in the papers
I see we use our language rather oddly
To describe the sick behavior that religions may engender
We too often use the adjective “ungodly”
thoughts, after the jump:
So this morning I’m looking through the news, and I see that AC360’s piece on the Hephzebah House (video at link) is titled “Ungodly Discipline”. This, despite the irony that the actual name for the beatings given to teenaged girls at Hep House was “Godly discipline”.
A case about problems that spring directly from religion, and the language of the piece still implies that “ungodly” is synonymous with “bad”. The beatings were, as we have seen before, part of the bible-based belief system of this church; physical abuse is godly, not ungodly. The inability of the Indiana government to intervene is due to the special status of religious institutions; the organized protection of child abusers is godly, not ungodly.
We see atheism linked to all sorts of horrors, in the words of believers at least. Atheism, with no foundational moral bedrock, could lead to… you name it. But again and again, we see real–not hypothetical–examples of how religious beliefs explicitly lead to the sorts of behavior that any thinking, feeling human being must recognize as … well, godly.