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Ban Assault Rifles!

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School joins the tragic list of schools that have experienced a deadly shooting. How many mass shootings are we going to endure before our country takes meaningful action? I know it will take more than “just” gun control – but gun control sure seems like a good place to start.

Ban Assault Rifles!

Another school shooting. You statesmen on the right
Say prayers for all the victims; you pray with all your might.
You cry it’s such a tragedy; you mourn for those attacked.
You condemn the shocking violence – but then refuse to act.

Your words and prayers mean nothing! If shootings caused you dread,
You would’ve banned assault guns; those kids would not be dead!
By stomaching assault guns, you signal you condone ’em.
Assault guns are for soldiers! Civilians shouldn’t own ’em!

For years we’ve roared for action. Do something, don’t just pray!
But none of you has any balls. Instead, the NRA
Yanks your chain, says “Leave it!” Your principles you ditch.
You piddle while obeying. You’re just their little bitch.

Despite our calls for gun control, you say the thing to do
Is weaponize the teachers, so they can shoot guns too!
Armed with submachine guns, the teachers take their place.
Shoot-outs in the classroom! Yeah, that’ll keep kids safe!

And how about the other spots that murderers might go?
A music concert! City park! A theater or show!
A sports arena! Parking lot! A popular café!
A tourist site! The grocery store! A place where people pray!
A busy subway station! A crowded city mall!
Does the public, armed with M-16s, have shoot-outs in them all?

There are people seeking weapons who intend to wound and kill.
How easy should it be for them to get a gun at will?
No background checks at gun shows. No background checks online.
Free access to assault guns. How dare you think that’s fine!

You claim that guns are not to blame cuz people pull the trigger;
So children’s bodies pile up. The heap of dead grows bigger.
You pave the way for killers by resisting calls for bans.
By siding with assault guns, you bloody-up your hands.

To Christian politicians: Please ponder in your pews,
Children or assault guns: Which side would Jesus choose?
Would he justify assault guns, despite the kids they kill?
Or take a stand for children? Act Christian! Write a bill!

Stop bowing to the NRA! Stop doing what it bids!
Your right to buy your weapons doesn’t trump the lives of kids!
Show some moral courage for our daughters and our sons:
Stop these lethal shootings!

BAN THOSE FUCKING GUNS!

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Like A Peasant In The Iron Age

Like A Peasant In The Iron Age

As a Christian, I am proud to be as modern and as wise
As a peasant in the Iron Age. I think just like those guys!

God made the world. He runs it still. Such logic can’t be flawed.
It’s easy to explain the world: “It’s all because of God.”
God makes the mighty thunderclaps. That’s all I need to know.
God keeps the airplanes in the air. God makes the light bulbs glow.
God gives us cancer (who knows why!), then makes it go away.
I doubt it was the chemo. I bet it’s cuz we pray.
God keeps the earth in orbit. God makes the sky that hue.
God’s in that little magic shot that helps us fight the flu.
I never have to question why the tides go in and out –
“God does it!” is my answer. It’s so easy not to doubt!

Science builds on “evidence.” That makes me want to fight.
Won’t listen to another view! I won’t! (What if it’s right?)
If science contradicts my Book, then science must be wrong.
I won’t let stupid “facts” disturb the views I’ve held so long!
All the answers that I need are within my Bible’s covers.
It’d be the only school text if I could have my druthers.
I hardly think a scientist today could really know
More than what those peasants knew two thousand years ago!

They’re superstitious, super-stubborn, super-stupid – golly gee!
Those peasants in the Iron Age sure sound a lot like me!
In context and in history, though, the peasant’s much more wise.
He’d never heard of science. I’ve closed my mind and eyes.

Christian Love

Christian Love

Christians are so loving! They love you through and through.
Don’t know a thing about you, but they love you, yes they do!
They’re moral, kind and loving, taking orders from Above;
The world would be a better place if filled with Christian love!

But then a Christian family finds an atheist in their midst:
The retribution’s swift and harsh; it’s shouted and it’s hissed.
Christian loving might include to badger, scream, or shun,
There’s very little tolerance if you beat a different drum.
Families can be torn apart – they simply cannot stand
You to have a different view: it’s their way, or be damned.
They quote their Bible verses; they threaten and they pray,
They won’t respect or listen to a single thing you say.
The vitriol, the hurtfulness – so callous for a dove!
I must confess to needing less if this is Christian love.

There’s a special kind of Christian love if you happen to be gay.
They’ll love you ‘til you’re not yourself, they’ll love the truth away.
They quote their Bible verses: “Accept Jesus and be saved!”
They explain that gays are sinners: “You’re immoral! You’re depraved!”
Their loving God can wipe out towns – vindictively, some claim
God raised a storm, Katrina. It’s those gays who are to blame.
“God hates you!”  and “You make me sick!,” and “You! Repent your ways!”
Hate signs, screams, and beatings, that’s the love they show to gays.
“Change yourself!” “Don’t marry!” It’s more loving (seems to me)
To accept them fully as they are. (Hint hint: equality.)

Christian love is loving? Unless you think like them,
They’ll yell and scream and bully you with classic Christian venom.
Want to hear an atheist pray? Here’s what I’m thinking of:
God save us from this ugliness that some call Christian love.

The Battle of the Bards!

My poem The Bible Makes You Better? inspired a reply in verse from a reader. I replied, also in verse, on his website. We then launched into a heated and poetic exchange. Read the full “Battle of the Bards” at Bill Peddie’s blog.

Believe It If You Want To

Believe It If You Want To

Atheists are baffled: your position makes no sense.
You claim to know what’s true (or not), but have no evidence!
You can’t hold up the Bible as your “proof” – that logic’s bad:
Kind of like a salesman – “It’s true! Just read my ad!”

If you’re gonna claim your story’s real, and that you hold The Truth,
You gotta have a teeny bit of independent proof.
Until you’ve got some evidence (and its testing doesn’t fail),
The stuff you “know” to be so “true” is just a fairy-tale.

So here is what we’re saying: Believe what you believe!
Believe that Christ is risen! Blame everything on Eve!
Believe in all those miracles with wine and loaves and fish,
Believe you’ll live forever! (That is a happy wish.)

But keep your god’s haphazard laws out of public sight:
Don’t dictate who can marry whom (injustice isn’t right!).
Don’t teach creation stories in a science class; don’t tell
Those you disapprove of that they’re sinners bound for hell.
When it comes to an abortion, or same-sex wedding rings,
If you believe that they are wrong, then don’t you do those things!
It’s wrong – it’s absolutely wrong – for your religious view
To restrict the lives of others! (You know, the Taliban does that, too.)

So bind your mind with nonsense, flog yourselves for sin,
Pray to God He takes away the mess He put you in.
Believe it in your heart of hearts, believe it without proof,
But the rest of us won’t listen when you rant about “The Truth.”
Until you have some evidence that indicates God’s real,
Spare us all your Christian rules and your religious zeal.
Hear the message, loud and clear, from all non-Christian folk:
Don’t ram your spiteful made-up god down our collective throat.

The Bible Makes You Better?

The Bible Makes You Better?

So atheists have no morals ‘cause we don’t believe in god,
But the Bible gives you morals? I find that rather odd.

God declared to Abraham, “Go kill your only son.” (Genesis 22:2)
In the end, he didn’t have to; but what would you have done?
All kids who “curse their parents” should now be put to death, (Leviticus 20:9)
Plus kill all Sunday workers! (Will anyone be left?)  (Exodus 35:2)
If you rape a virgin, marry her! Then everything is great. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
Says God: “Kill men and women; the virgins you can rape.” (Numbers 31:17-18)
A brother rapes his sister; a father tells the crowd, (2 Samuel 13:11-14)
“Gang-rape my virgin daughter!” This Bible makes you proud? (Judges 19:22-24)

God slaughters every firstborn in a fearsome show of might, (Exodus 12:29-30)
Atheists are horrified – hey God! That wasn’t right!
The Bible’s full of murder – did God forget it’s wrong? (1 Chronicles 21:14, Deuteronomy 3:3-7)
Dead women, children, animals – the bloody list goes on.  (2 Kings 10:25, Joshua 6:20-21, Numbers 15:35-36, Deuteronomy 20:16-17, Psalms 137:9, Deuteronomy 13:15-16, Joshua 11:21-22, Ezekiel 9:5-7, Hosea 13:16)

The Bible talks ‘bout buying slaves, just like we buy our bread. (Leviticus 25:44-46)
I wonder why it didn’t say that slavery’s wrong, instead?
Oh here’s a moral teaching! To kill your slave’s a crime. (Exodus 21:20)
But beat him so he’s down for days? Well, that’s completely fine.  (Exodus 21:21)

You believe the Ten Commandments, the “one man one woman” rot,
Gonna kill those Sunday workers? Do you believe, or do you not?
If you stand up for one part of it, you stand up for the rest.
Those virgin rapes, those massacres –  I dare you! Call it blessed.

Atheists know that murder’s wrong; rape and slavery too.
Didn’t learn that from the Bible. Hey Christians – nor did you!
The slaughters, all that raping – you think those things are good?
All those acts should be condemned – a moral person would.
You think you’ve higher morals ‘cause you’ve read that violent book?
The Bible makes you better? Better take another look.