The Gecko Brothers and Religion
I was thinking today about the difference between fundamentalist religious freaks and moderate religious people like most of the folks out there. It occured to me that the difference is quite similar to the difference between Seth and Richard Gecko in the movie From Dusk 'Til Dawn. If you haven't seen this movie, go rent it, watch it, then come back to this commentary. Go ahead, I'll wait. Seriously, go.
Back? Ok, so Seth is the moderate. He's a thief, but you trust him most of the time as long as you don't get in his way. He's much like a religious person who believes weird things, but generally gets through life without a ton of controversy. You might even be friends, but when push comes to shove, he has a very very skewed view of right and wrong. He'll do anything to avoid punishment including condemning random people to death.
Richard, on the other hand, is psychotic. He's certifiable. He sees things that aren't real, he acts on his delusions, and the results are devastating. He coldly rapes and murders an innocent hostage, then blames her for the crime when his brother asks questions. This is exactly like fundamentalist crazies who imagine the "man in the sky" is telling them to kill everyone different, then they act. Whether it's a backpack bomb, snipers shooting doctors, planes into buildings, or cars packed with explosives, it's all based on the insane visions of a few crazy people who saw shit that wasn't there.
This is why the moderates are just as bad as the fundies. Obviously Pat Buchanan and the Taliban and all the other literalists are absolutely insane, but the moderates apologize for them and allow them to continue on. Like Seth who yells at Richard after the rape/murder, then tells him it will all be ok once they get to "El Ray", Christians say that murder in the name of the bible is bad, but when asked to renounce the book, they make excuses. "It's got good stuff in it", is the answer.
In the movie, the Gecko brothers are both thieves and bad guys. In the real world, religion is silly and causes people to make stupid decisions at least and kill people at worst. Either way, it's bad and needs to go.