Thursday Double Tap
While watching my morning news here in online-land, I happened upon Ben Stein commenting on Mel Gibson's recent drunken meltdown. After the obligatory, "of course he's an anti-semite" and, "Oh god, yes, he'll work in this town again", he said this about Gibson's alcohol recovery:
If he's in AA long enough, God will come into his heart and change it
Really? Mel Gibson needs more religion? I never thought I'd see the day when a Jew would say that someone needs more Allah in their life. Oh...wait, sorry, more Mithra in their life. No? More Vishnu? Buddha? Not really a god, true. Amaterasu? Everyone needs more of her! No? Dammit...I never know which god they're talking about.
Why, whenever someone does or says something stupid, is the answer always MORE religion? How come no one ever steps up to say, "Mel Gibson needs to let go of his little superiority complex that his religion has inflicted upon him and start taking responsibility for his life"?
How can a guy who is rich and famous (and a former Sexiest Man Alive: 1985) be suicidal and depressed? Well like AA will tell him - he's powerless. Weak. Give your worthless soul to God and all will be right. AA is the fast-track to getting folks right where religion (in this case, Christianity) wants them: submissive.
Does AA help people? Of course it does. Does it help more people than not going to AA? Doubtful. The numbers show that of the people who attend a meeting, 9 out of 10 drop out within the first year. (www.rickross.com)
Stein also seems to imply that Hollywood (and everywhere) would be better under the control of the 10 Commandments. As I remember, the first three of the most commonly known 10 are:
(a) I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any gods before me;
(b) Do not make a sculpted image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above;
(c) Thou shalt not swear falsely by the name of the LORD (from Wikipedia)
So basically these first three are just intimidating language to scare primitive people into believing in the Big Spooky Man in the Sky. Why would anyone not of the Christian delusion look at the first three "commandments" and believe them when all they say is, "I'm bad, I'm the only one, don't carve a statue of me." Seems like God is a lot like Sean Penn in the 80's.
So why is more religion the answer? Hating Jews (or anyone else) is a symptom of being religious (Christian/Muslim). It seems like adding gas to a bonfire to me. By Stein's "logic", Hutton Gibson also needs more religion.
Do these people need Judaism? Why is that the correct path? Hell, as I write this , Israel is bombing the fuck out of Lebanon. And don't give me that horseshit about Israel having the "right to protect itself". When that sniper asshole was running around Washington a few years ago blowing people's heads off, no one suggested carpet bombing the state to "protect the citizens".
Back on topic: Mel Gibson needs WAY LESS religion. So does Ben Stein and pretty much everyone else - especially that retarded Elizabeth chick on The View. Boy is SHE annoying in her sanctimonious little pro-life way (like Bill Hicks said, "If you're pro-life, what does that make me?"). Take responsibility for your own life and no one else's, realize that your opinions and beliefs are just that - yours and yours alone, and most importantly: shut the fuck up.
How funny is this article?! "Oh my god! It's a miracle! The water started to flow! The statue is a miracle and it's going to be....what? Really? It's a pipe installed by the city? Oh.... Well, I guess we'll go grab a beer."
I guess JP2 wasn't such a badass after all. None of that "coming back from the dead" shit for him. I think it truly is beer o'clock.