God – Cosmic Idol
5FM DJ Gareth Cliff apparently called “God” petty. On air nogal.
(He didn’t call “God” petty, though. He said: “If God wants to be petty leave Him to be petty”. That’s a far cry from saying “God is petty”.)
Yet, well said, sir!
But, hey, “God” is not merely “petty”!
Created by fear and nourished by ignorance, clothed in the vestiges of fanatic deceit, worshiped by weakness, preserved by credulity; supported by custom and tyranny, god is no more than an incredible utilitarian conception – a bespoke chimera in service of psychedelic human experience: god is a cheap analgesic; a ready hallucinogenic. From Cain’s invitation to Abel, “Let’s go out in the fields”, through Srebrenica and 9/11 and Bali and Gujarat, to Turkey and Beslan and Hai al-Amaal, and from the Islamboeli in Ossetia and the Djemaah Islamijah in Pantai Jimbaran to breaking news on CNN, singular interpretation of the dictates of a god with the manners and the morals of a mollycoddled minor has seen multitudes maimed and massacred. (It’s religion, stupid!)
We need more people like Gareth Cliff.
He writes to a complaining listener: “That is a reasonable supposition, not a controversial opinion. I wasn’t saying GOD IS PETTY. You must listen carefully before you jump to the conclusion that I am out to offend you or destroy what your religion means to you. I don’t have any desire to mess with what you or the Muslims who are about to give that poor woman lashes for naming a teddy bear Mohammed believe. Just don’t expect me to believe it too.”