Why I Don’t Go To Church

A Confession from Doug Draper, a proud member of the media and “enemy of the people”

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Every once in a while – but not very often, Thank God – someone will ask me if I go to church, and if not, why.

And rather than lying like some people do, I like to give the inquiring individual an honest answer and say ‘no’ to the first part of the question.

Then I usually use the latest example of self-righteous, in-your-face hypocrisy I have read about or witnessed on the television news (which is usually something I’ve read or witnessed that day) to answer the second part.

Trump receives prayer blessings from Christian evangelicals

So if some inquiring (or is that ‘Enquiring’) person were to ask me that question today, I would start with the usual “no” and finish with a tweet that has just been sent out by an individual who does for the reputation of a Christian preachers what the Koch brothers do for the reputation of people of wealth or what Donald Trump does for the reputation of politicians, or what Mark Zuckerberg does these days for the reputation of social media.

That individual is the Reverend Franklin Graham – an American evangelist and son of the late Reverend Billy Graham who I didn’t mind as much because he wasn’t half as delusional as his son – and the tweet he sent out sometime overnight as April 24th was transitioning into April 25th, was aimed at South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (or “Mayor Pete” as people who have trouble pronouncing his last name call him), an American military veteran and openly gay, married man in his late 30s now running in the primaries as a Democrat candidate for President of the United States.

Here, for your edification, is the gist of Reverend Graham’s tweet –

“Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party,’ the son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham tweeted.

U.S. presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, is now feeling a bit of the wrath of God, Reverend Franklin Graham-style.

‘But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by.

‘God doesn’t change.

‘His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever.

‘Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian.

‘As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”

All of this sanctimony coming from a leading member of a large flock of evangelical Christians in the United States who worship Donald Trump as if he were the Second Coming and who go to him, if he is anywhere near, to autograph their Bibles, which he has actually been seen doing for the faithful as if he were signing a copy of ‘The Art of the Deal.’

It matters not to these holy people that this greedy, orange hair, hate-mongering, narcissistic con man they choose to slither around in the swamp with keeps proving he is all of those things and more every single day.

At one of his campaign rallies, Trump takes time to mocks a disabled newspaper reporter who criticized him in a story. The crowd responds with thunderous cheers

It matters not that he has been caught bragging on tape about “grabbing p**sy” and has arranged to pay hush money and have “catch and kill” contracts signed to shut porn stars, Playboy bunnies and others up about elicit affairs he has had with them.

Nor does it matter to these holy people that Trump blatantly and shamelessly lies at least 30 or 40 times a day about all of that, along with a manure pile of other awful things he and his crime family do every day.

I sure don’t get it, but as I said at the beginning of this commentary, it has been quite a long time since I’ve been to church so maybe they are now down to nine commandments and have ditched the one about lying somewhere along the way.

Apparently they also skip the verses in the Bible where Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount because you don’t hear or see very much of the moral teachings about love and tolerance and generosity that come out of that either.

No, that young Mayor Pete from South Bend, Indiana needs to repent but Trump can do anything he wants just so long has he keeps stacking the courts, including the Supreme Court, with more anti-abortion lawyers.

Trump can even go on supporting border security policies that involve ripping children away from their mothers and putting them in cages, just so long as the children they rip away are brown and are no longer in the fetal stage.

So getting back to the original question, what is the point of going to church and doing all of that praying and repenting if you are just going to come out and embrace behaviour like that?

I don’t normally like to but I have found myself getting into the odd discussion like this with holy people and they have sometime ended by saying that they don’t appreciate a “non-believer” like me criticizing their religious beliefs.

My answer to that is that I’d be happy not to talk to them about their religious beliefs at all if they stopped trying to use the halls of government and courts to push them down everyone else’s throats.

One thing I am a great believer in is separation of church and state – something that the Reverend Franklin Graham and his sheep obviously have no regard for.

Donald Trump, at right, signs Bibles for ‘the faithful’ during a gathering in Alabama a few months back, and some of the responses from citizens on Twitter at top left. By the way, if Jesus came back, is this something He would do?

Anyway, a lot of these lofty questions about morals and the sanctity of life and the place of religion in our lives are way above my pay grade or any earthly powers I have as a human being to fully answer them.

So I am going to leave the final word on religion, abortion and the sanctity of my life to one of my favourite preachers, George Carlin.

And fair warning, he makes use of the F-bomb a few times to punctuate some of his points, and for some of you right-wing Evangelical Christians out there who pretend to be offended by the use of the F-bomb, just reminder that one of your favourite anti-abortion politicians, Donald Trump, is quoted using it in the recent released Mueller report.

Click on the screen below to hear and watch Reverend Carlin preaching the gospel on right-wing Christians and the sanctity of life –

Remember what Reverend Carlin said – especially all you right-wing, anti-abortion Christians out there who have eggs for breakfast or use them to bake a cake for the church bazaar – “Chickens are decent people.”

Unfortunately, George Carlin die after a long battle with heart disease in June of 2008 – just weeks before he was to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humour at the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

One could only imagine what he would have to say today about the likes of Donald Trump and the Reverend Franklin Graham.

No one around today – not even a Bill Maher or John Oliver – could quite match it.

To read a news media account of the Reverend Franklin Graham’s tweet, click on https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6957179/Evangelical-preacher-Franklin-Graham-says-Mayor-Pete-Buttigieg-repent-gay.html .

For the record, here is a clip of the Mayor Pete that some find so offensive, during a recent appearance of Bill Maher’s HBO program, Real Time. Click on the screen below to watch  –

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4 responses to “Why I Don’t Go To Church

  1. Linda McKellar

    You are a brave man Doug, but every now and then someone has to have the guts to poke the hornet’s nest even if it results in a sting or two. I’m sure I’ll get some hate for my remarks. Can people not see hypocrisy when it is before their very eyes? Oh, how I wish Carlin was around now to eviscerate these bigots!

    Muslims bomb Christian men, women and children in Sri Lanka.
    Jews kill Muslim men, women and children in Palestine.
    Some Christian sects in Africa kill homosexuals.
    World wars were fought by countries both claiming god was on their side.
    “Gott mit uns!”
    Hindus and Muslims have killed each other in India and Pakistan for decades.
    Neo NAZIS march in Charlottesville with torches chanting “Jews will not replace us” but Trump declares some were good people. Is it so hard to say NAZIS are NOT good people?
    Notre Dame burns and people claim there was a Muslim on the roof!!!
    Need I go on?

    Religion preserved literature, music, culture and architecture through the Dark Ages. I give it credit for that, but it is no longer the Dark Ages…or is it? Do we still pray to Thor, Amun Ra or Apollo? When will logic triumph over superstition? Organized religion is tribalism, pure and simple and when radicalized and used to control people in society who do not subscribe, it is just plain evil.

    The hatred fomented in the good old USA by Agent Orange and his sycophants, (like the evil xenophobe Stephen Miller and the invertebrate Republican slugs in the Senate who treasure power over integrity) is being encouraged by hate filled, self righteous, delusional bigots claiming to represent Jesus. Do they really? How often is it asked, “What would Jesus do?”. Well, he sure wouldn’t be doing what they are doing! Does the US really want to become a theocracy? Look around the world. Many secular nations are the ones that care best for their people and are by far the happiest. Theocracies are regressive and, coincidentally, often the nations with the poorest and least educated populace.

    I will declare with no shame whatsoever to being an Atheist. That does not mean I hate the religious but I do often hate what some of them do. I judge people on their character, not their sexuality, race or religion and wish others would do the same. Spirituality and a notion of our place in the universe is something to which we all aspire and we all have our own ideas about what it is, but organized religion is just not the answer for me. When run amok it is nothing but a source of dissension. My god is the true god and that gives me the right to hate you! Where did the ideals of faith jump the rails into idiocy?

    “Imagine no religion, I wonder if you can.
    Nothing to kill or die for, a brotherhood of man.
    Imagine all the people living life in peace.”


    • Religion cannot be the source of this cruelty unless you think it is possible to imagine no religion as Lennon or you maintain your god gives you the right to hate.
      Perhaps a natural religion such as Buddism is worth a look.The belief in an elsewhere god and life after death is a poison to us all.
      I am trying to grasp a vision that notices the obvious…we are all material beings in a material universe. This is the thought of Tony Equale who has written much about organized religion. Worth a look. Thanks Linda.


      • Linda McKellar

        Thank you for your response Mr Gibbons. The ideals of Buddhism are likely the closest to common sense and true spirituality. Regardless, to me, the nearest I can get to inner peace and a sense of what is reality, is time spent in nature. The sound of the wind and waves, staring at the stars, contemplating the cosmos and realizing that we are not at all important in the grand scheme of things is humbling… BUT…we are still a part of it. It is an honour to be a tiny part of something unimaginably huge and majestic. That satisfies me. I don’t have to feel special. Just being is enough. It doesn’t need personification or a deity. Faith, spirituality or whatever someone wants to call it, is a personal matter and it doesn’t need an intermediary like religion. Whatever comes after this life, be it oblivion or something else, living the best life we can is what matters. I don’t need the dangling carrot of eternal life.

        As for organized religions, one of the best quotes I ever heard was from an ex Muslim woman who said …”I don’t care if you worship stones. Just don’t throw them at me”. Everyone needs to find their own meaning in life. Adopting someone else’s is not meaningful.


  2. Thanks four your honesty Doug Draper. Carlin’s humour skips over a plurality of secondary causes and effects in his look at Cristianity but stings deeply. The self-righteous, judgemental stance was never a part of Jesus’s message.


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