[off the cuff by ~Sha’Tara]
It’s time to get serious. As most know by now, I was once a very religious person. So religious, in fact, I became religious twice. In politics that would be called going from a liberal stance to a conservative one, or is it vice-versa? Doesn’t matter. What matters is, I need to confess the real reason I left religion. Starting at the start, we do religion because we want to go to Heaven, just like we go to work because we want a paycheck. Pretty basic.
All was well until one day, thanks to radio, I heard a song so devastating, I never recovered – I even went to an upholstery repair shop, they couldn’t help me. (Oh, aren’t I punny!)
Here’s that infamous song by Frankie Yankovic
In Heaven there is no beer
That’s why we drink it here
And when we’re gone from here
All our friends will be drinking all that beer
The moment I heard that song, I was convicted of its utter truth. I knew then, and still do, that people who sing these songs never lie because they are the ones the corporations use to sing commercial ditties for them, and we all know, based on their success rating that commercials absolutely NEVER LIE. So there I was, halfway through my Heineken and my heart didn’t just sink, it plummetted. No beer in Heaven. They still hold to prohibition there. Of course I was in the Christian camp so slipping on a hijab I snuck in the Islamic side to see if Allah was more open than Jehovah on drinking. No luck, except that Allah was willing to provide a number of nubile virgins for his chosen heroes (they call themselves martyrs but all fundamentally religious people believe they are being constantly persecuted so that doesn’t mean a whole lot). Obviously virgins, particularly of the female kind, wasn’t what I was looking for, so I excused myself, said I was just browsing, and made a rapid exit – you might understand why. But back to my side of the fence.
After the shock, and a very satisfactory emtying of my Heineken beer, little knowing it wasn’t bottled in Holland, but at the beer plant in town, I began to think about this. So I’m in Heaven. Let’s just say I spent the day looking after a kindergarten bunch of rowdies and I want to retire to my “mansion” (everybody has to have a mansion in Heaven, that’s the rule, it’s in the law book – it’s for the higher tax bracket but I’m not supposed to know that), pop open the fridge and draw out a first class beer. It’s Heaven after all, would I be sold after market crap? But according to this song I just heard, no such luck. It doesn’t help that I can hear the groaning and moaning along with the odd girlish cries of protest coming from the other side of the partition where the Muslim boys are going at it full bore. In fact, it makes my blood boil, or would, if Iwas already there. But I’m thinking here. That cheapskate Jehovah. Here’s Allah providing seventy virgins, count them, that’s right: seventy for each one of his hero-boys to rape and pillage, and I can’t even have one lousy beer? I mean you believe in the guy. You serve him all your life, which can be reasonably long if he doesn’t decide to have you burned alive at the stake at nineteen as he did for Joan…
There are lots of reasons to leave one’s religion. You’ve been fondled after Sunday school by the assistant pastor, and later on, raped by the main pastor. That’s one reason. You’ve been passed over for a promotion to choir leader. The church bus left without you that day the church team was playing a rival team and they won. You can’t become a “real” pastor ’cause you’re a girl and girls are designed by God to serve their men masters. If you don’t believe that just ask a judge, specifically you could ask Judge Roy Moore – he’s the expert on this at the moment. Just don’t get too close, his hands are still quite active when he’s not holding a gun in the right hand and a bible in the left. You might be unpleasantly surprised where those fingers land.
But this song, that was the very last straw. What’s wrong with God, anyway? Isn’t it enough he feels women’s lives should be made hell, physically, morally, socially, financially and in any other “ally” possible? Now he’s going to deny me my one consolation at the end of the day? I’m committing apostasy, over beer (I said to myself).
Over beer? You ask somewhat shocked. You bet. So that was it. It’s my understanding that Hell has an ample and unrestricted supply of beer. OK, it’s raccoon piss, i.e., Canadian and American beer, but beggars can’t be choosers.
I’ll close this with the old truism on life. In life, there are only two things to worry about: either you’re healthy, or you’re sick. If you’re healthy, nothing to worry about. If you’re sick, there are two things to worry about: either you’re going to live or you’re going to die. If you’re going to live, nothing to worry about. If you’re going to die, there are two things to worry about: either you’re going to Heaven or you’re going to Hell. If you’re going to Heaven, nothing to worry about (well, except the beer thing of course) and if you’re going to Hell you’ll be so busy entertaining and being entertained, you won’t have time to worry.