Monday, 28 December 2015

Marking Reinvented Gods


Methinks it's about time we countered all this ISIS barbarity with a back to basics campaign on religion.

The Christian religion is simply too wishy-washy and filled with 'love thy neighbour' and 'turn the other cheek', which frightens no-one, especially not a hardened jihadi who is intent on severing your head from your body. Sadly, Christianity gave up on burnings and disembowelment many centuries ago, and I don't think today's crop of Christians are too eager to return there, except perhaps the fundies - but they're mad a hatters anyway.

No - we need to go back a few thousand years and get in touch with our ancestral, Norse, pagan gods; blood-and-guts gods that demand human sacrifice and get you all worked up into a berserker frenzy of wanton killing; gods with human foibles and with whom we can relate on a day-to-day basis; gods who revel in war - the bloodier the better; gods that frighten the hell out of yourself as well as the enemy. Hay thinks I've been watching too much of the TV series Vikings.

We were watching Countryfile yesterday and one of the presenters was showing us how rams carry an inked pad on their chests that rubs off on the ewes once they're mated. Hay suggested she should put a crayon on my chest so she'd know whether I'd been putting it about a bit in the village.


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