“Imagine No Religion, David!”

David Archuleta recently published a half-ass apology about some anti-gay-marriage tweets he recently sent. It’s important to not demean anyone for their fraudulent religious views, regardless of how ridiculous they are, but sometimes the false beliefs themselves are very worthy of criticism and I’ve been a fan of his for years. Below is my sincere message to him in reply to the controversy.

 

I once sang along “Imagine no religion” with you, but you lost my loyalty as a fan. Yes you have a right to be wrong about this, but you’re PROFOUNDLY wrong. I think you’re talented but it’s so sad that a young talented person like you is immersed in a religion as regressive, racist and homophobic as Mormonism.

It wouldn’t bother me so much if the founder of your religion hadn’t had over 30 wives, some of whom were minors, and some of whom were already married to his followers before he “took” them. I’m not sure how you can rationalize that, and then make heteronormative statements: gay marriage is a relationship model between equals and not about treating women like cattle like your prophet did. Maybe that’s why it bothers the leaders of your church so much!

Religion dresses in innocence and rhetoric things that are entirely ignoble. Like John Lennon said, “I hope one day you’ll join us” and sincerely hope you one day grow out of it.

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About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' and founder of societyofepicurus.com. He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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