Apparently heaven is not as awesome as we’ve been led to believe January 24, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in News and politics, reproductive rights, wingnuts.
I must admit to occasionally being confused by how anyone finds the traditional Christian version of heaven appealing. Even leaving aside the fluffy white clouds and baby-faced angels of pop culture, I wonder if sitting around singing praise songs and contemplating just how swell a guy God is strikes anyone as the best way to spend an eternity. I bet even good Christians are bored in church sometimes.
But what I really can’t figure out is why people who think that the afterlife is a perfect, eternal paradise always seem so worried about getting there. Maud Flanders once lamented about a near death experience that she was terrified that she was about to spend an eternity in paradise. While I tease, I understand that even belief in an afterlife is often cold comfort, even when it is believed in rather firmly.
But what really amazes me is when Christanists get so caught up in their causes that they denigrate their own idea of heaven:
Yes, it must be absolute hell up in heaven for all those fetuses. Now I realize that Varvel obviously doesn’t intend to lament how all those poor babies ended up in heaven, but authorial intent isn’t everything. And this cartoon depicts aborted fetuses lamenting that they got to heaven so quickly. I wonder if Varvel would be as willing to condemn god for the billions of naturally aborted fetuses, and the billions of children who were born and never made it to their first birthday.
Actually, I don’t wonder about that. Obviously he doesn’t worry about such moral problems, or the cartoon should have depicted instead the baby complaining to God about how poorly designed a system is when an estimated 15-20% of fertilized eggs never implant on the uterine wall.
But all that would require an understanding of complexity and nuance that this cartoonist is obviously incapable of displaying. After all, he’s advocating that women be forced to give birth to babies, many of whom, in Christian doctrine, would grow up, live their lives, and go strait to hell. Presumably he’d okay with that, as at least they get to blow out birthday candles once a year for eternity.
You’d think people like Varvel would take a moment to think about what they’re really saying. But I suppose thoughtfulness isn’t a trait that’s selected for in the world of wingnut cartooning.