Religion is a sin....

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    Jun 11, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    So my dad and the rest of our family are dealing with the news that dad has pancreatic cancer. We are all scared and my dad is on several meds that have his emotions all over the place, but not in their normal....and he is also scared.

    My uncle, my dad's older brother, is an evangelical bible banger....and shows up one evening, preach hell fire and brimstone and the wages of unrepentant sin are disease and pain, etc......He is doing this as my sister, brother(who IS A MINISTER), my step mother(dad's wife) and I come walking into the room from a walk to the cafeteria. My dad is in tears, and my uncle is in a full "revival" mode of preaching......LOUDLY. My dads heart monitor is at 169 bpm....and now has 3 nurses in his room too. I grabbed my uncle and forced him out of the room....while the rest were calming my dad. My step mother came out and ordered him away from the room and asked the nurses to call security to escort him away and return without her present. He left.....and we got my dad calmed down and my brother was able to help my dad with his questions about spirituality and death....My uncle waited in the parking garage for us to come out.....and again starts with the religion crap and how denying my dad the opportunity to accept Christ....was going to damn him to a painful and meaningless death.....etc....
    MY brother, sister, step mom and I ganged up on him and had a long loud argument about what he did and the inappropriate methods and tactics and timing of his attack....and then from this confrontation he attacked me for being gay, attacked my sister for being divorced, attacked my brother as a minister for condoning my gayness and my sisters divorce....and left....
    Once again...I am reminded why I have so little respect for religious fanatics....it always seems that the more uneducated, unsure and scared you are the more of a prime candidate the church sees you to be. What a shitty way to recruit believers for a business....
    I told my step mom to ban him from visiting at the hospital and to consider filing for a restraining order........this is amazing to me...almost like a trip to the twilight zone version of hell.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    Apologies for being so blunt, but that Uncle is an idiot. It was thrilling to read how you stood up to him.

    very much admiring you,

    -Doug
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Doug....Thanks.
    My uncle, the idiot, is 79 and does have a long history of using "events" like holidays, birthdays, funerals, the family reunion, etc in very inappropriate ways as a venue to evangelize.......I have been "called out" on my gayness by him several times in these gatherings, as have my sister, and many other members of my immediate and extended family.....I can only say, his funeral will be a very quiet affair. especially after doing this at his own kids birthdays, his wife's funeral, and countless other gatherings over the years. Even when he is not directly invited, he shows up to embarrass his kids ( my age and older).... Sadly....there are just enough bible bangers in my extended family that would go along with the "revival" that we couldn't stop it, and had to just separate and ignore it...every family is dysfunctional in some way and has the "crazy uncle".....but I am not going to let him terrorize my dad and turn his remaining days into a circus event. I want my stepmother to file for a restraining order against him...I am SO PISSED at him.....his "good intentions" are very UNWELCOME and I will stop him where and when I can......
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    Jun 11, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
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