2 Elul 5774
When I was a (technical) atheist, I used to get really offended when bigots would use G-d to justify their hate. I found it offensive not just because it was hate, but because their reason for being hateful was so completely illogical to me.
I didn’t expect it to become more offensive when I became religious, but it did. Today, my partner asked me if I’d heard about this:
Of course I had. And I was livid. My partner said “How can people believe that G-d believes that?”
And out of my mouth came words I did not expect. “That’s not the G-d I believe in, that’s for sure.”
For me that’s a sea-change. It used to be I was offended because they had a non-logical reason for their hate. But now, I’m offended because they’re besmirching the G-d I believe in, and love, and worship, and find meaningful. How dare they? How dare they take my G-d, or even their imitation of my G-d, and denigrate him that way? Who does that?
Hateful people, of course. They’ll do whatever they have to do to justify their hate.
I just find it very sad that one of the things they do is drag G-d through the mud to justify their hate.
I find that very, very sad.