That's why today when I got home from a long day of work, I scrolled very quickly past the topic post and made a slight misjudgment in what I read. Because 'Jayus'? is not a word I know. Wanna know what word I DO know that it looks like? "Jaysus"... you know, that super southern drawl exclamation calling upon the zombie lord's attention? Yeah, that one. And I'm sorry, when it comes out that twangy, I have a hard time making a polite reference. You wanna sound that hick, I'm gonna make a joke out of it. But I digress.
I suppose this entire thing might fall under 'meta', but I actually caught the mistake about three seconds after I read the word, because lucky for me, Gary was helpful and put the definition right there. And suddenly it hit me; I'd found a topic.
Because let's face it, that right there is the personification of the word 'jayus'. I don't mean the people who truly believe in the Christian faith and who might have an accent that makes 'Jesus' sound like that. Oh no. It's the people who use that entire religion to mock, demean, judge, hurt, kill, and otherwise mess with others that is the sad joke.
I have been that person. I have looked down my nose at children who went to public school (13 years in uniforms, Bible class every day, and chapel twice a week). I have made a game out of stumping and upsetting Jehovah's Witness' who came to my door as a teenager. I have threatened to never speak to a friend again once I learned she had CONSIDERED an abortion (as an abstract, she wasn't even possibly pregnant at the time).
We'll get to my current belief system at some point this season, I'm sure. Suffice it to say, the joke was very much on me when I changed my stripes.
It all comes down to this: when I realize the entire concept of organized religion is just so darn messed up, I have to laugh. Because if I don't, I don't think I'll ever stop crying.