Not being a total stranger to online dating, I have read my fair share of women’s profiles on dating sites. And one of the words I used to come across quite frequently is “godfearing”. For example, a profile will state something like “I’m honest, lovely, attractive and godfearing”. As if that was a good thing, and not something to run away from, or give a wide berth to.
The implication here is of course that belief in a non-existent magic man in the sky somehow transforms people into good moral human beings. Which is not the case, see Mark Sanford, Saudi-Arabia or prison populations (by the way, the point here is not whether religious people are over- or underrepresented in prisons compared to the general public, but the fact that they’re there, despite the claims of the religious that the Bible and religious faith is the one true source for morality).
Whenever I saw a profile with the magic word “godfearing”, I gave the person a wide berth. Continue reading