On this most Holy day of the Christian calendar, I would like to voice my complete dismay and lack of understanding for those who profess to have religious values and charity.
From my understanding of religious teachings (and I was brought up in a very Christian household), and this goes for all religions, it would seem that if you followed the teachings and believed what is written, then you would be a left-wing leaning person. You would be charitable and caring for the poor and not caught up in the riches of the wealthy. You would not, as some have said, believe that to be rich is glorious. You would understand that with riches comes responsibility. You would be concerned about how refugees and other less fortunate people are treated in our society.
Instead, I find that many take on right-wing views which are very individualistic and they can somehow turn the teachings to suit their point of view. They blame the less fortunate and look for victims to punish them for not having opportunities or for living in the wrong country. It is hypocrisy in the extreme.
Why do right-wing extremists always profess to be deeply religious? It is beyond my comprehension. From what I remember, the teachings of Christ were all about looking after other people, and your society. There was also a bit about how being rich would make it very difficult to enter heaven. But there seems to be a lot of killing, a lot of persecution and a lot of blood-letting in the name of certain gods.
Whatever happened to treating people like you would like to be treated? Would you like to be locked away on a remote island because you were seeking a better life and had the audacity to pay someone to assist you? Would you like to beg for handouts and live in poverty because the education system was not adequate for your needs and your culture had been destroyed? No, you would rather sit in your large, glorious house without a care in the world believing that climate change is for others to worry about.
It’s a golden rule of living in a society isn’t it to treat people the way you would like to be treated?
I watched ‘The Twilight Zone’ again yesterday and there is one little story of a bigot who finds out what it is like to be on the other side of bigotry. It’s a shame that doesn’t happen to a few right-wing bigots out there who regard hypocrisy as a way of life.
So, if you are religious (and I’m glad I’m not), I hope you rest peacefully at night in your bigotry. I’m sure you can satisfy yourselves by making the religious teachings suit your way of thinking. Objectivity has never been a strong point for those indoctrinated by any type of religion. But a bit of objectivity would go a long way to making this world a better place for all of us.
I ask that you think of those families you are victimising and blaming them for what is not within their control. I ask that you practice what you preach and have the moral fortitude to stand up for what is correct. And I ask that you display some human values because the so called Christian or religious values you display are inhumane.
Happy Easter – remember that Easter was originally a pagan spring festival and that Easter eggs have absolutely nothing to do with being a good person.
PS. You may wish to read this to give you a bit more of the flavour of my post today: http://www.philosophersmail.com/utopia/easter-for-atheists/