Monday, 23 February 2009

Self Righteous Self Delusion

Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites in religion. Piety and strict adherence to religious rules and regulations, whilst at the same time completely ignoring the point - because to pay attention would be to loose wealth and status.

We are deluding ourselves into believing we have reserved a place in heaven through an intense fight against abortion; while we close our eyes to evils we would rather not face up to.

I wonder what Jesus would say today; about christian groups protesting with so much zeal against abortion, or gay marriage, or condom use in Africa, or women priests - when millions upon millions of people are dying needlessly of extreme poverty every day and yet more live in terrible poverty.

Pareto's idea of twenty percent of people having eighty percent of the world's wealth still rings true today - if not worse. The gap between rich and poor is growing wider in many parts of the world. We pay little more than lip service to dealing with child labour and sweat shops, but will ferociously fight over whether homosexual civil partnerships should be called marriages or not.

What do you think it is more important to campaign against?
  • the sale of military weapons where they are likely to be used to devastating effect
  • the free distribution of condoms where they are likely to be used in sinful* sexual acts

*I am not debating if condom use is sinful in this post - you can refer to an early posting for that. However, assuming for a minute that using a condom is sinful; I seriously doubt it is as sinful as blowing someone's brains out with a rifle, or letting someone starve to death for no reason.

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