Saturday, April 03, 2010

When religious leadership says outrageous things

  • The personal preacher to the Pope has "likened accusations against the pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to 'collective violence' suffered by the Jews..." WHAT? Criticism of an organisation that covers up horrendous child abuse by some of its membership and makes it possible for the abusers to go on abusing for decades - is said to be akin to the 'collective violence' suffered by people of a particular religious persuasion?? (Verbal, justifiable criticism = the Holocaust?)
Wow, that's a jump.
  • In Australia, over Easter, the Catholic Church was busy blaming atheists for everything. It seems, according to the bishop of NSW, that atheists are responsible for "Nazism, Stalinism, Pol-pottery, mass murder, abortion and broken relationships..." Wow again. But not child abuse, I see. Atheists - you are in the clear on that one.
To me, that kind of thinking has the same twisted logic as Muslim = Terrorist. Or in fact, all Catholic priests = child abusers. If you don't like people saying it about you, they maybe you shouldn't say it about others.
  • And here in Malaysia, a married, working mother of two young physically-disadvantaged children has a beer and as a direct or indirect result, loses her job, is divorced by her husband, is unable to look for another job because the religious authorities have kept her hanging for eight months waiting for the sentencing (of caning) to be carried out. At one stage she remarked that she wanted to be caned just to get it over and done with. Now the caning has been commuted to 3 weeks community service at a children's home.
You know what? I doubt that this was a case where the ultimate result - eight months of loss of income; eight months of stress, publicity and humiliation; strains on a marriage resulting in divorce and single parenthood of two children needing special care - was punishment appropriate to the crime.
All that for a beer??
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8 comments:

Jo said...

Oops, I misheard the priest at Vatican City I thought he was saying quite the opposite. What rubbish. Marilyn wrote about yet another French priest in Rouen. Unfortunately for religious people, churches are run by man. Glad Matt is exonerated from being a sexual abuser, but I bet he didn't know he was responsible for so many other things.

I'm glad I don't drink beer!! What an unfortunate concatenation of circumstances for that poor woman. Don't think much of hubby.

Peter said...

And religious leaders wonder why atheism is on the increase!

Jo said...

Religion seems to be doing very well for itself in Vatican City this weekend even if some of the priests are spouting arrant nonsense.

Imagine me said...

I agree, Jo. It seems to be the leaders who are well out of touch no matter what religion. Quite scary really if their congregations are listening to them - but I suspect many people just ignore them and follow their faith as best they can.

Jo said...

There were a lot of people listening to them this weekend weren't there? The Pope himself seems to be hoping it will all get swept under the carpet.

Alex said...

Come on, give them a break! Like what Christopher Hitchens said, it's a natural consequence of "No Child's Behind Left" policy....

glenda larke said...

Lol, Alex! I hadn't read that one...

Imagine me said...

Sadly yes some do seem to still be thinking that pretending something didn't/doesn't happen means it actually didn't/doesn't.