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Is Great Britain a Christian country?
"The promulgation of law for the protection of a position held purely on religious grounds cannot therefore be justified; it is irrational, as preferring the subjective over the objective, but it is also divisive, capricious and arbitrary. We do not live in a society where all the people share uniform religious beliefs. The precepts of any one religion, any belief system, cannot, by force of their religious origins, sound any louder in the general law than the precepts of any other. If they did, those out in the cold would be less than citizens and our constitution would be on the way to a theocracy, which is of necessity autocratic. The law of a theocracy is dictated without option to the people, not made by their judges and governments. The individual conscience is free to accept such dictated law, but the State, if its people are to be free, has the burdensome duty of thinking for itself.” Thus spake Lord Justice Laws.
Child abuse by the Catholic Church
A Royal commission of enquiry into sexual abuse of children by clerics has nearly finished its work in Australia. It has found that such abuse has been carried out by priests of all Christian sects but the Blue Riband for paedophilia has been won in a canter by the Roman Catholic Church.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council of the Australian Catholic Church, has recently said there is a moral disease, ingrained, almost cemented, within the culture of the church. It turns out that 8% of diocesan priests, more than a third of St. John of God Brothers, 22% of Christian Brothers and roughly the same number of Marists are facing or have faced in the past allegations of child abuse. Actions taken by various Popes have been largely pain-free for perpetrators.
Various secular organisations are demanding that all incidents of child abuse be reported to lay authorities and that senior members of the church can no longer be allowed to hide behind canon law.
It is interesting to speculate why so many clerks in holy orders indulge in sexual child abuse. Could it be that unquestioning adherence to religious doctrine is somehow infantilising and inhibits the normal, innate powers of reasoning?
Stay away from mosques
The best advice an Afghani mother can give her son is to stay away from mosques. A few days ago, a posse of Taliban fanatics, disguised as soldiers, attacked the mosque on an army base and killed upwards of two hundred young men, leaving it after Friday prayers. One hears such stories over and over again and is inclined to think that those, who go to mosques on Friday, are sitting ducks for their co-religionists. When it is not mosques that are being attacked, it is shrines. Sunni Muslims are especially adept at slaughtering Shias in their holy places.
Stay away from them, say I.
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April 27 2017