By Stephen Tardrew
To those who suffered abuse at the hands of the Christian religion, thank you with all my heart for telling your stories. I will listen and support so they can be held truly accountable.
Catholic apologists, there is no excuse. Drop the magical mythical hypocrisy and come home to a rational science-based reality in which you stop hiding behind a lie. Love is what you are. It is not the belief system you wrap around your fragile egos.
Keep your God if you must, however, your members vilify and brutalise the most marginal people in this country – including refugees – in the name of God. Who will stand against this deceitful model of judgement, blame and retribution? People don’t create their realities; they are, more often than not, victims of circumstances. It is not a few rotten apples when it goes from bottom to top. Catholic Church, you all know deep down while people suffer and die in abject poverty and you attend your grand edifices in your clownish regalia. You are not moral people.
Your ritual is primitive and your dishonesty legion. No more deflecting. No more it is a minority, or it is not us, it is your religion and all of you are accountable. A dogma of shame, prejudiced and endemic cruelty and sexual abuse. Many of the leaders of this country are so-called Christians while they willingly destroy the biosphere and vilify the low income and the poor. No more. No more until you throw away your veneer of love and do what your Christ would have done. Sell your riches and save the poor and marginalised. I have worked in the welfare sector and know the way staff are underpaid and programs are slashed as you all put in tenders to undermine each other while managers and directors cream off the top with high wages and rewards.
How can anyone with a moral sense join any of these religions that endlessly live a lie while claiming the opposite? This has gone on for much too long. Point is, I don’t think many of you have the courage to do anything about it. You don’t feed people with endless bible study and theological polemic nonsense … no-one will read while people are homeless and suffering. This garbage has no sound rational or evidential basis and if you want to believe it then be honest; you are projecting your fantasy onto others. Your organisation is not democratic. It is a theocracy of hierarchical authority built upon myths.
Believe it or not I support a secular society, however, when religion is at the forefront of the greatest injustice and inequity to infest this planet it is time to call a spade a spade. Remember Christians voted for the Vietnam war, Iraq, Libya, the endless coups in South America, the current vilification of Russia – which is no worse than anyone else – while carrying on a bunch of illegal global interventions so don’t give me your holier than though rubbish. “It wasn’t me” does not cut it anymore.
Yes, there are good people in all religions however when their overall actions are based upon war mongering, corporate corruption, hoarding of vast wealth while people are homeless and starving, your religion is a travesty. This goes for all religions of wealth and power.
We are at crisis point and religion is one of the major contributors to the infection of irrationality and stupidity that is ruining this planet. You want a Christian society, well then if this boiling mass of inequity and corruption is it then you can stick it. No wonder people are leaving in droves.
To all those who suffered abuse at the hands of religions … my heartfelt sympathy, compassion and love.
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