Posted by: Tony Carson | 11 October, 2007

Religion, get you own House in order before you worry about the Other

This letter (see Muslim scholars reach out to Pope) that the 130 Muslim scholars have sent to the Catholic Pope and other Christian church leaders seems to be trying to head-off a clash of religions.

Is that a viable issue today? I think not.

Shouldn’t those Muslim scholars be addressing their own flock? Shouldn’t they be up-in-arms against the radicalization of their religion by the few who have had so much devastating impact.

And shouldn’t the Pope and other Christian leaders be dealing with the fundamentalist whackos who are giving Christianity such a dreadful name?

The spectacle of the preposterous puffed-up Bible thumping bigots greedily seeking political power through their concocted moral outrage is such a profound turn-off it that it should be embarrassing to be a Christian in the West today.

The surreal banality of the Reverend Sharpton and the Reverend Jackson and all the other pastors and priests and what-have-yous that charge off to another attention-seeking phony battle have become the face of their religion these days.

Intolerance, bigotry, phony moral outrage and militant terrorism have flourished within the two main western religions.

The church leaders should be dealing with their own flock, not worrying about the Other. God knows there’s a lifetime of work to be done.


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