Religion is an obstacle on the road to peace…

1 01 2008

ratzinger.jpg… and the world would be a much better place if that obstacle was removed, regardless of what a certain bozo in a funny hat says.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Pope says family promotes peace: “‘The family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace,’ the Pope told worshippers at St Peter’s Square in Rome.

The pontiff said that ‘whoever, even unknowingly, circumvents the institution of the family undermines peace in the entire community’.

Pope Benedict has made defending the traditional family a priority.

The Vatican opposes granting legal recognition to gay and unwed couples, though the Pope did not touch on such controversies directly in his New Year prayer on Tuesday.

‘Everything that serves to weaken the family based on the marriage of a man and a woman… constitutes an objective obstacle on the road to peace,’ he said.”

I guess the people killing themselves in the streets in Kenya, Pakistan, Palestine these days are not doing so because of sectarian hatred that is very often grounded in religion. No, they must be fighting for gay marriage, evidently.

The real shame here is that Pope Ratzi can say such boldfaced lies and yet most politicians and so-called intellectuals—at least here in Italy— are applauding him. Personally, he makes me want to puke.

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9 responses

2 01 2008
Rich Bowen

No, Ugo, this week’s violence in Kenya has NOTHING to do with religion. It’s a tribal clash, sparked by a shockingly poorly managed election. It has to do with one tribe which has been politically suppressing the other since independence.

2 01 2008
ugo

Rich, thanks for pointing this out. I am aware that the situation in Kenya is not because of religious issues. Indeed I wrote that “sectarian hatred is very often grounded in religion”, not implying that it is _always_ so. It is also true that clashes between Hamas and Fatah in Palestine and the turmoil in Pakistan are not primarily due to religion, but mostly to politics.

However, it’s nowhere near true that attacks on traditional marriage are the cause for any of this, while I could come up easily with several examples of situations where religion is either the primary cause or one of the exacerbating factors of a conflict. Conversely, I don’t see any conflict in places where gay marriage has been legalized.

So the Pope should just shut the fuck up about this issue, I think.

3 01 2008
Massimiliano

I don’t agree with the title.
Money is an ostacle on the road to peace,
Religion it’s only a mask, not the root of evil.

3 01 2008
ugo

Max, I never said religion is the _only_ obstacle on the road to peace.

Nevertheless, when religion is used as a means to label people, and especially children, according to the confession of their parents (remember, there are no christian or muslim children, only children of christian and muslim parents), it just makes it more difficult to see through our differences and recognize our commonalities. So, even when it is not the main cause of war, when religion is involved it just tends to exacerbate conflict, as can be seen in N. Ireland, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, India, etc.

All religious leaders, with the possible exception of the Dalai Lama, are guilty of creating an us-vs-them situation, never mind how much they refuse to realize this and how much they talk of religion as a force for peace. Bullhsit, I say.

4 01 2008
Massimiliano

As a many human things, the religion have a good start (i.e. mens and womens all equal, and love between them),
but the followers very often change the meaning of the message to their advantage (read money).
In N. Ireland, Lebanon, Israel, religion it’s a flag to gather the forces vs the occupant (us-vs-them).

4 01 2008
ugo

> As a many human things, the religion have a good start (i.e. mens and womens all equal, and love between them),

I don’t see much brotherly love and equality in the Bible, the only religious text I’m fairly familiar with. Did Joshua tear down the Jericho walls to have a party with the inhabitants? I guess not.

The idea that all humans are equal is definitely *not* grounded in religion.

> In N. Ireland, Lebanon, Israel, religion it’s a flag to gather the forces vs the occupant (us-vs-them).

Exactly, that’s why I wrote that they’d be much better off without.

4 01 2008
Massimiliano

Unfortunately the human nature not change during the time
You can change the name Joushua and place (Jericho) with N.Ireland or Libano.
The story it’s the same, the men make war and use the religion as mask,
but if it’s not the religion, the men find another flag, soccer team, driver, colour of the skin, intellectual thought, lobbies.
The problem it’s inside of man

6 01 2008
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6 01 2008
Santiago Gala

It is exactly the same discourse here in Spain. Some people thinks it is the Franquist remnants in the Spanish church, but I think it is the Catholic Church hierarchy as a whole. Last week a bishop was interviewed and said awful words, almost justifying child abuse. Next another bishop threatens that “if the goverment stays laic, it could be the end of the democracy”, a strong thing to say in a country that saw a military coup d’Etat, supported by the Church, and a civil war after, just 60 years ago.

Massimiliano. I agree that the problem is inside the men: this brings more responsibility into the hierarchy of the Church. They are trying to interfere in the civil goverment and laws, pushing people to disobey legitimate laws, etc.

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