Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Religious Freedom

This little meme has been making the rounds on Facebook ...

I think it's pretty accurate.

It seems as if nowadays many people's religious beliefs serve less as a guide to an upright and moral personal life than as a cudgel with which to beat those who express a different set of beliefs, or no beliefs at all:

Conservative Christians try to impose on everyone else a muscular Christianity they believe (falsely, as it happens) was written into the Constitution;

Aggressive atheists feel the need to loudly show their disdain for the deeply-felt beliefs of others;

Radical Muslims believe it's their duty to kill those who don't worship as they do;

Some Ultra-Orthodox Jews make life miserable for others by demanding accommodation of their insistence on strict separation of the sexes, to the great embarrassment and inconvenience of everyone else;

And every one of them absolutely, positively believes - beyond all doubt, reason, and compassion - that they, and only they, are right.

Perhaps if we just went back to the Golden Rule, things would be a lot better ... but I think that train sailed long ago.

Have a good day. Live your own life ... the rest of us can take care of our own.

More thoughts tomorrow.



Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

These are great. Remember that little number called separation of church and state. Whatever happened to that?

Mike said...

The nail head has been hit.

allenwoodhaven said...

I think the second cartoon should be posted in every house of worship. If only...

Hell Hound said...

Both cartoons are on target!