Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Intolerance Rears its Ugly Head

[Just a quick note this morning:  The school voucher bill that I discussed in this post was rejected by the state house and it is unlikely to come up again any time soon.  I'm quite pleased!]

It never fails to amaze me how intolerant subscribers of one particular religious belief can be towards people who subscribe to others.  Nowhere is this more obvious than in my workplace.

I'm not going to go into details of what was said but it is sufficient to say that co-worker A, who is a Christian, has a problem with the beliefs of co-worker B, who is a member of the Assemblies of Yahweh. [The Assemblies of Yahweh follow the Jewish holidays and keep the Jewish Sabbath.  They eat a kosher diet and the women wear coverings. They concentrate on the old testament of the bible but I believe they do use the entire thing.]

I find the whole situation absurd, to be honest.  It's clear to me that co-worker A's real issue is that co-worker B's beliefs are different from what she is familiar with.  They are foreign enough to her that she finds them ridiculous and complains - when out of earshot of co-worker B - that she doesn't even understand why she follows some of the practices she does. [Um... I'm fairly certain that it's because they are supposedly handed down by god and written in that book she follows.  You know...  the same one co-worker A uses?]

This is one of the problems I have with religion.  Members of one particular belief think that their religion is the right one.  Therefore, people who practice other religions are, by definition, wrong.  Not only that but they're different!  They have traditions based on ridiculous stories - as if angels, devils, heaven and hell, virgin births, resurrections and such are any more believable.
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. - Robert A Heinlein
The point is that once you start highlighting the differences between your group and another group - and add in a belief that your group is special or "chosen"- you are looking at the same dynamic that allowed Nazi Germany to come into power.  Or the Taliban.

How many wars or acts of violence today can be blamed on religious differences between the parties involved?

Religious belief is just one more reason that people use to discriminate against each other.  You'd think that human beings would have outgrown this sort of behavior by now, wouldn't you?

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  1. The Assemblies of Yahweh is the most logical and most Biblically correct faith there is! Tell co-worker A to get in touch and we'll be glad to explain why we believe what we do from the Bible.

  2. I'm sure that co-worker A isn't really interested in knowing more about your beliefs or she would ask co-worker B to explain them - or even look them up herself on the internet.