Though born and brainwashed into membership of a religion, specifically the allegedly original version of Christianity, Catholicism, I long ago resigned from it in favour of freedom.
Or maybe I’d better make that fleedom, because the idea of a lifetime’s enslavement to a set of rigid rules designed to replace feardom of death with hopes of eventual flydom to heaven or frydom in in the fires of hell soon came to seem so fantastically freedumb to me that my only choice was to flee.
And other reasons for fleeing included such freely-observable phenomena as the unceasing and unholy conflicts between the countless competitive religions and their adherents as to which ‘faith’, if any, is the only true one, and the clear failure of any creed to meet the crying need to overcome human greed.
Christianity in particular seemed to me especially hypocritical in its attitude to greed, given that Christ was preached hope, charity and compassion for the poor and the powerless, and promised punishment for money-grubbers and power-trippers.
And yet such teachings have been so hypocritically ignored if not outright perverted that Christian monarchs have historically presumed the privilege of lording-it over their subjects and colonising other nations by so-called ‘divine right’, and today’s self-styled ‘right’-wing politicians and their supporters have somehow similarly contrived to falsely combine Christianity with the Conservative creed of unmitigated greed.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, this Christinane if not utterly Christinsane situation is impossible to achieve freedom or even fleedom from, as it poisonously permeates every facet of society, culture, business, commerce and government, and, as evident everywhere in this era of anthropogenic climate change and species extinctions, promises to send Planet Earth straight to hell in the proverbial handbasket.
Meanwhile, of course, it is also a plague on our patience, or at least on the that of us Australians who are being bored nearly out of our wits by debates about religious freedoms.
About whether religions are free, for example, to discriminate against those of alternative faiths, sexes and genders in their selection of staff members and students of their faith-propagandising schools, or to proselytise pupils in state and thus secular schools by means of classes in ‘faith’-based moralities rather than ethics.
Then there’s the seemingly never-ending hoo-har about whether crusading Christian rugby star Israel Folau was justified by the twin freedoms of religion and speech that we supposedly all enjoy in this country in, as I mentioned in a post back in April, using social media to preach hellfire against the “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves and atheists” that he considers to be the most damnable sinners.
As irritating as I find the supremely holier-than-thou Folau, and as greedy his attempts to publicly fund the lawsuit that he’s brought against Rugby Australia alleging wrongful termination of his lucrative contract even though he’s personally quite rich, as far as I’m concerned he has every right to say whatever, sue whoever, and accept whichever donations from any religious or other idiots who choose to fund his antics.
But I similarly consider myself entitled to liberty from the likes of Folau and every other facet of the society in which I live when it comes to asserting my freedom from any, indeed all religions and the hellish amounts of hype, hypocrisy and hatred that they seemed determined to forever inflict on me and all my faith-free and God-forsaking fellows.