Friday, 22 June 2018

The varieties of Religous bigotry and hypocrisy



So George Carry as Archbishop of Canterbury maintained a conservative position via the role of women and that of LGBT issues in the church. He helped deny many vicars and church members a true role in seeing both their sexuality and spirituality as part of themselves. The denial and deliberate hiding of the sexual assaults on many young people were purely done to create the illusion of a saint. Bishop Ball now serving a prison sentence for his assaults on many people was valued more of his appearance rather than the reality. Lord Carey collaborated in this denial and was quite prepared to use the Church of England as a means of conservatism to control those disapproved of. The victims of oppression, of being used stands fundamentally against the tradition of the early church. It used to be said that the Church of England was the Conservative party at prayer. In Swansea a local vicar behaved like Bishop Bell and in numerous cases organised religion was used to obscure the reality of the situation, to protect the abuser and deny the victim.

Those who exercise power fail to understand the workings of power. The blindness it creates asks us all to challenge any institution that seeks control rather than liberation.Social control must be resisted and those who seek to deny it's victims must be called to account. The paradigm changes and the issued and abuses of the past must be revealed. Spirituality must be separated from the monotheisms that oppress women, the young and the vulnerable.i could as Neitzche observed only believe in a God who could dance. The celestial dictators of the Abrahamic faiths have seen, through its priesthood seem more interested in the free lovemaking of individuals exploring their sensuality than those of the abusers lurking within its ranks. The erotic is an aspect of the spiritual and not an impulse and need to be denied. Eroticism fit best into Martyn Buber's " I Thou" model rather than that of the "I it " of sexual is most apt that George Carry after such denial and failure to act after being repeatedly contacted by Balls victim should stand down as an honourary Bishop.....

The 900 year old al- Nuri mosque in Mosul wasdestroyed in the battle ,last year, to dislodge the Islamic state. The twin Buddha's from Afghanistan have been destroyed by the Taliban. In Palmyra the Garcia Roman city has been wrecked and the curator of its treasures sacrificed his life rather than reveal their location. Nearly 1800 years ago the Christian church destroyed the art works of ancient history preserved by the ancient Egyptians for thousands of years. The Conquistadors of Spain destroyed ravaged and melted down the treasures of the Inca and the Aztec
.The plague brought in the clothes of the missionaries killed 90% of the native people. Some years later the American government sold blankets laced with smallpox to the native peoples of North America. The Nazis stole the treasures of Europe and the bombers of the RAF destroyed the Dresden Cathedral through carpet bombing and killed over 30,000 people many of whom had a long history of resistance to the Nazis . When we become convinced that there is only one way, one true belief, a right one and a wrong one we decline We start the process by burning books, we end by burning people .

The grey bearded male saviours with one book or bible begin the process, . In many cases their words were well meant but the problem was more to do with the monotheism of their followers. Free me from saviours, give me multiple metaphors and lens of meaning . Give us a saviour from saviours and freedom from a monotheism of politics, religion, spirituality and identity. Free us from binaries and a priesthood of technology , learning , faith and perception. Give us the tools to think critically, the education to access knowledge and openness to give us a route to the source of knowledge. And teach us to oppose the denial of scholarship but give us the ability to be critical of those fanatics and fools who are sure if themselves. Give us the capacity to know that all our views, perceptions and problems comes from being too human....

There are many who want simple solutions to complex problems. They fear a decline in absolute values beings and institutions.our imperfections are perfect it is through the damaged heat and thee crack in everything (paraphrasing Oscar Wilde and Leonard Cohen) that is the path to salvation...all else is projection and displacement of others....


THE BROAD-BACKED hippopotamus
Rests on his belly in the mud;
Although he seems so firm to us
He is merely flesh and blood.
Flesh and blood is weak and frail,        5
Susceptible to nervous shock;
While the True Church can never fail
For it is based upon a rock.
The hippo’s feeble steps may err
In compassing material ends,        10
While the True Church need never stir
To gather in its dividends.
The ’potamus can never reach
The mango on the mango-tree;
But fruits of pomegranate and peach        15
Refresh the Church from over sea.
At mating time the hippo’s voice
Betrays inflexions hoarse and odd,
But every week we hear rejoice
The Church, at being one with God.        20
The hippopotamus’s day
Is passed in sleep; at night he hunts;
God works in a mysterious way—
The Church can sleep and feed at once.
I saw the ’potamus take wing        25
Ascending from the damp savannas,
And quiring angels round him sing
The praise of God, in loud hosannas.
Blood of the Lamb shall wash him clean
And him shall heavenly arms enfold,        30
Among the saints he shall be seen
Performing on a harp of gold.
He shall be washed as white as snow,
By all the martyr’d virgins kist,
While the True Church remains below        35
Wrapt in the old miasmal mist.
Similiter et omnes revereantur Diaconos, ut mandatum Jesu Christi; et Episcopum, ut Jesum Christum, existentem filium Patris; Presbyteros autem, ut concilium Dei et conjunctionem Apostolorum. Sine his Ecclesia non vocatur; de quibus suadeo vos sic habeo.

S. Ignatii Ad Trallianos.    


  And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans.




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