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October 20, 2012 / Fantelius

Shades of White Racism

Religious racism (= prejudice in religious skin). This is the second in a series on racism that will appear on the 20th of every month.

The UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS covers all values contained in Christianity. Like most religious people however, Christians manifest their prejudice by assuming that their values are something special. They are not. Each religion embraces a unique set of beliefs, traditions and customs but share their morals and values with humanity in general. It’s prejudice to think otherwise, the kind of prejudice that can turn ugly when crisis calls.

Throughout the world people have lived in mixed religious and ethical communities in harmony, and then became mortal enemies when conflicts fell upon them.

Those who instigate conflicts capitalize on prejudices and provoke people to fight among themselves. It’s so easy. A bomb explodes in the holy house of the Xs. Two die. The Ys are blamed. Xs attack the homes of some Ys. That’s all it takes to get the hate ball rolling. The real criminals, the agents who do the actual bombing and attacking, can manage this in their spare time. It’s that easy. And so cost effective that the dumbest warmonger knows enough to play the prejudice card. Prejudices are the insurance of the rulers. Divide and conquer! It’s as basic as it gets.

Even atheists know that God is for everyone and doesn’t have favorites. Yet many people believe that their religion gives them VIP status in God’s club.

Religious racism/prejudice forms a highly explosive ingredient when mixed with politics. Lakes of blood along the path of history testify to the deadly nature of this combination, not to mention the examples in our times. Religious racism is one of the devil’s favorite weapons.

God is for everyone and can’t be influenced by the symbols we carry, the gestures we make, the books we read, the clothes we wear or the houses we pray in. God is for everyone. Everything else is idol worship. The true believers, those who can win the grace of God, are recognized by the quality of love in their hearts, the strength of compassion in their character, and the respect for life in their actions.

Have mercy!

 

(Tomorrow: Bishops of Life)

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  1. rebecca2000 / Oct 20 2012 3:43 am

    Great post. 🙂

    x,
    Becca

    • Fantelius / Oct 20 2012 5:09 am

      Thanks Becca! That means a lot.

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