Saturday, 13 February 2010

Go preach to your congregation, not us.

I don't get it. I just don't understand why the leaders of different religions think that I would be interested in what they have to say.

As I type this I'm wearing a T-shirt with the words 'There's probably no god so stop worrying and enjoy your life' across the front of it. This is recognisable as the slogan from the Atheist bus campaign. This is because I'm atheist and therefor don't give a flying f**k about religion in my life. Well, I say that, I do care about it's effect on other people (which can sometimes be negative) and I do care when it tries to have an influence in my life where it has no right to even consider treading.

I just read a story on the BBC website about the Archbishop Vincent Nichols and how he will use a future homily to criticise the NHS and the campaign for assisted death.
He will say calls for assisted suicide and euthanasia reflect a society that does not know how to deal with death. The archbishop's comments will be delivered at a special service of healing at Westminster Cathedral.
What I don't understand is why the hell it is thought that I personally care about what he has to say. I also don't believe this guy has any right to comment to the general public about people who call for assisted suicide and euthanasia from his so called point of authority in society. He can preach to his congregation all he likes - that's what he chooses to do, but to openly and publically criticise people who campaign for assisted sucide is none of his business as a religious leader.

Perhaps society doesn't know how to deal with death, it is pretty much one of the topics we all face at some stage in our life that has no answers. However, I'd like to point out that Nichols also doesn't know how to deal with death himself. He might think he has the answers from the religious position he holds and because made up stories tell him what to believe about death and what happens to us but that's just his opinion, and a weak one at that. To look down on other peoples call for assisted suicide and say it's because they don't know how to handle death is quite insulting because those people are either living a life full of pain and restriction, have been diagnosed with a condition that means that in the future they might be living such a life or know and love people who are in that position.

They have their reasons for asking for assisted suicide to be made legal just as the Archbishop has his reasons for believing it is wrong. However, his argument is a weak one because it's essentially based on fairytales whereas people called for Euthanasia to be made legal are living in reality. A very scary reality.

1 comment:

  1. I love the phrase 'community leaders', as you'll usually find they're all just a bunch of people that no-one ever elected.

    Priests and the like fall into that category for me. If people want to seek them out as their words comfort them, knock yourself out. Otherwise, I agree with you.