World, heal thyself

In the last month of every year, people look forward to a better year. It’s not exactly sane, not to.

When the first month of the new year comes to an end, one should take stock of what’s happened because invariably it portends what’s to come. Now, I’m well aware that sounds rather pessimistic, and without doubt a lot of good things will happen. But it’s rather necessary to expose the bad (or worse) to come.

And January has not been a good omen for 2014. It’s been more of the same – a really bad hangover from 2013.

Around the world in January alone, homophobia is on the increase, the scourge of rape persists, religious bigotry and fundamentalism seems to be enjoying a rebirth, murder and robbery continues unabated, racial intolerance and hatred just wont die out, hunger and disease persist in spite of monumental scientific advances, ignorance continues to be worn like a cloak of honour, civil unrest and full-scale wars go on with no end in sight, ethnic cleansing lingers on, kidnappings and piracy makes travel unsafe, insane suicide bombings being made out as heroic, and finally politicians degenerating into dirtier scumbags, if that’s at all possible. And I’m pretty sure you could add a few more things besides.

I will desist from listing specific instances of the above occurrences, but I’m sure Google will tell a fairly sorry tale. I’ve always hoped that as a species we’d evolve to become better people. Surely that’s how it’s supposed to be. But it seems that we far too many are hell-bent on becoming uncivilized.

Off course, there’s all the good people…

And so it would be patently remiss of me not to thank all those many people who have shed their religious, social, cultural and political baggage and phobias, who really do strive to become better people, and who ultimately make the world a better place in whatever way possible.

In response to a bigoted Christian politician…

It’s not often that men of the cloth admit to the follies of the Church and religious scripture. But when such a man does speak out against the crass wrongs perpetrated on society by the religious or political establishment, he deserves praise, not condemnation.

So you can imagine my consternation at reading this disgusting letter by one Thamsanqa Enoch Bam in an online publication, in response to Archbishop Desmond Tutu who spoke out against the vile and draconian anti-gay bill being proposed in Uganda. Tutu earned the ire of Bam by likening the hateful legislation to South Africa’s apartheid laws.

Bam, who also proclaims himself as the President of the People’s Party (a recent addition to the absurdly long list of insignificant South African political parties), asserts that the Archbishop was “going against” God’s Laws by condoning homosexuality. His conviction, unsurprisingly comes from the bible and is backed up by the quotation of a few hand-picked scriptures which I won’t repeat, such is my revulsion.

Is there a more revolting blend than a politician and a religionist?

Bam asks how the Archbishop could miss such clear scripture [referring to the revolting quotations I earlier sidestepped like a pile of steaming horeshit]. Off course, we would not be allowed the courtesy of asking how this cretin [Bam, and others of his ilk] misses with unerring conviction, all the other contradictory and hateful biblical scriptures that don’t confirm his/their prejudices.

This letter in the Times Live appears to be an extract from a lengthier blog he wrote, which also condemns gay marriage, and confoundingly professes support for the dreadful ANC [ruling party], if they “made an about turn and ended their duplicity, corruption, mismanagement and disregard of the poor masses.” And to add further insult, he concludes that the ANC’s manifest incompetence would be solved if the “country goes back to God.”

And like all fundamentalists he is off course intimate with God’s will:

As a Christian, I pray that gays and lesbians will eventually see their folly, repent, and turn away from their abominations. That is the will of God.

What a slimeball? The will of this atheist is that you change the name of your political party to Asshole’s Party, because you will never represent the people, just bigoted assholes like yourself.