persecution and a secular society

Whether you’re religious or secular, imposing your views on others is foolish

Whenever possible, it is best to accept people as they are, even – especially – when they are not the same as you

The religious are being persecuted. Former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has even seen fit to declare that Christians are being “vilified” and “driven underground”. But the non-religious are being persecuted too, according to the National Secular Society — persecuted institutionally by an established system that favours the religious in public life. So, whether you are religious or non-religious, you are not safe. Oh, dear. I think that’s everyone, isn’t it?

Now, I happen to know a lot of Christians. Some of the finest people I know are Christians. But they are all “live and let live” Christians. They tend to understand that sometimes other Christians invite “vilification” because they insist on doing something that doesn’t seem very Christian at all. What is it these less palatable Christians do? They insist on persecuting people, that’s what.

It wouldn’t matter in the least in a world that strove to allow people to believe whatever they wished as much as possible, as long as they afforded others the same compliment. Sure, it’s odd that people can believe in God, while not believing in homosexuality or abortion. There is ample evidence that homosexuality and abortion exist, and none at all that God exists. But if people really want to belong to an organisation  that insists these things are wrong, then that’s up to them. I respect their right to be, in my view, wrong.

If you insist on your right to vilify others, don’t be surprised if it comes back and bites you – hard.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

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