Daily Archives: October 15th, 2006

So you think we have religious tolerance?

Ha! If you’re a Christian, we are increasingly being stamped on. I say this after seeing a piece on a woman who worked for BA who got sent on unpaid leave for refusing to remove a small cross on a necklace. I still uphold that this is because Christianity is associated with white, male, colonialism (because everyone forgets that it started in the Middle East, not in England), all of which are naturally ‘bad’. Of course, Muslims and Sikhs and other religions are also being subject to intolerance; it’s just a bit more remarkable, and also less reported, that Christians face any at all.

I think about the only people who don’t get active persecution in the West are atheists and agnostics. I guess they too suffer a bit in countries that are as a whole more overtly religious… and yes, I guess I am thinking here mostly of Muslim countries, since those are the ones we here about. I wonder how an atheist gets on in India? or Mexico?

North Korea… yadda yadda…

Is it really only me that thinks the US et al are hypocrites? Surely not, but I haven’t heard anybody else saying it… who does the US really think it is, that they are genuinely to be the world police? That they somehow have the right to decide who gets to have nuclear weapons? Of course I don’t think NKorea should have them – I dont think the bloody US should have them either! And I don’t think the US should get to tell anybody – NKorea, Iran, East Timor – what they can or can’t do. I love the United Nations – the idea of the UN – with all my heart, and I wish – I wish – that there was some way in which the UN could actually work as an impartial body, to whom the international community really did pay serious attention. Hello, League of Nations all over again.

Argh!

Seems to me that the US is the greatest single threat to the peace of the world at this point in time. Maybe I’m being dramatic.