En skør religiøs verden IV

Vi lever i en verden, hvor rigtige mange mennesker tror mere eller mindre blindt på forskellige ting, som jeg personligt ville anse som absurditeter.

Jeg vil i denne lille løbende sektion komme på nogle eksempler på hvordan religion påvirker verden og dens borgere. Selvsagt kan det være sig både positivt og negativt, men jeg vil forbeholde mig retten til at være lidt selektiv og vise eksempler på episoder eller udviklinger jeg finder ganske uhørt eller bare groteske, måske ligefrem humoristiske.

Den hellige ko

Forskellige interesser støder hårdt mod hinanden; hinduer mod dyrevelfærdsaktivister

Horsham, UK – Hindu monks clad in saffron robes served legal papers on Britain’s leading animal welfare charity on Friday in protest at the slaughter of one of their sacred cows.

“Mother Gangotri,” a 13-year-old Belgian Blue-Jersey cross, was put down by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) on December 13 last year in what the charity called a mercy killing

 Således er en ko blevet dræbt. Skismaet er opstået på baggrund om koen havde det godt. Dyrevelfærdsgruppen mente således at koen måtte aflives. Men ikke alle var enige i det.

The RSPCA unlawfully trespassed on temple property and unlawfully trespassed on the life of a cow,” said Gauri Das, president at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

“The cow was under veterinary care and was recovering. There was absolutely no reason for her to be killed. The way they carried out this act on the sacred premises of a temple with no dialogue was completely unacceptable”

Munkene vil således trække aktivisterne i retten for mordet på den hellige ko

Bhaktivedanta Manor runs the Cow Protection Project, which cares for old cows and bulls, and allows them to die naturally.

The RSPCA denies the claims, saying it informed staff at the temple of what they were going to do, and avoided killing the cow during prayers.

“We believe we acted properly, within the law, but clearly they are of a different opinion,” said John Rolls, RSPCA director of animal welfare promotion

Nej ingen religiøs marihuana

En mand i USA har fået at vide at han ikke må ryge det forbudte stof på trods af at det er en del af hans religion

New London, USA – A judge has ruled that while she respects a Norwich man’s Rastafarian religion which endorses the use of marijuana, the law is the law and she has sent him to prison for 30 months.

Den 42-årige Vernon Smith har således fået frataget sit “wisdom weed”

Forty-two-year-old Vernon Smith had pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to sell after police found him with more than 20 pounds of the drug earlier this year.

His lawyer Thursday argued that a Rastafarian believes that selling, trading and possessing marijuana, or “wisdom weed,” is “a God-given right.” He sought a reduction in the prison time

Men dommeren mente ikke at den gudgivet ret var nok til at undskylde at have et ulovligt stof på sig og at planer om at sælge det videre

Judge Susan B. Handy said she had respect for Smith’s religion, but that he could not use it to hide his criminal behavior

 Ingen homoseksuel Jesus tak

Der er åbenbart grænser for hvad folk synes er morsomt. Således er der nogen der er blevet lidt mobset over et skuespil hvor Jesus fremstilles som havende homoseksuelle tendenser

Sydney, Austrailia – A controversial play that depicts Jesus being seduced by Judas and conducting a gay marriage for two apostles has been condemned by church leaders ahead of its opening in Sydney

Jesus og Judas har altså en hed lille affære og det får tilgengæld andre op af stolene.

The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, expressed his outrage at the plot of “Corpus Christi” on Sunday, calling the play “historical nonsense”.

“It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they’re obviously having a laugh about it,” he told the Sun-Herald newspaper. “I wouldn’t want to go and see it. Life’s too short.”

Men det er åbenbart ingenting i forhold til tidligere reaktioner på stykket i USA og England

Set to open on February 7 as part of Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, “Corpus Christi” depicts Jesus and his followers as gay, and ends with Jesus being crucified.

Despite critical acclaim, the play provoked protests and bomb threats when it was performed in the United States

Playwright Terrence McNally received a death edict, or fatwa, from a UK-based Islamic group, which declared it blasphemous when the play ran in London in 1999

Rammerne virker til at være mere afslappet denne gang

Sydney Mardi Gras organizers describe it on the festival Web site as “a play that speaks out against inhumanity by providing a witty, contemporary interpretation of Jesus’ life” . Director Leigh Romney, who is staging the work in Australia, rejected accusations the play mocks Christ.
Rowney said that as a Christian himself, he was keen to provoke debate.

“I wanted this play in the hands of a Christian person like myself to give it dignity but still open it up to answering questions about Christianity as a faith system,” Rowney said

Det var så hvad jeg valgte at vise af herligheder fra den religiøse verden for denne gang

Kilde: http://www.wwrn.org/index.php

~ af sorensvendsen på april 13, 2008.

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