Also: Intolerant, arguing Christians are just like mass-murdering Al Qaeda
Dear BFP and fellow readers,
Have you read the Barbados Advocate ‘editorial’ called “Tolerance the path to peace” ???
What pap. What rubbish. Aside from the pure idiocy of some of the stated “facts” and conclusions, I’d just like to know what the author was smoking and where they got it – because it must be excellent herb!
submitted by “Big Cutter”
BFP will reprint the entire Barbados Advocate editorial here because you know how that paper changes history – but you should still go to the paper’s website to read the full article because it’s only fair. (link above)
Tolerance the path to peace
Throughout the ages, extremist religions such as Islam and Rastafarianism, among others, have been loudly criticised, mainly because of their evident differences from each other and from Christianity. Similarly, there exists a situation where people in these religions castigate outsiders because they refuse to conform to what they each considers to be the “true” religion or faith.
Religion, like politics, and cricket in the Caribbean, can be a very testy subject, simply because any discussion on the subject tends to be based in a large part on an individual’s faith. Even within each religion, there exist sects where the beliefs can vary from the strictest followers, (fanatics), to those who are somewhat more liberal in terms of the proposed guidelines that should be followed. This situation very often causes conflict even among believers of the same religion.
Some readers might think immediately of organisations such as Al Qaeda where more liberal followers of the Muslim faith are excommunicated and killed for refusing to adhere to the strictest beliefs of the religion. These religious differences have caused major problems around the globe, and it must acknowledged that Barbados experiences the same behaviour, right here in our own backyard, even if on a much smaller scale.
Here at home, the main religion practised on the island is Christianity with small representations of other religions including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others. Within the Christian faith there are several separate denominations such as Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostals and Adventists, among others which are fairly similar. However, the disparities between them are capable of causing arguments.
Many of these conflicts occur due to the fact that like with the Al Qaeda sect of the Islam religion there can be zealots, and then there are others who adopt a moderate stance. Although not escalated to extreme situations such as war and genocide, it is still necessary to examine the root of such conflict in order to prevent more serious occurrences.
The main lesson here should be that of acceptance. As simplistic and unlikely a concept as this is, it is probably the solution to the entire world’s religious problems. In the Old Testament of the Bible the Jews were believed to be God’s people, with non-Jews being called the Gentiles. As a result, laws were established according to Jewish beliefs with punishments being documented for those in breach. According to the teachings of the Christian Bible, when Jesus came to earth, he preached His message and performed His miracles for Jews and Gentiles alike with no discrimination among the people.
Jesus accepted the differences of all the people that He met in His life, regardless of gender, occupation, and even religious belief. He set about proclaiming the goodness of God both through His words and in the actual way that He lived. In His life, He set an example for everyone then and for those of us who would later seek to follow in His teachings. We have a long way to go before we can boast of being in His image.
Those Christians in our society should all try to live our lives following as closely in His footprints as possible. Similarly, those of other religions should do their best to uphold their respective beliefs. Tolerance is key. Rather than judging and discriminating against others for their differences, we should accept them and try to make our own lives a beacon for all to follow.