Saturday, June 7, 2014

Godless, Perverted, Liberal, Communist etc …

It’s astonishing how some major actors on the political scene in Bahrain (and elsewhere) call for unity and claim they advocate for the people, yet they vigorously attack and blame people who they call Godless, Secular, Perverted, Liberal, Communist – and I don’t know what else – for everything wrong that had happened, happening or ever could happen.

Everyone talks about unity but tackling this from a "religious" perspective leave you with a narrow sector of so society that, after eliminating the list of labels forced on people, leaves no one except Muslim fundamentalists, for in this view non-Muslims are either godless or perverted, non-fundamentalist Muslims will fit in at least one of “secular, liberal, communist” and just like that, no one is left to unite with or advocate for except a small segment of society.

I wonder if people will come the simple realization that they’re being manipulated by power-hungry religious leaders many of whom really don’t care about the people or even the religion they preach.

On this topic I leave you with these beautiful lines:

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying "'weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
"Where are thy father and mother? Say!"--
"They are both gone up to the church to pray.

"Because I was happy upon the heath,
And smiled among the winter's snow,
They clothed me in the clothes of death,
And taught me to sing the notes of woe.

"And because I am happy and dance and sing,
They think they have done me no injury,
And are gone to praise God and his priest and king,
Who make up a heaven of our misery."

William Blake "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Experience.

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