Friday, 26 December 2008

Balanced Theological Discourse

This blog and its writers believe in allowing opinions to be voiced and in encouraging a balanced view of issues. On Wednesday we had a post about the pope from a Catholic. Obviously to balance it up we need an opposing view; that of an atheist, me.

And I'll start by saying, good for you Benedict.

No readers I haven't lost my marbles and embraced homophobia (although there are some who say his comments on that issue have been misrepresented), I am referring to his Christmas day address. Which included this (emphasis mine):

Wherever the dignity and rights of the human person are trampled upon; wherever the selfishness of individuals and groups prevails over the common good; wherever fratricidal hatred and the exploitation of man by man risk being taken for granted; wherever internecine conflicts divide ethnic and social groups and disrupt peaceful coexistence; wherever terrorism continues to strike; wherever the basics needed for survival are lacking; wherever an increasingly uncertain future is regarded with apprehension, even in affluent nations: in each of these places may the Light of Christmas shine forth and encourage all people to do their part in a spirit of authentic solidarity. If people look only to their own interests, our world will certainly fall apart.

A lot of the speech was religious BS but this bit is spot on; especially the final line. That last line comes close to summing up the main difference between labour and the Tories, we stand for everyone they stand for themselves.

p.s. There will not be a Blogorama this week ebcause of the holiday. Blogorama V will instead be posted on the 31st. (probably.

p.p.s. On a wild tangent Blogger doesn't recognise "Blog" as being a word!!!

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