05 July 2009

Moral MythBuster at the age of religious right seepage

I conceived the idea of starting this blog after hearing enough bullshits from my redneck colleagues. But the more remote, yet, important motivation is the rise of the religious right in Hong Kong.

Although I am an open apatheist, I have absolutely nothing against religion. I personally admire the idea of Christian faith a lot, maybe hell lot more than any Christians ever understand.

But what religious right wingers advocate and promote in Hong Kong surely sends shiver down my spine, you may want to watch the Pearl Report I linked earlier as a starter.

This Facebook Concern Group for Hong Kong Religious Hegemony has a lot of discussion and material to read; I don't know how correct are those facts, you may want to judge them yourself.

Religious discrimination is a worrisome thing.

Members of any religious group may apply the teachings of their bibles to every other decision in daily life. People from other religious groups, or non-religious people, could be deprived of the fair chance in employment, promotion, and enrolment to schools. The Pearl Report showed that the clergy "guided" their members in voting.

The other thing that worries me is the moralisation of the society.

Religious right hold conservative moral views. Homosexuality, abortion, divorce, are out of the question. Rev. Patrick So even had the guts to claim that homosexuality promotes HIV (watch his great speech at the Legco in the Pearl Report).

They condemn others who think otherwise. They don't allow diversity. Their views are absolute.

Religious right churches are natural factories of two kinds of members, either they become blind believers of the conservative and hegemonic moral point of view, or, hypocrites who happily use morality as a weapon. I expounded in my dictionary blog the danger of these two kinds of people.

A moral mythbuster bashes moralists' vice. It encourages questioning of the accepted moral standards. It however doesn't offer you an alternative one. It encourages you to think for yourself. The only motto here is "sapere aude".

I'm not asking you to not believe in your god. You can have faith in whatever you have faith in. But don't have blind faith in what your church or the clergy tell you. Always ask why. Believing in a religion doesn't equate believing in its clergy. It is not necessarily so. Don't accept that the clergy communicates better than you do with your god. That's bullshit.

We will go on ridiculing unfounded moral views, and other shits in Hong Kong. We hope one day, there're more independent thinkers than hypocrites plus blind conservatives here in our great city.

1 comment:

  1. umm. as a Christian meself, i am shocked as well as how many of my fellow christian have no desire to question the teaching of our church. Strange as I may sound, I do believe that God would very much welcome us to question our faith( aren't the student with the most questions are the ones tat have most desire to learn?)

    The more I doubt God, the more I found out about him/her, and somehow the more I respect/love him/her. yea it's fucked up, hey it's religious it's meant to be like this......

    I dunno if it's just us Christian or as a civilization, we mankind have crease to ask the more difficult questions within ourselves. Instead all we do is play black and white, good and bad, using all the wrong answers for the wrong questions. Is the mass media brain wash really that successful?

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