Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What one believes and what is one allowed to express

As I announced a couple of days before, I am about to deal a bit more with the topic of religion, spurred on by the controversy surrounding Ann Coulter's recent remarks.

As I said previously, religion would be a touchy subject even without the unhealthy climate of political correctness created over the years. It deals not only with person's beliefs but largely with one's way of life. But some facts remain no matter what. Such as the one that says that if you believe in a certain religion you automatically believe that all other religions are wrong. It's an axiom dictated by elementary logic and common sense.

One of the basic tennents of Christianity is that salvation is achieved through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Saviour. The bond with the Old Testament(I'll be using Christian terms in this blog entry), however, was never broken and Jesus himself says in Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them". The Old Testament was always an integral part of the Christian Bible and the New Testament is not an abrogation of it but it's completion. This is what Ann Coulter was saying.

But even that didn't shock the post-modern leftists as much as Coulter's remark that "it would be better if everyone was a Christian". All of a sudden she has become the reincarnation of Torquemada, hell-bent(pun unintentional) on forcibly converting everyone. That's a complete non-sequitur. A person hoping that everyone would accept his religion is no more a proselyte then someone hoping to get rich is a potential bank-robber. There is also another way of looking at it. If Ann Coulter, like any serious Christian, believes that salvation is through Christ, wouldn't true hatred and bigotry be not hoping that other people accept what you see is a path to heaven?

The key of peaceful coexistence of religions is simple: freedom to express one's beliefs and no earthly punishment for not accepting other's. There is no need to dillute the meaning of a religion(well, most of them anyway) in order to preserve social harmony. And nobody should take offence at the fact that somebody believes your religion is wrong because that in effect means you take offence at every belief system other then your own. And that is indeed bigotry.

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