Double standards so plain to see at 'ugly' mosque protest

HAVING gone to high school at a Christian school on the Coast more than five years ago, I feel I've had a decent exposure to some sort of religion.

While I am proud to have never been affiliated with any religion whatsoever, I feel the need to make a few things clear.

Yesterday's protest against the proposed mosque in Maroochydore was ugly and embarrassing at times.

Listening to a man loudly label the Islamic faith as evil, while proudly pointing out he was a member of the Catholic Church, was a stunning example of ignorance.

I wouldn't exactly say the Catholic Church is to be upheld as the example of all that is good. Its appalling history of child sexual abuse and institutionalised horrors inflicted on young kids is abhorrent.

I put that behaviour in the same category as terrorism - appalling and inexcusable.

Yet this man so steadfastly believed that his faith was good and Islam was evil.

Christians, claiming to not hate anyone, brazenly spewing out hatred against a religion they deemed to be hateful.

Double standards anyone?

There are good and bad elements in all religion, much like there are good and bad elements in all people - you don't need to believe in any particular faith to be good or bad.

Would Christians feel differently if they'd been vilified and typecast as bigots because of the actions of the Ku Klux Klan, a minority Christian group?

So why then, is it okay for people to do the same to Muslims?

It's high time people started looking at themselves a little more and believing in themselves, rather than turning to a book and a supposedly real character to direct them and their beliefs.

You may just find common sense and decency are strong enough to hold you in good stead.

 



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