“cutting to the chase ” : Christianity the bugbear, secularism the necessary framework for depraved intimate behaviours

Attacks  on Christianity  are  going  to increase  sharply.

The  Christian world view  calls  same-sex  activity  sin  and  forbids  sexual  anarchy restricting  acceptable  sexual  activity  to  a  man and  a woman  in a marriage relationship.  

 The  offending  wall  of  Christianity  must  be  brought down and  replaced  by  secularism  if  same-sex  relationship,  fisting, felching, rimming, farming, scat, anal penetration, chariot racing, jackhammering  etc  are  to  be  regarded  as  “normal  and  positive”

Secularism  is  now  the dominant world view  for  law  in England  so   Terrence  Higgins  Trust  via  its  Hard  Cell  Playroom  can  publish  scat, farming, felching, jackhammering, chariot racing  etc  as  options  for  intimate  behaviour between Mem  who  have  Sex  with Men.  These  are  apparently  accepted  as  “normal  and  positive ” aspects  of  human sexuality  in the United  Kingdom.

Efforts  to  declare  that  secularism  has  superior  intellectual  underpinnings  to  Christianity  and   cite  atrocities  of   christian  nations   have  started , possibly  in  an  attempt  to have  Jamaica  follow  the  newly  accepted  sexual  mores  of  the  English  and  other  western  democracies. These  activities  include  eating  faeces (scat).

In  her  history  summary  below  Ms. Sobers  apparently  conveniently  forgets  that  the policies  of   dictators  such  as  Stalin in the  USSR  and  Pol Pot  in Cambodia  were  secular   in their  construct i.e  involved  separation of  church  and  state.  

Also  as  a  human rights  advocate  she  should  be  aware  that  probably  the  most  violent  and  cruel  form  of  the death  penalty, crucifixion, was  said  to  have  been initiated  by  the  pagan Phoenicians  and  reached  its  zenith  of  cruelty  and  efficiency  among  the pagan  Romans.

The  fact  is  that  it  is  in the nature  of  the human  condition  that  humans beings  commit  atrocities –  Christianity  recognizes  this and  condemns  it, admonishes the Golden rule  and  offers atonement  for  the inevitable failings  of  human  beings  –  a  comprehensive  and  logical package .  

The  real  questions  are :

is  the  secular  assault  on Christianity being  orchestrated   in  an  attempt   to usher  in sexual  anarchy  ?

Is  Mrs. Sobers  attack  on Christianity  a part  of  the LGBTTTI  agenda ?

‘Christian’ Jamaica? God Forbid!

Published: Tuesday | March 5, 201356 Comments

Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Guest Columnist
Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Guest Columnist

By Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Guest Columnist

Jamaica College principal Ruel Reid wrote in a February 27, 2013 column that he regards Jamaica as a Christian nation. In Reid’s opinion, Jamaica’s “Christian heritage” and a need to provide a “moral compass” justify his holding a Christian crusade during school hours rather than when classes have ended for the day.

However, Mr Reid confessed that this Christian heritage is still to prove its worth. He wrote, “If the fundamental teachings of Christ to love our neighbours as ourselves are practised, then we would have a more peaceful and prosperous Jamaica.” Jamaica’s high crime rate and low growth rate suggest that the “teachings of Christ” are yet to be practised here.

‘Christian nation’ has different meanings for different persons. Some define a Christian nation by the number of citizens who say they are Christians – one-third of Jamaicans do not identify as Christians. The term also denotes a nation in which Church and State are merged, and minorities conform to dominant Christian practices.

Defining a ‘Christian nation’ was simpler hundreds of years ago when the Roman Catholic Church controlled religion in Western Europe. Popes had extraordinary spiritual and political power. Records of the time show that the Christian Church’s monopoly over religious beliefs produced corruption, tyranny, and condemnation of all learning and education. The result was the misery, illiteracy, serfdom, squalor, disease, and untold suffering of the Dark Ages.

In contrast, ancient pagan states of Africa, Asia, and Europe were the cradles of civilisation. Religions were accepted equally, women could be rulers, and philosophers set moral standards to guide daily life. In non-Christian Greece and Rome, for example, people were equal and free to challenge conventional wisdom.

In the awakening after the Dark Ages, human beings returned to some of the practices of the ancient pagan states. People started to challenge dogma and think for themselves again. In this Age of Enlightenment, revolutions took place (e.g., in USA, Haiti, and France), and rational thinking resurfaced.

HISTORY OF IMMORALITY

Nonetheless, Christian nations continued to war among themselves. They explored and exploited the Americas, Asia, and Africa for plunder and competitive advantage. Popes supported the actions of Christian nations as they murdered, enslaved, and worked to death the inhabitants of South and Central America and the Caribbean.

History, therefore, shows that Christian nations have not provided examples of such moral values as are set out in parts of the Bible. On the contrary, Christian nations have used lies, rape, betrayal, tyranny, corruption, deceit, plunder, and genocide to achieve power and wealth.

Individual Christians belonging to established churches and mostly to minority religious groups (such as the Quakers or the Moravians) sided with oppressed peoples at great risk. Abolitionists, for example, were subjected to abuse, arson, ostracism, and threats to their lives. Some were murdered by pro-slavery mobs.

In the post-slavery period, some Christian denominations provided schools for those who were newly freed. Poor blacks generally received just enough primary education to qualify them for low-status jobs. A handful of blacks reached high school and the exceptional black was able to earn a university degree. Christian-directed education therefore mirrored the divisions of the plantation. The model remained after the State took over schools started by churches. At present, only about 10 per cent of any age cohort and about two per cent of poor blacks leave school qualified for a job or a place at university.

Secularism is the principle of separating Church and State. Secularists hold the view that religion should not influence political decisions, and that religion should not be imposed on citizens. Secular countries tend to have higher levels of peace and prosperity. One reason put forward is that believers tend to act on their beliefs without thinking critically. Absence of reasoned thought is, therefore, likely to lead to uncivil and unproductive behaviour.

Contrary to Mr Reid’s belief, Jamaica is a secular country. Taxpayers who fund schools such as Jamaica College are of different religions or no religion at all. Members of religious sects are, therefore, not free to break the law or infringe on time set aside for education in a government school.

However, religious persons are free to set up and fully fund their private ‘Christian schools’. They also remain free to display their faith in actions that reflect love, humility, and righteousness.

Mr Reid can use his influence to promote the kind of education that equips students to think for themselves rather than fit into prescribed moulds.

Yvonne McCalla Sobers is a human-rights activist. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and sobersy@yahoo.com.

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