?Leave God out of court

2014-06-18 10:00

Why? Because Christians are some of the world’s most rampant adulterers and fornicators.

Just this week, The Huffington Post reported that born-again Christians come out on top in a survey of users of an adultery website. But that should be no surprise to anyone, certainly not me.

I was in a relationship with a recovering Jehovah’s Witness once. He spent his childhood knocking on strangers’ doors to sell them his version of the word of God and guilt.

But in his late teens, after having held on to his virginity like a treasure as decreed by his church, he found out the elders had been having orgies, swapping spouses and doing other things of that nature.

So, lost and betrayed, he went on to do some fornicating of his own, which was a problem in our own monogamous relationship, as you can imagine.

The Huffington Post article refers to a survey done by Ashley Madison, which is a website for married people wanting a bit on the side, which asked its members about their religious affiliations.

“It turns out one in four members who responded described themselves as ‘born-again’ evangelist Christians. Catholics comprised the next-largest group at 22.75%, followed by Protestants (22.7%),” The Huffington Post reported.

In the speech that created a ministorm, our very own Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng spoke of a legal framework that “frowns upon adultery, fornication, separation and divorce”.

If Mogoeng wants to open a door for debate about how Christian morals can influence law, I ask: how wide? Let Christian morals into law and evangelists and Bible-bashers will be the first you see lurking behind that door. Think of:

.?The holier-than-thou televangelists who preach one thing and live another;

.?The twice-divorced Ray McCauleys and the promiscuous Kirk Franklins who won’t stand up against Mogoeng’s attempts to “elevate the role of love and the sensible discouragement of divorce” to enhance “marital and family sanctity”; and

.?The high-up-on-the-pulpit paedophilic Catholic priests who will finally be judged as criminals.

They will find that, in law, asking for forgiveness does not necessarily set one free. The law metes out justice – and not in the glory of heaven but right here on earth.

In letting law and religion mingle, maybe we can finally shine a light on the perversions of religion: its criminality, its Peeping Tom tendencies on who’s sleeping with whom and using what, and its repression of everyday natural impulses.

I find it interesting that it’s not giving and charity that Mogoeng focuses on, but fornication and marriage.

It’s very revealing what centuries of repression have festered in the subconscious of institutionalised religion.

If we open the debate about religion and law, we might finally tackle its closed-mindedness, exemplified for me by Jehovah’s Witnesses, whom I consider the most self-flagellating of all the believers.

When I learnt as a child that their heaven only accepts 144?000 people, I couldn’t understand why parents continued to strap their children in suffocating synthetic suits and Sunday shoes so they could bother the rest of us in our homes.

The faithful neighbour who called her grandchildren the most abusive names disgusted me.

It was in adulthood that I realised religion can be the most effective cover for the world’s miserable.

Mogoeng might be on to something when he talks about opening up this debate.

But I believe he thinks, as old Christian missionaries used to, that religion will bring enlightenment.

I hope he is open to the reverse.

So I say let’s open the floodgates and see who falls from grace first.

But wait for me while I go pick up a stone – I don’t mind being the first to hurl one.

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