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An open letter to Andrew Selley and the JGC

27 May 2014, 11:18

Dear Andrew,

I have been quite quiet the last few months but I have by no means forgotten you and have been paying close attention to your every public faux pas.  I’m breaking my silence today after having read this article on Women24 http://www.women24.com/Wellness/BodyAndSpirit/FOR-SA-Andrey-Selley-claims-religious-rights-under-threat-20140523

The reason why I am breaking the silence in light of this latest article is because while the author has done a sterling job at outlining your hypocrisy, she has not addressed you directly (nor has anyone else that I’m aware of) to try and explain to your ego exactly why people like you are destroying the religion you hold so dear. 

You keep banging on about ‘Christian persecution’ and how religious freedom is ‘under threat’ when in reality, what’s actually happening, is that YOU are the threat to religious freedom.  If you want a religion to be banned outright (any religion), doing what you’re doing right now is a sure fire way to go about it.

You have been quite successfully panicking the living daylights out of everyone.  Telling them that anyone who hits their children will go to jail (untrue as per this unbiased interview with Carol Bower: http://cpmagazine.co.za/what-parents-need-to-know-about-the-ban-on-corporal-punishment-in-south-africa-an-interview-with-carol-bower/) or that legalizing gay marriage is somehow a threat to religious freedom or that women pastors and defiant wives are somehow the spawn of satan. 

Allow me to explain to you where your religious freedom begins and ends.  Your religious freedom begins and ends with YOU.  It is your religious freedom to worship whatever deity you please.  It is NOT your religious freedom to dictate to another HUMAN BEING what they can and cannot do, who they can and cannot worship or whether or not they are consensual to physical punishment.  If you and your wife wish to partake in some kinky Christian physical disciplinary foreplay and both you and your wife are consensual in doing so, then that is YOURS and your WIFE’S religious freedom to do so.  Taking your physical disciplinary beliefs to your non-consenting child who is separate and apart from you, is not ok.  Your child will agree that she has deserved every hiding she has ever gotten, but only because she has never experienced any other treatment and because you have BRAINWASHED her into believing that she must be so spiritually awful that she needed to be physically punished.  If your child had the opportunity to experience loving discipline in a home where her feelings, choices and thoughts are taken into consideration, then she would not be so hasty to agree that she deserved every hiding she ever received.  In short, if your religious beliefs infringe on another human being – that is where your religious freedom ends.  If two consenting same sex people wish to formalize and spiritually celebrate their love for each other in a Christian setting, it doesn’t matter whether you agree with it or not, what matters is that your refusal to perform such a ceremony INFRINGES on that couple’s right to have the ceremony they wish.  To see a supposed follower of Christ such as yourself refusing to oversee a celebration of love and devotion, is just worse than hypocritical. 

 If a woman believes her husband has made the wrong decision, particularly if it is regarding her or their children, then she has every single right to stand up to him and refuse to comply.  Likewise, if a woman is so in love and awe of Christ, her desire to serve him and preach in his name is something that should be celebrated and admired – not prohibited.  I am fully aware of what the Bible says on all three of these subjects.  What I am also fully aware of is that there were cultural understandings 2000 years ago that we have no hope of beginning to comprehend now.  We are also relying on several dozen different translations of the same book, with each Christian faction using the version that most suits their needs.  Bottom line?  1.  I don’t believe for a single second that God has a problem with people loving each other or wanting to spread His word, regardless of their sexual preferences or gender and 2.  Our knowledge of the ancient times in which the Bible was written is extremely limited by language and cultural barriers that will take another few millennia to understand. 

Your religious freedom ends where another person’s human rights begin.  Religious freedom does not mean that the members of your religion are exempt from retribution when they break the laws set out to protect others (such as women, children and homosexuals). Your religious freedom is there for you and other consenting ADULTS to partake in whatever activities you desire.  It does not EXEMPT you from the consequences you will face should you impose on the freedom of others. 

Christian persecution is when a Christian is maimed or killed for believing in and worshipping a different deity to the dominant religion of the region.  You are NOT a persecuted Christian if you are held accountable for your actions when you infringe on the rights of fellow human beings, the fact that you are a Christian has absolutely nothing to do with the issues you are being held accountable for.

Over and out.  

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