If Christianity were a person, and had to sit down for a ‘job’ interview to serve the South African populace. It would be in serious trouble.
Proselytizing slavery has been historically held as the bible’s greatest moral flaw and a pointer to non-deist influence.The insanity or pride for men to claim that for themselves. Even many of my fellow atheists seem to miss the point here that that endorsement was crucial to the growth of Christianity in South Africa not only among the conservative dutch but also the black populations in South Africa.
It neatly coerced with the National Party’s ideas of racial segregation and conspicuous levels of consumption. Institutional extortion. We are yet to rid ourselves of that adoration of materialism. One only needs to look at the likes of Rhema and River Park Ministries to see it alive and well within the evangelical mega churches that are capitalizing off the masses and naive businessmen who just never could bring themselves to walk outside the veil of consensus. Those at the top end of the living standards measure should really bring it on themselves to recognize the contribution of mainstream Christianity to a very fine autocratic dictatorship. Let’s rather invest in public benefit that doesn't deny a black man a public facility, deny a woman an abortion or stop a homosexual from getting married.
Perhaps our local versions of the gay and abortion ‘issues’ as dubbed by right-wing media (the left have bigger problems like nuclear proliferation and solving poverty) are not as extreme as those in the middle-east and parts of Africa where women and LGBT rights are almost non-existent. That is not to be say that if it were not for our constitution, the radical nature of our faith-based and tribal identity would not have belittled these minorities politically as they do so effectively in social contexts.
To clarify my stance; My concern is not with the way moderate’s behave inside the confines of traditional mainstream monotheistic faith. I do respect moderates more than extremists or absolutists naturally, however, the fact that even the bible couldn't get some downright good people to consciously discriminate or violate human rights is a credit to humanity, not the holy texts. I worry, by it’s superlative definition, faith is simply not compatible with civilization.
Looking at Lonmin and some of the revelations from the Marikana Commission of inquiry, you can recognize some of the remnants of racial inequality and how even today it will not be tolerated by those who are victims of it. And good for them in my opinion, if the blundering and clumsy policies of BBBEE means the rand has to die in order for us to restore equality, then so be it. But there surely is a better way. A governance system based on facts and evidence and focused on complimenting black economic empowerment policy with the right infrastructure to allow the youth to flourish outside of the caste of a century of oppression. I am just sad it is too early for those at the table of political discourse to realise what an asset it is to have as few personal agenda’s to contend with one’s natural agenda of self preservation. When is one going to come to the table and say ‘let not tradition nor religion nor any culture nor cult get in the way of children achieving personal autonomy.’ When is a new leader going to rise up and say don’t vote me into power because I am black and Zulu, vote me into power because I make the decisions based on the best information available to me and with great deliberation. Now there is a niche in our political landscape. A wise leader would recognize religious affiliation as a dangerous divisor amongst humanity. The first to do that would have my vote, and my money is it coming from the fairer sex.