Friday, 15 May 2009

Those catholics are just such an easy target

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the most senior catholic in England and Wales believes that I'm not fully human. You see, I'm an atheist and therefore don't have an urge to believe in what Murphy-O'Connor calls 'the transcendent'. This is really just a fancy word for god that allows him to include people of other religions and people who call themselves 'spiritual', because that makes his club look bigger. To not yearn from the transcendent makes me not fully human, in Murphy-O'Connor's words.

He doesn't make or imply any threat by this, but there's something astonishingly sinister about a hugely influential religious leader declaring that anyone who doesn't believe - without evidence - what he believes doesn't count as human. Doesn't that surely mean that atheists shouldn't be allowed the same rights as catholics? However I parse it, it seems to come out that way to me.

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