I say this in a world in which all forms of discrimination are present. Martin Luther King fought for the advancement of civil rights, preceded by African American preachers condemning the acts of radical homosexuals. Women use their relatively recent voting rights to elect a president promising a ban on Muslims. White males need no introduction. When the fight for freedom has been won, the desire to oppress can form.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The #illridewithyou hashtag brought much sympathy towards the Muslim Faith after a terrorist used the religion to murder dozens in Sydney. People were not afraid to show support of the religion that birthed fundamentalists in the hope it would not create a further divide. In recent years Christian protesters have formed protective circles around Muslims as they prayed. Pakistani Muslims returned the favour, forming circles around Christians after events that further created tensions between the religions. It seems obvious that we are willing to let the occasional terror attack slip by. If suicide belts are detonated only hundreds or thousands of times a year, it is not worth hurting the feelings of moderates.
We are too busy trying to treat every religion equally to notice they are all tearing the world apart, having done a damn good job of that for centuries.
I hear many women portray their anger at a newly elected sexist president. The same women that will hold a Bible in church containing Corinthians 11.3:
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.
It seems that sexism isn’t a big enough deal to leave religion behind. Whether this is down to weighing up the alternatives or a lack of knowledge of such discrimination depends on the individual. Religion isn’t a part of our genetic make up. It isn’t a skin colour or sexual orientation that cannot and should not be criticised. It is a damaging ideology that has many thrown of buildings for being gay, stoned to death for being raped and hung from trees for being black. If we truly had self respect and a vision of an equal society, we would leave behind the habits that hinder such progress.
We don’t like discrimination. Is it bearable enough to endure? It seems Stone Age inequality is worth suffering, provided we can keep our Stone Age beliefs.