Two items in the news concurrently today, and when I saw them, for each one the phrase that popped into my head was;
Firstly: The Pope warns of the Misuse of Religion
Here, the pope has made a speech in an Amman mosque, and yes, it’s all in the title really… he argued that religion was a force for good, but its “manipulation” caused divisions and even violence.
The trouble is that both he, his position, his catholic religion, the Christian religion of which it’s part and the religion of Islam to whom he was speaking – they’ve all got ‘form’ as Sergeant lewis would say. (see news here.)
Secondly: Russia warns against ‘Adventures’
At the May parade commemorating the Russian victory (or more correctly, Stalin’s victory) over Nazi Germany, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has issued a stern warning to any countries considering what he called “military adventures”.
Yay Dmitri. Like the Pope, Lewis would say that you (both yourself, your current government and your Russian state) have both recent and historical ‘form’ in this matter of invasion. (see news article here)
As with everything, it’s the old story of power and control. The fact that various adjectives over the ages are used to describe power and control, e.g. religion & ideology, is immaterial. It all boils down to power and control, specifically so that those in charge of the ‘religion’ or ‘ideology’ can have a comfortable life living off the efforts of others, acquiring possessions, status and better mating potential.
And if you are going to pull me up on the last bit and the Pope, then don’t.