The two introductory paragraphs in today’s paper encapsulated the duplicitous nature of the headline ‘Religions unite against violence’
"More than 40 New Zealand religious leaders have taken a joint stand today against violence towards women or children.
The 35 men and six women, representing 29 organisations, have promised to encourage their believers to report family violence, hold perpetrators to account and support victims, and to train their clerics and other staff in how to respond to family violence and work with anti-violence agencies"
The maths is simple.
41 Church leaders and just 6 of them are women.
The irony didn’t escape moi.
No journalist managed to ask if this wasn’t a bit ‘rich’ to pontificate against family violence whilst having in-house policies to subjugate women.
Then there are the more obvious overt mandates inherent in these signed-up religious bodies towards violence.
Why did the docile media give these religious leaders a free ride and ask them why they personally follow a doctrine that clearly mandates violence?
Try this for size…
"And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah” [Quran]
“The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name” [Exodus]
The Bible has by popular count 1214 violent passages and the Quran 527.
The Quran is 8.5% full of verses that involves some form of violence, sexism etc.
It’s about time these religious leaders got their own houses in order before preaching to others.