Time to ‘defrock’ churches
Responding to the opinion piece by Matthew Epsom (January 9) where he attacks the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church, and uses the vehicle of child sexual abuse for his purpose. Of course these child victims were implicated, by being such tender morsels that priests would not be able to resist them. But the real culprits were (and are) surely the parents who supported this evil organisation, and entrusted their children to the priestly predators.
What does it take to open the eyes of the faithful to the abomination that is this church? And yet they will still attend mass, play with rosary beads and pray for divine guidance, while ensuring that this superstitious nonsense is perpetuated.
Late last year, the End Of Life Choice Act was ratified by the electorate. Prior to this, there was intensive campaigning by the RC and Anglican churches, opposing this Act. There was much scaremongering and disingenuous information put out by these organisations, as well as no little expenditure in advertising their opposition to the Act.
For those of us not afflicted by the religious virus, it was risible to see these adverts listing Bishop-this and Cardinal-that setting themselves up as guiding lights to lead us to make the correct moral decisions.
Did these religious zealots not realise their attempt to take the moral high ground would be treated with contempt? Where was the morality in expending large sums of money to influence the electorate, when there are children going hungry in New Zealand?
It is my opinion that these charlatans have one goal in mind, to perpetuate their discredited belief system at the expense of anyone gullible enough to buy into it. It is well overdue for these organisations to be “defrocked” by having any tax breaks currently obtainable rescinded. If they wish to perpetuate fables they should do it from their own pocket, not the taxpayers'.
John Watson, Otaki