Monday, July 14, 2008

A Note To My Readers on Editorial Policy

I had a sad experience when viewing my blog responses yesterday. Someone sent a link to a Muslim website that looked harmless. Because there was no comments, I was fearful that there was a virus on the site and rejected the letter for the protection of my readers. The link may well have been benign. Because there are hundreds of millions of Muslims who are peaceful, I feel badly that the tens of millions who are warlike cast unfair suspicion on the quiet majority. At the same time, I realise that silent majorities such as those in Germany and Poland during World War Two function as enablers. It is for this reason that my contrition is shallow.
I will be open about my editorial bias so you can weigh my words. I believe that Torah Judaism comes from G-d. All other faiths are man made. When someone does evil in the name of his or her religion, I judge his actions and not his stated faith. If he is Muslim, I compare him to Muslims who acted decently and ask him why he chose not to do likewise. I judge Christians the same way. There are some strains of religious observance that purport to be Judaism that I believe are also man made religions. I will try to uncover the historical truth about religious figures, but I will not engage in name calling. I will describe and criticise the believers of any faith who behave destructively. I will not seek multicultural excuses for them either.
We live in a world of blindness where G-d hides Himself. Other people claim that their faith is made by G-d and mine is false. We have to be able to live together with our mutually exclusive beliefs. If G-d does not compel belief, neither should we. I like to reflect on the difference in English between the verbs impel and compel. Proper faith should impel. Those whose only strength is societal compulsion tend to implode spiritually.
A Baptist friend of mine was convinced that I would be lost without Jesus. Someone asked him, "Don't you respect my right to my opinion?" He said with a serene smile, "Sure. You have the right to be wrong."
I respected his candour, and we developed a cordial conversational ceasefire in certain areas that served our friendship well. He obeyed my cardinal rule of religious faith. "It's all right if you think I'm going to hell, as long as you don't plan to send me there ahead of schedule.

1 comment:

Findalis said...

I promise you that if I send you a link it will be with a message attached.

Keep on blogging, I love reading you daily.