Friday, 29 January 2016

A Seasonal Irony OR a Penchant for Parody

Now, every religion has its own Belief while some of us cannot believe in (any) religion.

Who’s to say who’s right or wrong?

Should we not give everyone the benefit of the doubt, each going his or her own way while taking care to share the better, kinder, principles of a common humanity? Some religions treat any diversion from its dogma as a cardinal sin. Whatever happened to that freedom of the human spirit to express itself in its own way, and who has the right to condemn someone for acting in good faith if not within dogma's stricter parameters?

Religion is meant to be about love and peace...and mutual respect for another person's spiritual identity, whether or not it relates to the same religion or any religion at all if only because religion (as I discovered for myself even as a child) has no monopoly on spirituality.


Religious festivals are times
people come together,
are good to one another, braving
stormy weather

Religious festivals make merry
come rain, snow, winter mist,
find sunny smiles not on any list
left by Jack Frost

But you can’t always believe
all they so love to feed us
like comfort and joy at Christmas
(ask the homeless)

No, you can’t always believe
everything they tell you,
the Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Jew,
Jain or Hindu…

Religion (not God) is the listener
ever turning a deaf ear
come Ramadan, Diwali, Passover…
(and Christmas once a year.)

In truth, we should learn to respect
faiths across the world,
ironically divided by a single word,
a comfort zone called ‘God’

Who and what should we believe
when so many use religion
for their own ends, as ammunition,
back-up for some  'Heaven'?

All religions encourage suspicion
fuelled by a singular dogma,
ever making peace an excuse for war,
a parody of its spiritual nature

Copyright R. N. Taber 2009; 2016

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