Monday, September 8, 2008
When Lines are Drawn
There are lines drawn between every friendship. They are the boundaries beyond which the friendship deteriorates. They may be child-like – “If you’re friends with her I won’t be your friend,” or just juvenile – “you have to like such-and-such a band/football team/television program to hang around with us” or more adult – “What do you mean, you slept with my boyfriend?”
There are some taboo lines which cross all age boundaries and even friendship ones – some social mores are so heinous that one could be removed from society for breaking them. I don’t mean criminal activity – the laws are there for the good (mostly) of all citizens. What I’m referring to here is religion.
You can’t be Christian and Muslim, for example. Each faith is mutually exclusive of the other. You can’t be Christian and Jewish (despite worshipping the same God and reading the same book), for the latter dispute the notion that Christ was the son of God. You can’t be Christian and pagan*, for the monotheistic doctrine of the former disallows the polytheistic nature of the latter, and you can’t be Christian and Scientist.**
What have all these got in common? Christianity. Whoop-de-do. The most noble ideas in the history of the world perverted to the biggest cause of intolerance and persecution in modern society. What a wonderful thing it is to be a demon in the modern age. It’s like having a license to print money.
Harold, on the other hand, viewed Frank’s saber with absolute horror.
“Look at the rust on that!” he said.
* Except in fluffy-pagan groups – “I can haz cross and pentagram?”
** Except Scientology which, lets face it, was founded by a science-fiction writer who worked out that although people had stopped paying for his books they would still pay for the chance of redemption.