Looks like I’ve fallen out with an old friend over the state visit of the head of the Catholic church.
He’s rather upset that I don’t show his religion, nor it’s officers any respect. He’s even called me un-libertarian because of it. Firstly on Twitter I called the pope an ex-NAZI (which he is) in a skirt (looks like a skirt to me). This is seemingly hurling insults.
Now it seems to me there is nothing remotely un-libertarian about this. I’m not trying to enact laws to prevent his popeness from wearing a silly costume, nor am I trying to prevent him popping (popeing?) over for a wee visit to his fan club. Though I do object vehemontly to being forced under threat of violence to pay for said visit.
I have read the comment in more than one place that Catholics are tax payers too and therefore it is quite alright to force the rest of us to pay for the visit. Isn’t that what all special interest groups say? Isn’t that pretty un-libertarian?
I’ve been surprised by more than one libertarian coming out as a Papist, just as surprising to me as if Sean Gabb were to say he was a radical Islamist really. Catholisism strikes me as a particularly anti-libertarian religion, even by the standards of religions. Not as much as Islam obviously but they do seem rather fond of telling everyone else what they should and shouldn’t do and aren’t shy of trying to get laws passed to do so.
What always shocks me about Popery is the fawning deification of the head of the church. He is after all just the top priest not god walking amongst us but to see the reaction and veneration one could be given for making that mistake. Popery also strike me as odd in it’s idolitary. It is quite common to see statues supposedly of ‘The Virgin Mary’ or ‘Jesus’ worshipped in catholisism. That can’t be right? Surely that’s blasphemy by your own codes?
It’s suggested that atheists should respect others religions, that we should refrain from pointing out failings or being ‘a bit rude’ about others beliefs. I understand that people are a bit protective about their religion, that they should feel insulted when non-believers say what a load of old shit believing in sky pixies is. However it is not on that we should be expected to tread on egg shells just because someone choses to believe in fairies at the bottom of their garden, if you are so prissy about your deity then perhaps you aren’t so firm in your beliefs? Is it not the case that by requiring me to honour your beliefs you are requiring me to buy in to them, to bear false witness? My belief that religion is hocus pocus are just as important to me and to make me pretend that all that mummery is anything but theatre is to disrespect me just as much as you say you are disrespected yourself.
I’m sorry that my old friend has fallen out with me, he’s a good bloke and I do respect his choice to believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church but I must be true to my own beliefs.
Sorry Gregg, I know you’ve taken it personally and I do understand why but I don’t mean to single you out and I have to follow my own path.