> Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 23:28:58 -0800
> From: Tom Willis <[log in to unmask]>
> Every human being knows in their heart that it is not right to let 1,000,000 innocent
> people starve. Especially when you control their country and have oppressed them for
> 150 years.
Does every human being? Why then did it happen so often in history
that no one did something, that no one cared? Sorry, Tom, but this is
an arrogant statement, by claiming that your view of moralty and right
and wrong is the only one that is making somebody a human being.
> But even beyond the natural law argument, the British Government of the 1840s was well
> acquainted with, and generally professed, the teachings of Jesus who said, "If you have
> two coats, give one away..."
What natural law argument? The natural law is live and let die, the
stronger one survives! And don't quote on me the teachings of Jesus.
Apart from that this is by no way the only way to live and the only
"righteous code of morale", Christianity by following the infallible
pope (an infallacy you hopefully believe in as a good christian)
commited things of unbelievable cruelty (I know the example has been
used to death, but only look at the crusades, and, as another
example, look at Ireland, where the Normans were comissioned by the
pope to conquer Ireland - to bring in good catholicism, which in the end
led to the situation we have today - so you might equally blame the
situation we today have in Ireland as well as the Famine on the
Catholic church) - and, in fact, is still doing so by telling the
uneducated people in the third world that it is gods will that they
have as much children as possible, thereby working directly towards
the next big famine where millions of poor kids will die from hunger.
Christianity is as open to interpretation as any other religious, political
or social statement. Some prefer the one interpretation, others another.
> I'm afraid there is no way to claim that somehow they didn't know it was wrong to let
> these people die...
Pah, what is there no way? Do you know what the people then knew?
Have you any direct connection to them? Have you asked them what
they knew? You are condemning somebody you neither knew personally
nor have any hints towards his beliefs or knowledge for making
decisions other than you would have made! Remember what the bible says?
Judge not, lest be judged yourself? He who is without sin shall throw the
first stone? Follow Jesus teachings yourself first, before you claim
somebody else had to know them and acted wrong by not following those
parts you accidentially think of as more important!
And always remember: Christianity IS NOT the only valid system of
morality. It is one of many, and we have no way to know which is the