On my way to work this morning I was perusing the headlines of the papers. One headline caught my attention. This was the story of a mother of twins who apparently died after refusing a blood transfusion on the grounds of her religious beliefs. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions because they believe that God has forbidden it in the Bible. They believe that accepting a blood transfusion is a sin. Whether the story is true or not is another issue.
Now, many of you know that I’m an atheist who has some particularly strong views against religion. It is just this sort of thing that really gets me angry about religion.
My many recent debates on Bill’s site have tempered my usual rant somewhat. I think that you’ll agree that tempering my usual rants about religion is something of a good thing. 😉
However I’m still disgusted that anyone would prefer to die and leave their children without a mother than break a rule of their church. Note please that this is a church rule. It is an interpretation of a particular passage in a holy book. It is just as valid as any other interpretation of any other passage in any other holy book. People of faith may consider the death of this woman as abhorrent as I do and some may consider it laudable.
I think that self sacrifice in the cause of something that you believe in is possibly the noblest reason to die. If any reason for dying can be said to be noble. I also think that living for something that you believe in is by far the better option even if you have to compromise occasionally. I’d rather be alive and compromised than dead and right. You don’t get to apologise once your dead.
Here are my answers to last Thursday’s Thursday Thirteen.
- How would you order the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) so that your favourite was first and least favourite was last?
Lust, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Envy
I’m not too keen on Envy but I think all of the others are great.
- If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to stop time and step out of it to do things.
- What single property of the human race as a whole would you change?
I think that the willingness to follow others is one of those awful things that humans are prone to do. I’d love to grant the members of the human race the ability to think for themselves rather than defer to others. No, I don’t think that people think for themselves. Not often anyway.
- What do you like least about yourself?
I tend not to finish things. I’d like that to change.
- What one thing about travelling (short or long distances) makes you most angry?
Human beings. They just get in the way and annoy me. I’d quite like a fast lane for people who are just trying to get somewhere and a slow lane for the world’s ditherers who just want to look.
- What frightens you most about the future?
That it may already be too late to change it.
- What is the best Halloween costume?
In an adult female I’d say the sexy vampire. Anyone else should be a zombie.
- Would you rather be evil or stupid?
Evil all the way. Stupidity is just messing up because you don’t know better. Evil has a plan.
- How long does it take you to wake up properly?
10 minutes to wake up enough to get to the shower. Normally though I’m on my third coffee before my brain really gets into second gear.
- Assuming that there is life after death, what would you do for eternity?
- What one subject would you choose if you were on Mastermind?
Honestly I know a bit about a lot but not a lot about a bit…If I had to choose it’d be Lotus Notes Programming.
- Which is creepier: Clowns or animals with human faces?
I think we’re all agreed that they’re both creepy but clowns are slightly more sinister for me.
- Which one word would you like to see removed from the English language forever?
Thanks to everyone that joined in.