Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Moral Authority?

Lot's of people are commenting on revelations from Ireland today that over 800 young children and babies who died between 1925 and 1961 at a Catholic institution were dumped in a disused sewage tank and their bones remain there to this day. The children were born to unmarried mothers which seemingly had a bearing on their value in this warped sub-culture, presumably the nuns who ran the establishment were implementing the Christian idea that the sins of the father (and Mother in this case) must be born down the generations, why else would they not simply refuse to participate in such barbarity and blow the whistle?

What could I possibly say that hasn't already been said about this organisation and the moral values it holds, every which way we turn we seem to find the tell-tale fingerprints of hypocrisy and corruption, it's almost like their ethical foundations are based on the primitive urges of evolved primates and whose dogmas only survive through indoctrination, fear and ignorance. Unfortunately, the religious majority seem unable (or unwilling) to draw the most obvious conclusion from this simple observation, as I reported the other day another flavour of Christians have been attempting to disrupt a major engineering project recently because they are concerned about the sanctity of dead people whose graves might be disturbed without appropriately qualified clergy whispering magic incantations over them; and they wonder why rational people don't believe a word of it.


A Heron's View said...

It is thought that the cause of death for many the babies was from neglect leading to malnutrition and eventual pneumonia.

It is easy to believe that Roman Catholics have very little compassion towards those of the same country & faith who are in poor circumstances.

So when hundreds of priests, nuns and monks departed from Ireland to work on the missions in other lands. One can but wonder if they showed a comparative compassion.

Steve Borthwick said...

HV, yes truly shocking.

I'm sure most Catholics (especially parents) would abhor such child abuse but clearly there exists a path to a state of mind in some people that allows them to rationalise this kind of thing as OK, even justifiable by some ancient edict or other. Hopefully in Ireland that path is becoming more and more overgrown and disused as time goes on, although there are some places (Nigeria and Pakistan, to pick recent examples) where it remains depressingly well trodden!

A Heron's View said...

From what I observe of religion, is that it is practised like that of a superstition. Have heard it said that you will get no luck if you don't go to mass!
They are wrong :)

Steve Borthwick said...

HV, I agree, I read an interesting summary of this story today, it pointed out that "honour killing" is an ethical marker for barbarity we "comfortable western liberals" use against foreign cultures to indicate their inferiority. If we apply the principal equally then here we have a case of state-sanctioned honour killing, albeit through neglect rather than direct murder, a sobering thought.