"If only you'd open your eyes and see again. Blind faith is the curse that leads to human tragedy."It seemed like a non sequitur, with no obvious connection to the rest of the thread. This was a puzzle of sorts. The thread wasn't about faith, blind or otherwise; or awareness.
I was intrigued enough to follow the comment's 'this is me' link. It led to a fairly ordinary-appearing profile, with no obvious clue as to what that "open your eyes" thing was about.
Then I remembered that the fellow who had started the thread was unequivocally Catholic. And so was I.
Being Catholic in a non-Catholic culture means putting up with folks who 'know' things that just aren't so. The person who wrote "open your eyes" could be an American who is from one of this country's more frightfully earnest subcultures. If that's so, the "curse that leads to human tragedy" lament could have grown out of some all-too-common assumptions.
fifteen minutes of fame.' He trashed a consecrated Host, a page from the Quran, and a page from some atheist's book. Then he posted a photo of the mess online, with a discussion of the "self-satisfied ignorance" of people who have religious beliefs.
I'll grant that some folks make religion look like a psychiatric condition. Take the colorful lot whose leader says that the American president is the antichrist. for example.
I've said this before. These folks are not, in my considered opinion, typical Christians:
(Reuters photo, via FoxNews.com, used w/o permission)
A little closer the cultural mainstream, a former presidential candidate belongs to a church that says the Pope is the Antichrist. (July 17, 2011) And that's another topic.
What the professor and several Protestant outfits have in common is a set of assumptions about 'those Catholics.' Among other things, we're supposed to be ignorant and wallowing in superstition.
- " 'Catholics and Muslims along with the fake Jews all are Satanic Cults' - Who Knew?"
(April 2, 2009)
For someone concerned about property values and un-American activities, the question is just how dangerous and depraved 'those Catholics' really are.
But that's because each of the world's 1,100,000,000 or so living Catholics is a human being:
"For mischief comes not out of the earth, nor does trouble spring out of the ground;2 But man himself begets mischief, as sparks fly upward."good old days' to come back. More topics.
- "Faith and Obedience"
(March 25, 2012)
- "My Take on the News: 'Jesus-Eating Cult;' Godly Scientist; Insulting Our Intelligence"
(March 2, 2012)
- "Religion, Assumptions, and Getting a Grip"
(January 1, 2012)
- "Faust and Friars - Cursing God? - For the Pope?!"
(December 5, 2011)
- "Sex, Science, and the Home Schooling Parent"
(September 17, 2011)
- "Separation of Church and State, Assumptions, and Fear"
(September 2, 2011)