How many of us today, will give a thought to the reason behind this holiday? I have always found that Easter is more divorced from Christianity than Christmas. I'm not a Bible Basher, not born again, I don't go to Church and have no time for religion. In fact probably like most of you I think the 'excuse' of Religion causes more harm than good, and always has done.
I went to a Catholic Grammar school in the 60s, so I have witnessed, violence, abuse and intolerance first hand, enough to have put me off God stuff for good. The thrust of this post, is not to do with Religious intolerance, God, god or Mrs. God as Brian calls her, but human rights.
The recent calls for Xtians to wear a Crucifix costing less than an Easter Egg and the well documented cases of employees such as Nadia Eweilda the BA counter clerk forbidden to wear one, come to mind. I don't try to impress my own views on anyone, I respect the rights of others to hold whatever views they wish as long as they harm no others.
I do wear a Crucifix, which is out of kilter for me, as I have never sported Jewelry nor have any body adornments, tattoos, I don't wear a wedding band, I don't even wear a wrist-watch..I'm hip about time Man!
I just feel that it's my right to wear mine, as it is symbolic of my beliefs. Beliefs not in the Bible, nor even Jesus Christ but the basic guidelines laid down in teachings of one person who was not about BC ( although others were )..was around in AD but couldn't stay for the party. These teachings are pretty basic, but I agree with the code as they echo my own guidelines, benchmarks..
I can see that wearing a shirt sporting the slogan F*CK YOU would be considered offensive, and therefore 'illegal', and that a Turban is not as 'protective' at a crash helmet. I see also that the Burqa is an emotive subject for all sorts of reasons. As much as I don't want my 13 year old to have a 'nose-piercing' at least only once Hell has frozen over, or you reach the age of 18!!! Her friend BTW is Isobel Brookes
I have no issue in people who file their teeth 'vampire style' or the guy who has his face tattooed to look like a cat. He may find it difficult to get that job as a double glazing salesman...I wonder if he would be able to join SFN? interesting Avatar. Happy thoughtful Easter everyone.