For Goodness’ Sake

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I have issues with reli­gion. I real­ly do. It’s nev­er been my thing, most­ly because I hate being told what to do and I like to think for myself. I know reli­gion works for some peo­ple and all I can say is more pow­er to them. But I’m not going to go into the heavy stuff with this entry. I just need to rant about a few things that have been bug­ging me for awhile.

Since I was raised in a fam­i­ly of Mus­lims, let’s start with Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is a hol­i­day cel­e­brat­ed by Mus­lims world­wide to com­mem­o­rate the will­ing­ness of Abra­ham (Ibrahim) to sac­ri­fice his son as an act of obe­di­ence to God. To make long sto­ry short, God — who appar­ent­ly has strange sense of humour — replaced his son with a sheep. And so began the tra­di­tion of sac­ri­fic­ing live­stock to feed the poor on Eid al-Adha. It’s all good, except they do the slaugh­ter­ing in pub­lic, and par­ents actu­al­ly take their lit­tle kids to wit­ness the bloody mur­der! So wrong! Don’t they know what a trau­ma­tiz­ing expe­ri­ence it could be?

And then there are peo­ple who dis­agree with the whole slaugh­ter­ing ani­mal thing. They ask, why don’t they replace the ani­mals with fruits and veg­eta­bles? Well, it’s because meat is rel­a­tive­ly expen­sive and there­fore less afford­able to the poor than fruits and veg­eta­bles. The ani­mal slaugh­ter is for a good cause. I’m okay with that, but I’m not real­ly okay with the ever­green tree slaugh­ter hap­pen­ing around Christ­mas time because it’s sole­ly for dec­o­ra­tive pur­pose. Noth­ing high­er than that. And yet, peo­ple who com­plain about the ani­mal slaugh­ter on Eid al-Adha have no issues with the chop­ping of the trees. What’s up with that? Is it because trees don’t make nois­es, nor do they look at you with mourn­ful eyes?

Last but not least is my San­ta Claus rant. What’s with all the lying to the lit­tle kids about presents com­ing from San­ta Claus? Would it be wrong just to tell them instead that the presents come from their par­ents because their par­ents love them very much? Don’t you think that maybe it would make kids respect their par­ents more? I also find the whole sitting-on-Santa’s-lap thing kind of creepy. Creepi­er still is when it’s grown-up women who do the sit­ting. How could you be sure that under­neath his big, red pants San­ta isn’t hav­ing an erec­tion while you’re doing that, because it is Fake San­ta after all, i.e., not real­ly a saint?

Okay, I’m feel­ing bet­ter now that I’ve got it all off my chest. Move along!

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