When Christians were terrorists

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: I do not condemn any religion; I only condemn the lies such religions as Islam, Christianity and Judaism cooked up for ages and have misled and canned the world into fear, with them. I condemn any form of bestial acts meted out against humanity in any style. This brings to bay that the West has a lot of spiritual cleansing and restitution to do for the heinous acts it committed against humanity in the name of religion – Christianity. Perhaps, the saying that there is always a time for payment – whether for good deed or bad deed – is what the West is reaping in the hands of terrorists. I think the West has no locus standi to condemn Islam and its faithful for whatever reason. The West might have come of civil age, but that will not undermine the truth when the West meted out horrors to the world in the name of Christianity. Over 16 million West Africans were transported through the ocean in the name of transatlantic trade to engage in force labour that denied them of their fundamental human rights. As if that was not enough, we should remember that like the Islam has al’Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and a host of other Islamist terrorists groups today, over 70,000 Muslims were slaughtered by the the West Christian-Crusaders in the Al-Aqsa mosque alone. As if that was not enough, such inimical act like burning – was meted out to hundreds of thousands of Jews in their synagogues; children wailed and were abused and killed. We should also remember that the West, in the name of Christianity, pummeled a lot of people around the world in what they christened heresy. What about what the Inquisition did? What I think the world should be doing is to preach people out of dangerous religious dogmas and not to condemn Islam for another. If truth be told, the West started ‘terrorism’ against the rest of the world in the name of Christianity. Hooey!

  • Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State.

I’m looking for a heart

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: There is a heart that I’ve been looking for in Nigeria: That heart that does not know religion, knowing that “Kindness has no religion”. That heart that is wide enough to embrace others irrespective of their religious/spiritual affiliations. That heart that needs more love than religious indoctrinations. That heart that knows Desmond Tutu: “We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.” That heart that knows that kindness is the formula of life. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing that heart among the many Christians and Muslims that characterise our country. One of them, my toothy friend, has shown me that she has ceased to be a friend, because she sees me as an obscurantist, since my preachments are not quotes from the Bible. Anyway, it is dangerous to assume being at peace with your religion, but not in love with divergent persons. You can’t be a Christian, while avoiding ‘togetherness’ simple because that person does not worship with you. It is essential to say that majority of the people are in dark in the church while pointing accusing compass elsewhere! They have dark hearts and mind while wallowing in the euphoria that they have whoever as their Lord and personal saviour. I say that if most Christians have an opportunity they will do worse than the Islamic Boko Haram and ISIS joined together. They are haters and cruel personalities. They are wicked. Hooey!
― Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State.