Today's creation is about many things...
"The Wrath of God"
The photograph itself is a picture of a church door which I've reinterpreted.
I will possibly enter this in a contest on Flickr.
So that was my sole personal intent here.
But one may suspect I am slightly influenced by what is going here in Quebec
since we now have a commission to debate the virtues of the separation of state and religions.
As an atheist,
I look at all this with some misgivings
while discord reigns among various factions.
The Quebecois society is considered Christian at large,
be it Protestant or catholic,
but this last decade or so,
in many instances,
some other groups have asked for special privileges,
while demanding on the other hand that Christians remove some of their symbols,
"to make it more welcoming for everyone",
an attempt to be more inclusive toward those minorities...
Looks to me like inclusiveness is a one-way street
and always the same people need to make those concessions.
The current debate is about employees working for the state
that would need to shed any religious symbols while they are working.
You can imagine the vehement objections about this now.
While I understand the principles of freedom of religion,
certain symbols do cause a certain discomfort for some,
and attacking those principles can quickly become a slippery road.
While I am forced to live among religious folks,
I am appalled by the fanaticism of some [from any group, mind you, not one in particular].
I've heard comments that clearly show some people see God even in their soup!!!
They haven't said as much,
but you get my drift,
A peaceful resolution to all of this seems near impossible
and I wonder what the consequences might be in the long term.
I wonder also what their [respective] god would think,
if such a thing exist...
to have its name used in vain like this.
I don't think a god would care much how you're dressed,
but would rather be more interested in knowing what's on your mind,
in your heart and what words you say,
and actions you take.
That, to me, is true piety.
The rest is just a masquerade,
in my humble opinion.
I always thought religion was a personal matter,
the intimate path between you and your god,
but to see this dragged out on the public place like this?!?
Is it really necessary?
Many feel the need to have some religion into their life,
and that's fine.
But when it becomes a point of contention,
it is never good...
Looks like it is a problem for some to stay level-headed about these matters
to find a proper solution.
I remain hopeful that this will be resolved peacefully,
but the mood is rather heavy right now...
If half a century ago,
Quebecois had made a definitive move to separate the church and the state,
it looks like there is still some work that need to be done...