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When Holy Turns Sour

Updated on March 8, 2014
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When Holy Turns Sour

By Tony DeLorger © 2014

When belief is contradicted in blatant disrespect,

zealots infused with rage and righteous stance,

react in outrageous and often violent self-humiliation,

finding hatred at the core in the name of defence.

Yet what resides in such a heart is the demon of human possibility,

the very centre of what belief admonishes,

the opposite of teachings set in the wisdom of past,

utterances of words devout at the beginnings of thought.

How then can a human being justify violence,

in the name of righteous belief,

when the act is the very state of which is condemned,

in the holy wisdom instilled in teaching.

Preservation is quoted in justification,

oppression by non-believers an unacceptable circumstance,

yet violence in response is far more unacceptable,

to any peace loving being on earth.

Too long has belief segregated us, divided us,

when personal belief, our given right to think as individuals,

oppresses no man and threatens no violence or interference,

to any other living being.

Why then, in collective thinking do we choose division,

choose segregation and violence in preservation,

when all along we have the power to live in peace,

to respect each others culture and beliefs.

I say, let Holy remain Holy,

respect remain respect,

and life shared for all its diversity and potential,

to expand our understanding, tolerance and acceptance.

All we want is peace! It doesn't seem too much to ask.



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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Crafty, and yes I agree, these kinds of people are the problem. The sad thing is, it is their feelings of inadequacy that drives their arrogance and negative behavior. All we want is peace, respect and the opportunity to live our lives in freedom. Appreciate your comment. Take care.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you agree Jaye, your comment very much appreciated. Have a great day my friend.

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      5 years ago

      Very insightful article. I think most people want peace. I think arrogance plays a big part in contradiction. There are people that are always going to have to have it their way even when it makes absolutely no sense. I know someone who acts like this. No matter what I do or say, even when it's proven to be effective, he criticizes and condemns my efforts. This type of person is the exact example of contradiction. Always has to disagree as if it brings him pleasure to do so.

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Magnificent poem and a perfect title, Tony, with a message that is sorely needed in today's world. Religious extremism is the cause of so much killing, and I find it impossible to believe that any religion actually promotes slaughter. It happens because the tenets of religion are twisted by extremists to fit their own twisted minds.

      Voted Up++++ and shared


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks John, yeah its an old message, but nothing beyond superficial changes take place. take care mate!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      An important message here Tony. If every religion promotes peace, love and acceptance, and denounce violence, why are they and the people always at odds? It makes no sense. It is good to see the different religious leaders getting together for discussion. Only good can come of that. Voted up.


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