These two stories just happen to come up side by side in my Facebook newsfeed and I was struck by the disparity between our severely commercialized holiday season and other countries, other people, who are never safe and face atrocities such as this on a regular basis.
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We will never be able to right all the wrongs of the world, but stories like this make you realize just how far we still have to go in at least trying to achieve a decent, just and humane planet.
There have been a lot of good articles floating around on Forward Progressive lately, but this one really struck home for me. As a former Christian, this article highlights one of my biggest issues with the bible – inconsistencies and the not so nice reality of that time period. It would be one thing if the Christians regarded the book as a historical document, but to hold it up as THE holy book, and scream that every word is god-inspired when there are so many horrible things (and things that often conflict with each other) is frustrating. You realize your holy book condones having slaves, don’t you? And murder. And rape. And rapists having the right to marry their victims, because the father of the girl lost out on selling her virginity.