i'm sorry. i'm not a religious person. i don't believe in god. but i'm not against people who do without extremity. i don't believe in a literal god, i believe in a faith that is constructed by humans. the religious books are all pretty creative stories, and they contain a lot of sound values. you know, like don't kill and that sort of thing. ultimately i believe the power of me. and nature.
BUT if i was a religious person right now i'd be thinking that the highest category level 5 hurricane approaching new orleans at the moment was something to do with god punishing the americans for their shitfulness of late. or rather the american government's shitfulness
(yes, but who voted them in?)
the mayor of new orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city. the population is over a million people. the city is below sea level and they believe that the water will come over the walls. the roads are gridlocked as people try to get out.
the potential effects of the storm are being described as catastrophic.
so i think how lucky we are here in australia. again. this is something i think whenever there is some terrible thing that happens overseas.
and then i remember the article in the paper this morning about the call by certain liberal politicians for the hijab to be banned in government schools. when this happened in france, it made me shakingly angry. this morning, again, i am furious that it has even been mooted.
this used to be a country where we could feel proud to be its citizens. i hate hate hate the feeling that is out there. the intolerance, the suspicion and fear. it's everything i don't want this country to be.
hopefully it will die in the arse. but somehow i don't think john howard will stamp it out. because secretly he will agree. he would think they are unattractive and oppressive and all other manner of chauvinistic and backward 1950s australian male thoughts. and it's not aussie. it's not dinkum. it's not normal. this is what he would think.
i hope he proves me wrong.
i know cultural relativism has its negatives - there has to be a point where a reasonable thinking person will say, hang on, that's not right and it shouldn't happen here (for example, female circumcision, honour killings, etc). but it's not enough to say you can't wear a headscarf at school here because it's an icon of defiance? that is so fucking misguided and wrong.
sorry for the bad writing. i am so angry my brain is not working properly.