Pakistani Communists Rescue Besieged Christians

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August 23, 2009 by Gsmith

When I lived in Salt Lake City, I found a strong undercurrent of sectarian feeling even at the socialist meetings. Political theory seemed to be constantly corrupted by the sentiments of bitter members and ex-members of the LDS church, who held grudges and made talking about religion their primary focus.

Eventually I moved away to Los Angeles, where I fell in with people who cared more about human beings than about whatever religious nonsense such individuals acquired and/or adopted.

From my friends at Fourth International:

Shabir Ahmad, a Labour Party leader at Gojra was able to save the lives of several Christians today with the help of LPP activists when fundamentalists tried to burn the homes of Christians.

Six were burnt alive in one of the worst sectarian clashes in the region. The brave LPP activists reached the area under fire and fought the fundamentalists who were trying to burn more homes.

This is a good example of right political thinking which seems lacking, not only in Utah but in much of the western world. Being a Communist/Socialist/Anarchist means transcending meaningless differences and uniting around a common vision of a more civilized society.

Thoughts?

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3 thoughts on “Pakistani Communists Rescue Besieged Christians

  1. Joseph says:

    I see I am a little slow in responding to this (I’ve been a little out of it lately), but this is close to my heart. The truth is I often distance myself from many individuals and groups in and around the LDS faith who I might share political beliefs with, but who are very antagonistic to my religious beliefs. I would, in fact, rather be around individuals who are friendly to my religious beliefs, but who I might disagree with on politics. This is not to say that I have to agree with an individual on either subject to consider them a friend, but once that person becomes antagonistic to either, they obviously are not going to be pleasant to be around.

    I choose to embrace the LDS Faith, if not necessarily every aspect of the associated culture. This is a personal choice, and if someone tries to intrude on that, or in any way ridiculing it, they will not be considered a very good friend.

    I have also found it interesting that the left so readily regurgitates so much of the hateful bile produced by Christian Right nut jobs. There is so much creativity on the left end of the political spectrum, it would be nice to see some originality when it comes to anti-Mormon propaganda.

    Ultimately, the anti-Mormonism I have run into on the left is just as narrow and prejudiced and ignorant as the prejudice I have found on the right. Someone might respond by saying many members of the LDS Faith are also ignorant, narrow, and prejudiced. I would not argue with this, but, as many a wonderful mother has told their scowling child: “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

    I personally believe in a separation of Church and State. This means separating Church and State, not obliterating Churches. Nor does it mean dictating to Churches what they can or can’t teach. Nor does it mean dictating what behaviors churches can expect of their adherents. That members of the LDS Faith have not always respected this separation, particularly recently, is not central to this discussion.

    Ultimately my interpretation of the LDS Faith leads me to value human beings, who are children of a loving Heavenly Father, as well as all the creations of a loving God, more than I value any particular ideology. I believe that a failure to keep this perspective (valuing people more than ideology) is why ideologies across the religious and political spectrum have always failed.

    William Blake once told a minister that Thomas Paine (a non-believer) was a better Christian than the minister was. I certainly feel that these Labour Party members were better Christians than many claiming that name!

  2. Forest Simmons says:

    Well put, Joseph!

  3. Grégoire says:

    Hey Joseph:

    Your whole response was perfect. I just have a few thoughts.

    My best friend and I have spent the summer spending more time with former and current Mormons, and as we were talking over the course of the last month we’ve both felt a lot better gradually decoupling from the religious discussions. There is a lot of angst, anger and hatred that did neither of us any good.

    I don’t want to make this all about Mormonism (though that would be apropos, since this is the *Mormon* worker) because it’s a greater problem of melding religion and politics.

    Here is Hamas’ official police in the Gaza strip, murdering innocent and unarmed Palestinians for sport.

    There are two different images. In one, a wedding party is surrounded by Hamas police force and mowed down. The groom, wounded but alive, is beaten to death after the shooting stops in front of the survivors. In the second clip, men and women are marched topless through the streets for the purposes of humiliation and in an effort to terrorize the population, and then executed in front of their families.

    Obviously, former Mormons in Utah aren’t powerful enough to treat the Mormon majority this way; but there is a very serious undercurrent of irrational hatred in Utah that’s disconcerting. Since I left (a long time ago) I forgot just how pervasive it is.

    Workers and working-intellectuals should spend more time deconstructing the motivations of people who waste all their time worrying about religion and dividing people (Mormon/non-Mormon, Jew/Muslim, Protestant/Catholic). Whatever they claim to be doing it for, they are ultimately serving the purposes of the system.

    Ultimately my interpretation of the LDS Faith leads me to value human beings, who are children of a loving Heavenly Father, as well as all the creations of a loving God, more than I value any particular ideology.

    A secular Aye-Men to that one, and Hail the Partizans of Pakistan too.

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