I think I must be hormonal because I’m feeling a bit arsy. Because of that this post may seem controversial but I’m going to write it anyway on account of the fact it’s my blog and I can write what I like 😉
There is a lot of castigation of Trump going on but I admit I’m finding it all rather confusing. It’s not Trump’s fault he was elected – he couldn’t have been elected unless someone voted for him. Unless millions of people voted for him. So I’ve got to be honest – I’m not entirely sure why we’re all berating him. Do the protests include his entire team? Those who helped him to stand for election and those who make up his government, because he can’t run a country on his own? Hitler would have been pretty useless without Himmler, Goebbels, Heydrich, Frick, Goering and Eichmann and Trump would never have reached the Oval Office without the financial and political backing of some very influential allies. It seems we need one scapegoat and Trump is it but we have to bear in mind that no man is an island and you don’t get to be President on your own.
There are so many vile regimes in the word I’m not entirely sure why we’re solely focusing on Trump. 6 million people died and 2 million people were displaced in the Great African War between 1998 and 2003 – it was the deadliest conflict since World War II yet there was not a single protest about it in the West. In fact, I’m sure most of us have never heard of the Congo or the fact that 48 women were raped there every hour. Where was our outrage then and where is it now they are again on the brink of civil war? Where are our women’s marches standing in solidarity with our sisters in Africa? Nowhere to be fucking seen, that’s where.
The situation in Gaza is beyond words, and has been absolutely sickening for decades. Palestinians are under military occupation, living in a Ghetto no different to the Jews in Germany during the 2nd World War, imprisoned, starved, killed. Where are our protests about that? Apparently placing temporary restrictions on travel into America and wanting to leave the EU is not fine, but routinely breaking the arms of children or imprisoning them or starving them is OK.
And while we’re all currently up in arms about the situation in America where the hell have we all been since 2011 during which time 250,000 people in Syria have been killed and another 11 million (11 MILLION!) have been displaced? Where has our outrage been against the inhumane way migrants have been treated in Calais for the past 17 years – where is our castigation of the French President? Or the fact asylum seekers in Australia are placed in detention camps like criminals?
I’m baffled as to why some acts of evil are “nothing to do with me guv” and other, arguably much less serious issues, are worth standing up for.
I probably shouldn’t mix politics with religion, but I’m going to anyway. Religion confuses the hell out of me. The Church of England has recently voted that their stance banning marriage in Church by same sex couples should stand. Their reason being “the bishops have upheld the authority of scripture against the impact of cultural change”, in other words the word of the Bible is law and should not be deviated against. OK, I get that. So in Leviticus 15:19-33 when it says that a woman is unclean for 7 days during her period and in order to become clean should “on the eighth day bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the Priest at the entrance to the Tabernacle” we should still be doing that? When the Bible tells us that women who “fornicate” should be stoned to death (not the man who either paid her for sex or raped her, they get off scot free because, well, men have their needs don’t they?) that’s what we should still be doing? Some argue that the Christian church follows the New Testament not the Old Testament, however the New Testament “bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect…” Titus 2:4-9, so does that mean Christians disagree with the abolition of slavery?
We seem to be very choosy about the things we deem to be ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and which of our principles are worth standing up for and which are not. I must admit I find the world confusing and I’m more than a bit baffled by our hypocrisy and the way in which we justify our views and our actions.