I know it’s only two weeks since my last confession
But it seems that the effects of your instant absolution deal are not long lasting.
You may recall that my previous confession was also my first attempt at confessing, after I decided that I couldn’t wait until the next Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement). I really don’t understand how the inventors of Judaism ever imagined that people could hoard their sins for an entire year – and then release all of them inside a day.
A fundamental design fault!
So,I thought your ” forgiveness on demand” was a much better idea, and more in line with modern day needs.
But, here I am, back again. Well, to be fair to the system, I’m not confessing to the same sins. Last time it was the Jews, but now I am accused of being beastly to the Muslims.
You must understand that for an Atheist, like me, the world is like a battlefield:
Religions to the left of me,
Religions to the right of me,
Religions in front of me,
And still I blunder on regardless
(with due apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson).
So, what are my sins?
Well, for a start, they got a bit upset that I took issue with their desire to execute those who they considered had said naughty things about Allah, or his lackey, Mohammed. I had pointed out in a previous article that blasphemy was still a capital offence in some Muslim states.
A few days after publication, the National Assembly of Kuwait, as if in a gesture of defiance, passed a law which not only demands execution for insulting Allah and Mohammed, but also extends to saying unkind things about the various Mrs Mohammeds:
“The law also prescribes the death penalty for those who curse the Prophet’s wives or claim prophetic abilities.
“Today, we lead the world through this law,” MP Faysal Al-Muslim told Kuwaiti establishment daily Al-Watan. “It is a triumph for the Prophet to execute those who harm him and his wives, and especially Aisha the pure. Cursing them shames us all.”
Endowments Minister Jamal Shihab told Al-Watan that the government does not intend to block the law, and will act to implement it.” (1)
I think that they also got a bit upset that this article followed so closely on the heels of another article, in which I intimated that proposed legislation in the Egyptian parliament – to legalise intercourse after death – seemed a little out of synch with the general thrust of world opinion (pun intended).
But, to be fair to the Egyptians, they did understand that there would have to be practical limits applied to this law, so intercourse with the “Dear Departed” would be limited to a period of not longer than 6 hours after death.
Apart from my reaction, the internet comedians could not let such a gem of a story pass without comment. Consequently, the blogosphere became saturated with hundreds of tasteless jokes, from which I selected and reprinted my favourite “Top Twenty”.
“gives new meaning to the word frigid”.
“my wife has been “dead” in bed for years. but at least she still cooks”.
“If they’re anything like my ex-wife, you wouldn’t notice the difference”
For the full list, just click on the link below(2)
For reasons that totally escape me, some Muslims thought I was treating the subject without due reverence. For a society that follows the practice of female genital mutilation – meaning surgical removal of the clitoris – to ensure that a woman couldn’t enjoy sex to the full when she was alive, I thought that their concern for her body after death was somewhat bizarre.
I realise that, as a Catholic priest, you haven’t the faintest idea why a woman needs a clitoris at all: I suggest a quiet word with a few nuns could enlighten you in that department. Given their situation, I don’t know what they would do without one, but that’s a whole different subject.
So, there you have it.
Jews one week, Muslims the next, and I haven’t really got around to Christianity yet. But, I guess you’re not the best person to deal with that.
Do you know of a good Hindu confessor?
Andyboy – Telling it as it is!
- Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest? (arecatholicschristian.wordpress.com)
- Do I Really Have to Confess All My Sins? (biltrix.com)
- 21 Reasons To Go To Confession (marysaggies.blogspot.com)