Folau 'sermon' shows power of indoctrination

LETTER

The most vocal opposition to the right of the terminally ill to a peaceful death has come from religious groups, so when Israel Folau claimed in a recent “sermon” that bushfires and drought are part of “God’s plan” to punish Australia for same-sex marriage and abortion, supporters of David Seymour’s bill should be grateful to Folau.

Why? In his attempt to push his nonsense down our throats, his remarks illustrate the power of childhood indoctrination to eliminate the brain’s capacity for rational thought before its intellectual defences have matured. Worst of all, fundamentalist religion subordinates compassion to the brutal dogma of ancient texts.
Some people suffer dreadfully in their final days, but the religious lobby continues to argue, with straight faces, that they believe in compassion — just so long as it doesn’t involve action to relieve it.
Three cheers for Folau!

Martin Hanson, Nelson

The most vocal opposition to the right of the terminally ill to a peaceful death has come from religious groups, so when Israel Folau claimed in a recent “sermon” that bushfires and drought are part of “God’s plan” to punish Australia for same-sex marriage and abortion, supporters of David Seymour’s bill should be grateful to Folau.

Why? In his attempt to push his nonsense down our throats, his remarks illustrate the power of childhood indoctrination to eliminate the brain’s capacity for rational thought before its intellectual defences have matured. Worst of all, fundamentalist religion subordinates compassion to the brutal dogma of ancient texts.
Some people suffer dreadfully in their final days, but the religious lobby continues to argue, with straight faces, that they believe in compassion — just so long as it doesn’t involve action to relieve it.
Three cheers for Folau!

Martin Hanson, Nelson

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Bob Hughes - 15 days ago
Well said, Martin Hanson - and it's all so obvious.
Indoctrination forces and easy acceptance can be seen at work in all sorts of organised groups - political organisations, hunting and fishing clubs, conspiracy theory groups - and it's not always the very young who are being indoctrinated. Self-interest can be a big factor. This can easily be seen among the outspoken climate deniers who just love fossil fuels.

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