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Cults and Politics

I am still without internet, and I have a bit of time on a computer today. So I thought I’d write a little about something that came up this week. It made me ponder.

I am not a Christian, as some of you may know. I was speaking to my neighbor the other day and frankly, if you are white, and you live here, and you don’t dress too weird… unfortunately people think you are on agreeable terms with their thinking.

My neighbor expressed her disdain for Muslims. She said they are a cult, just like Mormons and any other crazy religion. I patiently listened as she told me how the Muslim culture teaches them to come as friends with a knife ready to stab you in the back.

I held my tongue, for I feel this about some Christians. In my lifetime, I have pretty much been secluded in my dealings. Most of my interactions have been in Christian culture. I find that the false, backstabbing nature is not a religious thing. It is a human thing. Do I think all religions are cults… I do. But I don’t necessarily say it with disdain. It just is what is good and/or bad.

You see… I cannot and will not speak out against an entire group. I can only vouch for my dealings with individuals on a one on one basis. For me to say all “those people” are no good… to me is the height of sin. When you say this… you condemn everyone associated with that group. This goes for whether you are talking about skin color, religion, demographics, body type, hair color, political affiliation, financial status and so on.

I cannot stomach the inept attitude that encircles the world on this topic. I am glad I refuse to partake in it… but that does not mean that hearing it doesn’t break my heart. For if you were to face someone as an individual… and you would not say to them what you have whispered to me… my respect wanes. And yes… I am one to tell an individual to his or her face that his/her behavior is unacceptable. In this case, however, I gave pause to my neighbors ignorance. I did not tell her all this.

I have burnt many bridges in my day, but… in hind sight… do I want a bridge to THAT neighborhood? If I stay there too long… I fear my blades will sharpen and my tongue will lash out at what my ears have heard. We are far from civilized.


  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 2 years ago

    Well said, Zo Zo, I agree one hundred percent, sometimes it’s prudent to bridge that neighbourhood, rather than to become an isolated target within it… :)

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceover 2 years ago

    You could be speaking for me here, darling :) Thank you :)

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyover 2 years ago

    Around here politics seems also such a cult. Between the two, I too have to hold a tight rein on my tongue. Cheers…

  • Albert
    Albertover 2 years ago

    Yes, your pretty well right. The hate for Muslims must be pretty bad in the USA but then again it’s also the other way around because the USA bombs Muslims. You have to remember that.

  • juddarwin
    juddarwinabout 2 years ago

    bravo zolton! but i wouldn’t digress to tongue lashing, get more listening/observing, tongue lasing ‘d say your religion ’s the rght one / don’t give them a reason they’ll think they came to realise; beside, writer, you do have the last word, remain longer for me to observe, whom, was missing you, ten i saw, pressing to here that you were without internet: if not pauper poet, i’d send you one, nicest reads found neath a hat that time ago!, memory recall: am to check on new pics, then know all about you autobiographically: good luck! dear friend