f Humanisticus: Hypocrisy 101

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hypocrisy 101

Right, in the space of a week I have broken two edicts which I have generally followed, never write a letter into a paper and never (ever) start a blog, as I perceived them to be pointless, but yet here I am. Reason being is that I am sick of listening to the loud minority dictate society. The recent closure of the Vatican embassy being a perfect example. In today's society with all the cutbacks to health and education, and constant increases in taxes, the closure of the embassy caused more uproar. The only reason it caused the most uproar is because the loud minority were vocal in their concerns while the silent majority sat back. We also live in a nation which 80% of us believe in the complete separation between church and State but anytime secular legislation is being discussed the minority roar the loudest while the majority scoff and do nothing, myself included. So I have decided to (try) enter a more public sphere in an attempt to vocalise the concerns of the silent majority; and this is the straw that broke the camels back, a letter printed in the Irish Independent on February 14th:

"For most people, St Valentine's day is a day of affections and confections, a day of kisses, chocolate and flowers. But just as Christmas is about more than gifts, so too does Valentine's Day have a deeper meaning. The true romance of the celebration begins with the legend of St Valentine in roughly 270AD. St Valentine was a holy priest who was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and for aiding Christians who were being persecuted during the reign of Claudius the Goth (Claudius II). He was brought to prison, where he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Christian faith. When Valentine instead tried to convert Claudius, he was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, about the year 270. One legend says that, while awaiting his execution, couples for whom he had conducted marriages brought him flowers and gifts to show their respect and admiration.This led to today's traditions of presenting your Valentine with gifts. It is also said that, while imprisoned, he restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter and that this miracle led to his eventual canonisation. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius marked February 14 as a celebration in honour of his martyrdom.The legend of St Valentine is a tale of true love that transcends mere sentiment. Its noble purpose should inspire everyone in this new time of religious persecution to be equally vigilant and heroic in upholding and defending the traditional definition of marriage at present under assault from secular humanists.Let St Valentine be our model and inspiration for life and humanity."

Paul Kokoski
Ontario, Canada

So we live in a nation which strongly believes in same-sex marriage and freedom of speech but thanks to the vocal minority such as Paul above we have neither. Now I do not condemn these people for voicing their opinions no matter how much I disagree with them. My concern is the fact they are listened to more because the vast majority of us stay silent, so I finally decided no more was I going to just sit back and allow views such as those stated above proliferate without challenge, so I replied:

"I would like to respond to Paul Kokoski's letter (February 14) regarding his notion of a 'traditional definition of marriage'. Marriage is not, and never has been, a solely Christian practice. It has existed in many cultures spanning the globe long before the formation of the Christian church. Christianity borrowed previously established pagan ceremonies and feast days throughout the course of its history -- eg St Brigid, Christmas Day, the Christmas tree -- and marriage is one such example. Same-sex marriages were extant during the pre-Christian era, and ceremonies ranged from the informal to the lavish.Examples can be found in Asia and all over the Greco-Roman world, including two Roman emperors. It was not until 342AD when Christian emperors enacted laws making same-sex marriage punishable by death. So the notion of a 'traditional definition of marriage' between a man and a woman only exists due to the Christian persecution of homosexuals for almost 17 centuries, a situation which still exists today.I would also like to point out that expanding the rights of marriage to same-sex couples is by no means 'religious persecution', no more than universal suffrage was male persecution, or the abolishment of slavery was persecution of whites.The expansion of rights to an oppressed group does not infringe on the freedom of the group who already possesses these rights. Humanists do not wish to impinge on the rights of any group, merely allow every human, regardless of sex, race, age, sexual orientation or religion, to enjoy the same rights and pursue a happy and free life."

This was my first foray into a public forum and  blatant hypocrisy. My next step into hypocrisy was the setting up of this blog in the hope of  networking and reaching a wider audience in the shameless self-promotion of my views.


  1. fair play peter, well written. hope to see more on this blog soon.

  2. Great post - I think it is very unfortunate that so many people stay silent on so many issues that affect our country - and those who speak up are seen as "making a big deal". The world can only be changed if we speak up.