Boreal and Religion
Why all the postings on religion?
At Boreal we believe in democracy, freedom of speech and expression, equality before the law, equality of the sexes, life and the pursuit of happiness; all of which are threatened by a resurgence of religious fervour which is again providing the justification for unnecessary wars and unspeakable atrocities.
Why does Boreal focus almost exclusively on Islam?
It is not because Christianity, for example, Islam's archrival, is not worthy of more postings. Not at all! Our emphasis on Islam is because non-Muslims know next to nothing of consequence about this major religion which will change Canada and the world in ways that we are only beginning to appreciate.
Aren't Islam and Christianity more or less the same?
Islam and Christianity do have a number of things in common. Both, in our view, are in a conflict of interest when it comes to solving the major problems facing humanity from world hunger, poverty, over-population, AIDS, extinction of animal and plant life, climate change to violence against women... to simply getting along.
A solution to these problems puts these religions in a conflict of interest, for it would make it more difficult for them to peddle their message that God loves misery, that a wretched existence increases one's chances of entering His Kingdom.
For both religions, being poor and miserable while maintaining a blind unyielding faith in humanity's alleged invisible friend is almost a guarantee of eternal bliss after death.
They would destroy the paradise we have, or could have here, on a suspicious promise of a better place in the sky. Where Christianity and Islam part company is in their idea of heaven and what you have to do to get there.
So at Boreal, there is no god?
We did not say that. Who knows! We are not keen on any religious icon, dead or alive, though we did find ourselves rediscovering a fondness for a carpenter's son after reading Thomas Cahill’s Desire of the Everlasting Hills, The World Before and After Christ.
Cahill portrays Jesus, not as the son of God as claimed by Christians, not as a prophet as claimed by Muslims, but as a wonderful human being, a prince-of-a-man, a professor extraordinaire of the humanities. His simple philosophy about getting along. “Do unto others as you would have them do on to you” just about does it for us.
If you admit to liking Jesus, why don't you like his religion?
Unlike the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus did not create any religion, others did that.
If you don't believe in religion at Boreal, how do you set your moral compass?
Mencius, a disciple of Confucius, observed more than 400 years before Christ that “human intuition is inherently good and should serve as a guide to action and choice.”
This we believe.
We don’t need religion, and we suspect neither do you, to tell you what is good and what is evil; to tell you what is the difference between right and wrong.
If religion does serve a purpose, it is to warn us that evil comes in many disguises, often in the form of preachers and would-be saviours who pretend to know the nature of our existence, where we came from and what is our final destination, if any.
Bernard Payeur, Lucette Carpentier