Sent to The Times, Johannesburg, Tue 10/11/2015 07:46. Published Wed 11 November 2015, minus the parts in blue, as “Scourge of the Believers”.
In The Times Letters, Monday November 9, “Rogue pastors must be brought to heel”, Thabile Mange says that rogue pastors are making fools out of believers.
While the commission is investigating, will they also investigate widely-practiced ritual cannibalism? I refer of course to churches that pretend to eat the body and drink the blood of Christ, in the form of the Eucharist. We all know that it’s just wafers and wine –does this not make fools of believers?
How about a book that claims that the universe is less than 10,000 years old, and that life on earth arose in six days, contradicting every shred of evidence –does this not make fools of believers?
Then there are the exhortations to pray to gods for which no proof exists –does this not make fools of believers?
Mr Mange, the problem lies much deeper than a few rogue pastors. It is religion as a whole that makes fools of believers.