All religions can be used or misused,
misconstrued or abused.
All religions may have their mystics,
moral believers, payers of lip service
and fundamentalist terrorists.
Interpretations are as varied as humanity.
Dogma is not exclusive to religion.
Even skeptics, atheists and scientists
are not immune. It’s a human frailty,
a vulnerability, born of the desire for certainty:
the fear of the unknown.
You build your walls of illusory security.
There are few certainties in life,
but one I do know: cut us open and
we’re all the same colour on the inside.
So wind your redneck in. Have some courage.
Open your fucking door,
and for the sake of any god you like,
shake hands with your neighbour.
You’ll find common ground.
©️ Janey Colbourne 2018