Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Religion's role in tributes galling

I WONDER how organised religion can take it upon itself to oversee commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Churches (on both sides) supported wholeheartedly their respective war efforts and encouraged their troops, throughout the four-year long butchery, to believe they were acting in accordance with God's will.

Tribalism took over, as has happened in wars since then. Commitment to patriotic group loyalties easily trumped any commitment to the message of Jesus.

It is a little late now to climb on the compassion bandwagon.

JOHN PHILLIPS

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