The question is what if Pope Francis, Sheik Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Rabbi Shmauel Eliyahu Israel’s Chief Sephardic rabbi, or Rabbi Yona Metzger, Israel’s Chief Ashkanazi rabbi, or the likes of Rev. Pat Roberston, or Rev. Franklin Graham, or even Rev, John Hagee all resign and quite. What will happen to the people and the world?
Special Note: Some weeks ago, my friend Mr. Nazek Dhmra forwarded me a very interesting email he got and I thought I share it with you. The original in Arabic was written by Mr. Asharaf N. Younes. I took the liberty to translate it, edit it and add to it.
No doubt religious clergy of all faiths play an important role in the lives of many and in these days. Too bad the message we hear from so many is not so kind, far, far from the true message, inciting hate, anger, sectarianism, even inciting murder.
Here is Mr. Younes with some input from me.
I knew this week’s news of the resignation of the Pope in fact I did not care much about the news. However I wondered in my mind, perhaps wishful thinking and hope that all of the clergy in the whole world follow the example of the Pope and call it quite, saving themselves as us the agony of their leadership. I imagined and wondered what will happen to the world if all clergy in the world resign and quit.? :
Will the global stock markets collapse? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop the movement and air travel and operation of the airports around the world? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop all construction and productions around the world? ? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop movement of scientific research and invention in the world? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop movement of trains around the world? ? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop the Internet? Answer: Of course not
Do we drop the English Premier League? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop Messi scoring for Barcelona? Answer: Of course not
Will factories stop working around the world? Answer: Of course not
Will China cease its efforts to conquer the world with its products? Answer: Of course not.
Will America naval fleets stop movement of ships on the high seas and oceans of the world? Answer: Of course not
Will farmers around the world stop farming? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop schools and universities from teaching students? Answer: Of course not.
Will women stop bearing children? Answer: Of course not
Will religions of the world come to an end ? Answer: Of course not
Will those who call us self believers stop believing in prayer and stop praying to the Creator? Answer: Of course not.
Non of these life essential to mankind stop if all the clergy resigned in the world? Answer: Of course not
Do humans need a broker or a broker/agent between them and their Creator? Answer: Of course not.
So what will happens if all the clergy resigned in the world?
Perhaps we stop killing in the name of religion? The answer: Of course yes.
Will we stop hatred among the people because of the different religions? The answer: Of course yes.
Do we stop people from wearing explosive belts to kill themselves and kill others? The answer: Of course yes.
Will others stop inciting hate and racism and Islamophobia, Perhaps yes.
Do we stop these fools from fleecing us every Sunday during their sermons making us living on hope while they live on our cash, Of course yes.
Do we stop sexual assaults on children in churches, yashivas and madrasa answer: Of course yes.
Do we put this mafia out of business and stop them from distributing tickets to enter heaven and hell? The answer: Of course yes.
Will humans begin to use their minds more? The answer: Of course yes
Do we stop getting “canned” answered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ? The answer: Of course yes.
Will we stop mixing religion and politics? The answer: Of course yes
Will we stop some of the clergy from the use of religion to reach power and richness? The answer: Of course yes.
Will we stop interpreting natural disaster as that the wrath of God? As if God created human beings in order to punish them in this world before the Hereafter? The answer: Of course yes
Finally, I say to all the clergy: Do we need you as mediators to bring us closer to God or to know us God. I do not think so and not so sure what is the human value you contribute to our life?
Just imagine, if Jews, Muslims and Christians become people and not Jews, Muslims and Christians get together in Palestine/Israel. Imagine if the Buddhists in Burma see the Rohingya as people. Imagine if there is no war on Islam and no Jihadists and Takfiris. Imagine the peace around the world. Let us imagine, such a world, and let us imagine a world without clergy.
Peace and blessing on all mankind.
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation, and defense, in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.