Over the last week, South African president Jacob Zuma finally recaptured the public spotlight from sushi-king Kenny Kunene and the infamous Julius Malema. Mr Zuma had several political parties and church groups with their knickers in a twist with his comments about the relationship between Church and State in South Africa.
In short, Mr Zuma explained that only ANC supporters would be entitled to passage into heaven. Here are some of his quotes which were made, but allegedly taken out of context. Wonkie wonders exactly what the context would have needed to be for these comments to be deemed acceptable by other parties and national church groups – perhaps they were part of the JZ Comedy Hour?
“When you vote for the ANC, you are also choosing to go to heaven. When you don’t vote for the ANC, you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork… who cooks people.”
“When you are carrying an ANC membership card, you are blessed. When you get up there, there are different cards used but when you have an ANC card, you will be let through to go to heaven.”
Wonkie inside sources report that both the Dalai Lama and the Pope are in the process of applying for an ANC card – just in case.
On a more serious note, there are a couple of interesting considerations on this subject:
- Why can’t a politician use religion as a tool to influence or coerce members of the general public into a certain course of action? After all, the largest religious groups already use the same techniques all over the world to acquire their new recruits.
- Is the public really that gullible or easily influenced that makes tools like religion exceedingly effective?
Wonkie looks forward to reading your thoughts on religion in South Africa in relation to politics!
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