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Bono, in his latest column for the New York Times, laments our overindulgence in the end of year top 10 lists. (but I am not above plugging my top ten list of top news stories, top songs, & top movies)
What Bono gives us (and I smell a failure to make a deadline as a motivating factor) is his Top ten ideas to make the next decade more interesting, civil and healthy.
Gazing to the future through the rose colored glasses of an international rock star you will find ideas about, curing cancer, more non violent revolutions (or Sunday not so bloody Sunday’s to come) and his hopes for Nelson Mandella to kick off the opening ceremonies of the World Cup to be held in Africa later this year.
Then one stumbles on this:
Festival of Abraham
The idea is an arts festival that celebrates the origin of the three Abraham religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Every year it could be held in a different location; Jerusalem would obviously be the best place to start.
Let’s get this straight, an arts festival that somehow affirms three separate and eternal Gods who created the universe, attended by members of three distinctly different religions whose membership requires the belief in one distinct and eternal GOD who created the universe to the exclusion of all others and who rules history, sends prophets and angels to reveal the divine will through inspired Scriptures and- and this is kinda key, dontcha think? – demand that obedience to this SINGLE creator, and that one day the ONE God will unilaterally quail crush and conclude the course of human history and sequestered the vanquished souls to heaven or hell based on one’s ability to obey that one single GOD?
That kind of arts festival, Bono?
Knowing full well that his middle east Lollapalooza could well turn into Armageddon, Bono offers an early qualifier to his wish, stating this Festival of Abraham could only occur if there is a “breakthrough in the middle east peace process.”
Chew on this: the only hope for peace in the middle east is to stop believing in angels. To stop treating the old testament as a real estate dead, to render laughable the very idea of a GOD above.
In short, this festival of Abraham of Bono’s can only happen if the world wakes up from it’s stupor and removes the Bible, and the Qur’an from the religious section of the library and placing them on the shelves next to The Iliad and The Odyssey in the mythology section.
Abraham, meet Zeus. Zeus, Abraham. Now, can we get on living and avoiding the self fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon?
How is that for a wish for the next decade?