There has been quite a stir in the lefty spheres when Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave a speech in Stellenbosch a while ago, detailing how religion can be used to strengthen the law. He used is own religion, Christianity, as an example. Once again the liberal left almost had a heart attack because of the fact that anyone in the judiciary dare talk about Christianity. Since I believe that this is an absolute joke to start with, I would like to throw in a few thoughts on the issue.
- First of all, whether our chief justice is a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Agnostic or Atheist is totally beside the point. Every single person in this world has a word-view, a set of morals, and their own definition of right and wrong. Anyone who serves in our government or judiciary will go into that role with a certain bias, no matter what it is. This is an unavoidable fact of life. So if our Chief Justice were an Atheist, then he or she would have been biased in his/her personal opinion against all religion. And the same goes for any other world-view. The whole point of the justice system is to have a separate set of rule for the country by which all citizens have to adhere, no matter their belief system. And the role of the justices are to uphold that law no matter their personal bias. In this I must applaud Chief Justice Mogoeng, for this is exactly what he has been doing.
- If the left wants to go off on a tangent because Mogoeng is a Christian, then please, be consistent. Go off on the fact that the DA appointed a Muslim MP and complain about the fact that he will be pushing for Sharia law. Are our women going to be forced to wear burkas very soon? Not one word from the liberal left except praise for their choice. Where is the consistency?
- Then finally, the fact that people are afraid that a religion will influence our laws is a total joke in itself. Where do they think our laws come from in the first place? Almost all law systems in the world are constructed from religious principles. Most of the western laws are based on Christian values, and look how well it has served them. We no longer have legal slavery in the world thanks to the Christian voice that spoke out against is.
So can the left please just let it go. Religion always has, and always will influence our laws and regulations. Religion always has, and always will be a factor in our moral behaviour and understanding of life. And different world-views always have and always will be competing to have their perception of truth heard. If you want to go off on a tangent because of someone’s personal beliefs, then be consistent and complain about everyone who is set over us. Because no matter who or what they are, they are guaranteed to be biased in their personal beliefs.