When religion is actually taken seriously..


Thursday, March 27 was my last shift at work.  I am now officially off for nine days before I go back to work.  Hooray.  I hear you say.  Yes.  (I’m nodding.)  But I won’t be working, catching up on domestic duties, end of year accounts, and writing my column.  Anyway, on my Thursday shift I was pretty happy, it was a good shift, massively busy, crazy long queues on the checkouts.  Between 5pm and 7pm, I was on a checkout serving customers.  Main thing is, I managed to get all my jobs done.  My duty manager on shift was checking the tills (which I normally do, in this case, she was learning something new.)  

Anyway before I head off and change the subject, it was nearly ten o’clock in the evening, store closes at this time.  I had delegated jobs to my team, making sure everyone is doing the job right.  One of my colleagues, Ryan, asked if he could quickly buy something.  Sure, I said to him.  After I had back stocked all the of big pop from the warehouse, he happily came up to me and told me, he had won £100 on a scratchcard.  Everyone were telling him, he’s got to share his payout.  There was six of us on shift, so they were all telling him: £10 each please, and the rest he could keep.  Ryan said that he should give me some of the money, as it for me, that he bought it and won that large amount of cash.  I was very pleased for him and I told him, technically you should give me half as it’s my birthday.  We laughed, nah.  No thanks, I told him.  I was just really pleased he won something and told him to treat himself to something nice.  That just shows that scratchcards (that we sell in store) actually work and you can win good amounts, not just the measly £1 or £2.  

I quickly, headed to the kiosk and bought a box of celebrations chocolate.  When I was paying for it, my colleague Ryan, queried me, telling me to buy a scratchcard.  I said, no, I’m not very lucky.  The colleague, Matt, who was serving me asked me “Isn’t it against your religion to buy scratch cards?”  Yes, it is.  Everyone does it.  It’s not like I am an addicted gambler.  People do a lot worse, for example, drinking and smoking.

This thought stayed with me, when I got home.  Religion always crashes into everything.  When do people take their religion seriously?  I’m not practicing mine however I do believe in God and there are parts in my religion which I take very seriously.  I love being charitable.  This week I have sponsored money to Epilepsy Action, Cancer Research and Parkinsons Society.  I am strict with myself, when it comes to drinking alcohol and smoking.  I have never touched the stuff.  If this wasn’t a religious principle, I think I would have chosen this any way.  I always dress modestly.  Never had a relationship with the opposite gender before marriage.  These things, I have taken very seriously.  

Again, I am heading off into another direction.  So, yes, when do people take their religion seriously?  Here is my list:  

1. Religion is only important to people, when there is a DEATH.  Everyone want a place in heaven.  Make sure you have the ‘correct’ ceremony. 

2.  When you’re family starts growing – BABIES – is another issue.  Naturally conceived, is fine.  As long as the baby is made in the bonds of marriage.  Some religion states, that IVF is wrong.  It is viewed as ADULTERY.  It has to be the husband and wife body parts or not at all.  So, what happens, if the female cannot produce eggs or male has a low sperm amount?  I guess, it depends on the person and how strongly religious they are.  Abortion – again, another area, where religion comes in.  Ending a life.  For or against.

3.  ADULTERY  – having any forms of relationships before marriage or whilst in a marriage.  With anyone, both genders.  male and female.  Male and Male, female and female.

4. GETTING MARRIED – when two people decide to get married, everyone are happy.  However, if they are coming from two different backgrounds, it can cause stress.

5.  GAMBLING, ALCOHOL, SMOKING – I put these in, due to that fact, these things are down to the person.  Some of us, us bought up with the concept, this is BAD.  Yet, people do these all the time.  I’m fine selling the stuff to people.  It is just worrying, when people get aggressive and violent.  As it has an effect on their health.  

If I have missed anything else, please comment.  Everyone are entitled to an opinion.  That is what makes life so interesting.    


A letter to the Editor..

Dear Editor,

I was reading the article headlined ‘Ban Burka to stop escapes’ in this weeks local newspaper.
In relation to this article, the facts incorrect.  Men do not wear burkas.  I wonder if they are getting it confused with what men wear in the middle east – a long full length tunic.
What has happened with men concealing their identity, wearing a burka is wrong.  However the MP should not be making comments like he has about banning the burka.  The fugitive could have worn fancy dress, or painted their faces, like in the film Dark Knight, where the joker’s team have worn clown masks to conceal their faces.  Having said that, does that mean fancy dress and face paint is now banned too?
Burkas and balaclavas are two different types of clothing.  Therefore to put them in the same category, I find that offensive.  Once again a religious dress is being criminalized and scrutinized, which is unfair and wrong.  Certain people need to be re-educated and get their facts straight.
I agree with the Home Secretary Theresa May, that it is not for the Government to tell a woman what to wear or how to dress.
London, England is well-known for its multi-culture and I feel these kind of comparisons and comments will cause aggravation.
Thank you for reading this letter,  I feel much better now.