I have a very simple policy towards other people’s religions, which is much the same as the policy that I have towards other people’s sex lives: that is to say that I regard them as being deeply personal, and so I will never go out of my way to criticize them.
There is, however, one exception to this rule: I will not hesitate to criticize a religious belief (or a sexual practice) when it is used in service of oppressing another Human Being.
Case in point, I must confess that I’ve got a bit of an burning loathing of the concept of notions of “Karma,” at least as it is practiced in Western “New Age” belief systems*. Or rather, I have a burning loathing of Karma to the extent that it is used as a glorious banner of victim-blaming.
Case in point, this sniveling little idiot by the name of Audrey Kitching, who (according to Wikipedia) is “an American fashion blogger, model and fashion designer,” who was “discovered at the age of fourteen.**” Apparently, she has a twitter feed:
Now there’s as shameless a bit of victim-blaming as any I’ve ever had the misfortune to read! I mean, damn! At least when some knuckle-dragger blames the victim for what she was wearing, that’s at least a falsifiable statement. This, by contrast, is a universal way to blame any victim all of the time with no one ever being able to prove you wrong.
I mean, imagine some poor child who gets tortured to death by their parents before they even turn five years old. Apparently this is peachy-keen-neat-o-riffic by Audrey Kitching’s “reasoning” because they were probably a concentration camp guard in a past life. In fact, every poor person everywhere was probably guilty of something in a past life so you shouldn’t waste time feeling sorry for them, or anything like that. Hell, if they play their cards right, maybe they’ll get to be reincarnated as a rich, white, first-world fashion models!
All that I can say to close-off this rant is that if Audrey Kitching genuinely considers this little turd to be “food for thought,” then it is a true wonder that her mind hasn’t starved to death yet.
Come to think of it, maybe it has…
*I’m not precisely certain how faithfully New Age belief systems recapitulate Karma as it is actually understood in the religions from which they appropriate it, but my understanding (and you can correct me if I’m wrong) is that the basic idea is essentially the same: people are rewarded/punished in new lives for good/evil acts performed in past lives.
**One wonders where she was before that.