Universal Life Church?

Eg surfa litt rundt på nettet i dag, og oppdaga at ein kjent skodespelar, Jason Segel, som t.d. speler Marshall Eriksen i serien “How I Met Your Mother,” er ‘ordinert’ inn i ‘kyrkja’ Universal Life Church (ULC). Her er eit lite utdrag frå informasjonssida til ULC:

The Universal Life Church Monastery strongly believes in the rights of all people from all faiths to practice their religious beliefs, regardless of what those beliefs are, be they Christian, Jew, Gentile, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Shinto, Pagan, Wiccan, Druid or even Dignity Catholics; so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others and are within the law of the land and one’s conscience.

We ordain ministers, priests, rabbis and clergy worldwide who are totally non-religious or even anti-religious. This may seem contradictory, but we are looking to change the negative perceptions of religion, faith and spirituality, by encouraging people to take control, stand up and speak truth to power by fearlessly stating their personal religious beliefs. (…)

We believe that everyone should be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery. Anyone who has not yet done so is simply unaware of the accorded privileges to perform wedding ceremonies, funerals, baptisms and yes, even exorcisms. This church will legally ordain anyone who asks and we will never charge a fee for doing so.

For det fyrste vil eg seie at grunnen til at eg skriv ‘ordinert’ og ‘ordinere’ i hermeteikn er at det ikkje verkar som at ULC forstår kva ein ordinasjon er for noko, og at dette set visse grenser. Om alle er ‘ordinerte’ misser dette meining.

For det andre ser vi altså at ULC seier at dei på den eine sida vil at alle skal få lov til å tru på akkurat det dei vil, frå klassisk heidenskap og wicca til kristendom og buddhisme. Men så seier dei altså at dei meiner alle burde vore ‘ordinert’ inn i ULC og at dei som ikkje er det veit berre ikkje kva dei for lov til. Vel, eg veit, og eg har absolutt ingen planar om å la meg ‘ordinere’ inn i ULC. Vil ikkje då ULC – ut frå det eg siterer oppfor – meine at eg er ein ignorant idiot? Dei seier ikkje berre at alle burde vore ‘ordinert’ inn i ULC, men at dei som “has not yet done so is simply unaware of the accorded privileges to perform wedding ceremonies, funerals, baptisms and yes, even exorcisms.”

Eg klarar ikkje å sjå korleis dette ikkje krasjar totalt med det dei byrja med, nemleg at dei trur på “the rights of all people from all faiths to practice their religious beliefs, regardless of what those beliefs are, be they Christian, Jew, Gentile, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Shinto, Pagan, Wiccan, Druid or even Dignity Catholics; so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others and are within the law of the land and one’s conscience.”

Det dei verkeleg meiner er altså at alle skal få lov til å gjere dette, men om dei ikkje let seg ‘ordinere’ inn i ULC, så er dei anten ignorate eller idiotar. Eller begge delar.

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