Monday, July 21, 2008

WYD happy clapper event over - what did it achieve for human rights?

As all the 'pilgrims' wander off I wonder if the World Youth Day made a jot of difference to social justice and/or human rights. A huge amount of money was expended on this event and Sydney businesses doubtless had a windfall, but I got no sense that the radical social renewal message that Jesus expounded had any place in the gamut of emotions on display. I saw a bunch of pharisees telling a mildly hysterical mob how it was, how it is, and how it will ever be. Gosh, we need another Jesus to sweep that clap trap away...! Rather than the so-called 'stations of the cross', a re-examination of the sermon on the mount might be more germane for a youth audience, particularly in the face of world poverty, global violence, exploitation and rampant consumerism. Isn't it?

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