Open letter to a holier-than-thou foreign preacher

I owe you a debt of gratitude for enlightening me on the means and ways of propagating religious ideologies.

Sheela Raghavan, The Malay Mail Online

Foremost from you, I have learnt:

  1. Not to glibly quote non-existent verses from religious texts, especially those belonging to persons of different faiths. For, such words used loosely, only goes to show one’s lack of depth and intellect.
  2. Not to be escorted to lectures in an over-the-top, grandiose vehicle, replete with outriders. For, such ostentatious displays of “greatness” smack of vulgarity and do nothing to display the humility a religious leader is supposed to eschew.
  3. Not to insult or accuse hardworking, taxpaying citizens of being traitorous to their homeland. It should be obvious that to disparage others is not befitting of any decent human being and is completely unbecoming of a religious teacher.
  4. Not to confuse citizens of the nation with “guests” of the nation. To avoid making a similar faux pas in the future, one should not hesitate to invest in a rudimentary civics textbook, to educate oneself on what every primary school-going child of this nation knows, with regards to race and citizenry.

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