Religion is not the source of morality

Thinking is.

It is for this reason I disagree with Muluka in his post where he opines that the clergy have kept quiet in the wake of the executive attacking the presidency.

He expresses surprise when he writes

The religious community is loudly silent, even as the ruling political class pounds the justice system in Kenya. In the wake of presidential election result on August 11, spiritual leaders were sonorously everywhere.

which should not be strange. The clergy have everywhere and almost all the time been in bed with the ruling class. They have a captive audience. And the state wants an already pliable people to rule. This is how the colonial government did its business through the mission schools and the several churches they put up in the country. Don’t think. Trust and obey, we know what we are doing is the motto both of the thieving for profit charlatans and the state.

He goes further to write

In the end, the pious people who asked Raila to go to court turn out to be profane prelates. They hide their worldliness and leavened hypocrisy behind cloaks and masks of piety. They have defiled their pulpits with hypocritical incantations and petitions. Little wonder that Kenya’s heaps upon heaps of prayers seem to go unanswered.

And I disagree. There is no hypocrisy in the part of the prelates. The state, in this case, represented by criminals in chief have given the clergy access to power. There is a church everywhere because the society is dysfunctional but also because there is money to be made. The prelates have not defiled the pulpits. The pulpits have always been profane. They are positions from which the call for money and power. They do not do any meaningful duty to the nation except sell hope where the government has failed to provide basic services. And no prayers anywhere get answered. There is nothing unique about Kenya not these charlatans.

He comments

Yet there is nobody to defend the court system and the country against our all-powerful president. It is a crying shame that religious leaders simply look on.

And one wonders whether he just arrived from planet Saturn. The executive has been rogue, disobeying court orders with abandon. To act like it is suddenly happening is to be blind to recent history. The criminal in chief and his CSs have made disobeying court orders their way of doing business. And to show how much contempt they have for the courts and the people, Soi, a person in court for misappropriating Olympic cash has been chosen head of mission for the next international event.

If there is any truth in his post, this paragraph

Our religious conscience is dead. The Church itself must accordingly be understood to be dead, too. Religious leaders worship politicians and money. There is no God in the blasphemous citadels that dot the national landscape. Irreverent men and money harvesters lead their equally lost “flocks” here in pretending to praise God and Jesus Christ.

is the only one that comes closer to it. But there is nothing strange here.  A church that didn’t need money from politicians or congregation would be dead on arrival. Point me to any church that doesn’t require money, and I will show you a dead church. There is no god and there is definitely no blasphemy. If there is any blasphemy, it is to call the god of the bible a just god. That is totally blasphemous.

He writes

If Christ were to come back today, he would be crucified in Kenya

Which reminds me of the Inquisitor in Brothers Karamazov. Ivan tells Aloysha, the bishops will crucify Jesus or at least ask him to go to allow them to continue stealing and raping the country. This is not strange again. THe church would lead the onslaught against the non existent Jesus, a Jesus they created as a money making scheme.

In civil discourse, free of religion, men and women who stand up to guide the society at cross roads are not called

In literature and religion we call such persons Christ-like figures

but moral law givers. Christ, if he existed, is a Johnny come lately, that only those devoid of knowledge think of upright men and women as being Christlike. Anyone who has read the so called Christ teachings without a faith filter will find them deficient.

In concluding this long rant, only thinking men and women and not religious people will see the problem with the criminal in chief’s disregard for both the office and the person of Chief Justice Maraga. It is only the thinking person that will be able to say why there is a problem. The religious person only believes there is a problem. And this is where the matter lies. It is in applying our thinking abilities not our beliefs held without question that we will be able to address the problems facing us as a country and a species.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

28 thoughts on “Religion is not the source of morality

  1. The politics of this country keep me awake at night.


  2. foolsmusings says:

    It sounds all too much like what’s happening in the United States.

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  3. >>> “The state, in this case, represented by criminals in chief have given the clergy access to power.”

    Not just in this case. That’s why Karl Marx described the political function of religion as “the opiate of the masses.”

    >>> “It is in applying our thinking abilities not our beliefs held without question that we will be able to address the problems facing us as a country and a species.”


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  4. NeuroNotes says:

    “And the state wants an already pliable people to rule.”

    Boom. Had Kenya not been mentioned, I would have assumed the U.S.

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    • makagutu says:

      I get so pissed off on end with people busy asking where are the charlatans. We are not trying to elect the pope, we are electing the president and that’s why we have the constitution. When we want to elect the head of a church, we will ask the clergy to contribute

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  5. renudepride says:

    Where-ever there have been violent revolutions against corrupt governments and failed belief systems, not only were the politicians sacrificed, but the hypocritical clergy likewise were cast aside. How quickly they seem to forget those lessons.

    I trust you had a nice weekend, my Kenyan brother. Naked hugs!

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    • makagutu says:

      Most members of the clergy don’t read. They don’t know these histories. It’s like playing a symphony to goats

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    • basenjibrian says:

      Well…I agree that the politicians and the clergy are sacrificed. But so are “out” factions of “the people”. Because there is no such thing as “the people”. There are political parties, interest groups, social classes, families, tribes, etc. What is this “people” of which we should speak? Especially in a country like Kenya where vigorous tribal sectarianism is so powerful.

      Wishing for a revolution may be cathartic and fun for a while, but it is amazing how quickly the revolutionary factions turn upon each other. The guillotine was used not only on the nobility.

      Maybe it is because I am old and lazy and cynical, but fervent calls for revolution in the name of some amorphous “people” make me nervous.


      • makagutu says:

        I, too, hate revolutions. I don’t know whether there is any place they have managed to change the political direction through peaceful means. And I despise violence. In the midst of it, truth is lost and whenever a people or person comes to office through violence, the oppression only gets worse. There is paranoia that someone is plotting to do the same thing they did. They oppose all dissent, jail them or disappear them. So I am with you on this.
        This, however, doesn’t mean I want to stay in a rut. We have been led by the same family for close to 25 years. and 1 man for 24 years. You’ll agree with me, when we say we need change and we need it yesterday. I can also say without a fear of contradiction that if Kenyatta stays in office for the next 5 years, we are totally and royally screwed

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  6. Swarn Gill says:

    Interestingly an exception to the rule of the church being in bed with the ruling class might be in Catholic Poland when they fought against communism. That has completely reversed now though where the church is most definitely in bed with the alt-right party that is taking over Poland, replacing elected judges, and instituting harsh laws based on Christian conservatism.

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  7. Politics & religion…, power, & control over others….

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  8. Autumn Cote says:

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to There is no fee; I’m simply trying to add moreg content diversity for our community and I thought this was well-written. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. If “OK” please let me know via email.



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