Whoever said religion is opium of the people won’t be more right. Only that in Kenya we have taken to smoking religion literally. So Kibaki is urging our ETHNIC-based church to help stem the unrest in our secondary schools. Given the sectarian nature of the present church, such a paradoxical request amounts to entrusting a flock to the care of marauding wolves.
The Catholic church has a reputation of sponsoring and founding top performing schools nationwide that were hitherto unique for their sense of unrivalled discipline. But not anymore if the recent spate of violence is anything to go by. All the catholic parishes are headed by locals who have fallen to such low levels so much so that they would as well double us village councillors. You can bet you lunch that just like Kibaki is only comfortable touring Central and Eastern provinces, Cardinal Njue would find it very difficult to preach objectively in Mogotio.
Kenyan politicians have serially abused the pulpit as a launching pad for politics. Add to that their penchant to prey into our collective insecurity while sacrilegiously invoking the name of God in vein and you get a nation knocking incessantly at the door of hell. We better stick to our two traits of deception and fraud and localize it all the much we care. Extrapolating to the high heaven may just earn us God’s singular wrath.
Religion has been used the world over to unify people for its selflessness. But in our shores the tribal cancer has gnawed the fabric leaving our clergy shameless political cheerleaders bereft of any moral upper pedestal on which to offer hope and guidance. By challenging the church to review its role as sponsors of learning institutions, Kibaki is being typical Kenyan leader who is uniquely defined by our immaculately he clothes deception disguised as offering leadership. Well, lies never hurt but self-deception can be morally very fatal.