The Colombian writer reproaches Catholicism for crimes committed against humanity and lack of compassion for animals.
The Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo responded to a journalist when asked for his personal opinion about the existence of God.
The response took place a few years ago in Chile during the launch of his book “The whore of Babylon”, which he named as a memorial to grievances against the Catholic Church. In fact Vallejo is one of the most critical Latin American intellectuals of Christian theology, which he considers as harmful and the cause of the worst tragedies of mankind.
In regard to the ontological presence of God he is emphatic in pointing out the contradiction between attributing qualities such as pity and mercy while the world, which is under his protection, experiences misery, pain of life and death, natural disasters and disease.
“If we understand God as the creator of the universe from all eternity, for me it is very difficult to attribute the eternity of the universe as it is attributed to God. But if the scholastic and Catholic Theology provides the qualities of God’s goodness, I cannot see how he can be kind when his omnipotence, can do good but does evil.”
In a celebrated speech a few years ago in Cartagena (Colombia) he added: “he who affirms the ontological existence of God and the historical existence of Christ must prove it. The burden of proof is up to those who affirm it–not to those who deny it, but they do not have it”.
Referring to the Catholic Church he expressed that it is a criminal enterprise that has become worse than Nazism. “Christianity is a criminal enterprise that has run over and spilled the blood of men and animals for 1700 years. You can’t give the Nazis this ‘apology’ as it was a criminal enterprise that only ran over mankind for 13 years.”
In another interview he adds: “crimes are endless, the most monstrous institution ever conceived by mankind is the Inquisition which lasted for 700 years, which burned and tortured with impunity, and that was in the hands of the religious order the Dominicans who still exist.”
In regard to his “diatribes” to Christianity, there are people who compare it with the journalist and British writer Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, only in other issues like political power, human reproduction and violence against animals, Vallejo has managed to keep radical stances and irreconcilable distance.
Regarding rulers, Vallejo does not make any distinction of ideologies when measuring his words when referring to the establishment of any country, because as many writers he has managed to maintain independence from political power which allows him to speak without censorship.
“I have an immense contempt for those who hold power in high regard. Equally, Pinochet who was a dictator of the right and Fidel Castro who is a dictator of left both disgust me.”
In regard to human reproduction he holds Christianity responsible as the promoter of the demographic explosion of recent years. “We owe to Christianity all the darkness of the middle ages, the opposition to the advancement of science, with its crusade in favour of fertility and its opposition to the interruption of pregnancy, contraception and population control.”
“The main cause of the demographic bomb was Karol Wojtyla, alias Juan Pablo the second. He is the most damaging Pope, he is not the biggest killer because he had no power to kill, because no one else like him helped set up the 2.2 billion increase in global population during the long 26 years of his pontificate.”
However, the defence of animals has been his biggest struggle in recent years, which is evident in both his speeches and his literary works. Perhaps his criticisms of Christianity are not based in the existence of God or its contradictions and historical errors, but in the absence of a message of compassion for animals.
“The 4600 mammal species that now inhabit the Earth are like us (…), they have red blood with haemoglobin like us, and a nervous system whereby they feel hunger, thirst, anxiety, terror and panic like us. And nonetheless we are massacring them in slaughterhouses without giving a damn because the Church allows it.”
“My cause in what life I have left is to defend animals; as the Church is at its great crimes like we have never seen before in all its history. Beginning with this mythological character of Christ. If anyone can quote me a small phrase from the Gospels or the 27 books of the New Testament where there is a word of love or compassion for animals, then tell me.”
Fernando Vallejo said that religion has imposed a moral band in the eyes of the human being that prevents him from seeing the rivers of blood from slaughterhouses and the terror of domesticated animals when they are going to be stabbed. “You cannot speak of morality and civility in the midst of so much spilt blood”, he concludes.
(Translated by David Coldwell: firstname.lastname@example.org)