Tangent: What brand of cigarette would Jesus smoke?

It occurs to me that religion, as currently practiced, appeals to morally bankrupt and ethically challenged individuals who need someone or something outside of themselves to teach them how to behave. Now, that, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. If that works, then more power to it. However, the challenge is that such individuals seek that guidance from equally flawed individuals in the pulpit who themselves
don’t know how to behave.

Case in point: I just (as in November 10, 2017) heard a news story that the Vatican is going to stop selling cigarettes in its duty-free shops. It is now 2017, almost 2018. The link between  cigarettes and lung cancer was known as early as the 1930s. From 1930 to 1940 to 1950 to 1960, to 1970, to 1980, to 1990, to 2000, to 2010, and until now (over 85 years!!!), no one in charge over at the Vatican thought it was ethically inconsistent with Christ-like behavior to sell poisonous, cancer-causing, addictive, mind and mood altering cigarettes to people?????

As a business author, I often have the discussion with people that even though we all need money in order to survive in a capitalist society, that as a health-conscious vegan, I would never own and operate store that sold alcohol, cigarettes, junk food or meat to people because of what I know those items do to the human body.

I don’t need an outside “authority” to decide for me that I don’t need to kill animals in order to survive. I don’t need an outside “authority” to  decide for me that homosexuals are human beings worthy of love, that women deserve equal pay for equal work, that children shouldn’t be sexually molested and the crimes perpetrated against them not covered up. And, I don’t need an outside authority to decide that profiting from the destruction of other people is wrong.

Why should I seek moral or ethical guidance from an organization that is just coming to such an awareness NOW—an awareness I have and can come to on my own?

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