Taro Aso the supposedly Catholic Prime Minister of Japan should really just shut up.
World religions can learn from Japan: PM
TOKYO (AFP) — Prime Minister Taro Aso said Thursday some of the world’s major religions could learn from Japan’s work ethic.
The conservative leader, who is known for his controversial remarks, told a parliamentary committee that Japan’s belief in hard work contrasted with that of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
“Our values in Japan regard hard work as important,” Aso said during a discussion on the global economic crisis.
“To work is good. It’s completely different thinking from the Old Testament,” Aso said.
Aso, who is a Catholic, was apparently referring to the Bible’s description of work as God’s punishment of Adam for disobeying his commands in the Garden of Eden.
He made a similar argument in a speech on December 7 in southern Japan, according to the Nikkei newspaper.
“In the Old Testament, God gave Adam punishment: labour. The Old Testament, Christianity, Islam — if you add them up, what percent of the world is that? About 70 percent of religions hold a philosophy that work is a punishment.”
Someone hit him over the head with a Bible please maybe it will sink in better because whatever he has being doing to understand it so far has failed. Why does it seem that that some of the loudest condemnations of Catholicism are said by so called Catholics themselves? Someone hit him over the head with a Catholic history book detailing all the work Catholics have done in terms of art, architecture and science for example, and all the work Catholics continue to do today in their daily lives as regular people, or in saintly lives like that of Blessed Mother Teresa.
Furthermore Japan should learn from Catholicism how to rest, and that drinking in moderation is ok but getting drunk every night after work with colleagues, even forced company outings are not “work” and should not be put ahead of more important things like going home to spend time with the family. The older generations here have the idea that work and the company come first and family second.
I could go on and on but I wont because Im lazy and I dont like to type too much it is awefully hard work.
Pray that Aso receives the spirit of wisdom.