Seven more sins to add to your list

David P. Farrar

David P. Farrar joins us with his long running kiwiblog.

The BBC reports on seven new sins proclaimed by the Catholic Church.  I would have thought they were doing badly enough implementing the the original sins, they really didn’t have to invent some more.  But here they are:


    Environmental pollution


    Genetic manipulation


    Accumulating excessive wealth


    Inflicting poverty


    Drug trafficking and consumption


    Morally debatable experiments


    Violation of fundamental rights of human nature

Now they are all quite interesting.

If one includes carbon emissions as pollution, then we are all sinners and should ask God every week to forgive our carbon footprint. A lot cheaper than carbon credits also.

And if GM food results in millions of people not starving, or cures for fatal illnesses, well sorry you scientists - it is still a sin.

And Bill Gates is obviously going to burn in hell. No not for Windows ME but for being rich. Never mind that he donates more to charity and helping people in poverty than anyone else alive.

Inflicting poverty being a sin is also interesting.  Does this make Dr Cullen a sinner as NZ still has poverty? And does this make the Chinese Government non-evil for lifting so many out of poverty?

Consuming drugs is a sin.  Does this include party pills? How about coffee?

And what Vatican spin doctor came up with morally debatable experiments.  What does that even mean?

I might even agree with the one about violating fundamental rights of human nature if they could list what these rights are.

Now The Times lists the seven original sins, and their respective punishments:

  1. Pride Broken on the wheel
  2. Envy Put in freezing water
  3. Gluttony Forced to eat rats, toads, and snakes
  4. Lust Smothered in fire and brimstone
  5. Anger Dismembered alive
  6. Greed Put in cauldrons of boiling oil
  7. Sloth Thrown in snake pits

So what might be appropriate punishments for the new sins? My guesses are:


    Environmental pollution - Drowned in acid rain


    Genetic manipulation - Stoned to death with organic pumpkins


    Accumulating excessive wealth - death by gerbils with $2 coins tied to them


    Inflicting poverty - covered with honey and tied and staked out near an anthill


    Drug trafficking and consumption - water boarding with Diet Coke


    Morally debatable experiments - Dissection with no anaesthetic


    Violation of fundamental rights of human nature - forced to listen to circular tape of Al Gore speeches until natural death occurs

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  • Evan says
    Or maybe they are just testing the sinful ground in order to understand and analysis its sinfulness. lol. After all they CANNOT be wrong. It is sin to think them wrong.

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