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The Atheist

Fr. Amado L. Picardal

 

 

 You call me godless

  just because I don't believe

 in the god you adore,

  a dictator who decrees:

   Blessed are the rich and the mighty

      they shall inherit the earth.

   Blessed are the poor and the weak

      they shall inherit the sky.

   Blessed are the children of the rich

      they shall live happily after birth.

   Blessed are the children of the poor

      they shall live happily after death.

    Woe to you who subvert this sacred order

      you shall be called godless  and you will be crucified.

 

I don't believe in your god

 who dwell in your golden tabernacles

    and marble cathedrals,

 who cannot see the misery of the poor

    in the slums, farms and factories,

 who cannot hear the groaning and the howling

    of the oppressed in this vast prison,

    in the cells, safehouses and streets,

 an impotent god.

 

I don't believe in your god. I don't believe in your idols.

 

 You call me godless

 just because I don't believe  in the gods you worship,

   the god you accumulate day and night  and keep in the tabernacle of your bank,

   the god you wield that enables you to dictate the destiny of others

   the god that puts you on a pedestal.

 

I don't believe in your gods.  I don't believe in your idols.

 

I have seen the suffering of the poor,

I have heard the cry of the oppressed,

I have joined them in their struggle for liberation

   and I am ready to sacrifice my body and blood for their total salvation,

 and for this you call me godless.

 Who is really godless?