A Muslim, a humanist and an Anglican gave us their equivalent of the card printed up for Catholics. Over to you
The card supplied by the Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has printed up a million wallet-sized cards for people who want to be “card-carrying Catholics”.
The Catholic card explains:
As a Catholic, I am called to:
• Share with others the joy of knowing Jesus Christ
• Celebrate the sacraments regularly
• Love my neighbour as myself
• Use the gifts that I have been given wisely
• Forgive as I have been forgiven
But what about the rest of us? A Comment is free Belief inquiry produced cards for Anglicans, Muslims and humanists.
Tehmina Kazi, of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, started with Muhammad Ali’s answer:
At a press conference in February 1964, boxing champion Muhammad Ali was asked: “Are you a card-carrying Muslim?” It was obvious that the reporters were only after one piece of information: whether he was a member of the Nation of Islam or not. Ali replied, “What does that mean, card-carrying Muslim? I’m decent. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink. I don’t sleep with your women. site analysis What’s the big deal?”
Forty-eight years on, and more people seem to understand what a card-carrying Muslim does not do, rather than what he or she actually does. In popular parlance, Muslims are often defined by their abstinence from a number of “everyday” indulgences, including bunk-ups and boozy nights out. This approach does a tremendous disservice to broader Islamic values such as tolerance, empathy and compassion. As the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said: “Fear Allah wherever you are, follow up an evil deed with a good deed, and meet with the people, interact with the people, with good manners.” If a membership card was ever printed for Muslims, this should be on it.
Andrew Copson, of the British Humanist Association, had a short and simple card:
As a humanist I try:
• To be rational, looking to science in an attempt to understand the universe
• To be ethical, acting in a way that puts human welfare at the centre of morality
• To recognise the dignity of every individual and treat them with respect
• To find meaning and fulfilment in this one life and help others to do the same
• In the event of the Second Coming, please administer medication for shock
Bishop Alan Wilson, noting that the Catholic card is something that all Christians should sign up to, wonders about a specifically Anglican version:
As an Anglican I [Insert your name] will:
• Try to be nice to people, especially important ones
• Sit in the back row at any liturgical function
• Not use the 1662 prayer book
• Give freely on condition as I get something back of equal value
• Grit my teeth and share the peace
• In the event of an emergency try calling 999
So, what would you put on your card?