Sunday, September 20, 2009

I was robbed by a Christian

So, I was in Kenya recently. As some of you might know, Kenya has a fairly bad reputation for crime, especially in Nairobi, which is referred to as "Nairobbery" in travelers' circles.

I was on a short tour heading to Masaai Mara park, when our group stopped for lunch. A camera bag belonging to a member of our group was stolen while we ate. It contained camera equipment worth more than US$2,000. It was taken right from our table, with 5 of us there, yet we couldn't figure out how.

We then found out that the waiter had intentionally overcharged us for everything we bought. He had charged us more than double the real price for some items (there was no menu to verify prices against), and had removed the carbon paper from the receipt book so that the restaurant would not discover the copy and learn what he had done. He destroyed the original copy afterward.

Once we knew about the waiter, how the camera bag got stolen seemed a bit more clear. He was likely working with a partner. When he took our order from one side of the table, all of our eyes went to that direction. Then somebody else came and took the bag while we were looking away.

So we dragged the waiter to the police station. Along the way, I asked him if he was a Christian, and he said that he was. I asked him if he believed in hell, and he didn't respond. I guess he could see where my line of questioning was going.

At the station, the officers asked my girlfriend what her religion was. She told him she's an atheist, and I told him I'm an atheist too. He then told his fellow officers, who proceeded to laugh at us. The officer called us 'pagans'. I objected at first, but it turns out that by some dictionary definitions, any non-Christian/Jew/Muslim is a pagan. So sure, fine, I'm a pagan.

We never were able to prove the guy helped steal the camera bag, but we did prove that he had badly overcharged us for the meal, and had pocketed the money for himself. He lost his job, and may or may not have been charged with anything after we left.

The morality of Christians never ceases to amaze me. The saying goes, "Why be good when you can just be forgiven?"

9 comments:

sandi said...

Fisrt off as a christian I've never believed "why be good when you can be forgiven." Being good has its rewards here and there. You were not robbed by a christian. The waiter and cohort were by no means real christians.

foodmetaphors said...

ahh, the no true scotsman argument. nice try.

Admin said...

Huh? 'Foodmetaphors', do you deny that there are Christians out there committing crimes every day? If not, then you agree with the point of my post. The argument is often stated that atheists can't be good without a god. My response is that belief in god doesn't make people good.

Do we agree?

foodmetaphors said...

sorry I should have clarified that I was replying to sandi's post

sandi said...

okay first I am a scotsman, at least part of me, and my point was that if you're a thieving prick, you aren't being christian.

foodmetaphors said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

sandi said...

Didn't need the ref. Knew what you were talking about.

foodmetaphors said...

do you breathe through your mouth?

Nicholas said...

Why be good when you can just be forgiven, that's pretty clever! Eastern religions, the ones based on karma, don't do that though. If you've done bad things, you'll have to atone for your bad karma at some point, saying sorry doesn't change shit. Something I like about karma. Not that I believe in it, but it's something I like about it, it's a bit more brutal in that sense. "You're sorry? Does that change what happened, asshole??"