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The Crusades the Holocaust the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and most recently slavery it seems that mankind has an affinity for committing atrocities All instigators have a means to vindicate such unsavory moral transgression that we forget the realities of these horrors were perpetrated not by monsters or demons but by human beings not unlike ourselves All in the name of God pursuit of power or money how we continue to let such spectacles plague our history is beyond my comprehension Before watching the Magdalene Laundries I never knew of such civil injustices originating in Ireland and it came as no surprise that it was fueled by religion My stand on the majority of religions is that their respective followers take whats written in scriptures too literally and fail to realize that the Bible Quran or the Sruti for example are just stories displaying good morals Watching this film I couldnt help but feel a boiling hatred in the pit of my stomach towards the parents and guardians of these young women Instead of subjecting them to the single mindedness and hypocrisies of the sisters they should of consoled them and fulfilled their obligations as parents by providing a nurturing environment Furthermore I cannot help but recognize a correlation between Magdalene Sisters and 1984 due to totalitarian nature of the laundries The apparent cruelty and oppressive environment supported by the psychological and physical control the sisters thrust upon the sinners reminded me very so of George Orwells cautionary tale Slave labor in the name of God contributing a life sentence of penance with hopes that God will forgive them for their alleged sins was in my opinion the public motive of the laundries but the ulterior motive expressed was greed Sister Bridget letting Bernadette and Rose escape because Rose provided the key to the safe is sufficient evidence as is This just goes to show that not even devout God-fairing people can escape human
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