In relation to “No Ghost of Support”, wherein a friend highlighted some of the religious obligations in Islam in relation to parents, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (e-mail exchange reproduced with permission):
I think it was God who said “honor your father and mother“. Given the human propensity for finding loopholes, I guess it’s important to fill them all in.
I don’t appreciate what you are getting at. Filling in the holes through multiple religious interdictions?
Jesus was on about this point in one of the gospels too. Something about how you were required to honor your parents, but if you gave all your money to the temple, you were exempt.
People are always looking for loopholes so they can get exemptions. If people just followed the commandment, you wouldn’t need a bunch of policies to nail down every conceivable loose end.
Jesus said that? OK to leave your parents impoverished if the Temple gets the money? That doesn’t seem to be a loophole, as much as an explicit exemption.
But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)—
But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.