Firstly apologies for linking to the Independent and especially its BuzzFeed part that is their “Indy100” but this response has been tweeted onto my time-line for numerous days and I get the feeling the people doing it don’t really think that deeply about things such as murder and subjugation.
Qasim Rashid goes on to say that he was making his point as to terrorism having “no religion.”
Only it does. People can say that people are using a “perversion” of any holy text but that is to gloss over how and why they are able to claim their acts in the name of their religion.
This is moral relativism that is at the base of every major religion. Putting aside the wars, murders, slaughters and the general body counts that can be laid at the feet of each religion there is something more pernicious at the heart of all of them and that is the enslavement of the individual, of their thoughts and of their actions.
The punishment that you can get while still alive for thinking or behaving in a way not in keeping with their god’s word and the biggest kicker of all, eternal punishment after you die.
I know people of religion always love to bring up the “atheists” that were Stalin and Mao. Wonderfully adept totalitarian dictators who, in the case of Stalin re-established the Russian Orthodox Church to culturally unify the people behind him and in the case of both established their political thinking as the religion of the people, because you can’t become a living god if people are praying to other ones. Simple replacement of one cult of religion for the cult of personality that Stalin and Mao desired and required for total domination. Indoctrination into any belief process requires total acceptance and the inability to question anything.
The simple matter for me is, if anything and everything in a religious text is open to interpretation then that bad has to be taken as well as the good.
And if it can be taken in a “bad way” then perhaps it isn’t good at all.
Believe what you want, there are 6 billion people in the world, there should be 6 billion “religions”
Thanks for reading.