Tuesday, April 23, 2013
DRIVEN BY RELIGION
A recent article about the Boston Marathon bombers indicated that they were “driven by religion”.
Religion is supposed to provide hope and comfort, not drive one to acts of destruction.
One more example of my contention that in the history of civilization more evil than good has been done in the name of God.
In America today one of our biggest domestic enemies is the religious right, and the resulting Tea Party Movement, which has contributed substantially to the creation of the worst, and most polarized, Congress at least in my lifetime, if not in history (as some have suggested). These idiots are unable to accomplish anything.
When I was in high school and college, and still a “church-goer”, local churches, including my own, gathered together to help the community, the nation, and the world by becoming involved in ecumenical community action and social welfare programs and promoting civil rights and world peace (I must point out that I grew up in the Northeast). While there is no doubt that still goes on today, the more powerful religious voice is that of the fundamentalist and rigid right.
As I have posted in the past –
“Religious belief is personal and individual. It should not be legislated, or used as the basis for legislature.
If your religious beliefs instruct you that abortion is bad – then do not have an abortion. You can certainly bring to the attention of those who might consider such an act the various other options available. But you cannot force your religious belief on your inconveniently pregnant neighbor, regardless of any sincere desire to save her from the ‘fires of hell’.”
I realize that it is unfair to compare the religious right in America to the bombers, but there is a point to be made about the dangers of religious zealousness,
Posted by Robert D Flach