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Terror under the cloak of Religion

extremismThe Washpost reports:

The attacks killed at least 129 people, and the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the carnage. Some survivors said the gunmen shouted “Allah hu Akbar” (“God is great”) in Arabic as they launched their attacks.

Once again, in the name of god, an unspeakable act of barbarism has been committed against innocent and unsuspected people. To loosely paraphrase the ironic insanity: God is great, now I must kill you.

As Pope Fransis observed:

“Using God’s name to justify this path is blasphemy”

Unfortunately, mankind — under the banner of all known organized religions — has frequently committed this type of blasphemy from the word go. All of the world’s major religions are culpable of using The Word to further the agenda of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.

As a believer, I must say, religion, quite often, is the fabric that cloaks pure evil. And religion married to fanaticism is the nadir of human civilization.

Philosopher Bertrand Russell once remarked about religion (instead of Christ one can substitute any prophet or religious deity):

“The principles of the Sermon on the Mount are admirable, but their effect upon average human nature was very different from what was intended. Those who followed Christ did not learn to love their enemies or to turn the other cheek. They learned instead to use the Inquisition and the stake, to subject the human intellect to the yoke of an ignorant and intolerant priesthood, to degrade art and extinguish science for a thousand years. These were the inevitable results, not of the teaching, but of fanatical belief in the teaching.”

ghandiIn moments like this, I reflect on the relevancy of John Lennon’s lyrics in the song Imagine.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


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