a reply to: canucks555
I think that it is unwise to generalise, because doing so is a crutch which is used by people who fail to imagine the world around them, and the
people within it, in an appropriately complex fashion, to muddle through matters in short order, that actually take a lifetime to approach with the
right amount of consideration and experience.
Let me explain what I mean.
First, whenever one refers to a demographic containing a great host of people, whether that be persons who have belief as a whole, or persons who
hold to a specific belief system, one cannot attach any significant statement to that reference, without being mistaken in a significant percentage of
cases. You see, people who have faith, are people, and everyone is a little different to everyone else, no matter what they believe, or subscribe to.
Just as there are some rich people who do respect the poor, there are religious people out there who respect the right of all persons to do as they
see fit, and are prepared to just get on with their own lives, and do what they can for folk regardless of what faith those folk might have, and these
selfless individuals come from all faiths and all creeds. There are, equally, those within every religious umbrella going, who see it as their duty
to be the holy fire which cleanses the world of this and that, and on occasion, the other.
The real problem here, is that judging an entire demographic of people, based on the actions of a few, is a deeply flawed practice, which leaves one
open to making really serious errors in dealing with matters pertaining to the faithful, no matter which religious doctrine we are talking about. I
for instance, am a Christian. I do not, however, see it as my job to be out there, thumping sinners in the face, burning witches at the stake, and
bashing on homosexuals. You see, my belief is that free will is just that, and that no human being is perfect, and since those who are themselves
imperfect are unfit to cast judgement on their fellow humans, that I should not cast judgement myself.
Now, of course there are going to be Christians who do not take the same view, and they themselves may find that their tendency to judge lands them
in hot water before The Lord. Who knows, again, it is not my place to say! What I would say though, is that just as there is a difference between
myself and other Christians, there is a difference between one individual from another faith, and all other individuals from that faith, and the same
can be said for every demographic one cares to name.
The problem is not religions, it is not ideology. It is that people hijack these things for their own political ends, and turn small numbers of
people to causes and methods of achieving their ends, which are barbaric and ridiculous. If they could not do these things by turning the word of a
holy text into an example of malicious editing, then they would find another way of making folk do what they want, because that is how people like
that function. Psychopathic, remorseless, relentless murderers and powermongers will use ANY lever to achieve their aim, whether that be religious,
political, economic, or a mixture of all of the above, and more besides!
The Nazis for instance were not a religious organisation. In fact, they distrusted all faiths. They avoided as far as possible, messing with the
Christian church because Hitler new it would not be wise, with regard to support for his machinations and those of his fellow scumbags. They however,
managed to cause some of the most gargantuan suffering and death, that has ever been enacted upon the human race.
The truth is that the cause of violence is nothing to do with the stated aims of the maniacs who commit the acts, but has to do with power, how it is
wielded, how it is gained, and who gains it, trades it, and how much of it is in any one place, at any one time. It is easy to make those who have no
power, think it would be grand to ally themselves with someone who has a great deal of it. It is not uniform though, that everyone who lacks power
desires to possess it. Brain washing is by no means the sole territory of religious sects.