posted on May, 13 2006 @ 05:17 PM
Why do (some) Christians persecute Jews and Muslims?
One should also ask, Why do (some) Christians persecute other Christians, and people of none of these religions. And why do (some) Muslims persecute?
Likewise, (some) Jews.
All three religions, but Christianity and Islam more than Judaism, lend themselves to being interpreted so as to encourage persecution. One does not
HAVE to interpret them that way, and there are peaceful and enlightened followers of all three faiths. But those who are inclined to persecute are
encouraged by some aspects of all three faiths to do so.
That is what happens when one takes a narrow view of God, and believes God fits under one's hat -- or inside one's doctrine. Even many Christians
who do not persecute believe that they have the Truth and that Islam and Judaism are deceptions of the Devil, and hence are evil. And Muslims hold
the same opinion about Christians, and while Jews would phrase it differently (there is no Devil per se in Jewish thought), there is a strain of
arrogance in Judaism as well, of the same effect.
This arrogance has led to so many murders and tortures over the millennia of monotheism that it surely need come as no surprise that occasionally that
sort of thing still happens. It is part and parcel of the disease of dogmatism. And the only cure, is for such religions to get off their
theological high horses and recognize that God is beyond human understanding, and no one -- no person, and no religion -- has a privileged claim on
Until that understanding becomes universal, religious persecutions will continue wherever the power to engage in them exists.