posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 04:14 PM
Religions are ideals, to be interpreted as the individual chooses. I know alot of people disagree with that notion, instead prefering to see their
given religion as writen in stone (no pun intended).
But all religions...yes ALL...can be used to justify horrible acts, if interpreted that way.
What matters is how people choose to act within the "confines" of their religious beliefs. It isn't the religion itself (whether it was "founded"
on the back of peace or war, as one person put it...regardless of how it began and what it's essence is), it's how people choose to interpret
it in the here and now, in the present; in this modern day and age.
I have respect for all religious beliefs. However, if someone is cruel, violent, destructive, etc. I have no respect for them on an individual basis,
regardless of what religion they are. Likewise, if someone is compassionate, loving, non-violent, tolerant, etc. then they have all my respect, even
if they don't belong to a religion at all.
I've known many people who practice as members of many religions, and among them I've seen the best and worst in human nature. It isn't the
religion; it's the person! If a person is violent and cruel, they will use whatever justification is available to them for their deeds. If they
can't use religion as justification, then they use something else.
It isn't the religion or the ethnicity of the individual that's to blame, but the person's heart and mind. Every religion in the world has changed
vastly throughout history, mostly at the behest of those who wish to use it for the justification of their deeds, be they for good or be they for
evil. It's all about the individual (or group of individuals) living at the time, and their choices in life.