The men who flew two planes into the Twin Towers in New York were religious zealots; Muslim extremists intent on Jihad. Their religion was Islam, but they were no different from any religious zealot who would kill in the name of God. There is something inherent in religion that has the potential to invite extremism among those who have the capacity to become extreme in a way that does no other “opiate of the masses.” Religious motivations have been responsible for countless wars and bloodshed so great it can’t be measured.
Author Mark Juergensmeyer who wrote “Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence,” says that while religion is not the sole problem in creating a fanatic who would commit terrorist acts, “it…becomes problematic because religion brings a whole host of absolutistic symbols and images and justifications that act as an accelerant to terrorism.”
A few highlights from a pretty decent read.
Extremist Islam, in particular, thinks martyrdom is an honor that a god will reward. If terrorists didn’t think there was a god or any reward, I can’t imagine they’d so easily sacrifice their only life for something so, so stupid.
Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus has made veiled criticisms of Islam in a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal saying “less religion in the world would be better”.
"Look at all the misery in the Middle East for example. All these countries have Islam in common, and far too few dare to criticize Islam as an ideology, and what it’s doing to these countries," the 68-year-old told the paper.
“I know I might get punched in the face for saying these things, but my conviction is that less religion in the world would be better.”
Las Vegas police officers have arrested a high-ranking Scientologist in a bizarre plot—allegedly inspired by right-wing “Sovereign Citizen” beliefs—to kidnap and kill a local law enforcement officer.
Devon Campbell Newman, 67, became the public relations director of Scientology’s “Celebrity Center” in Las Vegas, Nevada, early in 2010 and has remained in that position to the present day — that’s according to her own LinkedIn profile as well as numerous online records of her activities as a Scientologist.
This week, she became known for something else. As a result of a police investigation that began in April, on Tuesday Newman and a six-time felon and registered sex offender named David Allen Brutsche, 42, were arrested for planning what police are calling a bizarre plot to kidnap and kill a random local police officer in a macabre publicity stunt to promote their “sovereign citizen” views.
Some Scientologist caught with tea partyesque terrorist plot.
Texas health officials have zeroed in on a megachurch which has preached against vaccinations as the point of origin for a measles outbreak.
Oh, look, a second story in AS MANY HOURS about religion causing disease. This, of course, leads me to question whether religion is worse than the actual diseases it causes. I mean, yeah, HIV and Measles are bad, but the human ingenuity can beat them. We will beat AIDS, we will find a way to prevent, destroy or otherwise disarm every disease. It’s only a matter of time. However, religious faith, magical thinking and distrusting science will only slow the process and leave bodies in its wake.
I think I would say yes, religions are far worse than disease.
After 60 years of attendance, a Tennessee woman and two of her family members have been kicked out of the Ridgedale Church of Christ. What could they have done to warrant such a ban?
Because one of them is gay. Just another piece of evidence displaying Christianity as a corrupt culture bent on societal domination using methods of intimidation and targeted exile.