Tuesday, February 19, 2008

On the Influence of Religion: When religion divides

If religion is a source of disunity, it is better to have no religion, is a common Baha'i aphorism. Another aphorism that rolls off my tongue is, God unites and man divides. Both statements are true. -gw

– Today’s Shi’ite theocracy in Iran — “the government of God on earth” — decreed that Baha’i believers who won’t convert shall be killed. About 200 stubborn Baha’is were executed in the early 1980s, including women and teenagers. Up to 40,000 Baha’is fled the country. ...
It’s fashionable among thinking people to say that religion isn’t the real cause of today’s strife in Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, India and Iran — that sects merely provide labels for combatants. Not so. Religion keeps the groups in hostile camps. Without it, divisions would blur with passing generations; children would adapt to new times, mingle, intermarry, forget ancient wounds. But religion keeps them alien to one another.
Anything that divides people breeds inhumanity. Religion serves that ugly purpose.
Religions Divide
19 February 2008, WebMaster @ 11:17 am
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