Filed under: Les Dieux sont tombés sur la tête
Let’s start with a couple of facts.
Iran and Iraq (Shiite vs. Sunni Muslims). Indian partition. Ivory Coast (Muslims vs. Christians). Israeli/Palestinian wars. Caucasus (Orthodow Russians vs. Chechen Muslims). Persecution of Jews as “Christ-Killers.” Nigeria (Muslims vs. Christians). Northern Ireland troubles. Sudan (Muslims vs. Christians and animists). Ethiopia (Muslims vs. Christians). Eritrea (Muslims vs. Christians). Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists vs. Tamil Hindus). Suicide bombers. 9/11. 7/7. Crusades. Witch-hunts. Gunpowder Plot. Caucasus (Muslim Azerbaijanis vs. Catholic and Orhodox Armenians).
I’m sure you’ll agree that these have been inspired by an imaginary friend and the books our friend supposedly wrote or dictated — rather than caused by a lack of education, by poverty or by politics. My friends the Black Eyed Peas would say but “Where is the Love” that all religions preach ?
Maybe the son of god was born of a virgin and he will be returning to earth, maybe the “Koran is the perfect word of the creator of the Universe”, maybe Zeus is my god — if you believe any of that, that’s fine, just don’t fight over it (also, don’t try to convert gullible people, they need to decide for themselves).
What’s not fine, on my point of view, is when someone believes that as a martyr he will go to heaven and be granted 72 virgins, “preaching against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year”, worrying about destroying three-day-old human embryos in Petri dishes and not considering research on embryonic stem cells…
You can cherry-pick from any reference, scripture, but there is no ultimate guide to good morality. It’s more about intellectual honesty, independence of mind and analyzing the impacts of our beliefs. It’s really simple: consider they are not morally correct when resulting actions are destructive, pernicious…whatever…just bad. That’s the basis.
I think it’s as simple as that. And to finish, you reader can be a nonbeliever and a moral person with a healthy mind, just like Einstein.
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