On the terrorist wars
Many of us, observing the antics of ISIS, have come to the opinion that this is what Muslimism is like. NO THIS IS NOT WHAT MUSLIMISM IS LIKE, THIS IS WHAT RELIGION IS LIKE –at least all of the monotheistic religions Please, let’s not allow them to continue to divide and conquer as they please
These Religions require unquestioning obedience to a deity and if you should go against that deity’s will he will order his clergy to seek you out and punish you most cruelly
And clergy are the only ones who can converse with this god—so in essence, it is the clergy to whom you must submit. And that’s religion. It worked reasonably well – before science arrived–as a method to maintain tribal peace by insisting on conformation in respect to ideas and attitudes.
Though religion in this secular world has been forced to appear far more tolerant now that they can no longer punish their dissidents, this is not because basic religion has changed and fundamentalist groups are here to remind us of that. What has changed is that our secular society has stripped religions of the power to punish their followers. They, necessarily, have had to adjust to public opinion assuming an air of tolerance When fear can no longer work, salesmanship and psychology manage to take its place . But even here, religion’s true character seeps through, for they still hang on to their ancient scripts, full of cruel penalties and, in the privacy of the pulpit, the clergy can still play effective mind games that warn their flock about the price of disobedience, threatening dire punishment beyond the grave should they ignore the tenets of their deity.
So, no, what we see playing out in Africa is not Muslimism, it s plain old religion free from secular restraint and we should not lose sight of that fact, for it can reemerge with full power here too. Indeed, it is knocking at the door as we speak.
Don’t let religion get off the hook on this one . Though many branches seem quite tolerant, note that ancient book their clergy still carry under their arms—. and its basic message: an absolute authority (god/clergy) demands your complete submission to its will, irrespective of your personal values. Cheers,, Andy

About Monist

Hi, my name is Andy Mulcahy . I consider myself a monist and I am retired from steam engineering lo,these many years ago, and the Portland Cement industry. I have evolved into a Humanist-am a member of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and The Humanist Association of Canada.
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