Why do we think religion is necessary, again?

When it's used to justify setting an eleven-year-old girl on fire, it's probably time for all of us to rethink the "respect" we give to religion, to its practitioners, and particularly to leaders who endorse extremism in its name.

Kill ’em all and let their gods sort ’ em out.

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Comment by Pengiko on July 8, 2009 at 2:35pm
"Kill ’em all and let their gods sort ’ em out." I know in escence the statement is wrong, but it made me laugh so hard! Thanks Warreno ;). It's really frustrating to see how people would claim religion as the reason of their abhorrent behaviors. I wonder if at least deep down inside they know how wrong is what they're doing.
Comment by warreno on October 22, 2008 at 10:47am
If, as Burroughs suggested, language is a virus — can we apply that to religion, and if so, is there an inoculation?

Teaching critical thinking, losing insular upbringing and generally subjecting individuals to an eclectic and variegated culture all seem to help, but there might always be those among us who insist on being absolutely unimpeachably correct about something — a hallmark of all fundamentalism.

So let's get them jobs as accountants and get on with our lives.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on October 22, 2008 at 12:12am
You've opened the floodgates -

Jordan woman 'murdered for leaving home without permission'

October 22, 2008 - 7:00AM

A Jordanian man has murdered his sister for allegedly leaving home without permission, a security official said today.

"The crime took place in the (southern) province of Aqaba four days ago. The man claimed that he killed his sister to cleanse his family's honour," the official told AFP.

The official refused to elaborate "because the authorities are still investigating the killing."

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of "honour." Last year 17 such killings were recorded.

Perpetrators get reduced sentences as parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher sentences, despite campaigns by local and international human rights activists.

Comment by warreno on October 21, 2008 at 8:59pm
That's true. What's more disturbing is how often the two seem to interdigitate — witness priests who rape altar-boys, for instance.

A pox on all their houses.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on October 21, 2008 at 7:48pm
You didn't mention one important part -

But relatives have accused the man of trying to molest the girl and setting her on fire when she objected.

The degree of mind disease and mental degradation really is at the same level when you compare religious violence to child molestation in terms of pure amorality and evil.

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