Any time a zealot commits an extreme act we hear how anomalous and senseless it is. Oh it is a departure from our religion which is one of peace, they'll say.

There is a greater awareness among atheists that the party line is a lie. Western religions are anything but peaceful. Their scripture is vicious. And by the very nature of the contract the religious adherent forfeits her right to reason contrary to the "word". Faith and obedience are in the recipe for religious extremism. 

Indeed the weaker the secular influence the greater the incidence of extremism. Religion is like a lab experiment run amok.

And when individuals commit acts of extremism as a result of some political ideology another contract with the devil is signed. Abdicate your individualism. Dont criticize the state and its ideology. God and state is paramount. Obey, you sheep, obey!

"The sleep of reason produces monsters." But what about rationalism? Yes rationalism. Do proponents of rationalism ever fall prey to its appeal and commit acts of extremism?

 

 

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Comment by James Yount on July 25, 2012 at 12:38am

I think overall a person interprets their religious texts so that they agree with their own personal brand of ethics.  This is why Muslims in the US are mainly non-violent and many Christians in Arab states are less so.

Comment by roland707 on July 21, 2012 at 11:07pm

Good post, Glen.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on July 21, 2012 at 10:23pm

Thank you wonder woman!

Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 10:20pm
That is true! Thanks I enjoyed reading that.

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