Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Richard Dawkins has the first word

We begin with Richard Dawkins and his article of Sept 15th 2001, immediately after the destruction of 9/11, Religion's Misguided Missiles.

Our leaders have described the recent atrocity with the customary cliche: mindless cowardice. "Mindless" may be a suitable word for the vandalising of a telephone box. It is not helpful for understanding what hit New York on September 11. Those people were not mindless and they were certainly not cowards. On the contrary, they had sufficiently effective minds braced with an insane courage, and it would pay us mightily to understand where that courage came from.

It came from religion. Religion is also, of course, the underlying source of the divisiveness in the Middle East which motivated the use of this deadly weapon in the first place. But that is another story and not my concern here. My concern here is with the weapon itself. To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.

Here then is the rationale behind this blog. It will argue the case that the monotheist religions are the prime cause of most of the evil existing in the world today. Islam is the extreme example but Chistianity and Judaism are not exempt from the charge because they are the foundation upon which Islam is based. Islam merely took the intolerance and bigotry of its ancestors to its logical conclusion.


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