The Progression of Slaughter: Bigotry>Intolerance>Hate>Violence

I did something the other day which I was very reluctant to do: I de-friended someone on FB. The really hard part about it was that I have known this person for years. But three quarters of what he posted had to do with Islamic atrocities. While this much talk of violence is not healthy in itself, I would not have barred him because of it. Those acts do happen, and the extremists who perpetrate them should be punished.

But the thrust of every single one of those posts was that all of Islam is evil, and that people can only find peace through Christianity. This is religious exclusivity at its worst. The zealous fundamentalist religionists always insist that their way is the only way. And they continue to point out the atrocities of other religions with no regard as to the effects of their words on potentially unstable members of their own religion.

If anyone is in doubt as to what effect these words have, think about the Norway shooting and bombing. While the death toll doesn’t come close to the staggering results of 9/11 perpetrated by radical Muslims, the facts of it are just as atrocious: 76 total dead, 68 of those occurred at the day-camp. And most of the 68 who were shot were children!

And this was all directed by his insane notion that Muslims and Marxists were ruining Europe. He believed that the children he killed would grow up to be accepting and tolerant of the belief systems of others, and that it would mean ruin for Europe as he envisioned it. The websites he frequented have disavowed the act, but continue to spew their intolerant speech.

And my former friend, when I told him why I had taken him off of my list, replied that his speech was not promoting hate; he was simply telling the truth about Islam. Tell that to the parents of the children who died. I’m sure that they will be understanding and sympathetic. Since he is a minister, maybe they will allow him to conduct the funeral service (yes that is sarcasm.)

This is not an anti-Christian post; nor is it anti-Islam. It is an anti-intolerance post. Religions should be, as the old expression goes, promoting peace and goodwill to all. They should not be promoting intolerance which breeds hate and violence.

To close this post I will quote from a Quaker who was an extremist in his own right, although he did not promote violence, intolerance or hate. On his deathbed, resulting from a robbery and beating, he said the following which I believe should be heeded by all who call themselves religious; especially those who call themselves ministers.


“There is a spirit which I feel, that delights to do no evil, nor to avenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to outlive all wrath and contention, and to weary out all exaltation and cruelty, or whatever is of a nature contrary to itself. It sees to the end of all temptations. As it bears no evil in itself, so it conceives none in thought to any other: if it be betrayed, it bears it; for its ground and spring are the mercies and forgiveness of God. Its crown is meekness, its life is everlasting love unfeigned, and takes its kingdom with entreaty, and not with contention, and keeps it by lowliness of mind. In God alone it can rejoice, though none else regard it, or can own its life.”

James Naylor, 1660


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