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Killing in the name

Excellent piece by Johann Hari in the Indy about the double standards applied to religion in matters of tolerance.

"If you can't bear to hear your religious figures criticised – if you think Ratzinger is somehow above the law, or Mohamed should be defended with an axe – a sane society should have only one sentence for you. Tell it to the judge."

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davidt3001
Mar. 20th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
A good article; I'm becoming less and less enamoured of religion -- the horrible El Paso experiences helped -- and I especially liked the "creeping vine" simile.

Did you see the story about the parents whose child died because they prayed with their church-buddies, rather than going to a doctor? They got sent down for some variety of homicide -- the judge pronounced that dumb redneck superstitions (I paraphrase) weren't a substitute for medical attention -- but they didn't get long sentences. Remove the "god told us to" defence and you've got the murder of a child, pure and simple, and the authorities and jury alike would be looking for a convenient high voltage socket.
kruku
Mar. 21st, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Does th1s mean the Iraq aren't evil because they're muslims and we'e got to give all the oil back?
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