Should Religions be Allowed to Kill?
July 13, 2008 Leave a comment
Warning: one cussword
A few weeks ago I was surfing the web and came across a blog from India. The subject, the murder of a young _______ boy, caught my attention so I read the whole thing.
Seems a young man who’s family was _______, which is fairly uncommon in India, was flirting with a ******* girl. The town this happened in was predominately ****** and they watch their young women quite closely. There were lots of murmurings and whispers from those who watched the young man and his demeanor with the girl. This went on for a few days and apparently his parents, and others, warned him to stay away from the girl. One evening he met up with the girl on the road and started talking with her, unaware that a group of men were watching nearby.
They men rushed up to the couple and grabbed the boy and started beating him, as the girl ran away. Later that evening the boy’s dead body was found lying beside the road…he had been beaten to death.
The police were called and they investigated for a few days, but ultimately said they had no evidence against anybody, and there was nothing they could do. This was despite there being several eyewitnesses to the beating. They said they couldn’t see who had done it. The blog writer managed to convey an impression that the police weren’t really doing their job.
The person writing this blog was related, and heartbroken by the death, and was pouring out her sorrow in the blog. I was stricken by the story and thought about the waste that happened here, not only for the loss of an apparently honorable and upright young man, but the loss of an opportunity for two cultures, in however small a way, to approach each other in peace and show humanity to each other. A small rapprochement if you will, that could lead to more friendships and peace between rivals.
Feeling as I do about religious arrogance and the stupidity they show in many matters, I was moved to write a reply to the woman, where I kind of got carried away and called the people involved in the killing some pretty bad names. Now I did sink my teeth into the *******’s, because its known that ******’s think it’s OK to kill ________ if they cross a very fine line…try to convert a ******* to _______ and its open season on your hide…literally. ****** in this case really condones murder. Pretty much the same outlook applies to a _______ man trying to get too friendly with a young ******* woman.
I don’t care what kind of logic or reason you try to apply in making this OK in the light of your religion…it is totally wrong. There is no real God anywhere who would allow this to be the norm.
Anyway, it took about three days for the woman who wrote the blog to answer back. I forget the actual words (I deleted her reply), but the gist of it was, I was talking ‘hate speech’ and she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, put my reply on her blog. For a split second I was mad, but then I got to thinking that the rules for public speech and writing were not the same in India, and my bad reply could/would put her in harms way if she published it. So I tried to dismiss the matter from my mind. But it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t dwell on it, but my subconscious chewed on it for days and days.
Finally a few days ago the thoughts burst forth, fully formed in my mind.
Yes, I had written some bad things about a religious group and called it and the men who hid murder behind it some bad things, and yes by today’s standard of PC’ness, I was wrong…totally wrong.
I ask you though, who was more hateful and did more to upset the public order and well being of the citizenry? Was it me, who called the men and their religion out for what they are…a murderous bunch of half-wits and imbeciles, and the religious mandate they think they were working under barbaric and hideous in its teachings?
Or, were the men who ganged up on, and murdered a young innocent boy in cold blood… the more hateful. If I see or hear someone doing a totally wrong thing to a fellow human being, I will not say nice things about them. And I will not stand silently by knowing a particular religion seems to give some men the moral authority to kill the innocent. This is not right no matter what you say. If the men and religion they practice that empowers them is not lashed out against, they will keep doing it…over and over.
In a “civilized” 🙂 world, one does not allow the citizenry, or a religious representative, to go around and kill people by their whim for religious reasons. Any Religion that allows this should be banned. There is no room in today’s world for such a thing.
Do you think we should stand idly by and let such things happen without speaking out against them? We know that the ******* religion allows murder of innocents. Should we not speak against this? Should we speak nicely about matters such as this…or should we rip them a new asshole?
Continuously give in and be nice to that kind of behavior and we all know who wins the game of life.
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