Invoking God for Death

Is it not a fact that Osama bin Laden invoked God when he directed his hijacked suicide airliner s into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001?

But is it also not a fact that President George W. Bush invoked God when he unleashed his missiles and bombers on the people of Iraq?

Palestinians have likewise invoked God when they strapped dynamite to their waists and boarded a crowded bus or entered a public restaurant in Israel to destroy themselves and anyone who happens to be near.

The Jews in Israel have invoked God as they sent their tanks into the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to knock down houses that were thought to provide shelter to their enemies, believing this to be the appropriate and righteous response to the terror that victimized them.

Catholics and Protestants have both invoked God as they killed each other in Ireland, the last gasp of a dying fury that spawned a thirty-year religious war and in 1588 propelled  the Spanish Armada to a watery grave as it sought to win back Protestant England for the Vatican.  Bishop John Shelby Spong, The Sins of Scripture, 2005

Adding to the above mentioned deadly actions fueled by religion is the Crusades and the many wars between Catholics and Protestants in the Middle Ages and the other modern day conflicts such as Kosovo/Bosnia/Cyprus/East Timor/Kashmir/Kurdistan/ etc, etc.

The specter of Catholics and Protestants down on their knees praying to the exact same Yahweh/Jehovah for victory over their opponents is just laughable and totally ridiculous.  How on earth can those people involved keep a straight face when they do the praying.  How do they deal with the incongruity of asking God to kill others…knowing that the others are praying for the same thing, to the same God.

Quote of the day:
“The millions of Christians in this country reflect just about every conceivable political point of view. For one highly conservative group to proclaim itself ‘the Christian Coalition’ strikes me as decidedly un-Christian arrogance…. We reflect countless races, religions and lifestyles, and we often differ on questions of morality and behavior. The only way so diverse a nation can survive is by all of us practicing a high degree of tolerance. But tolerance is not the way of the Christian right. Its leaders want to impose their one-size-fits-all morality on everyone. It won’t work. When any group tries to impose its values on everyone else, the result will inevitably be resentment, hatred and violence.”  Senator Warren Rudman…Amen to that 🙂

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