We live in a world where the religious are often ridiculed. You can turn on the TV and see the latest radical muslims, or radical christians being condemned for their actions. But you will rarely see an entire religion being called out. It is taboo.
In Christianity it is often said that one should hate the sin, and not the sinner. Many secularists who recognize predispositions and bad circumstances agree with this. Why is it then, that when pointing the scope at religion abroad, we do the exact opposite? We blame the “sinner,” and we say that the instruction manual that is their holy text is outside the realm of criticism?
I’m sorry to say, but killing your neighbor for working on Sunday is a bad idea. The subjugation of women is a bad idea. These are ideas that should be open to ridicule. I feel that we are missing our mark when we only condemn the reader, and not what is being read.
Many of the martyrs that commit these acts of genocide are not unintelligent people. They have college degrees, and PhD’s in many cases. This should hint that we are not dealing with a fool’s misinterpretation, but a person’s correct interpretation of an immoral text.