Fault. Religious or religion?

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.



  5 comments for “Fault. Religious or religion?

  1. August 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Well, the christian manual of hate, murder, misogyny, slavery, planetary wide death and destruction, and always my favorite, foreskin hunts, has never be l been off limits to me.

    The bible is a source of great evil.

  2. ktrinh4213
    August 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What do you mean by “their holy text is outside the realm of criticism”? I don’t think any secularist or atheist limits the criticism of religion to its constituents.

    • August 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      I mean that when horrific acts are committed in the name of religion, religion is the last thing that is blamed. Of course I’m not saying that atheists on the internet don’t blame religion. I’m speaking of the general population (which is not an atheistic majority). I’m also speaking of the group of people claiming that “tolerance” is essentially the highest virtue. Even when it comes to tolerating intolerance. I don’t think “many” secularist or atheists limit the criticism of religion to it’s constituents. I never said that.

      Sam Harris and other popular atheistic/secular voices have gone on multiple news networks pointing out the fact that it is considered taboo in our society of “tolerance” to point out the flaw in religion itself, and not only it’s constituents.


      • ktrinh4213
        August 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Ah, now I get you. A lot of conservatives that I’ve read antagonize that attitude as well, but they’re arguing for a moral absolute rather than blaming effect and not the cause.

        One of my favorite Hitchens quote is that “only religion can make good people do evil things.”

      • August 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        I’ve been meaning to read Sam Harris’ book The Moral Landscape, which is an argument for obtaining moral objectivity through science. Sounds interesting haha.

        That’s a great quote. RIP Hitch.


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