Life at № 42
“In both Islam and Christianity, it is easy to dismiss fundamentalist doctrines as perversions of scripture. But the fundamentalists have a ready defense against this charge. When Curtis suggested that Anderson might be perverting Christianity, Anderson said, “Let the viewers read for themselves. Let them pull the Bible off their shelf and look up Leviticus 20:13, and then let them be the judge.”
A must read. (Thanks Tildeb!) Read the comments section as well because in an almost eery way, comments confirm the author’s argument. The knee jerk reaction of the religionist is to deflect. One even says, “If this were true billions of Jews and Christians would be terrorists. They are not.”- except of course, they are/were. Through today’s lens events like the Massacre of Vassy or St. Bartholomew’s day would be described as religiopolitical terrorism. The French religious wars as a whole would fall into that category- and they alone have an estimated death toll of 2 to 4 million people. (Keep in mind that in the year 1500 French population is estimated to have been 15.5 million.) And I’d take the argument further. Catholic religious doctrine has been directly responsible for the spread of Aids in Africa. That may not be terrorism, but also results in death.