By calling faith a virtue, playing up the religious language, and naming scripture as the source of morality, they give the extremists precisely the ammunition they need.
Constitutional ignorance has fueled our culture wars and perpetuated a narrative that Christianity in America is under attack.
In reality, a fundamentalist interpretation of any religion can open the door to murder and massacre.
The point is, the name of religion has been used continuously to justify cruelty and hatred. There’s nothing wrong with believing in something, or with religion as a concept. In fact, faith can be an amazing quality to have. It becomes an issue, however, when religious institutions impose their morals onto those who don’t believe in them.
I suspect that the reason we hear so much about one’s right to one’s beliefs is that some people - especially some religious people - refuse to distinguish between the private beliefs that occupy their thoughts and what they do or say. That is, some people equate holding a belief with expressing it or acting upon it.
When Jews and Muslims attack each other with European and American weapons and money, we might remember that Christian crusaders saw Muslims as pagans and Jews as Christ-killers. We were both victims of their swords.
Here is Christian Pastor Rick Scarborough explaining that his god would be justified in nuking the United States because we have gay ambassadors.
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