think it's important to remember that the modality of religious
tolerance, the laws which enable an individual to have any religion,
including none, is a recent innovation.
of church and state, a recent innovation.
those, like the religious wrong, who wish to turn back the clock,
and who yearn for religious control of government, they would do
well to study the history in the west when religions ruled. The
outcome wasn't blessed, at least not by the individuals and entities
tortured and killed by the religious.
today, religion acts as a fomenter of mass violence
(9-11), albeit the religion of Islam, supposedly in retaliation
for the crimes of the religion of Christianity which occurred long
ago, said mindset fomented by a minority in a religion in which
the overwhelming majority are far more tolerant of religious differences
than their ancient texts suggest they should be.
the other hand, in countries in which Islam rules, there is a much
more repressive and religious-dictated intolerance of disbelief
and of open advocacy of views inconsistent with the Islamic faith
than exists in western democracies.
crime, best understood by the credo 'absolute power corrupts absolutely',
and such has been the case throughout history when the religious
had dictatorial control. Even so, lack of religion certainly doesn't
help humans when the perceived dictator called God is replaced with
a murderous dictator in the form of a man (or woman, for that matter).
way forward -- look to America, for despite our shortfalls, our
embarrassing transgressions, our Christian-vs.-Christian Civil War,
our Christian-vs.-Christian (well, at least the Germans were predominantly
Christian) World Wars I and II, and Christian-vs.-non-Christian
religious followings of the Japanese in World War II, we have established
odology by which murderous dictatorships can be prevented from coming