Article by the Red Nail.
Syndicated from the Red Nail’s Awareness Act account.
(This was brought over from another site; if there are any Tobies here, I am not referring to you, specifically…)
EDITOR’S NOTE: «Toby» is another Awareness Act member.
Well. I’m not singling anyone out (Toby…just kidding) but I do see a lot of religious…well…»bigotry» is the right word for what goes on when talking religion; both from people who dislike or don’t believe in religion and from one religion to another. Some may believe (based on my user photo) that I am a Christian. I was born and raised that way but I don’t necessarily believe in the Christian god (although I tend to lean in that direction); in reality I suppose I would best be labeled as «spiritual» with a bias toward Christianity. I have much love for Native American/Pagan/Far-Eastern and various tribal schools of thought.
This country was founded on the principals of freedom of religion and religious liberty. It has taken many other turns but that is still a big aspect of American society. We, as a nation, shouldn’t loose this. I understand that some people find religion offensive (primarily, in my opinion, because of how the people within those religions act). Please differentiate between the individuals beliefs and the religion itself. You may not agree with the other person’s beliefs but you should always respect them as a general matter. Just as there should be no hatred for someone because of their sexual orientation or race, there really should be no hatred because of someone’s religion.
And yes Christians that means every religion, including the ones you find unpopular (Muslim hating has been all the rage in this nation for far too long). Yes, they have their extremists and we have ours. If you look at the percentage of the religious populations on both sides which would have what is considered «extremist views,» a higher percentage of Christians support them within their religion than the number of Muslims that do. Check out the numbers yourself; you may actually learn something.
There is so much that other cultures can offer in the way of enlightenment — particularly in the realms of philosophy and the arts; we, as a people, should cease this divisiveness. We all need to work together. We are all (the entirety of humanity) experiencing the crisis together. In reality, I would encourage everyone to read and try to understand the religious texts of others and reread your own as well. You find new insights every time.
The Red Nail