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Killing in the name of….

I probably should not even write this blog post… I mean who am I?

I am torn… well, here it goes…

I am having a hard time with this… the religious and political fed violence that plagues our world. We saw it this week with the unrest and attacks on American interests in Egypt and Libya. Let me toss a couple of numbers around:

America lost nearly 3000 people on September 11th, 2001

Conflicting numbers put the Iraqi deaths at over 100,000 during the Gulf War

In the crusades that fell between 1095 and 1291 A.D. there are accounts of 1-1.5 million dead between Muslims and Christians – some accounts peg a number over 5 million when you take into account the innocent and collateral damage associated with such a war.

That is fucked up….

I have written that religion causes more problems that it creates. Still, I believe everyone has the right to find their spiritual center (and pursuit of happiness) and organized religion was clearly invented to attempt to achieve just that – some sort of authentic and spiritual connect with the Universe. Hey I get it; American foreign policy is not always morally sound and contributes to acts of incomprehensible violence like 9/11. Such violence still is not justified. This weeks violence is not justified over a stupid movie.  It is deeper than just American influence in the Middle East. As the crusades show us, this hatred goes back thousands of years. How is this evolution? It isn’t.

It’s the violence that bewilders me. I was fortunate and experienced an awakening years ago that allowed me to write the Responsive Universe. Do I have all the answers? Absolutely not! But I know deep down in my heart that killing people in the name of a religion is wrong. No one is going to heaven or getting truck loads of virgins by fighting over oil interests, ramming planes into buildings, making hateful movies and scaling consulate walls to kill those inside that represent a different god and culture.  It is just fundamentally wrong to the core of our being as conscious beings. I don’t care what one book says and what a cleric holding another book says. When you kill innocent people in the name of God, you are killing the love, wisdom and energy that is human. If you think killing is justified by god – YOU ARE WRONG!

Love, wisdom and energy is the bond of humanity and yet we desecrate the only true connection we have globally.

I don’t have the answers… I just have the frustration and sorrow for the people needlessly lost in the name of God… Is this God? Are we so ignorant and misguided that we would pick up arms and indiscriminately kill in the name of God…yes we are.. Yes they are…

I am not an anti-war activist. I believe in defending our borders and interests abroad with the best moral intentions. Is America doing that? Everyone has a different opinion, but until we come together as a world and not the fracture mess we are today – well, humans will never evolve into anything worth celebrating.

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

Every once in a while I stubble across an article that gets me so aggravated by the sheer stupidity of the scenario that I feel I have to voice my thoughts. Last week it was Santorum and this week it is the zealous religious government of Iran. I actually made a comparison to Rick Santorum wanting an American merger of Church and State based on the teachings of the Bible – I quipped, how is this any different from the Taliban pushing Islamic law on its citizens? Where is the fine line?

This morning I read a news piece on an Iranian citizen by the name of Yusuf Naderkhani. He is a Christian Pastor in the Iranian city of Rasht. He is currently on trial for Apostasy or the formal disaffiliation and abandonment of a religion by a person. If found guilty, the punishment is death!  DEATH…. First, a Christian pastor in Iran? That makes about as much sense as snow in the Sahara. Secondly, punishable by death? Do we live in the medieval age? Trust me; I am no fan of Christianity and its social conditioning here in the west. Still, I feel sorry for Yusuf who is simply trying to exercise his faith and spiritual will on himself and probably a few loyal and willing parishioners. Where is the harm in that?

There are several problems that arise here – one is our quick condemnation of Islam which really is not the issue here. The issue is the power-hungry Iranian government that uses a peaceful religion like Islam and interprets it in ways that takes power and social rights away from women and keeps the poor majority from rising up against Government. Talk about a propaganda machine! The other thought is this – no matter what your religious affiliation, if you find the need to condemn and persecute others for their faith and beliefs, you are not even close to any form of religious or spiritual enlightenment. If there is not compassion in your voice and actions, you are back-sliding into something not sublime but archaic and barbaric. Oh boy, here come the death threats…

Good luck Yusuf Naderkhani – I am pulling for you buddy.

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

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