Golden rule should take prece­dent

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Re­li­gion

Re­li­gions are in­ter­ested in in­doc­tri­nat­ing those born into the faith and con­vert­ing those who are of a dif­fer­ent faith.

This in­doc­tri­na­tion/con­ver­sion process is gov­erned by the con­cept that the end jus­ti­fies the means. A quick look at re­cent history will show this to be true, ask any First Na­tion sur­vivor of the Chris­tian school hor­rors per­pe­trated on them in the name of Chris­tian­ity. The hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple killed in the Mid­dle East are un­able to tes­tify to the hor­rors in­flicted on them by re­li­gious wars in that area.

The world is awash in re­li­gious fa­nati­cism, whether it is the man god of North Korea, Al­lah, Je­sus or the almighty dol­lar. Fa­nat­ics have for­saken truth, de­cency, care and con­cern for all peo­ple in the blind pur­suit of their per­sonal re­li­gious sal­va­tion. The world will con­tinue to be a mur­der­ous place to live as long as re­li­gious fa­nat­ics are able to mes­mer­ize the faith­ful and stir them to ha­tred of those who are dif­fer­ent. If your per­sonal god says you should hate or you should en­force your faith on oth­ers I think you are pray­ing to the wrong god.

Liv­ing by the golden rule, due unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you, will prob­a­bly meet the tenets of any re­li­gion. Too bad so many ad­her­ents to these re­li­gions do not live by this sim­ple rule. Bill Sul­li­van, Hamil­ton

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