Richard Dawkins is right: not all religions are the same
Happy New Year everyone. Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog recently (I had a couple of projects which consumed me and I just couldn’t get to the blog). I was disappointed by that but am looking forward to this year.
In the aftermath of the terrible Paris terrorist shootings, I noticed today that Richard Dawkins tweeted this:
“No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn’t.”
I think Dawkins is correct, all religions are NOT all equally violent – I doubt there are many people fearing a violent backlash from the Amish community.
Dawkins’ comment reveals a deeper and more significant truth that ‘not all religions are the same’. I would think that this is fairly obvious, yet I am frustrated when ‘religion’, in a generic sense, is bandied about as the cause of violence and conflicts.
It’s true that some religion has and does cause division, violence and hatred. Yet physical violence is not consistent with all religious systems. For example, the Mennonite and Amish communities are firmly built on non-violence. They are certainly religious, but hardly violent. These stand in stark contrast with Islam, where violence is far more consistent with the Islamic religious system.
So next time you hear someone say, ‘religion is the cause of violence’, we need to stop and think, ‘yes, it can be, but which religion’ – as Richard Dawkins admits, not all religions are equally violent.