No, I think it’s still way more stupid to be the former, considering Donal Trump hasn’t beaten, stoned, or killed thousands of women for not following the word of his religion. And need I remind you that this is still frequently happening today?
So I’m not trying to defend the more extreme elements of Islam, just like I wouldn’t defend the more extreme elements of Christianity. Go look in the mountains of Utah and find some fundamentalist Mormons and tell me how much their view of America and what it means to be American jives with what you think.More importantly though, in my opinion, religious beliefs aren’t any more inherently extreme than secular ideological frameworks. And I’m a pretty hardcore atheist, but I appreciate the need some people have for a spiritual explanation to the universe. In the end when too much power is concentrated it gets abused and religious beliefs inherently create a power structure. Just like political ideologies. So whether it’s communism, or far right nationalism, or extreme forms of Christianity, or Islam, the problem is never the framework. Just the radical people within it. Every religion and philosophy is a complex system of thought that can be abused if people want to abuse it. And when they do it’s generally for pretty obvious political ends. If Alabama was destabilized by Chinese drone strikes I bet we’d see Christians doing somethings most would consider extreme and reprehensible and they would use their religion to justify it.
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