When religions become inhuman

I suppose it’s not surprising that religions may be perceived as inhuman, since they urge their followers to eschew worldly values in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. In that sense, any kind of religious faith may be deemed to be potentially and inherently unstable and dangerous.

But the foundation stone of all the great belief systems is an overriding love of humanity. It’s only when the crucial significance of this foundation stone becomes lost, forgotten or corrupted that we have a problem (it’s a problem that applies to secular ideologies as well as religions). When devotees do lose sight of this vital cornerstone (as Wahhabis have done), their religion may become a slippery slope towards inhumanity and moral degeneration. Clearly, this can and does happen. There’s consequently an argument that we should stop according belief systems deference and respect. But that judgement ignores the fact that religions are principally a power for good.

It only takes a tiny drop of poison to compromise a whole well. In particular, there is an onus on imams to reject the doctrine of taqiyya (Qur’anic verse 3:28) and be constantly on their guard against any kind of spiritual and/or intellectual entropy or perversion that causes people to lose sight of their overarching humanity as they wander around lost in the 21st century, their heads full of 7th century evil, bigotry and hatred.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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