Timothy Smith

Hoboken, NJ, United States

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Timothy Smith
Posted over 4 years ago
Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran
I refuse to believe that any successful major religion (Islam in terms of shear numbers of believers ranks #1) exists on a missionary strategy of "If they don't accept our beliefs, kill them.". I am not saying that religious persecution never happens, that would be naive. I am saying that no theology can survive if it is based on such intolerance. This idea goes against what I feel is a basic human value that requires the acceptance of people who are different. No person is an island and never will every human on earth believe the exact same thing, so acceptance is a crucial part of living in this world. People who chose to interpret their holy scriptures in a way that oppresses others lead humanity away from paradise.