Saturday, September 11, 2010

A day to stand against religious fanaticism

It's ironic that a day that commemorates the day when terrorists motivated in part by a twisted and fanatical understanding of their religion struck a blow against Western civilization using the tools of Western civilization has been, to a vastly media-inflated extent, hijacked by another religious fanatic bent on maximizing publicity for himself and his beliefs.

Some atheists have said that moderate religious thought is even more perniciously dangerous than radical and fanatical religious expression, because it makes religion seem almost palatable and reasonable.  I don't believe this.  But I don't know what the cure is for religious fanaticism.  It's easy to talk about tolerance, but there are some things that simply should not be tolerated.

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