According to Webster's the definition of religion is to have a specific system of beliefs, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics, or a belief in and worship of God or gods. As an atheist, I could not care less about the God crap but I do wonder about the ethics issue that always arises when some maniac commits murder, terror, rape, or thief in the name of his/her religion. What are those ethics? How are they derived?
What were the ethics in Orlando when a maniac killed fifty and wounded fifty-three at a gay bar? The news reports claim that he was upset at seeing two men kissing. That he was also a supporter of ISIS and that his father was pro-Taliban. Okay, did his religion tell him that it was his duty to kill and maim one hundred plus people? Or was it his self-generated hatred of those people, created by his own mental delusions, driving him to perform the cowardly act?
Is his hatred for those gays, the same hatred that drove men to blowup a church in Birmingham, Al. killing three black girls. How about the man who entered the Charleston church and killed nine people worshiping their god? Newtown? What does it say for the Boston Marathon bombers or the Oklahoma bombing, World Trade Center disaster and countless others in past decades in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave? What about the lynching of Black Americans or the genocide of the Native(Real) Americans in the past?
The religion of hate does not require a "religion". It is a sickness, self-imposed based on an individual's own inadequacies and shortcomings. An individual's ignorance of reality and an appreciation of the humanity we all possess. Hate is a virus driven by a need to survive at all costs that thrives in the mind of the intellectually weak, uninformed, or willfully ignorant who are comforted in their narrow view of reality and feel uplifted when surrounded by like-minded haters. That is the religion of hate the only true religion of man.
Comments to think about.