July 9, 2005

Man in 10 Commandments Case Fears for Safety After Paper Prints Name

Man in 10 Commandments Case Fears for Safety After Paper Prints Name

The fact that this guy has reason to fear for his life (and I believe he does) tells us a lot about Christians in America. While they have creative ways of justifying their behavior, it remains inexcusable. Worse, those of us who blame the offenders but let religion off the hook are simply insuring that this sort of thing will continue to be a problem.

What Sam Harris brings to the table in The End of Faith, in the several articles he has written, and in the interviews he has done since publishing his book is the notion that the root of these justifications must be abolished. It is not enough to condemn certain violent Christians as bad people who are misusing religion to justify their behavior. Religion itself must be critically examined.

A belief that it both erroneous and harmful must be challenged. That such a belief is derived from a popular religious tradition changes nothing.

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