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Posted: Friday, November 3, 2006 10:00 pm

As one looks around the world and notes the conflicts in which people are killing others and observes that all of them revolve around religious ideologies led by fanatical clerics, it would seem time is far overdue to abandon all the different concepts of a divine being.

These religious killings have been going on far too long and should not be acceptable to any modern civilized society. The scope of these killings include Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Northern Ireland, Roman Catholics and orthodox Christians killing each other as well as Muslims in the Balkans.

In the Middle East, Shites and Sunni Muslims are killing each other as well as Christians, Jews and Baha'i Muslims, who also kill in retaliation. UN peacekeepers are required to keep Muslim Turks and orthodox Greek Christians from killing each other. In Sri Lanka, the Hindu Tamil Tigers and the Buddhist Sinalese natives are constantly at war. A five percent minority of Muslims in the Philippines are killing Catholics in an effort to obtain an Islamic theocracy.

The Muslim government of Indonesia has killed thousands of Catholics in East Tomor. The Muslim Sudanese government has decreed the strict sharia code to all of Sudan, affecting Christians and Animists in Southern Sudan. The Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs of India are also killing each other.

James Haught, in his "Holy Hatred," cites religious killing taking place also in Algeria, Armenia, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

With all the divisiveness among and within the various religions throughout the world, it seems to me that logic demands that all the world's religions be replaced with the golden rule so that all persons will respect the rights of others.

Presently, the world's religions obviously do not subscribe to the concept of the Golden Rule, as put forth by Socrates and Confucius in the sixth century BCE.

Ralph Matthews




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