Wednesday, March 09, 2005
You Have Got To Read This
Read the whole thing, too.
I just wnated to respond to what you said over at Siggy's. In the end, just remember we are all on the same side here :)
"Dingo, another example of an extremist hate group not based on religion is the story of the Rwandan massacre."
I know this is splitting hairs, but you could actually say that the Rwanda genocide has its roots in Religion. When the Europeans first colonized the territory, the Hutu and Tutsi lived in a very symbiotic relationship. It was the Dutch and Belgian missionaries that decided the Tutsi were superior to the Hutu and decided to only educate Tutsi and convinced the provincial governors to place Tutsi in power positions. It was, once again, religion believing god favored one ethnic group over another (I had to write a 40 page paper on this back in college). While teaching the Tutsi to read a write, the missionaries also taught them they were superior to the Hutu.
And, again, the Afrikaners believed themselves to be superior to the Native Africans. You see religion play a big part in the justification of their doings (read about the boor wars).
I will check out your reference later today. Thanks
I sent you a reply by private mail, because it was so long. I hope you got it.
The gist of it is that religion and culture are not separate entities. The missionaries never told anyone to commit massacres - but the legacy of colonialism did have a role in setting up the dissension.
People may misinterpret and use religion to justify their goals. People may falsify, misinterpret and use science to justify their goals. More science was falsified and misinterpreted to create the belief system that supported the Holocaust than religion.
It doesn't mean that science and religion are false, just that those renditions of them are. If I were to say to you that science is evil because Darwin believed that women were a more primitive and less evolved form of life than men, which he did, I would be mischaracterizing science. If I were to say to you that religion is evil because some southerners developed a theology justifying slavery, I would be mischaracterizing religion. It's that simple.
To phrase it another way, because I have a cancerous group of cells in my body doesn't mean that all the cells in my body are evil. You cannot reason from the specific to the generic that way.
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