This month’s Third Sunday Meeting is on Religion and Violence. The recently deceased Victor Stenger was noted for his quote: “Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings.” There are those that say that Islam is the “religion of peace,” and those that say that Islam is the exclusive precursor to homicide and battery for social and political undesirables and subordinates. What aspects of organized religion promote violence, which aspects reject it, and what role does religion play as opposed to other influential factors (e.g., existential security hardships: drought, economic depression, militaristic conflict, authoritarian gov’t etc). We also observe other acts of violence often carried out by those resting upon a Bible. As Humanists we are called to not simply dehumanize others simply as untethered, rabid sheep, but for the reason behind conflict and its root causes and possible peaceful adjudication. This month let’s discuss: Religion & Violence.
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