Originally posted by Eladar
Exactly! It isn't the Jihadists that are the problem that needs to be destroyed, it is all religious people! That's why people like you enjoy these Islamic nut jobs. It gives you a reason to go after Christians.
I did not "go after" Christians or any other of the major religions. I "went after" violent fundamentalism, which is a feature in all the major religions (including Hinduism) at present.
As an atheist I have no reason to defend any of these religions but what I advocate on the whole is secular humanism, which includes and entails respecting the religious faith of most people on the planet, expressed in so many different ways. When people like Seitse wish to make sweeping and insulting attacks on an entire religion, while he is himself the advocate of an unpleasant and violent modern, fundamentalist interpretation of his own divided religion, then I think it is useful to point out the failure of rational thinking at play in his posts. Where is that kind of thinking taking us except towards religious war?
The great [and very right wing] American diplomat, Henry Kissinger, has pointed out that religious wars are not winnable, so that ultimately the only practical way forward is the approach which ended the Thirty Years War in the Treaty of Westphalia, and that is to tolerate diversity. He has also pointed out that the US is failing to appreciate this lesson from history, instead promoting the delusion that there is one right way to arrange affairs and that - by a curious gift of a partisan God - is the American way.