On this anniversary of 9/11, it is important to remember that these events were done by terrorists. When people use religion as an excuse to justify evil, that is not religion. Whether it is 9/11, the Holocaust, slavery, any time that one group claims the right to violently control others, and ultimately destroy them, is simply an excuse to be evil.
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu teachings all emphasize peace and goodwill toward others. To commit horrible crimes in the name of religion only shows how that person, or group of people, has missed the point.
Yes, it is easy to blame God for everything. It is interesting though that the people who seem to believe in Him the least, blame Him the most. It is easy to look at the Crusades and say those were God’s fault. Human beings were the ones doing the killing and then tried to justify it in the name of religion.
Slavery, whether it is of a race or of a nation, goes against every major religion of the world. Yet, it was a way for people to feel superior and suppress others. And they did it in the name of religion.
The sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic priests was not based on Christianity. It twisted a sacred trust that children were taught to have for priests. Here again, it hid behind the excuse of religion.
John 3:20: “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (Holy Bible, English Standard Version).
The events of 9/11 were horrible. The memories will remain with us forever. To say that religion caused these events though, is wrong. These acts were done by zealots who used religion as an excuse to act this way.
It is important for all of us to recognize evil for what it is. Religion doesn’t cause evil by itself. It is the people committing the actions who attempt to convince us it is being done in the name of religion.
Written by: Cynthia Collins (Op-Ed)