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From today's Trib:

I am not a scholar on the Koran, but I'm sure it contains passages to justify throwing rocks at Amina Lawal. Nor would I be surprised to hear that it also contravenes its own harsh justice by passages requiring mercy, compassion, forgiveness.


People are always pleased to indulge their religiosity when it allows them to stand in judgment of someone else, licenses them to feel superior to someone else, tells them they are more righteous than someone else.

They are less enthusiastic when religiosity demands that they are compassionate to someone else. That they show charity, service and mercy to everyone else.

Consider that last month, thousands of people wept on the steps of an Alabama courthouse in support of a rock bearing the 10 Commandments. And watching, you wondered: What hungry person gets fed because of this? What naked person is clothed, what homeless one housed?


Problem is, this would require more than the ability to feel self-righteous and aggrieved. Would require putting oneself on the line. Small wonder many people of faith prefer to content themselves with spiritual busywork.

Looking for an excuse to throw rocks at somebody's head.

Replies: 1 Confession

I read both the Bible and the Koran when I was going through a looking for God phase in my life. Both are equally bloody.

I like Buddhism better, because it doesn't require you to put your god and yourself above anyone else.

But, that was a very small group of Christians who were huddled around the statue, so let's not feed them all to the lions. :)

Debbie @ 09/30/2003 11:03 AM CST

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