It has been said that more people have been killed "In the name of God!", than for any other reason. What that all comes down to is someone trying to force someone else to believe the same way they do.
I can't claim to be a strong "Christian", but I do try to follow the tenants set forth by the Christian religion. The best one, I believe, is to "Love one another as you love yourself."
Throughout history, there are many examples of people behaving in an inhumane manner toward their fellow man, and I am sorry for all of the people who have suffered because of that. Sorry about the "Spanish Inquisition", sorry about the Spanish conquest of Indians, in America. Sorry about the attempt to exterminate Jews, by the Nazis. Sorry for race discrimination, wherever it occurs, throughout the world. Sorry to see Muslims beheading and murdering innocent people in Iraq.
This is the year 2005, and I have to wonder if mankind has learned anything. If we get all hung up on past "wrongs", are angry, and seek revenge, will we ever advance beyond being savages?
I haven't done anything to harm anyone, for what they believe, and I will live in peace, with my fellow man, so long as they are willing to let me live in peace and believe what I choose to believe.
Why can't everybody do that?
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly.
Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy.
"The purpose of life is to contribute, in some way, to making things better" Robert F. Kennedy