Not From Their Gods, Though. From Religion, Itself...
Mainstream Christianity goes to great lengths to separate itself from its Abrahamic cousin, Islam. However, the commonalities between the two faiths are very apparent to most of us who live free from the shackles of religious belief.
First and foremost, both Islam and Christianity require a belief that their holy books are divinely inspired and/or the literal word of their respective gods to be a member of their religions. The first problem is that both of these holy books contain hate and intolerance. Combined, they promote the murder of homosexuals, unbelievers, adulterers, fornicators, disobedient children and members of other religions. There is no getting around the fact that the Bible and Koran have much in common when it comes to "death" commandments. The moderate Christian or Muslim cannot honesty deny this, and if they do, then they are not "true" to their faith. In fact, both holy books have severe warning for discounting any part and parcel of their scriptures…
Radical Islam and Fundamental Christianity are responsible for unspeakably horrific acts toward infidels, as well as their own members, past and present. One simply cannot look past all the evil that these two religions have perpetrated on humankind. Sure, there are good deeds being done in the name of these religions, but the ends do not justify the means, especially when you consider the proven ability of unbelievers to be altruistic and charitable. When you take away the comparatively little good from all the horrible things that have been done in the name of the Christian and Islamic gods, it becomes quite apparent that there is little use in the world for either religion.
While all Christians and Muslims are suffering from the mental illness of delusion, members of the lunatic fringe of these two faiths are psychotic, as well. That's a dangerous combination and the threat of both the physical and intellectual destruction of our species remains imminent. Where radical Islam is concerned, the threat to our species is physical. The access to weapons of mass destruction, including those of the biological and chemical variety, is relatively easy. The willingness of these radicals to use them has already been demonstrated. Where fundamental Christianity is concerned, the threat to our society is mainly on the intellectual level. If you think intellectual terrorism is a joke, consider the continuing efforts of the Christian fundamentalists in the United States to rewrite history, to replace real science with creationism in the classroom, and to transform the entire nation into a Christian Theocracy. Secular civil rights organizations are fighting a seemingly never-ending battle to defend the First Amendment from its abrogation by literally thousands of politicians and educators in all levels of government and academia who insist on injecting their religion into their respective venues.
Radical Islam and fundamental Christianity have one goal, and one goal only and that goal is total world domination.
Radical Islam would accomplish this by killing all the infidels and apostates. Fundamental Christianity would accomplish this by dumbing down the entire human race via inaccurate understandings of history and science. One would argue that both of these religions are making headway. Tracking radical Islamic terrorism is easy. Just count the bodies. Tracking the efforts of fundamental Christianity is a little more complex, as their efforts are a little more sublime. Slowly, more and more people are allowing reason to give way to fairy tales, impossibilities and outright untruths. But it is trackable, as reliable polls show that there exists a rise in the number of American Christians who believe that the United States is a Christian nation founded on biblical principles, in spite of the historical documentation that proves otherwise.
The theology of world dominion of fundamental Christianity and radical Islam needs to be eradicated. Religion, as a whole, poisons everything, but these radical and fundamentalist forms of religion are a particularly deadly poison on our society. They are responsible for more damage to the human race than any plague ever has. Fundamental Christianity, in terms of violence due to evangelical fervor, still has a commanding lead over radical Islam when it comes to atrocities against the human race.
Religious belief, by its very nature, retards new discovery, insight and enlightenment and promotes ancient superstitions brought on by ignorant, bronze-age men who lacked understanding in even the most basic of the sciences and whose punishments for perceived transgressions against their gods involve gross violations of even the most basic human rights. The comfort that religion offers is a dangerous psychological ruse. The charity it proffers comes at an unacceptable price and can be accomplished just as effectively without the inclusion of dogma, doctrine and the missionary destruction of indigenous cultures. Religious hope is false and irresponsible which relies on methods that are ineffective and come at a steep cost to the human species. It is time to move on as the place for religion in our society, government, classrooms, medical profession, legal system, childcare, communities and in our homes has passed.
There has to be a line drawn in the sand regarding the fundamentalist and radical versions of both Christianity and Islam. As a species, we are responsible for our continued existence. Yes, there can be events out of our control that can cause our extinction. There is little we would be able to do about a catastrophic event such as a meteor strike or the failure of our sun. But to stand by and allow a gaggle of irrational, unreasonable, mentally ill, intellectually retarded religious zealots to exterminate us in their fight over which fairy tale is true, whose mythical deity should rule the world and the fact that most of them are more than willing to die in the process is a travesty.
If you think this position is alarmist, just turn on the news...
Al Stefanelli is the author of “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism O... He also writes for the National Atheism Examiner and Yahoo! He is also the President and Founder of the United Atheist Front, wich can be found on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, Podbean and YouTube.