Friday’s terror attacks in Paris will no doubt have some people pointing the finger of blame at religion. Great big broad strokes are easy to apply at times such as these. While it can’t be denied that religion is a driving force propelling those behind these and other attacks, to simply chalk things up to religion is generalizing of the worst kind.
Nor is it acceptable to narrow it down to one religion, in this case Islam. The fact that radicals allegedly carried out these heinous acts should not reflect on the vast majority of peaceful non-radical Muslims. Those refugees pouring out of Syria in an attempt to save themselves and their families are, for the most part, Muslims themselves.
To paraphrase the old pro-gun adage, religion doesn’t kill people, people kill people. Have I gone over to the other side? No, because until someone is killed by a dropped religion, or a child gets his hands on a religion and accidentally kills his younger brother, I still maintain that without guns, no gun violence is possible.
I believe it is more appropriate to accuse those who choose to interpret a religious belief or writing in a manner that gives them license to kill those they deem to be infidels. Religion is not the problem, radical people are.