Wing-nut evangelical pastors like Terry Jones, the guy who’s staging the “Burn a Koran” event in Florida, make for eye-catching headlines around the world.
But it’s not the religious right that concerns me, so much as the Religious Wrong.
They’re more insidious, more widely spread, and apparently their numbers are growing like wildfire – because they’re found among the members of every religion on earth.
The Religious Wrong may be adherents of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zorastrianism, animism, paganism, or any other religion or worldview. Some of the most virulent members of the Religious Wrong are atheists.
The Religious Wrong use every mad action by every member of some OTHER group to tar all of that group with the same brush.
The Religious Wrong ignore their own religion or culture’s message of compassion, honesty, and virtue to attack the beliefs and actions of others.
The Religious Wrong feel every hint of difference or challenge to their beliefs is an attack on their own way of life.
The Religious Wrong refuse to question their own beliefs and traditions in light of their contemporary context or the needs of their neighbours.
The Religious Wrong avoid the work they ought to be doing on their own souls to focus on the perceived wrongs of others.
The Religious Wrong can frequently be found trying to defend God, who needs no defense.
Their varying professions of belief, costumes and customs may make them hard to spot. But there’s one sure-fire way to know who they are.
The Religious Wrong are the ones who always think they are right.
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