Which religion is the most violent?

Generalizations: How Accurate Are They?

    Fighting intolerance

  • The Boston Marathon attacks have revived old claims that Islam is inherently violent and all Muslims should face heightened scrutiny.
  • Christianity can keep up with anybody in the murder contest. You can still find Christians today who will passionately defend the slaughters of the Medieval Crusades. You can use Christianity to kill abortion doctors, massacre Muslims in Bosnia or Kosovo, Jesus is more flexible than some people might think.
  • (Editor: Nazi Germany could not have systematically annihilated Jews without the help of the German general public and Germany’s civil servants and courts. » more here. )
  • Go find the most peaceful, passive religious ethic in the world and you will still find violence. Buddhist teachings are so fanatically pacifist they probably couldn’t stomach football, but Sri Lankan Buddhists will rack up piles of dead Tamil civilians like nobody’s business. Nirvana can wait.
  • And Atheists have no room to gloat. Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung tallied tens of millions of kills between them in the 20th Century alone. The absence of a religion is no more protection against fanatical rampages than blind faith.
  • No matter what a religion teaches, some bloody-minded believers will twist it to justify their own dark urges. Religion does what people tell it to do. There is a clear connection between religion and violence – human beings.» The full Washington Post article – Chris Ladd – May 1, 2013.

  • World Wise School – “How Accurate is It?”
    This activity introduces students to the difficult concept of generalization so that they will challenge generalizations made about people. » Go to this Building Society Lesson Worksheet.

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