Saturday, July 23, 2011
Prayers for Norway
One friend on Facebook noted that when the fundamentalism is Islamic, we condemn the entire religion. When it is Christian, it's the act of a lone mad man with a vendetta. Point taken. The tendency of the "we" is to see the "them" as a monolithic group where as we are able to make distinctions among our own "kind."
Atheists will likely leap at the opportunity to knock all monotheism as fueling such madness as what happened yesterday in Oslo. But this has nothing to do with what is actually in Scripture. Or Torah. Or the Koran. This is about madness. Period. The religion layered on top of that is just window dressing and used to nefarious ends that aren't in keeping with the vast majority of the people who practice said religion.
We, believers and non-believers alike, should be able to agree upon the basic idea that this world has got some crazy people. And they will do crazy things.
Prayers ascending for the country of Norway, the children, the families and the government workers that were directly affected by yesterday's terrible events. Peace be with you.