Do We Have Angry Religions, Or Angry People?

This past year has been has been full of news stories relating to violence committed by self-proclaimed religious people/leaders. There is no shortage of such stories, whether it has been extreme Christians going on a rampage, like the man who shot one police officer and two civilians, on November 28th at the Planned Parenthood building, in Colorado, or the deranged Muslim man with his wife who went berserk shooting people in San Bernardino, California.

We had our own lunatics here in Canada this past year, with one confused, angry man shooting a soldier on Parliament Hill then, getting in a shoot-out with police inside the Parliament building. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world things are even worse. Attacks based on religious beliefs are happening from South-east Asia, to the Middle East, to Africa, to Australia and to Europe.

The one striking commonality with all such cases is that the people involved in the attacks are claiming to be doing the work of one God, or another. Well, if we are to believe these people, God seems to just want us to keep killing one another: the Muslim God wants Christians heads cut off, the Christian God wants Muslims subjugated, on and on we go. Of course, this is all nonsense.

Fazlur Rahman writes in his book titled “Islam”: “Indeed, the most intense impression that the Qur’an leaves upon a reader is not a watchful, frowning, and punishing God, as the Christians have generally made it out to be, nor of a chief judge as the Muslims legalists have tended to think, but of a unitary and purposive will creative of order in the universe”.

This I think is where the problem lies: our interpretation of Sacred texts. If the person doing the interpreting is an angry person, the portrayal of their understanding of any one religion, will be angry. Thus, their actions will be angry/violent as well. An angry person can turn a trip to Disneyland into a scene of terror. I do not think we can blame religious texts.

I stop and think, what happened to: “To us belongs nothing, O Jehova, to us belongs nothing, But to your name give glory According to your loving-kindness, according to your trueness”? Loving-kindness...

Christian fundamentalists scream that they want their America back. Muslim fanatics want a Caliphate. Fools, nothing belongs to You! ... They do not see that though. Their egos are bursting out of their bodies. They plunder and use God’s name in vain, over and over. Their anger and hatred blinds them. Pay no attention to what they say, they’re mad and lost their pebbles.

This is the mistake we should not follow: blame religions for the deeds of a handful of delusional, misguided and angry people. There are 7.4 billion people on this Planet and while it is true that a handful of lunatics can take over our news cycle, let’s not let them take over our lives, our good will and good composure. We are One people, on One planet.

(The photo is Spirit Whisperer's photo of a statue I saw at an antique shop, when I visited him. I tried finding out who it is but the best I got was: "Some African Deity")

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Readmikenow 10 months ago

"Christian fundamentalists scream that they want their America back"...do you really believe this is something only said by Christian fundamentalists? This covers a large spectrum of people from many different walks of life. Trust me, there are even many Jewish people who feel the same way. It is obvious you've never read the Quran or the Hadith and what it commands of its followers. Trying to lump one, lone, disturbed man with the hundreds of acts of terror around the world by Muslims makes you seem to lack the ability to accept reality. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims. This is a fact. Do you know about the Hijrah and how it is described in the Quran? Learn it and then understand what is happening with the Muslim immigrants in Europe. If you want to understand why there are so many Muslim terrorists and why their numbers continue to grown, I suggest you listen to a devout Muslim talk about it. Raheel Raza, president of "Muslims Facing Tomorrow" understands the situation best. She's given many important lectures about it. You need to learn more about this before you make such statements. Your lack of research and understanding is very obvious.


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Ericdierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I like your point. We are talking about individuals here and not religions hating. I have heard haters and their views and it always seems to come down to some personal problem and usually somewhat fear based. Ignorance looks like the main culprit and then some whacko exploiting it.


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Mr. Happy 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Readmikenow,

You are indeed right, not only Christian fundamentalists scream that they want their America back - there are many First Nations people who also want their "America" back. I am not sure where You were going with that point.

I am not trying to lump one man with anything: an act of terror is an act of terror and it comes from mad, angry people. That is the point of this piece of writing. Again, what one takes from a Sacred text has more to say about that person than it does about the text. One who cannot read well, may have trouble understanding. One who is angry, will come out with an angry impression - on and on... Re-read the quote from Mr. Rahman, he is a respected scholar, I think he made a good point.

Either way, I appreciate You taking the time to read and leave a comment. Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. Ericdierker,

Great to see You again - Happy New Year!

I am happy You enjoyed the read and thank You for your comment.

All the very best! : )


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billybuc 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

Interesting first comment to this article. I almost see irony in that comment. Anyway, great article. Without reading it my response was "angry people, obviously." After reading the article my response is the same.

Good to see you writing another article...I always appreciate your point of view.


saisarannaga 10 months ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

This is the reality today. You have explained it nicely. Beautiful hub.


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Mr. Happy 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Billybuc,

It is indeed obvious to many people that violent, crazy acts cannot be blamed on one book, or another but the responsibility lies with those who do the deed, so to speak. Yet, to many others as the first comment shows, believe that if we blame religions, or abolish them, violence will somehow go away. It's beyond me how angry people will go away without certain religions but hey ... it's where we are at.

Thank You for stopping by - I appreciate it.

Good Luck to You! : )


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Mr. Happy 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You as well Mr. Saisarannaga, for taking the time to read my piece of writing and to leave a comment.

All the very best! : )


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Spirit Whisperer 10 months ago from Isle of Man

A thoughtful piece to remind us of the price we pay when we give our power to think for ourselves to others. Most people just want to belong to a group and once they are in they are still not content until they convert other groups or wipe them out! We project what we love and what we hate onto others and then attack our own projections. How insane is this? Thank you Mr Happy for keeping us on our toes!


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Mr. Happy 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Spirit Whisperer,

"the price we pay when we give our power to think for ourselves to others" - a great observation! Thank You for stopping by.

Cheers! : )


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Mr. Happy,

I have been wondering where have you gone

I really miss you

Its been so long

And I hope nothing is wrong.

This is really very telling, I believe that like you said Christian fundamentalists scream that they want their America back.

Except that the Tea Party conservatives wan to take back control of our country's government for their own power/control so they can plunder and they and their friends can benefit from their position of power.

Muslim fanatics want a Caliphate.

What Mr. Happy is the average man/woman suppose to do?

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron


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WingofCyrus 10 months ago

Great topic which raises many questions we "humans" probably wont grow out of, or see ourselves, in many more years to come.

“I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.”

What do we have but our own convictions, feelings and good instinct to perceive reality when considering to trust when presented with phenomena stimuli?

too many people get lost with what one or another thinks, but lack insight into how people feel.


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Kathleen Cochran 8 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

"Fools, nothing belongs to You!"

I'm always amazed when people want the past to return. I think they forget the past (in the U.S.) included childhood diseases, a diagnosis of cancer meant you were absolutely going to die soon, approved racial prejudice, condoned abuse of women, lack of safety precautions like seat belts and child car seats, lack of smoke detectors - just to name a few advances we take for granted today. The Good Old Days? I'll take today any day.


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Mr. Happy 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Shenko,

I've been slacking on my account here that is true. I only write once in a while now, on specific issues. Keeping up with Hub-pages' structural changes has also been a little too much for me to keep up with.

I have no panacea for the common man. We need to improve the Education system, that could certainly help. More money for Education and less for bombs, or invading countries. There's a start lol

Thank You so much for passing by and leaving a comment.

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. WingofCyrus, I missed your comment as well, my apology.

I like your quote: "“I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.” - I do think in Life it is good to investigate and not simply accept what we are told. Critical thinking is needed but then, I'm back to my previous comment to Mrs. Shenko: we need better Education!

Thank You for your comment.


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Mr. Happy 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Cochran, your comment made me laugh: "The Good Old Days? I'll take today any day." - Same here. I fully agree with You.

On top of which, we cannot go back, nor can we remain as we are. Nothing does. We either learn to adapt, or join the dinosaurs. I've said this so many times, my mouth's about to go dry lol jk

Cheers and thank You for taking the time to read and leave a comment. : )


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Mr. Happy an interesting read.

Religions are not angry. In my opinion, a lot of angry/evil men and a few women band together and call their band a religion to make others think they are sanctioned by God, and the purpose to make others join them, and what they are doing is turning people away from God.

Blessings to you always my friend.


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Mr. Happy 5 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings again Mrs. Shenko,

Sorry for the delay in the answering, I've been camping : )

I strongly agree with your comment: angry people will always find a way to try to justify their anger. It's extra sad when they use religions to try to justify their anger and their angry actions. It muddies the Spiritual Path and like You wrote, in the end all this angry talk just turns "people away from God".

Blessings to You as well! : )

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