Nov 21 2009
A good summary of the bad things that happen when religious extremists get a firm grip on the levers of power, Freakin’ Fundamentalists from the Georgia Straight:
On November 18, a 20-year-old divorcee who, because she had a boyfriend, was stoned to death for “adultery”. (Yes, these wackos call it “adultery”, even if a person is divorced.) On November 6, it was a 33-year-old man who was stoned to death for adultery. His girlfriend is scheduled to be killed the same way once she gives birth. Last year, these same fanatics murdered a 13-year-old girl for “adultery” after she was gang-raped. And one thousand people turned up to cheer—or at least watch—the killing…
On the whole, I agree with much of what Vancouver writer Mike Cowie says in his op-ed, though I think it may go a bit over the top in seeming to imply that religion itself is the root of evil. After all, some of the most avowedly secular political movements in the twentieth century brought on equally repugnant results.