Most of you who know me know where I stand on issues of religion. It's no secret that I am squarely in the agnostic camp. This could change, but as of me writing this post I have seen nothing to make me believe otherwise.
This is why terrorists who kill, rob, and maim in the name of their god -or whatever-terrify me so much. You would think that if one embraces a religious doctrine they would spend their life trying to make sure that they spend eternity in whatever afterlife their religion has to offer. Instead, folks like these fanatics who shot up the beautiful city of Paris today seem to spend their time trying to take out innocent people who do not buy into their religious dogma.
We are now, of course, worried about similar attacks taking place here in America. All it takes is one psycho who spends his days watching as much Isis videos as he does ESPN to decide to go on a killing spree. It's not like we don't have enough crazy mass killers in America as it is. Throw in religion and you have a recipe for disaster.
Speaking of terrorists, the terrorists or terrorist who bombed the NAACP offices in Colorado are still on the loose, and this will not get as much play as it should in the media because no lives were lost.
But it should. Whether you want to terrorize someone because of his religion or the color of his skin, you are still a terrorist, and society should deal with you accordingly.
I won't get into Juan Cole style comparisons between Christians and Muslims when it comes to killing and creating terror, because that is not the point of this post.
If you are going to storm the office of a magazine and kill a bunch of people in there because you don't like what they say about your god, you just might need to reserve some quiet time with said god.
If you are going to try a blow up an office of people who don't look like you because of the color of their skin, you, in my humble opinion, are no different than the animals who killed those poor people in Paris, today.
Whether you attack a satirical magazine because you don't like what they have to say about your god, or you attack an organization because it advances the agenda of people you don't view as equals, you deserve to be given the swift hand of justice.
Some would argue that religion helps to create order in a civilized society, and that because most religions teach us to follow a strict moral code, it makes us all better people in the long run. They also argue that debating whether there is or isn't a god misses the point, entirely.
I could get into more details and argue why this isn't necessarily so, but I believe that the events over the past few days have made my argument for me.