Religion has been divisive

Cal Thomas wrote a column titled “His ‘other gospel’” in the May 19 Chronicle. While I agree with Mr. Thomas’ criticism of Barack Obama’s religious views and his use of religious concepts for political issues, I am appalled by Mr. Thomas’s statement – “I recently wrote that it is becoming increasingly difficult for people who believe the Bible is God’s Word to impose their beliefs on those who disagree with them” – unless he intends the statement to be a criticism of the religious arrogance associated with Christianity.

Historically, Christians have imposed and routinely practiced genocide on those indigenous peoples whose beliefs did not embrace Christianity. An excellent example is what white settlers did to the American Indians. Karl Marx got one idea right when he said religion is the “opium of the people.”

In all fairness, the same criticism of arrogance could be leveled at Islam, of which a precept is to force the infidel to convert to the “true” religion of Islam. Religion historically has been a divisive element in all societies and cultures.

I am not advocating atheism. There surely is a superior power, much greater than mankind. However, 2,000 years of Christianity certainly has not improved the species, nor has any other religion. Man still practices atrocities on mankind, nature, the environment and other species.

Somewhere, the precepts of Christianity have been corrupted and perverted. Man eventually will have to take responsibility for his actions.

Victoria E. Antonacci

Augusta

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