It’s fortunate that, over at Heather’s Homilies, Heather Hastie has posted a substantive piece that you can read instead of looking for one here. Her article, “More delusions about religion,” is a reaction to a letter in an Aussie newspaper that was reposted by George Takei (“Sulu” of Star Trek fame) on his Facebook page.
The letter, by one Chris McColl, decries the ill treatment of Muslims in Australia, saying that the IRA suffered no such opprobrium even though it also committed terrorist attacks. In its argument that Islam is being unfairly treated, it also exculpates religion:
The current turmoil in the Middle East and beyond has nothing to do with religion, just as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland had nothing to do with religion.
The current turmoil has everything to do with greed, inequality and the struggle for power.
It is a direct result of a globalised economy.
If a minority group is economically disadvantaged and/or alienated, some individuals will eventually lash out at society.
This is not a feature of any particular religion, rather a characteristic of human nature.
One can only suppose that Takei, who has a new life as a political activist, approves of these sentiments. As for the statement, “The current turmoil in the Middle East and beyond has nothing to do with religion, just as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland had nothing to do with religion,” Heather takes it apart, while at the same time strongly criticizing both the Australian government’s draconian policy toward immigrants from the Middle East and implicating the West’s Middle Eastern policies as part of the problem. Go have a look.