THEISM IS EVILSeptember 11, 2001
I just got a phone call from a friend of mine, telling me to turn on the news. Terrorists have hijacked a couple of passenger planes and flown them into the World Trade Center, killing all of the passengers and untold hundreds of people in at least one of the towers, which has collapsed. The news is still very fragmentary and confused. By the time you read this, you'll know more than I know now.
How could anybody do something like this? One word: theism. Belief in gods. These terrorists, almost certainly Muslim, believe in a divine lawgiver who makes the rules. Atrocities become okay in their minds because they believe their divine lawgiver can make them okay by simply saying they're okay. Those terrorists believed they were buying themselves a place in the Muslim heaven.
This is what happens when people believe in things without evidence. Sometimes they wind up believing harmless things, and sometimes they wind up believing dangerous things. Without a basis in solid evidence, it's possible to believe anything.
And it doesn't matter that the religion in this case was Islam. The Bible is equally full of stories about a divine lawgiver whose command justifies atrocities. Try this for example:
Exodus 32, verse 27: And he said to them, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.'"
Any god that would call for such a thing is evil and should not be worshipped.
The self-proclaimed spokemen for this "divine lawgiver" are now coming out of the woodwork, taking advantage of everyone's shock and dismay in order to dig their claws even deeper into our culture. Don't fall for it! Belief in gods is the cause of atrocities like this, not the solution. The solution is for each and every one of us to reject any voice, human or divine, who tells us it's okay to do something that we know is wrong.
It is time for humanity to abandon the single biggest excuse we've ever given ourselves to be horrible to each other: gods.
Others Who Agree:
"Religion's Misguided Missiles"
Richard Dawkins, 9/15/2001